GHURA will disburse first CARES Act allotment to help over 1,000 island residents

Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority (PNC file photo)

GHURA received notice from the HUD Honolulu Field Office of its approval for GHURA’s use of the first allocation of The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The CARES Act provides funding to enable Guam to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through providing quality subsidized housing and expanding economic opportunities for low-and moderate-income persons through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs.

The total award for this first round of CARES Act funding, estimated to serve 1,105 individuals/households, is as follows:

• Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG-CV) $1,785,801.00
• Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) $888,696.00

CDBG-CV funding is awarded to the following programs:
• Catholic Social Service is receiving $574,423 to provide outreach and case management, as
well as direct assistance for rapid re-housing, homeless prevention, and emergency
• The Salvation Army’s Food Pantry is receiving $153,000 funds for food procurement,
warehouse operations, and food distribution.
• The Guam Housing Corporation is receiving $714,000 for direct assistance funding and
administrative expenses for their COVID-19 Mortgage Relief Program.
• Mañelu is receiving $64,084 towards their Jobs Program for those who have lost their jobs
or have reduced work hours due to COVID-19.

ESG-CV funding is awarded to the following programs:

• The Salvation Army’s Family Services Center is receiving $228,075 to implement rapid re-
housing and homeless prevention while securing permanent housing options.
• Catholic Social Service is receiving $571,752 to implement rapid re-housing and homeless
prevention while securing permanent housing options.

The CARES Act awards follow existing regulations for each program, with additional flexibilities and suspensions that have been provided by HUD, as well as those that will be outlined in forthcoming applicable program notices.

“In addition to the Mortgage Relief Program that we announced just yesterday, GHURA has
partnered with experienced non-profits to provide a variety of services designed to combat
homelessness resulting from the pandemic. The Leon Guerrero/Tenorio Administration, via
GHURA, will be announcing more programs in the coming weeks to be funded with the second allocation of CARES Act funds. Obviously, the Administration’s top priority right now is keeping our island safe from the pandemic. Post COVID, I presume housing and homelessness will end up being the top priority.” says GHURA Executive Director Ray Topasna.

(News Release from GHURA)