The Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority is set to receive $2,674,497 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
According to Guam Congressman Michael San Nicolas, USHUD released the first batch of funding allocated through the CARES Act, providing over $2 billion to help states and territories. Allocations to communities were based on existing grant formulas that include population ratios.
“These monies are a part of the relief packages we passed in Congress and are coming at a critical time as we need all the facilities and equipment we can get to best manage our circumstances,” said Congressman San Nicolas.
Of the total amount awarded to Guam in this first phase, $1,785,801 allotted through the Community Development Block Grant may be used for:
- Constructing medical facilities for testing and treatment.
- Acquiring a motel or hotel building to expand capacity of hospitals to accommodate isolation of patients during recovery.
- Replacing HVAC systems to temporarily transform commercial buildings or closed school buildings into clinics or treatment centers.
- Supporting businesses manufacturing medical supplies.
- Constructing a group living facility to centralize patients undergoing treatment.
- Carrying out job training of health care workers and technicians who are available to treat disease within a community.
Guam is set to receive $888,696 through the Emergency Solutions Grant to be used to:
- Building more emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families.
- Operating emergency shelters by providing maintenance, rent, repair, security, fuel, equipment, insurance, utilities, food, furnishings, and supplies necessary for the operation.
- Providing Hotel/Motel Vouchers for homeless families or individuals.
- Providing essential services to people experiencing homelessness including childcare, education services, outreach, employment assistance, outpatient
health services, legal services, mental health services, substance abuse treatment services, and transportation.
- Preventing individuals from becoming homeless and rapidly rehouse homeless individuals.