Guam is slated to receive an additional $2.6 million through HUD’s Emergency Solutions Grants program under the CARES Act.
Congress appropriated an additional $4 billion to the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program in the CARES Act in order to address the homeless population and those who are at risk of becoming homeless due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a news release, Congressman Michael San Nicolas said Guam’s $2.6 million share will be used for the following purposes:
- Make more emergency shelters available for homeless individuals and families.
Operate emergency shelters by providing food, rent, security, maintenance, repair, fuel, equipment, insurance, utilities, furnishings, and supplies necessary for their operation.
Provide Hotel/Motel Vouchers for homeless families and individuals.
Provide essential services to people experiencing homelessness including childcare, education services, employment assistance, outpatient health services, legal services, mental health services, substance abuse treatment services, and transportation.
Prevent individuals from becoming homeless and rapidly rehouse homeless individuals.
This allocation is in addition to the $888,696 that was released on April 2, 2020, to the island in the first tranche of funding, bringing the total to $3,519,238 in CARES Act homeless assistance funding Guam has received.
“With over $3.5 million made available to Guam in the CARES Act to address homeless issues, it is my hope that we can see results soon for this at-risk community, whom so far have not seen substantial tangible outcomes in the projects initiated with the funding long since provided,” said San Nicolas.