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Cox: $11.6 million to help fight COVID, homelessness

Cox: $11.6 million to help fight COVID, homelessness

Cox: $11.6 million to fight COVID, homelessness

Rep. TJ Cox announced that $11.6 million in funding from the CARES Act will benefit the Central Valley’s effort to fight COVID-19 and homelessness. Fresno County will receive $3.4 million of this allocation.

SELMA – Rep. TJ Cox announced that $11.6 million in funding from the CARES Act will benefit the Central Valley’s effort to fight COVID-19 and homelessness.

“Homelessness was a big issue in the Central Valley before the pandemic, and this crisis has made it significantly worse,” Rep. Cox said.

This funding is in addition to the $1 billion of Emergency Solutions Grants announced after the passing of the CARES Act by Congress.

Fresno County will receive $3.4 million of this allocation.

“Many working families are facing the grim reality of losing their homes and the CARES Act, which we passed in March, is proving to be a lifeline keeping them off the street,” he said.

Cox, who serves in the House of Representatives for the 21st District of California, said the allocation comes from ESG funding to support Americans experiencing homelessness in the Central Valley. This funding, coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will also be used to help individuals at risk of becoming homeless because of hardships such as job loss, wage reduction, or illness because of COVID-19.

The monies will be used to: 

• 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, transportation, and

• Prevent individuals from becoming homeless and rapidly rehouse homeless individuals.

Congress provided $4 billion for HUD’s ESG program for local governments to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus among individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness, receiving homeless assistance, or who are at risk of becoming homeless.

In total, HUD has allocated $3.96 billion in ESG funding to impacted communities in every U.S. State and territory, and the remainder $40 million is being utilized to provide technical assistance to build capacity of grantees in those communities receiving ESG funding.

Laura Maldonado can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@hanfordsentinel.com

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