CARES Act Method of Distribution for ESG and HOPWA

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Pub.L. No. 116-136) was signed into law to respond to the growing effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis. The CARES Act provides special allocations to the State of Georgia under the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) programs to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.

Annually the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) prepares its Action Plan which outlines the methods of distribution for Federal formula grant funding received by the State of Georgia through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Notice is hereby given that the 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan will now include the CARES Act funding for the previously mentioned programs which will be known as ESG-CV and HOPWA-CV. In addition, the 2019 Annual Action Plan will be amended to add the new programs' Methods of Distribution which constitute a significant change in the distribution of funds under the plan and thus necessitate a substantial amendment to the original Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan. In accordance with a waiver of regulatory authority, approved by HUD on April 8, 2020, to the normal citizen comment period, DCA will hold a 5-day citizen comment period starting on Friday, May 15, 2020, until Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

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