(NAEH) CARES Act Guidance Just Released from HUD

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Just Released: CARES Act Guidance from HUD

Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a notice containing overall guidance on how communities can best use their ESG-CV funds allocated by the CARES Act. The guidance includes information on the allocation formula, amounts, and requirements for the additional $3.96 billion that the CARES Act provides for homelessness and housing. 

New Community Survey Findings: CoC-Level Responses to COVID-19

Throughout the pandemic, the Alliance's Homelessness Research Institute has conducted a series of interviews with Continuum of Care (CoC) leaders to understand system-level responses to COVID-19.

The latest findings, "Surveying Local Homeless Service Providers (Part 2): Responses from July 2020," focus on a second online survey of CoC leaders, which shows systems' progress in areas such as access to personal protective equipment (PPE), screening, and testing. The report also assess what resources and technical assistance providers need most to serve people experiencing homelessness. 

Protect the Equal Access Rule

The administration is attempting to remove current Equal Access Rule protections that allow transgender and gender non-conforming individuals to safely seek shelter at HUD-funded sites, without being discriminated against for their LGBTQ identity.

The Equal Access Rule maintains that shelters must accept trans-identifying individuals, and place them in settings that adhere to their self-expressed gender identity. Rollbacks to these protections are dangerous for a population that already experiences high rates of homelessness. 

The best way to ensure these protections remain in place is to submit a public comment by September 22nd, telling HUD that Equal Access Protections must stay.

Upcoming Webinar: How are Providers Coping with COVID-19 and the Recession?

Wednesday, September 2
2:00 PM (ET)

To better understand how providers are managing the COVID-19 crisis, the Alliance and research partners initiated a series of community surveys and interviews with CoC representatives. Speakers will share findings and foster a conversation about how homeless services systems are responding to the crisis thus far. 

Speakers include:

  • Eric Rice, University of Southern California 
  • Dan Treglia, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Joy Moses, Director, Homelessness Research Institute, National Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Jackie Janosko, Research Associate, Homelessness Research Institute, National Alliance to End Homelessness

HUD Office Hours: 2020 Census Information

Friday, September 4
2:30 - 4:00 pm ET 

HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) weekly Office Hours session will focus on how communities are conducting the 2020 Census count among people experiencing homelessness. Census Bureau staff will be on the call to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting service-based census enumeration.


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