The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act) provided for supplemental appropriation of Homeless Assistance Grants under the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). The Emergency Solutions Grant COVID-19 (ESG-CV) funds are to be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. The following definitions may be used:
Prevent....coronavirus: means an activity designed to prevent the initial or further spread of the virus to people experiencing homelessness, people at-risk of homelessness, recipient or subrecipient staff, or other shelter or housing residents.
Prepare for....coronavirus : means an activity carried out by a recipient or subrecipient prior to or during a coronavirus outbreak in their jurisdiction to plan to keep people healthy and reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus and avoid or slow the spread of the disease.
Respond to coronavirus: means an activity carried out once coronavirus has spread to people experiencing homelessness, provider staff, or once individuals and families lose or are at-risk of losing their housing as a result of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus.