In 2020, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) received supplemental funding through the CARES Act—$45,418,452 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds and $562,987 in Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds.
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) provides shelter and housing with services and case management for low-income persons who meet HUD’s definition of homelessness or are at-risk of becoming homeless.
ESG Eligible Activities:
- Street Outreach
- Emergency Shelter (including hotel/motel vouchers)
- Rapid Rehousing
- Homeless Prevention (pays rent and utilities to prevent homelessness)
Find agencies in your area with supplemental ESG funding by emailing email@example.com.
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) provides various types of housing assistance, supportive services and case management for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS, many of whom are also homeless.
HOPWA Eligible Activities:
- Short-Term Emergency Lodging (hotel/motel vouchers)
- Facility-Based Housing
- Tenant-Based Rental Assistance
- Short-Term Rent, Mortgage, Utility Assistance
- Supportive Services (e.g. case management, transportation, food, mental health services, etc.)
Find agencies in your area with supplemental HOPWA funding at www.dca.ga.gov. For more information on ESG or HOPWA, email HOPWA2@dca.ga.gov.
This story originally appeared in the January/February 2021 edition of Georgia’s Cities magazine.