On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. A portion of the funds were designated for the CDBG program.
On June 5, 2020, the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for round 1 of funding. For round 1, the City of Grover Beach was eligible to receive up to $101,532. Authorized by the City Council on July 20, 2020, the following applications were submitted on September 4, 2020, and are under review by HCD:
Winter Warming Center Operation Program
Child Care Training/Licensing Program
HCD has indicated that the NOFA for rounds 2 and 3 will be combined, but it has not yet been released. Eligible activities are anticipated to include:
public services to respond to COVID-19 impacts,
public facility improvements to increase capacity for healthcare facilities and public facilities that service populations at risk of COVID-19 infection,
housing facilities for persons experiencing homelessness to limit/reduce the spread of COVID-19, and
economic development to support needs for working capital and furniture, fixtures, and equipment to retain jobs for businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19.
Activities must also meet one or more of the three National Objectives listed in CDBG Federal Statutes as follows: benefit to low-income households or persons (also called Low/Mod Benefit), elimination of slums and blight, or meeting urgent community development need (a need resulting from a state or federal declared disaster).