ASSISTANCE FOR OUR COMMUNITY
The bill includes a total of $48.5 billion geared towards assisting our communities. Targeted resources are directed to help the 11 million low-income Americans living one paycheck away from homelessness by providing assistance to prevent eviction, to help the over half a million homeless individuals living on the streets find shelter or temporary housing, and for the most vulnerable, to self-quarantine and gain access to supportive services in order to diminish the risk of exposure.
The CARES Act appropriates to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) $5 billion in additional funding for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) as well as additional funds for housing programs designed to support vulnerable communities.
- Public Housing
The CARES Act also provides for $4 billion in additional funding for homeless assistance grants, $1.25 billion for tenant-based rental assistance, and $685 million for public housing in addition to funding other programs designed to provide housing assistance to the elderly, people with disabilities, and people with AIDS.
- Virus Testing
Free coronavirus testing including for the uninsured.
- Community Development Block Grant
$5 billion is provided for the expansion of community health facilities, childcare centers, food banks, and senior services.
- Emergency Solutions Grants
$4 billion is included to assist individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and to support additional homeless assistance, prevention, and eviction prevention assistance.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
The bill includes $15.5 billion in additional funding for SNAP to ensure all Americans, including seniors and children receive the food they need.
- Child Nutrition Program
The bill includes $8.8 billion in additional funding for Child Nutrition Programs in order to ensure children receive meals while school is not in session.
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
The bill provides $450 million for the TEFAP program, to support food banks.
- Food and Drug Administration
The bill provides $80 million for the Food and Drug Administration to continue efforts related to shortages of critical medicines, enforcement work on counterfeit and misbranded products, emergency use authorizations and pre and post market work on medical countermeasures, therapies, vaccines, and research.
- Support for Legal Services
$50 million is provided for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to meet civil legal aid needs for low-income Americans. This funding can help LSC clients facing job losses, eviction, domestic violence and consumer scams resulting from the coronavirus crisis.
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
The bill includes $275 million for HRSA, including $90 million for Ryan White HIV/AIDS programs.
- Department of Labor
The bill includes $360 million to invest in programs that provide training and supportive services for dislocated workers, seniors, migrant farmworkers, and homeless veterans.
- Community Services Block Grant
The bill includes $1 billion for CSBG to help communities address the consequences of increasing unemployment and economic disruption.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The bill includes $900 million to help lower income households heat and cool their homes.
- Family Violence Prevention Services
The bill provides $45 million to support families during this uncertain time, and to prevent and respond to family and domestic violence, including offering shelter and supportive services to those who need it.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The bill provides $425 million for SAMHSA to increase access to mental health services in our communities through Community Behavioral Health Clinics, suicide prevention programs, and emergency response spending that can target support where it is most needed, such as outreach to those experiencing homelessness.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- $1.5 billion to support States, locals, territories, and tribes in their efforts to conduct public health activities, including the purchase of personal protective equipment; laboratory testing to detect positive cases; and others.
- $1.5 billion in flexible funding to support CDC’s continuing efforts to contain and combat the virus, including support for laboratory testing, workforce training programs.
- $300 million for the Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund, which supports immediate response activities during outbreaks.
- Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response – Medical Response Efforts
- $100 billion for a new program to provide grants to hospitals, public entities, not-for-profit entities, and Medicare and Medicaid enrolled suppliers and institutional providers to cover unreimbursed health care related expenses or lost revenues attributable to the public health emergency resulting from the coronavirus.
- More than $27 billion for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to support research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics to prevent or treat the effects of coronavirus.
- Department of Education
The bill includes $30.75 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund for states, school districts and institutions of higher education for costs related to coronavirus, including funding to provide online learning for all students, including students with disabilities, English language learners and homeless students. In addition, college students facing closed campuses and the transition to distance education are dealing with increased costs and challenges meeting basic needs like housing and food.
In each state the Governor will receive a share of $3 billion to allocate at their discretion for emergency support grants to local educational agencies that the State educational agency deems have been most significantly impacted by coronavirus.
VETERANS AFFAIRS & RELATED AGENCIES
- Vulnerable Veterans
$590 million for VA to devote to supporting veterans at an increased risk of contracting coronavirus. It includes funding for the Health Care for Homeless Veterans program, the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program, and the Grant and Per Diem program.
- Expanded Authorities
The bill also includes provisions which allow VA to enhance health and housing initiatives for homeless veterans, including increased use of telehealth for programs with VA case managers, temporarily eliminating funding limits for programs providing direct support services to homeless veterans, and providing flexibility to veterans in these programs.
FINANCIAL SERVICES & GENERAL GOVERNMENT
The bill provides $80 million to support a new Pandemic Response Accountability Committee to provide transparency to the public and coordinate oversight of funds provided in this legislation.
- Disaster Relief Fund
$45 billion to provide for the immediate needs of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to protect citizens and help them recover from the overwhelming effects of COVID-19.
- Emergency Food and Shelter Program
$200 million for shelter, food and supportive services to individuals and families in sudden economic crisis.
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