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HUD: CARES Act Flexibilities for CDBG Funds Used to Support Coronavirus ResponseMay 21, 2020
Authority: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) makes available $5 billion in supplemental Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding
for grants to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus (CDBG-CV grants). Additionally, the CARES Act provides CDBG grantees with flexibilities that make it easier to use CDBG-CV grants and fiscal years 2019 and 2020 CDBG Grants for coronavirus response and authorizes HUD to grant waivers and alternative requirements. The Guide describes the immediate availability of a 5-day public comment period for amendments and new plan submissions, uncaps the percentage of CDBG funding for public services to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, as well as other flexibilities.