CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT
EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANTS (ESG) PROGRAM
Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by the United States Congress on March 27, 2020 as Public Law 116-136, the City and County of Honolulu (City) was awarded $2,429,569.00 and $22,370,813.00 in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Funds to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to Coronavirus, or to mitigate the impacts created by coronavirus.
As a deviation to the City’s normal annual Action Plan process, as allowed by the CARES Act and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development CPD 20-08 notice and waivers, the City intends to omit the citizen participation and consultation requirements for substantial amendments and new consolidated plan submissions and utilize the flexibilities provided to distribute the additional ESG Program funds it was allocated via the CARES Act to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus as follows:
Through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) process, or
By increasing funding for projects selected under the 23rd, 24th, 25th or 26th Year Action Plan (or under the last four years), or
To other projects of an organization that previously submitted an application for any City Competitive Selection process in the last three years, including but not limited to competitive selection processes for ESG, Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships, Housing Trust Fund, Affordable Housing Fund, City Grant in Aid, City property management agreements, a lease of City property, or the City’s Housing First programs, or
To other projects of an organization that can adequately and immediately deploy funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.
The City also intends to reserve portions of funding for City capital improvement and public service projects.
Interested parties may submit written comments by October 23, 2020, to the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Community Services, Community Based Development Division, 925 Dillingham Boulevard, Suite 200, Honolulu, Hawai’i 96817 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, in accordance with the waiver, the City’s plan for ESG funding allocated via the CARES Act will be posted on the City’s website at: http://www.honolulu.gov/dcs
Pamela A. Witty-Oakland, Director
Department of Community Services
By order of KIRK CALDWELL, MAYOR
City and County of Honolulu