CARES Act Shelter Grants Available

Mason County Public Health is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the federal CARES Act Emergency Solutions Grant COVID- 19 (ESG- CV) and a comprehensive Shelter Grant Program.

The Shelter Grant Program is designed to create new overnight shelter bed capacity and expand emergency shelter service s for people experiencing homelessness. The goal is to bring more people inside and help shelter residents find permanent housing quickly. The intended grant start date is August 1, 2020. Funds will be available until June 2023.

The purpose of ESG- CV is to support local homeless housing systems in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the Coronavirus pandemic. Examples of eligible activities include street outreach, emergency shelter, homeless prevention, and rapid rehousing of people experiencing homelessness. The intended grant start date is July 15, 2020. Funds will be available until September 2022.

Non- profit organizations, housing authorities and federally recognized tribes are eligibl e. Priority will be given to agencies that are currently under contract operating eligible programs. Agencies that receive awards are expected to be leaders in the crisis response system, facilitate partnerships among service organizations and promote evidence- based practices. Furthermore, agencies must respond to the disproportionality in access to services, service provision and outcomes. In addition to supporting adults and families, agencies are asked to partner with youth and young adult providers and with domestic violence service providersto ensure thatthese populations have access to these funds.

Mason County Public Health wants to thank all the non- profits for your essential service to assist vulnerable people experiencing homelessness and behavioral health challenges in our community and recognizes the toll the pandemic has taken upon your personal and professional lives.

Contact Todd Parker at 360-427- 9670 ext. 293 or tparker@co.mason.wa.us for more information.