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Chairman Price Presses HUD Secretary for Answers on Delayed CARES Funding

May 20, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC (May 20, 2020) – Congressman David Price, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Ranking Member Mario Diaz-Balart sent a letter to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, urging the department to immediately take steps to ensure CARES Act funding is promptly disbursed to states and local communities.  CARES Act funding approved on a bipartisan basis that has yet to reach local grantees include: $5 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, $4 billion for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, and $65 million for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.

“Congress, on a bipartisan basis, appropriated billions in the CARES Act for critical housing and community development programs that are meant to assist states, towns, and local housing providers address the threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  While HUD has been quick to announce funding allocations, the department has thus far failed to take additional steps, such as issuing necessary guidance and administrative requirements, that communities need before they can confidently utilize these federal funds,” said Chairman David Price. “Flexible funding, like the Community Development Block Grant program, and targeted programs like Emergency Solutions Grants and the HOPWA program provide a lifeline to communities helping the most vulnerable among us remain in stable housing to prevent community transmission of the virus. Our letter urges Secretary Carson to immediately take action to deliver these urgently needed resources.”

A copy of the letter to Secretary Carson can be found here.