Rep. Garret Graves announces $1.6 million CARES Act Grant for Baton Rouge

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WASHINGTON (BRPROUD) –U.S. House Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) recently announced Baton Rouge is receiving $1,654,617 in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) to support homeless families and individuals affected by COVID-19. This federal support is part of the CARES Act relief package and is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Louisiana’s total share of ESG funding is $20,923,237 breaks down to CPD COVID-19 Recovery Formula Grants in the following amounts:

  • Baton Rouge – $1,654,617
  • New Orleans – $4,594,009
  • Shreveport – $1,055,184
  • Jefferson Parish – $1,593,050
  • Louisiana State Balance – $12,026,377

According to Rep. Graves’ Office, ESG-CV funds are to be used to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance.” The state balance will be distributed by the state.

“The funds will also support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19,” said Graves’ Office. “The allocation of $2.96 billion uses a formula targeted toward communities with high fractions of homeless – both sheltered and unsheltered – and those at the most risk for homelessness. It also takes into account economic and housing market conditions by making a modest adjustment for jurisdictions with very high market rents.”

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