On April 2, 2020, Nashville-Davidson County received notification from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that special Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program funds in the amount of $1,549,066, as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) were being allocated to Metro Nashville-Davidson County. These 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; and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Exhibit 1 details the allocation of ESG-CV of funds by HUD and includes the specific parameters and guidance regarding eligible activities, implementation, waivers, etc. Exhibit 2 is the ESG-CV Action Plan which details allowable activities for ESG under the CARES Act.
As detailed in the HUD award letter and per OMB 2 CFR 200 regulations, MDHA is not required to use a competitive procurement process to allocate the ESG-CV funds to subrecipients. Therefore, MDHA is requesting letters from non-profit agencies outlining their interest and capacity for using the ESG-CV funds for eligible activities as outlined by HUD to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).” MDHA will use the responses to determine the most appropriate method to allocate the ESG-CV funds. Please provide the following information and return to MDHA by May 15, 2020.