The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced yesterday that the city of Peoria will receive an additional $795,903 in Emergency Solutions Grants Coronavirus (ESG-CV) funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) among individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or receiving homeless assistance.

The ESG program disperses grant money to local communities through municipalities and other organizations to address issues of homelessness. The city of Peoria receives ESG funds on an annual basis and the funding level is determined by data points that include population, area median income, and other demographics. The additional funding the City is receiving is due to the 2020 CARES Act passed by the U.S. Congress on March 27, 2020 to help our nation respond to the economic impact of COVID-19.

This additional funding may be used to increase emergency shelter capacity, operate emergency shelters, provide vouchers for alternative housing at hotels or motels, provide essential services to people experiencing homelessness, prevent individuals from becoming homeless, and rapidly rehouse homeless individuals.

For more information on ESG grant funding or other sources of federal funding, please contact Grants Manager Kathryn Murphy at grants@peoriagov.org.