A public comment period on the Greensboro’s use of US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding during the 2019-2020 fiscal year begins on Tuesday, July 20 and runs through Tuesday, Aug. 3.

People are asked to review and comment on the amended Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER), which includes Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funding.

HUD allocated special funds to Greensboro from the CARES Act to prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Written comments can submitted to Caitlin.Bowers@greensboro-nc.gov and verbal comments can be submitted by calling 336-433-7266.

According to the “Amendment to the City of Greensboro 2019-2020 CAPER” Greensboro received over $2 million in CBDG-DV, ESG-CV and HOPWA-CV in CARES Act funding.

The report states that Greensboro received $1.3 million in CBDG-CV funding and spent $336,000.  This funding was to emergency shelters to assist with the “Shelter-in-Place” order.  Through this program hotel and motel sites were used to help protect homeless residents who could not access shelters due to the Shelter-in-Place order.

According to the report Greensboro received $77,000 in HOPWA-CV funding and spent $0 in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The funding was to provide short-term rental, mortgage and utility assistance for those in need due to the financial impact of the pandemic.

Greensboro also received $675,000 in ESG-CV funding in 2019-2020 and spent $12,158.  The ESG funding was to help rapidly rehouse households permanently in an attempt to protect homeless families and individuals from COVID.  Families that originally were placed in hotels and motels were found permanent housing through this program.

According to the report, $12,078 was spend on a “Housing Search/Placement Coordinator” and $80 was spent for rental application fees.