CDBG Coronavirus Response Supplement (CDBG-CV)

On March 27th, 2020, Congress passed The Coronavirns Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Public Law 116-136) to directly address the impacts of the Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19. As part of the CARES Act, Congress appropriated $5 billion to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for allocation to cities and states through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The $5 billion is to be released in three tranches:

  1.     $2 billion will be distributed based on the FY20 allocation formula to entitlement, state, and insular area grantees
  2.     $1 billion will be distributed to states and insular areas "based on public health needs, risk oftransmission of coronavirus, number of coronavirus cases comparedto the national average, and economic and housing market disruptions,and other factors".
  3.     $2 billion will be distributed "directly to the State or unit of generallocal government, at the discretion of the Secretary, according toa formula based on factors to be determined by the Secretary,prioritizing risk of transmission of coronavirus, number ofcoronavirus cases compared to the national average, and economicand housing market disruptions resulting from coronavirus".

These funds are supplemental to the annual allocations of CDBG the State receives. ECD is in the process of collecting information concerning the needs Tennessee communities due to the direct impacts of COVID-19 and the indirect impacts of policies, procedures, and practices necessary for the response, such as social distancing and stay-at-home orders. The existing Consolidated Plan will be amended to include the CDBG-CV supplemental funds and the programing designed to use these funds. All who have been impacted, including community leaders, local economic development organizations, and non-profit service providers are encouraged to participate in the CDBG Needs Survey to Address the Impacts of COVID-19.

As more infromation becomes available, this section of the CDBG website will be updated.