Charleston County to Receive Federal Grant Funding in Response to Coronavirus / COVID 19

Staff Report From Charleston CEO

Friday, April 17th, 2020

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide funding to Charleston County Community Development Department from the CARES Act to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). In order for the County to determine community needs, citizens are asked to fill out this survey prior to the 12 p.m. April 20 deadline. Staff will begin promptly implementing the funding by taking the first required step by HUD, which is to collect community input, and defining the most pressing needs within the community.

Funds are anticipated to be received for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $1,090,016 and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) in the amount of $535,900.

The options presented to the community are defined by the allowable HUD activities. The Community Development Department is beginning to solicit feedback from the community to identify these needs by releasing a survey to community organizations, stakeholders and elected officials. The questionnaire will help staff determine the prioritization of these funds to combat some of the impact of COVID-19 in Charleston County.

The population targeted with the HUD funds will be those that meet the established criteria set by HUD.