Little Rock has received more than $770,000 in grants to combat homelessness during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
The city has received two grants, totaling $774,415, to address homelessness and shelters. Of this total, the largest amount comes from an ESG-CV grant for $560,000, while the remainder comes from an Emergency Solutions Grant, which is for $214,415.
According to city officials, the funds will be used to help individuals and/or families with homelessness assistance and help individuals move into permanent housing and providing financial assistance.
“The grants will be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance; and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities,” Kevin Howard, the City’s Director of Housing and Neighborhood Programs, said in a statement.
Little Rock residents will be able to apply for funds for rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention.
As part of the ESG program, there will be $70,000 for rapid re-housing and $144,000 for homelessness prevention. In addition, $75,000 is allocated for providing unsheltered individuals with emergency shelter and health services. A city release listed an administrative cost of $415.20 to run the program.
The ESG-CV program has the same rapid re-housing and homeless prevention objectives. However, this program will provide $240,000 for both of the goals. In addition, there will be $75,000 for street outreach, which will provide unsheltered individuals with access to emergency shelter or health services. There is a $5,000 administrative cost for this program.