Everyone has heard of the 2.2 trillion dollar stimulus package, the Corona Virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Some of that money has been awarded to the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).

Loaves & Fishes has been a sub-recipient of ESG funds for more than ten years. Our allocation from TDHCA has increased substantially. These funds may be used for shelter operations, information management, Rapid Re-housing of shelter clients, or Homeless Prevention Services.

We have elected to fund Homeless Prevention Services with this increased funding.

There are going to be a lot of evictions and utility cut-offs in the coming months. We will be able to prevent a lot of homelessness through this grant. We have already seen a substantial increase in applications for rental and utility assistance. The grant provides funds for overhead costs and program personnel.