CDBG-CV Rural Coronavirus Response Quick Guide   [open pdf - 353KB]

Alternate Title: Rural Coronavirus Response with CDBG-CV

From the Introduction: "This quick Guide provides resources to help states and rural grantees identify eligible activities and programs to prevent, prepare for and respond to the disruption and impacts of the coronavirus pandemic using CDBG-CV [Community Development Block Grant CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security] Act] and 2019 and 2020 entitlement funds. The effects of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic on rural populations have been severe. A recently published study has shown the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted rural well-being on health-related and economic dimensions, and that these impacts are shared across sex, age, ethnicity, and education. Rural regions tend to have higher levels of poverty, fewer job opportunities, and heightened vulnerability to labor market shocks relative to urban areas. Rural areas broadly lack access to healthcare, are seeing an increased reliance on telehealth without an increase in broadband access, tend to have older and health-compromised populations, face serious barriers to enrollment in clinical trials and have far more limited access to COVID-19 testing. Grantee and subrecipient capacity in rural areas is often limited. By its very nature, population in rural areas are dispersed, making it difficult to offer services or accept applications at a central location. Lack of broadband and internet access can also make online applications difficult. This guide addresses CDBG-CV activities designed to serve rural populations."

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