We are following and sharing federal flexibilities or funding sources for SDOH-related programs amid the COVID-19 public health emergency. Please check back – we will be updating regularly.
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has published a list of programs that will receive a combined total of $6.3 billion through the CARES Act. Many of these programs address immediate social needs such as low-income home energy assistance program, child care and development block grant, community services block grant, head start, runaway and homeless youth programs, family violence prevention and services, child welfare services, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Read more about the funding increases for these programs here.
Additionally, the Administration for Children and Families has developed a series of frequently asked questions to address state concerns about how TANF funds can be used to response to an increased need for basic assistance and other financial benefits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes information about TANF’s administrative liabilities for both states and tribes.
Read the FAQs for more information.
ASPE also put together a list of HHS COVID-19 information and guidance to support human service programs.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made available many waivers and flexibilities for health care providers including expanding telehealth, allowing care by phone, flexibility for the health care workforce, transferring of patients, and expanding hospital capacity.
Read more about all of the CMS waivers and flexibilities.
In response to COVID-19, USDA is using all available program flexibilities and contingencies to serve program participants across their 15 nutrition programs. States have been granted waivers to ease program operations and protect the health of participants.
See each state’s waivers for more information.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a memorandum providing regulatory waivers of certain Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA), and Consolidated Plan requirements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and provide additional supports to individuals and families eligible for CoC, ESG, and HOPWA assistance who are economically impacted by COVID-19.
Read more about HUD waivers.
HUD released a guide for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grantees that gives examples of eligible activities to support coronavirus response, which includes SDOH-related activities like delivering meals on wheels to quarantined or home-bound individuals and providing mobile-health services.
Read more about HUD’s guidance here.