State and Local Governments: Responding to COVID-19

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Complying with federal relief programs doesn’t have to be complicated.

COVID-19 continues to pose challenges for state and local governments as you work to overcome budget shortfalls and provide vital support to your communities. As you restore a healthy populace and move forward on the path to economic recovery, let us help simplify and streamline compliance with federal relief programs.

CLA can walk you through the procedures step-by-step to help you efficiently apply for available resources and lay a foundation for seamless compliance. Understanding the requirements as you navigate the relief process can help resolve challenges faster — and leave you free to get back to serving your people.

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The American Rescue Plan Act

Many funding purposes established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, still exist under the Rescue Plan. However, the Rescue Plan is significantly larger than prior relief packages, and considerably expands the ability of states, local governments, and tribes to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Emergency Rental Assistance program

Established under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, this program allocates $25 billion across the country to assist eligible households who are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  


Through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the CARES Act provides for payments to state, local, and tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The CARES Act established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund. 

Helping you at each step:

1. Pre-Award
2. Award and Post-Award
3. Monitoring Assistance
4. Closeout


Additional resources

Governments: Review This Checklist Before Spending COVID-19 Relief Funds

A lengthy deadline for spending funds from the American Rescue Plan gives you time to have effective conversations with stakeholders and, together, develop a comprehensive program to utilize funds and meet federal, state, and local reporting requirements.
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Emergency Rental and Homeowner Assistance Programs for Governments

Many state and local governments have been able to secure federal funds for rental assistance to support their populations affected by COVID-19. Review compliance requirements and internal control structure changes that may be needed to address the administration of your programs.
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Single Audits for Governments With CARES Act Funding

Many state and local governments that received funding under the CARES Act are about to undergo their first single audit. CLA’s professionals can help make it easier.
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