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Read more about the Continuum of Care Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant, Ohio Development Services Agency Grants, and other sources of funding for emergency shelters, housing, and other programs for the homeless.

View information and documents from past grant competitions on our Funding Archives page.

Effective immediately (as of April 5, 2021), HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) will use two different listservs on HUD’s website to communicate information regarding information developed by HUD/SNAPS concerning:

  • Continuum of Care (CoC) Program;
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Programs;
  • Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP);
  • Other Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) developed by SNAPS; and
  • Any other information related to SNAPS programs and the work to end homelessness.

Information and guidance produced by HUD technical assistance providers regarding SNAPS programs remains on the HUD Exchange and new information will continue to appear.  But documents and communication written by SNAPS will no longer be sent through the HUD Exchange listserv.

Please sign up for the listservs as soon as you can so you do not miss important information regarding the FY 2021 CoC Program Competition, including GIW release, and other information related to SNAPS programs.

To subscribe to the SNAPS Competitions listserv please click on the link: https://www.hud.gov/subscribe/signup?listname=SNAPS%20Competitions&list=SNAPS-COMPETITIONS-L

To subscribe to the SNAPS Program Information listserv please click on the link:  https://www.hud.gov/subscribe/signup?listname=SNAPS%20Program%20Information&list=SNAPS-PROGRAM-INFORMATION-L

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Grant Funds

Congress passed the FY2021 Omnibus Appropriations Bill in December that included a policy change for the FY2020 CoC Program Competition / NOFA. Please see the summary below that outlines the changes included in the omnibus bill.

CoC NOFA
The bill provides that HUD will release FY 2020 Continuum of Care (CoC) funds necessary to renew the previous year’s grants, without the usual competition. Congress provided funding for some new CoC programs, and that will be released through a competitive Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

HUD Renews Funding for Thousands of Local Homeless Programs – HUD Released 01/29/2021

On January 29, 2021, HUD awarded $2.5 billion to renew support to thousands of local homeless assistance programs across the nation. HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) grants will provide critically needed support to 6,597 local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Due to the pandemic, the funding announced today renews grants for existing programs. This process was dramatically streamlined because communities have been and will continue to be consumed with COVID-19 response and have limited capacity to participate in the traditional CoC competition.

View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding on HUD’s website.

Read HUD’s press release announcing these awards.

Please follow the link below that will take you to the National Alliance to End Homelessness summary of some of the items passed in the FY2021 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that are important to homelessness.  

 

Scroll to view the HCCSC’s local application process.

Summary

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Grant program is a competitive federal grant program, through the Department of Housing Urban Development (HUD), designed to assist individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness to quickly regain stability in permanent housing. The program can provide resources for permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing, renewal transitional housing, renewal safe havens, coordinated & standardized assessment systems and HMIS.

Role of the Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County (HCCSC)

HUD designates specific geographic areas across the nation as the “Continuum of Care” covering that region. The local geographic area recognized by HUD as a Continuum of Care is Stark County.  All projects applying for CoC funding to serve areas of Stark County must apply through the local application process established by the body designated to represent the local Continuum of Care. The Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County (HCCSC) is the body designated to fulfill the federal requirements of a Continuum of Care in order to complete for the CoC grant program funding.

HUD CoC Application

The annual CoC application is composed of two parts; the Consolidated Application and the Priority Listing. The details regarding HUD priorities and additional threshold requirements are released for each funding year at the time of HUD’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the CoC Program. The timing of the NOFA varies from year to year. The two parts of the CoC Application are briefly explained below:

Consolidated Application

The Consolidated Application is prepared and submitted by the HCCSC’s designated Collaborative Applicant, Stark Housing Network. HUD assesses CoCs nationwide on system-wide performance outcomes and coordination and scores and ranks CoCs accordingly to determine which CoCs will receive funding priority for project applications submitted by the CoC in the Priority Listing.

Priority Listing 

The HCCSC must establish a local process for assessing local gaps and needs, determining funding priorities for the CoC Program, determining possible reallocations, inviting, reviewing, scoring and ranking projects according to successful performance that reflects the projects ability to assist with addressing system-wide progress towards ending homelessness.  The HCCSC has established policies and procedures for this local process, which are posted as policy C.3 on our Member Resources >> Charter & Policies page (scroll to Section C to read). In summary, the HCCSC’s Recipient Approval and Evaluation (RAE) Committee must review, score and rank all local projects applying for CoC Program funding through the local application process detailed in the policy referenced above. The RAE Committee makes recommendations to the HCCSC Board of Directors regarding which projects should be submitted in the Priority Listing and the rank order of those projects. The HCCSC Board of Directors reviews the Committee’s recommendations and either approves or amends them to determine final approval for submission in the CoC Application.

Local Application Process

Please note that agencies interested in applying for the CoC Grant Program funding must meet certain Threshold Criteria as detailed each year in the local application as well as any additional threshold requirements as determined by HUD with the release of NOFA each year. Permanent Threshold Criteria include active participation in HCCSC, understanding of the HEARTH Act, Final Interim Rule for the Continuum of Care Program and a requirement to abide by the local Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) policies and procedures E.1 through E.6 (visit our Member Resources >> Charter & Policies page and scroll to Section E to read) and Coordinated Entry policies and procedures D.1 through D.8 (visit our Member Resources >> Charter & Policies page and scroll to Section D to read) if awarded.

For additional information regarding the local Continuum of Care Program, contact Marcie Bragg, executive director of Stark Housing Network (management organization and collaborative applicant for HCCSC), by email or by phone (330) 451-6550.


Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

View information from past ESG competitions on our Funding Archives page.

The Emergency Solutions Grants program (ESG) is a federal grant program of the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), awarded annually to the City of Canton, designed to assist individuals and families from the City of Canton to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. The City of Canton re-grants the federal dollars to agencies with programs that serve residents of the City. It can provide funding for street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Agencies applying must actively participate in the Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County (HCCSC). Interested applicants will also be required to abide by the local Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) policies and procedures E.1 through E.6 (visit our Member Resources >> Charter & Policies page and scroll to Section E to read) and Coordinated Entry policies and procedures D.1 through D.8 (visit our Member Resources >> Charter & Policies page and scroll to Section D to read) if awarded.

The City of Canton collaborates with HCCSC to set priorities and review applications for ESG funding. Specifically, HCCSC’s Recipient Approval and Evaluation Committee reviews all ESG applications each year and makes recommendations to the HCCSC Board of Directors regarding which programs should receive ESG funding. The HCCSC Board of Directors reviews the Committee’s recommendations and either approves or amends them to formulate its final recommendations. The Board’s final recommendations are then forwarded to the City of Canton.

In accordance with the HEARTH Act, HUD has issued interim regulations for the ESG program and the Consolidated Plan. Local policies regarding the procedures for inviting and reviewing the ESG applications can be found posted as policy C.8 on the Member Resources >> Charter & Policies page (scroll to Section C to read).

Contact Marcie Bragg, executive director of Stark Housing Network (management organization and collaborative applicant for HCCSC), with any questions – by email or by phone (330) 451-6550.

CITY OF CANTON 2021 ESG COMPETITION   

Funding Priorities: Funding priorities for ESG are determined by the Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County (HCCSC) based on local gaps/needs and driven by the City of Canton’s priorities. For more information and to apply, please read the FY2021 City of Canton Emergency Solutions Grant Request for Proposal Notice on the City of Canton website.

FY2021 ESG Local Application Guidance

Attachment V

Disclosure of Lobbying Activities

Bidder and Contractor EEO – Report

FY2021 ESG Local Scoring Form             

View more ESG competition information on the City of Canton website. 


Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA):
Supportive Housing Program (SHP) and
Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) – Shelter and Regional

The PY2019 SHP and HCRP Program Competition is now open. Scroll to view ODSA PY2019 application information.

View information from past ODSA grant competitions on our Funding Archives page.

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) has three homeless-specific funding opportunities:

* Supportive Housing Program (SHP)
* Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) – Shelter
* Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) – Regional

Please review details regarding each program and funding application procedures below. Please note that agencies interested in applying for any of the ODSA programs must actively participate in the Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County (HCCSC). Interested applicants will also be required to abide by the local Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) policies and procedures E.1 through E.6 (visit our Member Resources >> Charter & Policies page and scroll to Section E to read) and Coordinated Entry policies and procedures D.1 through D.8 (visit our Member Resources >> Charter & Policies page and scroll to Section D to read) if awarded.

Supportive Housing Program (SHP) & Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) – Shelter

Program Summary: The Supportive Housing Program (SHP) and Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) – Shelter are Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) funded grant programs for which agencies apply directly to ODSA biannually. SHP can fund Permanent Supportive Housing projects and limited Transitional Housing projects for select sub-populations. HCRP – Shelter can only fund emergency shelters.

Funding Priorities: Funding priorities for SHP and HCRP are determined by the Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County (HCCSC) based on local gaps/needs and driven by ODSA policy priorities.

Local Review Process: All projects submitting an application to ODSA must have the local CoC (Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County)’s approval. A portion of the ODSA application must be completed by the HCCSC describing how projects were reviewed and approved by the HCCSC and must include signed approval from the HCCSC.

Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) – Regional

Program Summary: The Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) Regional is an Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) funded grant program for which the Board of Stark County Commissioner’s Office is the biannual recipient (grantee) of the funding. The Stark County Commissioner’s Office then re-grants the funding to local agencies as sub-recipients. This program is designed to assist individuals and families from all areas of Stark County, outside of the City of Canton, quickly maintain and/or regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis that has resulted in homelessness.

The Stark Housing Network Inc., on behalf of The Board of Stark County Commissioners, releases a biannual Request for Proposals (RFP) for sub-recipients of the HCRP funds. As the Collaborative Applicant for the Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County (HCCSC), The Stark Housing Network Inc. collaborates closely with HCCSC to set priorities and review applications for HCRP funding. Specifically, HCCSC’s Recipient Approval and Evaluation Committee reviews all HCRP applications biannually and makes recommendations to the HCCSC Board of Directors regarding which projects should be recommended for HCRP funding. The HCCSC Board of Directors reviews the Committee’s recommendations and either approves or amends them to formulate its final recommendations. The Board’s final recommendations are then forwarded to The Stark Housing Network Inc. The Board of Stark County Commissioners approves the final submission of the applications to ODSA.

The Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) is funded, in part, through the federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program and therefore projects awarded must adhere to the regulations established in the HEARTH Act, final interim rule for ESG Program.

Funding Priorities: Funding priorities for HCRP are determined by the Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County (HCCSC) and driven by ODSA policy priorities.

Threshold Criteria: Agencies applying for funding must meet threshold criteria required for administering federal and state grants, which include understanding of the HEARTH Act requirements and agreement to abide by all local HCCSC Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) policies and procedures E.1 through E.6 (visit our Member Resources >> Charter & Policies page and scroll to Section E to read) and Coordinated Entry policies and procedures D.1 through D.8 (visit our Member Resources >> Charter & Policies page and scroll to Section D to read) if awarded.

PY2019 Supportive Housing Program (SHP) & Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) – Shelter

Funding Priorities for PY2019: Funding priorities for SHP and HCRP are determined by the Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County (HCCSC) based on local gaps/needs and driven by ODSA policy priorities. The HCCSC’s System Performance Committee recommends that Permanent Supportive Housing be prioritized for PY2019 SHP funding.

PY2019 Request for Executive Summary/Proposal

Find more information on the FY2019 Funding Competition on the ODSA website.

Other Funding

Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA)

Click here for more information.

Veterans Administration: Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program

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what others are saying

“Our goal to end homelessness is frankly a modest goal and a practical one.”

Nan Roman, President of National Alliance to End Homelessness