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.

Continuum of Care (CoC) Grant Funds

The FY2017 CoC Program Competition is now closed. Scroll to view HCCSC’s final application.

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, centralized/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 County Regional Planning Commission. 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 the Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County (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 Central Intake and Standardized Assessment and Service Prioritization System (CI&A) 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, email Beth Pearson, HCCSC’s Collaborative Applicant Representative, or call her at 330-451-7395. Beth is a staff member of Stark County Regional Planning Commission.

FY2017 CoC Grant Competition

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

HCCSC was notified that the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the 2017 CoC grant competition was released on Friday, July 14, 2017. Read the NOFA or find more information on the FY2017 CoC Program NOFA page of HUD’s website.

HCCSC’s 2017 CoC APPLICATION (posted September 25, 2017 and submitted to HUD September 26, 2017)
FY2017 CoC Consolidated Application
FY2017 Project Applications
FY2017 Priority Listing

HCCSC’s LOCAL RESOURCES & MATERIALS FOR 2017 COMPETITION
2017 Project Ranking Methodology Used by the HCCSC
Updated 2017 Board-Approved Project Ranking (approved September 5, 2017)
Announcement of 2017 Application Workshop. Please click the link for more information. 

HCCSC’s LOCAL FORMS FOR 2017 COMPETITION
FY2017 CoC Local Application Form (also available as C.6 on the Charter & Policies page)
FY2017 CoC Local Scoring Sheet (also available as C.7 on the Charter & Policies page)


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 Central Intake and Standardized Assessment and Service Prioritization System (CI&A) 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 Beth Pearson at 330-451-7395 with any questions. If you are unable to contact her, please call the front desk at 330-451-7389.


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

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 Central Intake and Standardized Assessment and Service Prioritization System (CI&A) 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.

Stark County Regional Planning Commission, 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), Stark County Regional Planning Commission 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 Stark County Regional Planning Commission. 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 Central Intake and Standardized Assessment and Service Prioritization System (CI&A) policies and procedures D.1 through D.8 (visit our Member Resources >> Charter & Policies page and scroll to Section D to read) if awarded.


Other Funding

Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA)

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

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