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1 Department of Community Affairs

2 EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT PROGRAM  “…maintains support for a crisis response system through emergency shelters, but places an emphasis on identifying and preventing homelessness and returning those who experience homelessness back into the community as quickly as possible.”

3  Address questions about the ◦ Part 2 application process ◦ DCA funding priorities ◦ Content of applications ◦ Eligible activities  Provide technical assistance regarding submission of applications in Part 2  Offer applicants a chance to learn from peers  Assist applicants in this competitive process in a fair manner that does not give advantage to one applicant over another

4  Provide guidance on Part 1 of the application process: NOI and Organizational documentation  Explicitly tell you which programs your agency should apply for or not apply for ◦ If you are unsure about moving into a new field or program area--reach out to ESG grantees currently conducting those programs for advice. These decisions must usually be made by a Board of Directors or other Executive level committee

5  FEDERAL FUNDS: ◦ Rapid Re-Housing ◦ Shelter ◦ HMIS  *STATE FUNDS: ◦ Transitional Housing ◦ Hotel/Motel Vouchers ◦ Project Homeless Connect *State funded programs will be held to federal standards

6 ProgramMinimumMaximum Shelter$20,000$50,000 Transitional$20,000 Supportive/Essential Services programs $20,000$75,000 Homelessness Prevention $20,000No established limit Rapid Re-Housing$20,000No established limit Project Homeless Connect $2,000 Street Outreach$20,000No established limit Hotel/Motel VouchersNo established minimum No established limit HMISNo established minimum $20,000

7  Evaluation Categories: 1. Monitoring Performance 2. Application Content 3. HMIS 4. Program Performance 5. CoC/ESG Entitlement Priority

8  Many transitional housing programs are in the process of changing their models to become emergency shelters  These agencies must decide whether to apply as ES or TH programs  THINGS TO WEIGH: ◦ Applying as ES -- length of stay (performance measure) will be longer than other ES applicants ◦ Applying as TH -- must serve special populations and small funding source makes grant more competitive

9  Can be used for supporting same efforts with ALICE system as HMIS 1. Reserved for Balance of State CoC and ESG Entitlement agencies/areas served 2. Limited to shelters, rapid re-housing programs 3. Available to prevention programs if funding is available 4. Available for program types listed above with high volume or large implementations

10  Balance of State CoC/ESG area agencies can apply under shelter  Agencies in other areas can apply for state- funded Hotel/Motel Voucher program  Must demonstrate clear reason that NO APPROPRIATE shelter is available  Must be associated with a housing program through which clients will be moved to permanent housing

11  Funding must be used to serve HOMELESS households!  Services Only grants can complement the work of homeless housing programs BUT will NOT be awarded if: ◦ Services are available in the mainstream ◦ Service costs can be covered by another ESG funding stream, i.e. case management, child care, and transportation for shelter and transitional programs

12  Staff costs are limited to case managers  Like other ESG program types 100% match is required to help cover administrative and other costs associated with implementing these programs  Ratio of relocation and stabilization services, i.e. case management (soft costs), in relation to hard costs like rental assistance, utilities, etc. must be reasonable and justifiable

13  Will NOT pay for the purchase of a vehicle!  Eligible transportation costs include:  Costs of transporting staff to work with clients  Costs of transporting clients to services and housing  Specifically: ◦ Mileage for staff vehicles ◦ Public transportation ◦ Taxis

14  Existing DCA ESG recipients must submit HUD APR in Part 1 of application ◦ Report date 7/1/2012-2/28/2013 ◦ Data quality will be evaluated  Must explicitly demonstrate knowledge of new regulations regarding definition of homelessness

15 Part 2 webinars:  Thursday, April 4 at 10AM  Friday, April 5 at 10AM  Thursday, April 11 at 10AM  Friday, April 12 at 10AM  Application Guidelines on website  Application website: ms/esgapps.asp ms/esgapps.asp  Esg Grantees Only website:  ms/ESGGranteesOnly.asp ms/ESGGranteesOnly.asp

16  “Raise your hand” in the webinar  We will un-mute individuals to ask questions  You may need to type questions into the chat box  Please be patient as we get to as many questions as possible  Please be aware that DCA cannot make programmatic decisions for your agency

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