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Grants to Georgia Nonprofits and Local Agencies in Eligible Regions to Assist Homeless Individuals and Families

CFDA or PIN Number:

CFDA Number:

14.231

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: Georgia

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2022 Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)

Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA)


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #140671

Grant Description

Grants to Georgia nonprofit organizations and local government agencies in eligible regions to address the needs of those who are experiencing homelessness. Applicants must complete the required registration prior to applying. Funding is intended to support programs in the following categories of service: Emergency Shelter, Homeless Prevention, Hotel Motel Vouchers, Rapid Re-Housing, Street Outreach, Supportive Services, and HOPWA.

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program provides street outreach, emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, homelessness prevention, and related services to persons experiencing homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless throughout the state. Sub-awards are provided to local government entities and non-profit organizations utilizing State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless Commission (HTF) and Federal HUD ESG funds. These agencies then deliver program services at the local level. This program is principally designed to operate within a continuum of assistance that enables individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to move toward housing sustainability.

  • ESG Emergency Shelter: In limited cases emergency shelter may include hotel/motel vouchers. Shelter stays should be avoided, if possible, and when not possible, limited to the shortest time necessary to help participants regain permanent housing. Emergency shelter projects should be closely linked to an array of projects within the community in order to accomplish this goal of stable permanent housing including, but not limited to, rapid re-housing, transitional housing, affordable housing placement, and employment. Linkages should also be made to applicable mainstream projects such as SOAR, SNAP, TANF, etc.
  • Homeless Prevention: According to HUD ESG regulations, ESG funds may be used to provide housing relocation and stabilization services and short- and/or medium-term rental assistance necessary to prevent an individual or family from moving into an emergency shelter or another place described in paragraph (1) of the ‘‘homeless’’ definition in § 576.2. The costs of homelessness prevention are only eligible to the extent that the assistance is necessary to help the project participant regain stability in the project participant’s current permanent housing or move into other permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing.
  • ESG Hotel Motel Voucher: Funds may be used for costs of providing homeless families and individuals with temporary shelter in hotels and motels for the duration of thirty days and associated case management. First and foremost, applicants must demonstrate that no other appropriate shelter is available to serve the proposed populations.
  • Rapid Re-Housing: According to ESG regulation 24 CFR 576, ESG funds may be used to provide housing relocation and stabilization services and short- and/or medium-term rental assistance as necessary to help a homeless individual or family move as quickly as possible into permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing.
  • ESG Street Outreach: ESG funds may be used for costs of providing essential services necessary to reach out to unsheltered homeless people; connect them with emergency shelter, housing, or critical services; and provide urgent, non facility-based care to unsheltered homeless people who are unwilling or unable to access emergency shelter, housing, or an appropriate health facility. The term ‘‘unsheltered homeless people’’ is defined as -- (1) An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, meaning: (i) An individual or family with a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, airport, or camping ground;… Recipients of these funds must utilize HMIS to capture client data to the maximum extent practicable.
  • Supportive Services: Applicants are limited to one service project request per application. A project is defined by DCA to be a distinct initiative undertaken by an Applicant to provide supportive services directly to “homeless” persons (by HUD definition) who are directly connected to a housing project. Applicants for ESG Supportive Services funds must demonstrate that projects are not available through the mainstream. Services should be collaborative and available to a network of identified homeless service agencies in the service area. DCA’s expectation is that each project has a distinct operations policy, an identifiable budget, and identifiable personnel. Successful applicants are required to collect HMIS data including universal and project level data elements for each household served.
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA): Provides states and localities with the resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of low-income persons with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or related diseases and their families. To determine funding, DCA will rely upon factors such as previous compliance, including capacity of the organization to carry out the proposed programs, past budget and performance history, current budgets, level of service provided, cost per person, and other considerations. Agencies applying for continued HOPWA funding must demonstrate the direct, positive impact their program has had on the availability of housing and support services.

For additional information on each of the categories listed above, see each application link in Contacts, below. 

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Local Government
- Non Profits
- State Government

Sub-awards are provided to local government entities and non-profit organizations utilizing State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless Commission (HTF) and Federal HUD ESG funds.

At risk of homelessness means:
(1) An individual or family who:
(i) Has an annual income below 30 percent of median family income for the area, as determined by HUD;
(ii) Does not have sufficient resources or support networks, e.g., family, friends, faith-based or other social networks, immediately available to prevent them from moving to an emergency shelter or another place described in paragraph (1) of the ‘‘homeless’’ definition in this section; AND
(iii) Meets one of the following 7 conditions:
(A) Has moved because of economic reasons two or more times during the 60 days immediately preceding the application for homelessness prevention assistance;
(B) Is living in the home of another because of economic hardship;
(C) Has been notified in writing that their right to occupy their current housing or living situation will be terminated within 21 days after the date of application for assistance;
(D) Lives in a hotel or motel and the cost of the hotel or motel stay is not paid by charitable organizations or by Federal, State, or local government pr grams for low-income individuals;
(E) Lives in a single-room occupancy or efficiency apartment unit in which there reside more than two persons or lives in a larger housing unit in which there reside more than 1.5 persons reside per room, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau;
(F) Is exiting a publicly funded institution, or system of care (such as a health-care facility, a mental health facility, foster care or other youth facility, or correction program or institution); or
(G) Otherwise lives in housing that has characteristics associated with instability and an increased risk of homelessness, as identified in the recipient’s approved consolidated plan; OR
(2) An individual or family who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence, provided that:
(i) The primary nighttime residence will be lost within 14 days of the date of application for homeless assistance;
(ii) No subsequent residence has been identified; and
(iii) The individual or family lacks the resources or support networks, e.g., family, friends, faith-based or other social networks, needed to obtain other permanent housing;

Supportive Services:
Service projects to support persons residing in permanent supportive housing are ineligible.

Additional Geographic Information:

DCA’s entitlement area serves 125 counties in Georgia that excludes the 29 county metropolitan Atlanta area and the 5 county metropolitan Augusta area.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The DCA ESG Program will have five (5) Q & A webinars offered during the application process. The HOPWA Program will will have two (2) Q & A webinars during the application process. Local government entities and non-profit organizations applying ESG and/or HOPWA are encouraged to attend at least one (1) Q & A webinar.

Q & A Webinars:

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/ap/t-59584e83/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fteams.microsoft.com%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%253ameeting_YmE5ZmRiMzAtNGFiMS00NzAwLTllOGMtNDEzYzg2OWQyMjFm%2540thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522dc9db449-fad6-4fcd-8990-14394088d4ec%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522906490fb-4f92-4a75-be79-da070409c565%2522%257d&data=04%7C01%7CHarvinder.Makkar%40dca.ga.gov%7C584f27d7a4484a9f019708da1417fd34%7Cdc9db449fad64fcd899014394088d4ec%7C0%7C0%7C637844390536427891%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=cKAagw9IBcYshoFxC1%2BxMwlAbCdzd3MVHSkVRt%2BAVHg%3D&reserved=0
ESG Q & A Only

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/ap/t-59584e83/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fteams.microsoft.com%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%253ameeting_YmE5ZmRiMzAtNGFiMS00NzAwLTllOGMtNDEzYzg2OWQyMjFm%2540thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522dc9db449-fad6-4fcd-8990-14394088d4ec%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522906490fb-4f92-4a75-be79-da070409c565%2522%257d&data=04%7C01%7CHarvinder.Makkar%40dca.ga.gov%7C584f27d7a4484a9f019708da1417fd34%7Cdc9db449fad64fcd899014394088d4ec%7C0%7C0%7C637844390536427891%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=cKAagw9IBcYshoFxC1%2BxMwlAbCdzd3MVHSkVRt%2BAVHg%3D&reserved=0
ESG Q & A Only

Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/ap/t-59584e83/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fteams.microsoft.com%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%253ameeting_YmE5ZmRiMzAtNGFiMS00NzAwLTllOGMtNDEzYzg2OWQyMjFm%2540thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522dc9db449-fad6-4fcd-8990-14394088d4ec%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522906490fb-4f92-4a75-be79-da070409c565%2522%257d&data=04%7C01%7CHarvinder.Makkar%40dca.ga.gov%7C584f27d7a4484a9f019708da1417fd34%7Cdc9db449fad64fcd899014394088d4ec%7C0%7C0%7C637844390536427891%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=cKAagw9IBcYshoFxC1%2BxMwlAbCdzd3MVHSkVRt%2BAVHg%3D&reserved=0
ESG and HOPWA Q & A will be offered.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/ap/t-59584e83/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fteams.microsoft.com%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%253ameeting_YmE5ZmRiMzAtNGFiMS00NzAwLTllOGMtNDEzYzg2OWQyMjFm%2540thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522dc9db449-fad6-4fcd-8990-14394088d4ec%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522906490fb-4f92-4a75-be79-da070409c565%2522%257d&data=04%7C01%7CHarvinder.Makkar%40dca.ga.gov%7C584f27d7a4484a9f019708da1417fd34%7Cdc9db449fad64fcd899014394088d4ec%7C0%7C0%7C637844390536427891%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=cKAagw9IBcYshoFxC1%2BxMwlAbCdzd3MVHSkVRt%2BAVHg%3D&reserved=0
ESG andHOPWA Q & A will be offered.

Friday, April 29, 2022, 10:30 am - 11:30 am: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/ap/t-59584e83/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fteams.microsoft.com%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%253ameeting_ZGU4ZGVlNzYtYzliZS00NzUxLTkxYTgtNzk1NTg2ZDQyMjM2%2540thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522dc9db449-fad6-4fcd-8990-14394088d4ec%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522906490fb-4f92-4a75-be79-da070409c565%2522%257d&data=04%7C01%7CHarvinder.Makkar%40dca.ga.gov%7C584f27d7a4484a9f019708da1417fd34%7Cdc9db449fad64fcd899014394088d4ec%7C0%7C0%7C637844390536427891%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=Nba2NDzMDPtobET8FbOLM8lJ24fUgZcz%2Bg496Xr1rjY%3D&reserved=0

Pre-Application Information:

The application process for both ESG and HOPWA will close at noon, Monday, May 2, 2022.

Separate project applications must be completed for each project type (outreach, shelter, homelessness prevention or rapid re-housing project, etc.) proposed for funding.

All applicants will need to register on SAM.gov and obtain a Unique Entity ID (SAM) number. The UEI (SAM) number is required in order to apply for the DCA ESG Program. Please visit www.sam.gov to register for this number. If you are already registered with https://sam.gov/content/home and have a DUNS number, then your UEI SAM number is located within your SAM.GOV account. Any questions regarding UEI (SAM) number should be made to SAM.GOV

Additional Information: https://www.dca.ga.gov/safe-affordable-housing

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant amounts are as follows:
- Emergency Shelter - $60,000 per project
- Homelessness Prevention - Applicants may apply for a minimum award of $30,000.
- Hotel/Motel Voucher - $60,000
- ESG Rapid Rehousing - Applicants may apply for a minimum award of $30,000.
- Street Outreach - Applicants may apply for $30,000 to $50,000 in funding.
- Supportive Services - $25,000 per project

Term of Contract:

All households must be connected to a permanent housing project with a goal of moving from the hotel/motel to permanent housing within 30 days.

Contact Information:

Apply here for Emergency Shelter: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgn.ecivis.com%2FGO%2Fgn_redir%2FT%2F1bgb3zerkxo5f&data=04%7C01%7CHarvinder.Makkar%40dca.ga.gov%7C584f27d7a4484a9f019708da1417fd34%7Cdc9db449fad64fcd899014394088d4ec%7C0%7C0%7C637844390536427891%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=EJGCNT44tIMk54JBPt%2Fk1RUNOcnxL%2BE1zmQu7qc3gnU%3D&reserved=0

Apply here for Homeless Prevention: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgn.ecivis.com%2FGO%2Fgn_redir%2FT%2F1esicsmytni1g&data=04%7C01%7CHarvinder.Makkar%40dca.ga.gov%7C584f27d7a4484a9f019708da1417fd34%7Cdc9db449fad64fcd899014394088d4ec%7C0%7C0%7C637844390536427891%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=lCGoGWbbWLCBahEecz6JWZFogv5kU4MOqMS6ElONvWc%3D&reserved=0

Apply here for Hotel Motel Voucher: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgn.ecivis.com%2FGO%2Fgn_redir%2FT%2F1hqu15slvgu2e&data=04%7C01%7CHarvinder.Makkar%40dca.ga.gov%7C584f27d7a4484a9f019708da1417fd34%7Cdc9db449fad64fcd899014394088d4ec%7C0%7C0%7C637844390536427891%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=f55MMrs2vb8hzZuP4M4zY2J2x0Q5%2FM5whKHywDjHoUs%3D&reserved=0

Apply here for Rapid Re-Housing: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgn.ecivis.com%2FGO%2Fgn_redir%2FT%2Fbe2n0mcibxqj&data=04%7C01%7CHarvinder.Makkar%40dca.ga.gov%7C584f27d7a4484a9f019708da1417fd34%7Cdc9db449fad64fcd899014394088d4ec%7C0%7C0%7C637844390536427891%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=M8BkFZKb19itxwPQ%2BEaWtsljSEsiraXoPpamw%2B1XEF4%3D&reserved=0

Apply here for Street Outreach: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgn.ecivis.com%2FGO%2Fgn_redir%2FT%2F1hrtiuppyo4qd&data=04%7C01%7CHarvinder.Makkar%40dca.ga.gov%7C584f27d7a4484a9f019708da1417fd34%7Cdc9db449fad64fcd899014394088d4ec%7C0%7C0%7C637844390536427891%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=d3yyjp0GRrv9L5H7XmGiJyWTkOW3cU14wcOUN24OEO4%3D&reserved=0

Apply here for Supportive Services Only: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgn.ecivis.com%2FGO%2Fgn_redir%2FT%2F1xn9t7yenulrj&data=04%7C01%7CHarvinder.Makkar%40dca.ga.gov%7C584f27d7a4484a9f019708da1417fd34%7Cdc9db449fad64fcd899014394088d4ec%7C0%7C0%7C637844390536427891%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=%2F7ihq8famKeIYXmO%2FMrYjE5XPzPAqOHI2L5EePp0xow%3D&reserved=0

Apply here for HOPWA: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgn.ecivis.com%2FGO%2Fgn_redir%2FT%2F1tlj820d0807a&data=04%7C01%7CHarvinder.Makkar%40dca.ga.gov%7C584f27d7a4484a9f019708da1417fd34%7Cdc9db449fad64fcd899014394088d4ec%7C0%7C0%7C637844390536427891%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=WSlmPzTO0YM6piqIxBxyZO5XEPAjnY94UH0X6dBJjwE%3D&reserved=0

All ESG Program application questions or concerns should be referred to LaDrina M. Jones (LaDrina.Jones@dca.ga.gov).

All HOPWA application questions or concerns should be referred to Michelle Carter (Michelle.Carter@dca.ga.gov).

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is committed to providing all persons with equal access to its services, programs, activities, education and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. For a reasonable accommodation or if you need an alternative format or language, please contact at: (404) 679-4840 or fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.

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