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Consolidated Homeless Fund Partnership (CHFP)

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits and Agencies
for Homelessness Relief and Prevention Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 141719
Agency Type:

State

State of Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Entitlement Cities of Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket

03/10/17

04/24/17 3:00 PM EST

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Grants to Rhode Island nonprofits and agencies for programs that relieve and prevent homelessness by increasing access to housing, supporting emergency shelters, and providing financial assistance to the homeless. An information session will be held on March 10, 2017. The deadline to submit questions is April 3, 2017.

The CHFP is designed to be a part of the continuum of programs and assistance that works to prevent and reduce the number of homeless individuals and families in Rhode Island. The CHFP supports a wide range of activities targeted to assisting persons at-risk of/or experiencing homelessness every year by developing programs and initiatives to meet the goals of Opening Doors Rhode Island, which are to:
- Increase the supply of and access to permanent housing that is affordable to very low-income households.
- Retool Homeless Crisis Response System to be more effective in preventing/ending homelessness.
- Increase economic security for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
- Improve Health and Housing Stability.
- Increase Leadership, Collaboration, and Civic Engagement

Additional objectives of the CHFP are to:
- Help support the costs of operating and maintaining emergency shelters and transitional housing facilities.
- Provide emergency assistance to individuals and families who are currently homeless (financial assistance and housing stabilization services).
- Help support essential services that allow homeless individuals and families to gain access to the resources they need to quickly stabilize their housing situation.
- Encourage and strengthen positive program outcomes. These may include, but are not limited to:
Increased program exits to permanent housing.
Increased client participation in mainstream resources (examples Earned Income Tax Credit, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, RIteCARE, etc.).
Decreased length of shelter stays.
Elimination or reduction of repeated episodes of homelessness.
Increased income (employment and/or benefits) for clients.
Decreased shelter program entries because of prevention or diversion efforts.

Finally, the CHFP supports the goals and objectives of the Social Services Block Grant Program, which relate to helping clients’ reach one or more of the five federal goals identified by Congress for Title XX. These goals and objectives are to help clients:

- Achieve or maintain economic self-support to prevent, reduce, or eliminate dependency.
- Achieve or maintain self-sufficiency, including reduction or prevention of dependency.
- Prevent or remedy neglect, abuse or exploitation of children and adults unable to protect their own interests, or preserving, rehabilitating, or reuniting families.
- Prevent or reduce inappropriate institutional care by providing for community-based care, home-based care, or other forms of less intensive care.
- Secure referral or admission for institutional care when other forms of care are not appropriate or providing services to individuals in institutions.

Eligible activities include:
1. Street Outreach ($275,122 estimated available funds)- Funds may be used for costs of providing essential services necessary to reach out to unsheltered homeless people for the purposes of connecting 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 eligible costs and requirements for essential services consist of: engagement; case management; emergency health and mental health services (services that are typically paid for with Medicaid funds are not eligible for funding); transportation and services for special populations.

2. Emergency Shelter ($3,070,508 estimated available funds) – Funds may be used for costs of providing essential services to homeless families and individuals in emergency shelters, renovating buildings to be used as emergency shelter for homeless families and individuals, and operating emergency shelters.

3. Rapid Rehousing and State Rental Assistance (estimated $1,644,698 available funds) – Rapid Rehousing Programs are designed to help those who are homeless quickly transition out of homelessness (less than 28 days after entering shelter) into permanent housing. The primary goal is to stabilize program participants in housing as quickly as possible and to provide wrap-around services after the family or individual obtains housing. Individuals or households receiving this type of assistance must have an income (s) at or below 30% of AMI. Enrollment in a rapid rehousing program should rely heavily on a guided case management plan to ensure long-term stability for program participants.

Up to $280,000 is available under State Rental Assistance for Veterans experiencing homelessness.

Up to $120,000 is available under State Rental Assistance for Domestic Violence Households. Applicants with experience working this this population are encouraged to apply for this funding.

4. Housing Navigators and Landlord Risk Mitigation (estimated $280,000 funds available)
a. Housing Navigators - establish relationships with property managers/landlords to identify units suitable for rent. Navigators serve the system as a whole and must collaborate with all vendors/providers.
b. Landlord Risk Mitigation Funds – Funds to assist in securing units for program participants with multiple barriers to housing. The fund will provide added support to landlords by offering them the option to be reimbursed for excessive damages to a unit beyond the amounts covered by a security deposit.

$5,548,100

The program year runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Eligible applicants must be either a nonprofit organization or a unit of general local government. Applicants are encouraged to pool resources and collaborate on programs whenever possible. When this occurs the collaborating group shall elect a lead applicant to apply for funds and serve as the fiscal agent.

The following costs and activities are not eligible for funding under the CHFP:
- Depreciation, bad debts and late fees;
- Public relations or fundraising;
- Recruitment, staff training, entertainment, conferences and retreats not specifically related to the goals of the CHFP funded project;
- Any activities not explicitly detailed in this manual;
- Payment of client credit card or other consumer debt;
- Payment of client mortgage costs and mortgage arrears;
- Construction or rehabilitation (unless an award or written approval has been received from the CHFP Partnership);
- Cash assistance paid directly to participants; and
- Support of Permanent Supportive Housing

Organizations that are directly funded under the CHF program may not engage in inherently religious activities, such as worship, religious institutions, or proselytization as part of the programs or services funded under CHF.

RFP Information Session will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:00 am at the following location:

Hearing Room A, 1st Floor
RI Public Utility Commission
89 Jefferson Blvd.
Warwick, RI

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:00 am: RFP Information Session
Monday, April 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.: Deadline to Submit Questions
Monday, April 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.: Answers to submitted questions will be posted
Monday, April 24, 2017: Applications Due by 3:00 PM
June 2, 2017 -June 16, 2017: Awards Announced

Questions may be posted at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z2WCNJZ

Answers to submitted questions will be posted at http://ohcd.ri.gov

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants must submit the completed application package to:

Pheamo Witcher, Housing Resources Coordinator - OHCD
pheamo.witcher@doa.ri.gov
Phone: (401) 222-4494

Housing Resources Commission
One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor
Providence, RI 02908

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