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Consolidated Homeless Fund Partnership (CHFP)

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits and Agencies to Improve
Services for the Homeless During the Coronavirus Crisis

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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State of Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development, City of Pawtucket, City of Providence, and City of Woonsocket

Conf. Date:

04/01/21

Deadline Date:

04/30/21 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations and government agencies to improve and strengthen services for homeless populations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for a range of activities including outreach, supporting emergency shelters, increasing access to housing, and finding innovative solutions.

Eligible Activities:

  1. Street Outreach ($100,000-$125,000 estimated available funds)
  2. Emergency Shelter ($2,500,000-$2,800,000)
    1. Shelter Operations
    2. Essential Services
    3. Shelter Renovations
  3. Rapid Rehousing, State Rental Assistance and Systemwide Housing Navigators ($2,300,000-$3,000,000 estimated available).
    1. 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.
    2. Rental Assistance Programs are designed to help the chronically homeless achieve housing stability.
      1. Financial Assistance
      2. Services Costs
      3. Credit Repair
    3. System-Wide Housing Navigators
  4. Innovative Systems Programs to Address Homelessness ($250,000-$300,000 estimated available funds)
  5. COVID-19 Prevention, Preparation and Response
    1. Prepare for a Coronavirus Outbreak
    2. Prevent a Coronavirus Outbreak
    3. Respond to a Coronavirus Outbreak

The CHFP anticipates the availability of federal and state funding from the following programs:

  • City of Pawtucket, Emergency Solutions Grant Program ($147,182) est.
  • City of Providence, Emergency Solutions Grant Program ($408,018) est.
  • City of Woonsocket, Emergency Solutions Grant Program ($107,093) est.
  • State of Rhode Island, Emergency Solutions Grant Program ($664,953) est.
  • State of Rhode Island, Title XX Homeless Funds ($1,208,964) est.
  • State of Rhode Island, Housing Resources Commission Homelessness Resources ($3,660,491) est. - subject to HRC approval.

Please note that local (Providence, Pawtucket and Woonsocket) Emergency Solutions Grant Funds contributed to the CHFP must be distributed to programs serving those communities. There is a guaranteed minimum allocation in those municipalities equivalent to their ESG allocation. Variations from estimated percentages and amounts may occur.

More about eligible activities can be found starting at page 9 in the RFP, see Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141719

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$6,197,331

Term of Contract:

The program year runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Private nonprofit organizations (defined as tax-exempt secular or religious organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) or units of local government.
- Has no part of its net earnings inuring to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual;
- Organizations that do not have any unresolved findings from the State of Rhode Island or HUD.
- Organizations that have standards of financial accountability that conform to 2 CFR 200.302, ‘Financial Management’ and 2 CFR 200.303, ‘Internal Controls,’ which includes systems and software that allow for effective control over, and accountability for, all funds, property, and other assets.
- Organizations that have a functioning accounting system that is operated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or has designated an entity that will maintain such an accounting system; and
- Organizations that have among its purposes significant activities related to providing services or individuals and families who are homeless.

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

RFP Information Session
- April 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Rhode Island Department of Administration,
One Capitol Hill, Conference Room A
Providence, RI

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- March 19, 2021: RFP Release Date
- April 1 , 2021 at 1:00 pm: RFP Information Session
- April 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm: Deadline to submit questions to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXYNYMX
- April 22, 2021 at 4:00 pm: Answers to submitted questions will be posted at http://ohcd.ri.gov
- April 30, 2021 at 4:00 pm: Applications Due
- May 13th at 1:00 pm: Review Session 1
- May 19th at 1:00 pm: Review Session 2 (if needed)
- On or about June 30, 2021: Awards Announced (contingent upon approval by HRC)

Contact Information:

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:

Consolidated Homeless Partnership c/o:
Pheamo R. Witcher
Principal Planner
Office of Housing and Community Development
Pheamo.witcher@doa.ri.gov

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

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