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Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits and Agencies to Create and Upgrade Homeless Shelters

Shelter Support Program (SSP) Grant


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Funding Source
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Jersey

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/07/23
Deadline: 01/02/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations and government entities for capital projects that enhance transitional residential facilities. Applicants must attend an information workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended to purchase equipment and furnishing for new transitional residencies and to renovate existing facilities. The Shelter Support Program is committed to projects that create new beds, correct code violations, and improve safety or living conditions for the residents.

The purpose of the Shelter Support Program is to provide funding to:

  • Address life and safety issues in emergency shelters
  • Address life and safety issues in transitional housing facilities serving only domestic violence survivors and aging-out youth.
  • Purchase equipment and furnishings that will provide direct benefits to the housing residents of eligible facilities.

Target populations: Homeless individuals, families, youth between 18-21 years of age, and specialized populations such as the mentally ill, victims of domestic violence, veterans, persons with HIV/AIDS, individuals leaving jail or prison, and those with alcohol/substance abuse issues.

Eligible activities:

  • Rehabilitation, renovation, or conversion of buildings for use as an emergency shelter or a transitional housing facility
  • Acquisition of a building for use as a transitional housing facility
  • New construction of a transitional housing facility
  • Purchase of equipment, furnishings, and/or a new van that will accommodate a minimum of eight passengers.

For information about performance outcomes, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Government entities and nonprofit organizations with at least 5 years of experience managing shelters and/or transitional housing facilities may apply.

Emergency shelters and transitional housing facilities must be licensed by a State of New Jersey department as an emergency shelter (NJ Department of Community Affairs’ Division of Codes and Standards, NJ Department of Human Services, NJ Department of Children and Families, etc.).

For this program, an emergency shelter is defined as a facility that provides temporary shelter up to 6 months to homeless households. Transitional housing is defined as a facility that provides temporary housing 6-24 months and supportive services to homeless domestic violence or aging out youth households.

For additional eligibility requirements, see

Anything beyond a 24-month duration is considered permanent housing and is ineligible for this grant program.

Ineligible activities for Shelter Support:
• Acquisition of an emergency shelter or transitional housing facility.
• Acquisition or mortgage payoff of a property owned by the applicant, agency subsidiary, or any other affiliated organization under the umbrella of the parent company.
• New construction of an emergency shelter or transitional housing facility.
• Staff salaries, consultants, interior designers.
• The purchase of a bus, SUV, shed, or playground.
• Warranties, protection plans, or software.

Pre-Proposal Conference
DCA will be offering a mandatory virtual technical assistance workshop on December 7, 2023, at 11:00 am.

If interested, please email or call (609) 913-6646 before December 5, 2023.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to apply is January 2, 2024.

Applicants must be registered with and have a valid UEI number.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum award is $550,000. The maximum purchase price for a new van is $40,000.

Term of Contract
- Grant Period Start: February 1, 2024
- Grant Period Stop: July 31, 2025

- For capital costs under $100,000, the facility must continue use for at least 3 years
- For capital costs over $100,000, the facility must continue use for at least 10 years.
- For operational costs, the facility must continue use for at least 3 years.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Contact Information:
Meghan Hudson
(609) 633-6266

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