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Grants to Texas Nonprofits to Provide Services to Homeless Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: Texas: City of Irving

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Emergency Solutions (ESG-CV) Grant - Fifth Run

City of Irving, Planning and Community Development Department


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #161418

Grant Description

Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations to provide services to homeless populations in eligible locations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applicants must attend a training workshop prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for emergency shelter programs and street outreach services. Eligible projects serve individuals in the City of Irving.

The City of Irving is the recipient of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Emergency Solutions Grant Funds (ESG-CV). These ESG-CV funds must be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts created by the pandemic.

Funds must be used to assist Irving residents experiencing homelessness or receiving homeless assistance. Applicant agencies must apply for program funding under one of the following specific categories:

  • Street Outreach
  • Emergency Shelter and Temporary Emergency Shelter (Operations and Services)
  • Newly added additional eligible activities included on ESG-CV Notices CPD-21-08 and CPD-20-08

Street Outreach: The goal of Street Outreach Services is to make connections to stable housing with tailored services and supports of a client's choice, such as health and behavioral health care, transportation, access to benefits, and more, through person-centered, trauma-informed, and housing-focused services. Programs are encouraged to take advantage of the flexibilities under ESG-CV to provide housing-focused services and quickly move clients off the streets and into permanent housing. Agencies will need to demonstrate that ESG-CV funds will be used to meet the needs of the unsheltered homeless population and frontline staff to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Higher priority is given to organizations that demonstrate the ability to coordinate services with Irving-based programs, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and service providers.

Emergency Shelter: The goal of the shelter system is to provide a safe, accessible place to stay for those experiencing homelessness and to move them towards and into appropriate and stable permanent housing. Shelters achieve this goal by connecting homeless households with appropriate permanent housing options, as well as other services and community resources that will help them obtain or maintain housing. Agencies will need to demonstrate that ESG-CV funds will be used for shelter residents to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City will provide funding under the Emergency Shelter component to shelters for eligible activities associated with the provision of shelter operations.

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Eligibility:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified nonprofit homeless service providers organizations are encouraged to apply for funding.

To be eligible, funded agencies must:
• Eligible applicants include private, nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that plan to provide Emergency Shelter Activities, Temporary Emergency Shelter Activities, Rapid re-housing, Crisis response activities and Homelessness prevention assistance
• Fully participate in electronic case management documentation and outcome data tracking through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Federal law requires that Domestic Violence agencies use Systems Comparable to HMIS rather than the HMIS used by other homeless agencies.
• Participate and be active member in the Dallas City & County/Irving Continuum of Care (CoC)

It is also important to note those activities and expenses that are NOT deemed eligible for reimbursement under the Homelessness Solutions program. These include:
- Staff recruitment;
- Facilities/equipment depreciation;
- Costs associated with the operation of the parent organization other than those associated with funded ESG/ESG-CV specific program;
- Costs associated with organizational outreach, advertisements, pamphlets, surveys, etc.;
- Staff training (except ESG-CVeligible activities), entertainment, conferences or retreats;
- Public relations, advertising or fundraising expense;
- Payments for bad debts/late fees;
- Mortgage assistance/payments for program participants;
- Subrecipient mortgage/debt service;
- Indirect organizational costs, and;
- Rental assistance in any unit in which the subrecipient or subsidiary has one percent (1%) or more ownership interest in the property.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The City of Irving will host a mandatory application training workshop on Friday, March 11th, 2022 at 3:30-4:30 PM, on the first floor, Council Conference Room.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on April 1, 2022. No late applications will be accepted.

The City of Irving will entertain questions from organizations between March 3 and March 9, 2022. All responses will be provided via email to all organizations that submitted questions in a cumulative email by March 10, 2022. All questions must be submitted in writing to the City of Irving’s Planning and Community Development Department, Fernando Hernandez-Garza, Contracts Administrator.

Application proposals will be reviewed by the Housing and Human Services Board and/or appointed subcommittee(s) before being submitted to City Council for approval on May 5, 2022.

The City will require one application per organization per program. Applicants seeking funding for multiple project components must submit a separate application for each program. Applications that do not meet threshold criteria or that do not meet the deadline will not be accepted.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Subrecipient requests should be for a minimum of $25,000 to operate programs that are following ESG-CV funded activities.

Term of Contract:

Due to the ESG-CV funding performance deadline, the agreement (s) derived from this NOFA will have a short performance term: From May 1st, 2022 through September 30th, 2022.

Contact Information:

Proposals may only be submitted on paper and in person no later than the Notice of Funding Availability deadline.

Direct questions to Fernando Hernandez‐Garza, at fgarza@cityofirving.org

City of Irving
Planning and Community Development
825 W Irving Boulevard
Irving, TX 75060
Phone: (972) 721-4950

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