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Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits for Services to
Individuals and Families Facing Homelessness

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Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services - Nebraska Homeless Assistance Program (NHAP)

Deadline Date:

02/16/18 5:00 PM CST Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Nebraska nonprofit organizations to assist families and individuals who are homeless or are at-risk of becoming homeless. Services supported through this program include street outreach, homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, and homelessness and domestic violence database activities.

Purpose:

The purpose of the Nebraska Homeless Assistance Program (NHAP) is to provide an overall “Continuum of Care” approach to address the needs of individuals and families experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness in Nebraska by assisting in the alleviation and prevention of homelessness, providing temporary and/or permanent housing for persons who are homeless, and encouraging the development of projects that link housing assistance programs with efforts to promote self-sufficiency.

It is widely recognized that homelessness is not due to just a lack of shelter; it also involves a variety of unmet needs and underlying economic, physical, and social challenges. To the extent that homelessness encompasses a wide range of conditions, NHAP strongly supports the “Continuum of Care” concept as an effective approach to addressing the needs of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. A Continuum of Care process is a community and regional-based process that provides a comprehensive and coordinated housing and service delivery system. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) initiated the “Continuum of Care” process in 1994. The process promotes a coordinated, strategic planning approach for programs that assist families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

A Continuum of Care system has the goal of moving persons who are homeless to permanent housing and stably maintaining those who are currently residing in permanent housing. This means identifying all homeless populations in communities, understanding the need of people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness, and building a comprehensive and responsive system. A Continuum of Care approach helps communities and regions provide a balance of emergency, transitional, and permanent housing and service resources to address the needs of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and assist them in making the critical transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. All renewal subrecipients must actively participate in their Continuums of Care.

Intent:

It is DHHS’s intent to award funds through a regional and programmatic (i.e. activity specific) allocation process which emphasizes equitable distribution of funding, continuity of services, quality programming and effective and efficient service delivery. The intent of this funding is to supplement a homeless service provider's budget, with the priority given to comprehensive homeless service providers offering complete regional continuum of care coverage. Therefore, organizations are encouraged to seek other sources of funding, to collaborate and to coordinate programs and services with other organizations in order to optimize the use of NHAP funds.

Target Services Areas:

NHAP allocates ESG and HSATF funds to Regions 1-5 and allocates HSATF funds to Regions 6 & 7. Regions 6 (Lincoln area) and 7 (Omaha area) receive their ESG award directly from HUD. For additional information on funds available please see the section titled “2018-19 NHAP REGIONAL ALLOCATION” starting on page 10.

Target Population:

NHAP funds are to be used to assist individuals and families in Nebraska who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

UD defines “Homeless” as (see 24 CFR 574.2 for more detailed information):

1) An individual or family who lacks fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, meaning:
a) 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 camp ground;
b) An individual or family living in a supervised publicly or privately-operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements; or
c) An individual who is exiting an institution where he or she resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution.

2) An individual or family who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence provided that:
a) The primary nighttime residence will be lost within 14 days of the date of application for homeless assistance;
b) No subsequent residence has been identified; and
c) The individual or family lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing.

3) Unaccompanied youth under 25 years of age, or families with children and youth, who do not otherwise qualify as homeless under this definition, but who:
a) Are defined as homeless under other relevant federal statutes;
b) Have not had a lease, ownership interest or occupancy agreement in permanent housing during the 60 days immediately preceding the date of application for homeless assistance;
c) Have experienced persistent instability as measured by two moves or more during the 60-day period immediately preceding the date of application for homeless assistance; and
d) Can be expected to continue in such status for an extended period of time.

4) Any individual or family who:
a) Is fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions that relate to violence against the individual or a family member, including a child, that has either taken place in their primary nighttime residence or has made them afraid to return to their primary nighttime residence;
b) Has no other residence; and
c) Lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing.

NOTE: There are no Continuums in Nebraska that have been approved to use the Category 3 definition (homeless under other federal statutes). Therefore, you cannot serve anyone with ESG funding unless they meet the qualifications for homelessness under Category 1, 2 or 4.

HUD defines “At Risk of Homelessness” as (see 24 CFR 574.2 for more detailed information):

1) An individual or family who:

a) Has an annual income below 30 percent of median family income for the area, as determined by HUD;

b) Does not have sufficient resources or support networks immediately available to prevent them from moving to an emergency shelter or place described in paragraph (1) of the “homeless” definition; and

c) Meets one of the following conditions:
1. Has moved because of economic reasons two or more times during the 60 days immediately preceding the application for homelessness prevention assistance;
2. Is living in the home of another because of economic hardship;
3. 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;
4. Lives in a hotel or motel and the cost is not paid by a charitable or governmental program for low-income persons;
5. 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 per room, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau; or
6. Is exiting a publicly funded institution or system of care.

2) A child or youth who does not qualify as homeless under this Act, but qualifies as homeless under other relevant federal statutes; or

3) A child or youth who does not qualify as homeless under this section of the Act, but qualifies as homeless under another section and the parent(s) or guardian(s) of that child or youth are living with her or him.

As of January 15, 2016, the Final rule on Defining “Chronically Homelessness” went into effect. The new definition for Chronic Homelessness must be followed. The most significant changes to the definition include:

-To be considered chronically homeless, a person must have a disability and have been living in a place not meant for human habitation, in an emergency shelter, or a safe haven for the last 12 months continuously or on at least four occasions in the last three years where those occasions cumulatively total at least 12 months;
-Replaced “disabling condition” with “homeless individual with a disability”;
-There is not a minimum number of days in which each occasion must total but instead, occasions are defined by a break of at least seven days not residing in an emergency shelter, safe haven, or residing in a place meant for human habitation;
-Stays in institutions of fewer than 90 days do not constitute a break and count toward total time homeless; and
-The final rule establishes recordkeeping requirements for documenting chronic homelessness that take into account how providers use Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) and that does not require documentation of each day of homelessness but a method that can be more easily implemented.

NOTE: NHAP funding may not be used to serve wards of the State. This population is not considered homeless for the purpose of NHAP, because the State is legally responsible for the basic needs of such children. Runaway youth who are not a part of the foster care system and are not wards of the State are considered homeless.

Services Description:

Eligible activities for NHAP funding are 1) Street Outreach, 2) Emergency Shelter, 3) Homelessness Prevention, 4) Rapid Rehousing and 5) HMIS/DV (Homeless Management Information System/Domestic Violence) data base.

1) Street Outreach – funds may cover costs related to engagement, case management, emergency outpatient health services, emergency outpatient mental health services and transportation). Eligible persons are those who meet the criteria set forth in paragraph (1)(a) of HUD’s “homeless” definition and criteria set forth on pages 4-5.

2) Emergency Shelter – funds may cover costs related to:
a) Essential Services – case management, child care, education, employment assistance and job training, life skills training, outpatient health services, outpatient mental health services, outpatient substance abuse treatment services and transportation; and
b) Shelter Operations – eligible costs are the costs of maintenance, including minor or routine repairs; rent; security; fuel; equipment; insurance; utilities; food; furnishings; supplies necessary for the operation of the shelter; and hotel/motel vouchers when no shelter is available.
c) Eligibility - Eligible persons are those who meet the criteria set of HUD’s “homeless” definition and criteria set forth on pages 4-5.

3) Homelessness Prevention – funds may cover costs related to:
a) Services – housing search and placement, housing stability case management, mediation and credit repair;
b) Financial Assistance – rental application fees, security deposits, utility deposits or payments, last month’s rent, and moving costs; and
c) Rental Assistance - short-term (up to 3 months in a 3-year period) rent; medium-term rent (more than 3 months, but not more than 24 months in a 3-year period); rental arrears (one-time payment for up to 6 months of rental arrears in a 3-year period).
d) Eligibility - Eligible persons are those who meet the criteria set forth in HUD’s “at risk of homelessness” definition (see pages 5-6) or in paragraphs (2), (3) or (4) of HUD’s “homeless” definition (see pages 4-5) and have an annual income below 30 percent of median family income for the area, as determined by HUD.

4) Rapid Rehousing – funds may cover costs related to:
a) Services – housing search and placement, housing stability case management, mediation and credit repair;
b) Financial Assistance – rental application fees, security deposits, utility deposits or payments, last month’s rent, and moving costs; and
c) Rental Assistance - short-term (up to 3 months in a 3-year period) rent; medium-term rent (more than 3 months, but not more than 24 months in a 3-year period); rental arrears (one-time payment for up to 6 months of rental arrears in a 3-year period).
d) Eligibility – Eligible persons are those who meet the criteria set forth in paragraph (1) of HUD’s “homeless” definition (see pages 4-5) or in paragraph (4) of the “homeless” definition and live in an emergency shelter or other place described in paragraph (1) of the “homeless” definition.

5) HMIS/DV Database – funds may be used to pay the costs for contributing data to the HMIS or a comparable data base for victim service providers designated by the Continuum of Care for the area. Eligible activities include: computer hardware, software, equipment, technical support, office space, utilities related to HMIS work, personal costs for analyzing/entering data into HMIS, HMIS training costs, and HMIS licensing fees.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168613

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for 2018-2019 NHAP funding, applicants must:

A. Assume responsibility for having knowledge of and the ability and intent to comply with federal and state Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and state Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund (HSATF) requirements found in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 24 Part 576 (ESG) and Title 24 Part 84 (HUD Uniform Administrative Requirements) and Nebraska Revised Statutes 68-1601 through 68-1608 (HSATF) and Nebraska Administrative Code Title 462 (HSATF);

B. Agree to abide by the conditions and content of the Program Guidelines document and the submitted application as approved if selected to receive funding;

C. In order to reduce NHAP grant management and administrative burden, NHAP adopted a two-year funding cycle in 2003. The first year involves a competitive application process that is open to any eligible applicant. The second year will be a renewal application process that is open only to existing NHAP recipients in good standing.

Grant year 2018-2019 is the 1st year of this two-year grant cycle, which is an open year. All applicants, both former and new, will be considered for NHAP funding if all eligibility requirements are met and a completed application is submitted per instructions.

D. Have at least two years of experience successfully providing services which address the purpose of NHAP, as previously described;

E. Identify there is a need for the proposed services;

F. Provide evidence of participation in their Continuum of Care (Attachment B);

G. Obtain Continuum of Care approval for the need for the proposed services identified in their application and provide documentation of such approval (Attachment B);

H. Be exempt from taxation under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue of 1986 or represent a number of eligible applicants;

I. Not discriminate based on age, religion, sex, race, color, disability, gender, gender identity or national origin;

J. Provide:
(a)Residential housing for at least eight hours of every twentyfour hour period, as defined by the state and federal rules and regulations governing HUD’s Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program and/or Nebraska’s Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund (HSATF); and
(b)Homelessness prevention, rapid rehousing, street outreach and/or shelter services for individuals and/or families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in compliance with the state and federal rules and regulations governing HUD’s Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program and/or Nebraska’s Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund (HSATF);

K. Operate a drug-free premise;

L. Agree to participate in any count of homeless individuals and/or families and housing inventory undertaken by DHHS or their designee;

M. Agree to comply with the written ESG standards approved by the applicants relevant Continuum of Care (the Balance of State Continuum of Care standards are found on the NHAP website at:
http://dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/Pages/fia_nhap_history_of_nhap.aspx)

N. Agree to follow the NHAP ServicePoint workflow and participate in NHAP’s identified HMIS database by entering all required NHAP and HUD data elements on all persons served and all NHAP-funded activities, with the exception of victim or legal service providers who agree to collect all of required NHAP and HUD data elements on all persons served and all NHAP-funded activities and enter them into an electronic database system which is comparable to the HMIS, and also agree to DHHS NHAP coordinator accessing HMIS to view NHAP funded client records during monitoring for quality assurance purposes;

O. If requesting funding for homeless prevention and/or rapid rehousing services, agree to assess client eligibility and obtain the necessary documentation to verify the client, the payment/service provided and the housing unit meet HUD’s ESG requirements at 24 CFR 576:
http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title24/24cfr576_main_02.tpl

P. If requesting funding for shelter services, agree to maintain shelter facility in compliance with HUD’s minimum standards at 24 CFR 576.403 and provide Attachment C to verify approval of emergency shelter activities by local government for all cities or counties where shelter will occur – (HUD requires new NHAP subrecipients to submit an approval for any and all cities/counties where shelter will occur, even those programs using hotel/motel vouchers. Current NHAP subrecipients who have previously submitted approvals for cities/counties do not need to resubmit for those identified cities/counties, just those cities/counties where shelter will occur that do not have a prior city/county approval on file at DHHS).

Q. If requesting funding for shelter services, clearly identify if there is or will be a new shelter location not previously reported to NHAP (due to the need for environmental reviews no shelter can be supported with NHAP funds without NHAP’s prior approval);

R. Conduct an annual, certified, external financial audit/financial report completed within the last 12 months;

S. Submit a correctly completed application, including Attachments A through E (unless not required per instructions) and all additional required documentation such as Board of Directors List, Proof of 501 (c)(3) status, Certification of Good Standing, and Certification of Accuracy and Intent Form by the deadline previously specified; and

T. ESG funds are not intended for start-up of new homeless service providers or programs, and duplicative service and program efforts should be avoided. First time applicants are expected to have homeless programs established and be active participants in their local CoC prior to participating in the ESG application process.

Pre-Application Information:

ESG and HSATF funding for 2018-2019 will exceed the amount of funds awarded in 2016-2017. NHAP will follow its funding formula, identified in the Annual Action Plan submitted to HUD, in determining the amounts of funds available per region. Although the HUD ESG allocation has yet to be announced by HUD, NHAP expects no significant change is ESG funding.

*NHAP does have an anticipated increase of $601,576.70 in HSATF available for awarding to applicants. NHAP has reserved additional HSATF funding for 2nd year awards (2019-2020) to sustain successful projects.

2018-2019 Projected Allocations:
-Region 1: $264,806.02
-Region 2: $429,166.06
-Region 3: $422,534.41
-Region 4: $691,519.50
-Region 5: $579,005.25
-Region 6: $652,914.25
-Region 7: $1,406,259.73

The deadline to submit questions is 5:00 PM CST on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Each application submitted must include all the required documents from the Checklist and must be received (not postmarked or in-route) by 5:00 PM (CST) Friday, February 16, 2018.

Timeline:
-NHAP Application Due: 1/16/2018 5:00 PM CST
-Application Review: 4/2018
-Allocation Process: 5/2018
-Intent to Award Notification: 6/29/2019

Answers to submitted questions will be posted online at:
http://dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/Pages/fia_nhap_nhap_funding.aspx

In order to serve the needs of people who are homeless throughout the entire state, NHAP allocates funds according to the geographic regions identified on the map located at:
http://dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/Pages/fia_nhap_c_of_c.aspx

Contact Information:

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

Nikki Swope, NHAP Coordinator
DHHS.HomelessAssistance@nebraska.gov

DHHS
Attn: Nikki Swope
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509

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USA: Nebraska