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Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program - Balance of State (BoS) Allocation

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Regions for Homeless Services and Rapid Rehousing

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

Deadline Date:

07/31/19 5:00 pm PST Receipt - For the following disaster-impacted jurisdictions: Butte County, Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Shasta County, San Diego County, and Santa Barbara County.

Description:

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Grants to California nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and local government units in the Northern, Bay Area, and Central and Imperial Valley regions for services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Applicants must be approved by their regional Continuum of Care Service Area.

The ESG program provides funding for the following objectives:

- Engaging individuals and families experiencing homelessness;
- Improving the quality of Emergency Shelters (ES) for individuals and families experiencing homelessness by helping to operate these shelters, and by providing essential services to shelter residents;
- Rapidly re-housing individuals and families experiencing homelessness; and
- Preventing families/individuals from becoming homeless.

Funding in the BoS allocation is made available based on recommendations from a CoC in two ways:

1. Through regional competitions within three geographic regions (Northern Region, Bay Area Region, Central and Imperial Valley Region) pursuant to 25 CCR 8404 (a) (3); and
2. Through a non-competitive process for Rapid Re-Housing (RR) activities.

ESG funds may be used to provide housing relocation and stabilization services and short or medium-term rental assistance as necessary to help a homeless individual or family move as quickly as possible into permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing.

Pursuant to state ESG regulations, 25 CCR 8408, all activities permitted under the federal ESG regulations shall be eligible except for renovation, conversion, or major rehabilitation activities under 24 CFR Part 576.102. Minor repairs to an ESG-funded ES that do not qualify as renovation, conversion, or major rehabilitation are an eligible use of state ESG funds.

Implementation Requirements: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/active-funding/esg/docs/2019-ESG-BoS-NOFA-Amended.pdf#page=21

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185928

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

No individual application minimum and maximum grant amounts will be established by the state for the noncompetitive RR set-aside. The CoC shall determine the amounts of each individual application.

For the Regional Competition, each application submitted must be for a minimum of $75,000 and a maximum of $200,000. These amounts include all eligible activities, including HMIS, and indirect costs.

Term of Contract:

All of the grantee’s ESG funds must be expended for eligible activity costs within 24 months after the date HUD signs the grant agreement with HCD.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To provide ESG eligible activities within a CoC Service Area as listed in Appendix A, applicants must be either private non-profit organizations or units of general-purpose local governments. In addition, all applicants must have a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. Applicants must list their DUNS number in the ESG application.

HCD will not award any ESG funds to applicants that are debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, and declared ineligible or voluntarily excluded from participation from federally assisted programs.

Private non-profit organization, as defined in 24 CFR Part 576.2, is an organization that: 1) is a secular or religious organization described in Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and is exempt from taxation under subtitle A of the Codes; 2) has an accounting system; 3) has a voluntary board; 4) practices nondiscrimination in the provision of assistance; and 5) does not include a governmental organization, such as a public housing agency or housing finance agency.

Faith-based organizations receiving ESG funds, like all organizations receiving HUD funds, must serve all eligible program participants without regard to religion.

Units of general-purpose local governments, as defined in 24 CFR Part 576.2, are any city, county, town, township, parish, village, or other general-purpose political subdivision of a state.

Units of general-purpose local governments applying for ESG funding for ES and/or SO activities must not replace funds the local government provided for these activities during the immediately preceding 12-month period, except in situations of severe financial deficit as determined by HUD.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted beginning the first business day following release of the NOFA and must be received by HCD no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, May 30, 2019, except for those jurisdictions listed below. HCD will only accept applications through postal carriers that provide date stamp verification confirming delivery to HCD’s office, such as U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx or other carrier services.

Applicants may submit their approved Board Resolutions beyond the application due date. Approved Board Resolutions will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. The Department will NOT accept Resolutions after this time.

Applicants impacted by a FEMA declared major disaster in 2018 must submit an application to HCD no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. The disaster-impacted jurisdictions include: Butte County, Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Shasta County, San Diego County, and Santa Barbara County.

Tentative Program Timeline:

- March 29, 2019: ESG NOFA and application for the BoS allocation
released
- May 30, 2019: Application deadline for Applicants not impacted by a 2018 FEMA declared major disaster
- July 31, 2019: Application deadline for Applicants impacted by a 2018 FEMA declared major disaster
- July 31, 2019: Board Resolutions deadline
- September 2019: HCD announces BoS awards

Applications shall only be considered if they are recommended by the CoC where the proposed activity is located. CoCs are required to submit the CoC recommendation package found with the ESG application on ESG website.

For single county CoCs, a maximum of two applications may be recommended by each CoC for the regional competition and a maximum of two applications may be recommended by each CoC for its noncompetitive funds.

For multi-county CoCs, a maximum of three applications may be recommended by each CoC for the regional competition and a maximum of three applications may be recommended by each CoC for its noncompetitive funds.

Grantees must make matching contributions in an amount that equals the amount of federal ESG funds awarded. HCD may request documentation as part of program monitoring to determine the sources and amounts used to meet the federal ESG matching requirement.

All eligible costs incurred after the date of the award letter issued to the grantee by HCD are reimbursable. Grantees shall not expend any funds requiring reimbursement prior to the date of the award letter. In addition, no funds shall be expended until any required environmental review process has been completed, if required under 24 CFR Part 50.

ESG BoS Webinar-Recording: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/active-funding/esg/docs/2019-ESG%E2%80%93BALANCE-OF-STATE-NOFA.mp4

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be mailed to the following address:

Department of Housing and Community Development
Division of Financial Assistance, NOFA Unit
Emergency Solutions Grants Program
2020 W. El Camino Avenue, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95833

For questions, or assistance, please email ESG@hcd.ca.gov.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Northern Region, Bay Area Region, Central and Imperial Valley Region