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Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) - Coronavirus Round 2

Grants to California Housing and Service Providers for Projects to Benefit
Local Homeless Families and Individuals During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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County of Santa Barbara Community Services Department - Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

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Grants to California housing and service providers for projects to benefit homeless families and individuals in eligible locations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applicants must attend a training webinar prior to submitting an application. Focus areas include emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, and street outreach. Funding is intended to benefit Santa Barbara County.

Emergency Solutions Grant Round 2 (ESG-CV2) funds to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus among individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or receiving homeless assistance in a coordinated response that considers all available funding streams, housing resources, staffing resources and other community assets that can be marshalled.

The ESG program provides funding to:

  • Engage homeless individuals and families living on the street;
  • Improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families;
  • Help operate these shelters;
  • Provide essential services to shelter residents; and
  • Rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families.

Eligible Emergency Shelter Activities (24 CFR 576.102) are limited to:

  • Acquisition of Real Property– Site control must occur before November 20 th , 2020;
  • Non-Congregate Shelter - Essential Services and Shelter Operations;
  • Rehabilitation of existing facilities of construction of new facilities to increase bed count and accommodate physical distancing;
  • Costs related directly to COVID-19 response;
  • Safety Pay

Eligible Rapid Rehousing Activities include:

  • Provision of financial assistance to rapidly re-house persons experiencing homelessness.
  • Supportive services to help people obtain and maintain housing
  • Landlord Incentives: (Must be combined with provision of rental assistance and services)
  • Diversion Services (Must be combined with provision of rental assistance and services)

The state strongly encourages grantees to use the bulk of their ESG-CV2 funds for Rapid Rehousing so that households can move to housing.

Eligible Street Outreach Activities (24 CFR 576.101) include:

  • Case Management, Engagement, Transportation
  • Street medicine and health outreach programs.
  • Personal Protective Equipment, hygiene kits, basic needs.
  • Assist with housing navigation to move to individual living quarters.
  • Training on infectious disease prevention and mitigation.
  • Provide safety pay for staff working directly to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus among persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

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GrantWatch ID#: 190193

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Emergency Shelter:
- Minimum Request- $100,000
- Maximum Request - $2,500,000 ($2,500,000 for capital projects)

Rapid Rehousing:
- Minimum Request- $100,000
- Maximum Request - $1,500,000

Street Outreach:
- Minimum Request- $100,000
- Maximum Request - $1,500,000

Term of Contract:

Emergency Shelter activities may be provided only until January 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Housing and service providers may apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Mandatory Applicant Training - November 5th , 10 am-12 pm

Meeting ID: 829 0688 6925
Passcode: 048513

Pre-Application Information:

The ESG-CV2 funding competition will take place according to the following 2020 timeline:
• Letters of Intent due to County HCD - October 23rd no later than 5 PM
• County HCD application due to State of California - October 28th
• Local Notice of Funding Available to be released - November 2nd
• Mandatory Applicant Training - November 5th, 10am-12pm (Training slides can be found in Supporting Documents below)
• ESG-CV2 Provider Applications due to County HCD - EXTENDED to December 18, 2020 by 5 PM
• Closed Rank and Review Deliberations – First week of December

*Applicants may revise previously submitted application. Any attendee of the mandatory training may submit a new application.

CSD is requesting housing and service providers to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) if they are planning to apply for ESG -CV 2 funds. This is non-binding document and will not be considered during the Rank and Review Process. Agencies not turning in an LOI may still apply for ESG-CV2 funding. However, Santa Barbara County CSD urges all potential applicants to complete this LOI so that HCD can submit a comprehensive and complete application to the State of California.

Contact Information:

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

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For more information, contact Jett Black-Maertz at the email address above or at (805) 568-2484.

Housing and Community
Development Division
Community Services Department
123 E. Anapamu St., 2 nd Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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