Funding Opportunities

State & Federal

California Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)

The California ESG provides funds for a variety of activities to address homelessness as authorized under the federal Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 and State program requirements. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) administers the ESG program with funding received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

ESG funds are federal dollars distributed by the state focused on funding programs to prevent and end homelessness.

The State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has announced its annual notice of funding available under the regular California ESG Program (ESG NOFA). For more information about the State's ESG program, including the State funding notice and application materials, please go to: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/active-funding/esg.shtml

As required by the State's annual ESG process, the Homeless Action Partnership (HAP) Board, as the local Continuum of Care governance body, is required to rate, rank, and recommend ESG applications within Santa Cruz County. The HAP Board may recommend no more than:

  • Two applications (up to $162,553 in total funds) for the non-competitive Rapid Rehousing (RRH) Set-Aside, and
  • Two applications of no more than $200,000 each for the Regional Competition.

While RRH is the only eligible project type for the non-competitive set-aside, the following types of projects are eligible for the Regional Competition:

  • Emergency Shelter (ES) services and operations, including domestic violence shelters
  • RRH programs

HMIS, Street Outreach, and Prevention activities can be added to the above applications at no more than 10% for each but are not eligible as standalone projects.

For further information about this the local process, including the requirements, timeline, rating criteria, and local priorities, please carefully review the RFA.

To review the ESG RFA Notice, click here.

If you have questions about the local process or need technical assistance, please contact H4H at housingforhealth@santacruzcounty.us or me at tonygardnerconsulting@yahoo.com.

Questions regarding the State ESG NOFA and application can be directed to: ESG@hcd.ca.gov.

State ESG Website →

California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH)

The CESH Program provides funds for a variety of activities to assist persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness as authorized by SB 850 (Chapter 48, Statues of 2018). HCD grants CESH Program funds in the form of five-year grants to eligible applicants.

CESH funds may be used for five primary activities: housing relocation and stabilization services (including rental assistance), operating subsidies for permanent housing, flexible housing subsidy funds, operating support for emergency housing interventions, and systems support for homelessness services and housing delivery systems.

State CESH Website →

California Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP)

HHAP was signed into law on July 31, 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom and is a $650 million one-time block grant that provides local jurisdictions with funds to support regional coordination and expand or develop local capacity to address their immediate homelessness challenges.

State HHAP Website →

Federal HUD Continuum of Care (CoC)

The CoC Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Please be advised that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the 2021 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition was released on August 18, 2021. The CoC Program Competition provides ongoing and new funding opportunities for projects focused on preventing and ending homelessness around the country. The NOFO can be found here: www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335322.

Update November 12, 2021

The 2021 CoC Application with Attachments and the 2021 Project Priority Listing (with reallocation forms and all project applications that were accepted and ranked, or rejected, new and renewal) are now available for review. To review these documents, please click the following links:

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's CoC Program competition! We are very close to the final submission.

Questions? Email Housing for Health or tonygardnerconsulting@yahoo.com for answers to questions and more information.

Update November 2, 2021

Overview of the Committee Role & Process
On Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, the Santa Cruz County Homeless Action Partnership (HAP)Review and Ranking Committee (Committee) heard and discussed a briefing regarding U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program requirements and policies, and the local CoC process and the committee’s role in approving, rating, ranking, and tiering new and renewal CoC project proposals; approving renewal and replacement Youth Homelessness Demonstration (YHDP) project proposals; and approving the CoC planning grant project proposal. The group also discussed local challenges and priorities, as well as CoC strategic considerations.

Committee members had been previously asked to submit certifications relating to conflict of interest. There were no conflicts disclosed. Although not a committee member, Robert Ratner nonetheless disclosed potential conflicts relating managing County Human Services Department (HSD) renewal projects and partnering with County Health Services Agency on their grants. As staff, he did not vote or take part in the project decision process.

Review and Evaluation of Projects
The committee then reviewed and discussed project aggregate scores (which were based on the previously announced objective rating criteria), and a summary of comments made by committee members, who had previously prepared a brief written evaluation of each project. Comments included evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of each project, suggestions for enhancements to projects, and recommendations relating to approval, ranking, tiering, spending issues, and budget amounts.

Project Approval, Ranking, and Tiering Decisions
The committee then engaged in a discussion and decision process including consideration of:

  1. Project aggregate objective scores that were based on previously publicly announced objective scoring criteria that included HMIS-generated performance measures.
  2. Committee members written evaluations of each project proposal.
  3. Consideration of ranking scenarios in the context HUD priorities, local strategic plan priorities, performance metrics, tiering considerations, funding factors, etc.

After careful consideration, the committee unanimously approved the project proposal selection, ranking, and tiering decisions reflected in the linked project list.

View the Oct. 29, 2021 meeting minutes.
View the Final 2021 Santa Cruz CoC Project Rank Order Listing.

Housing for Health Orientation Session for CoC applicants, held September 10, 2021 (YouTube Video) →

Virtual Applicant Orientation Session Materials

  1. HAP CoC Orientation Agenda 9/10/21
  2. HAP 2021 CoC Local Application Policies and Procedures
  3. HAP 2021 Renewal Project Local Application Form
  4. HAP 2021 New Project Local Application Form
  5. HAP 2021 YHDP Replacement Project Request Form
  6. HAP 2021 Eligible Renewal Projects and Amounts
  7. HAP 2021 Match Training Presentation
  8. HAP 2021 Match Format
  9. HAP 2021 YHDP FAQs and Flexibilities

This Public Solicitation of Applications for projects within the Santa Cruz County CoC area provides a summary of the 2021 CoC NOFO, the local process for reviewing and selecting projects, and the local timeline for applying for CoC funding.

Click here for a detailed, print-ready version of the Public Solicitation for Applications.

Thank you very much for your interest in the HUD CoC Program Competition. Please do not hesitate to contact H4H at housingforhealth@santacruzcounty.us or me at tonygardnerconsulting@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

HUD CoC Website →

California Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) RFA

Santa Cruz County Local Requests for Applications (RFA) →

  • Local Review and Selection Deadline: May 13, 2020
  • State Submission Deadline: May 28, 2020

State ESG Website →

2021 RFPs

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