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As was shared at this month's Stakeholders meeting, the State Office on Homelessness has made the decision that only Lead Agencies will be able to apply for Emergency Solutions Grant starting this year. The Members of the continuum of care voted on establishing the priorities for this grant. They are in order of priority: Outreach, Rapid Re-Housing, and Shelter.

What does that mean? We, as the Lead Agency, will be completing an application made up of projects from throughout the four counties that we serve, and should funds be awarded to us, we will then sub-contract with those organizations that have projects in the application. (This is the same process as the Homeless Prevention Grant and the Challenge Grant.)

The Emergency Solutions Grant was released on April 27th. A copy of the application can be found here. The maximum that we will be able to be awarded for the 2016 funds is $250,000. At least 40% of these funds will be required to be used for Rapid Re-Houisng.

We are in the process of putting together a RFP that will be released by Tuesday, May 3rd and will be required to be returned within two weeks. A review committee will be convened to score applications and make the determination of what projects will be submitted. We will then be using your proposals to complete the ESG Application LPZ19.

We highly recommend that if you are interested in applying for these funds that you access the State's application, review it, let me know if you have any questions about the application, and that you start writing proposal as our RFP will look much like this application so that we can roll the proposals into this application as it is due on May 25th.