Homelessness Solutions Program (HSP)

Through the Homelessness Solutions Program, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) provides federal and state funding to the 16 local Continuums of Care (CoCs) to support homeless shelters and homeless services programs across the State of Maryland. This includes funds previously managed through the Emergency Solutions Grant; Rental Allowance Program, Emergency, and Transitional Housing and Services; Homeless Women's Crisis Shelter Homes; Service-Linked Housing; and the Housing Navigator and Aftercare Program.


All Continuums of Care (CoCs) are invited to apply for HSP funding. The CoC Lead Agency, or Collaborative Applicant, is responsible for submitting an application to the Department to receive funding. Service providers are eligible to receive subgrants from the CoC to support their shelter and homeless services programs.


Homelessness Solutions Program funds are used primarily to support the local CoC's crisis response for people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. This includes housing stabilization services, such as rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention; operating costs and client services at emergency shelters, and outreach services for people who are unsheltered. Some funding can also be used for CoC support, including HMIS and administrative costs. 


The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development awards Homelessness Solutions Program funds annually under a competitive application process. The maximum request varies depending on the annual allocation received by the department.

Below is the Notice of Funding Availability for the State Fiscal Year 2019 / Federal Fiscal Year 2018 Homelessness Solutions Program.

Potential applicants should carefully read the Application Guidance first before downloading and completing the appropriate form(s). Please note that narrative sections of the application have a limit of 1,000 characters or less.

All applications for the State Fiscal Year 2019 / Federal Fiscal Year 2018 funds are due by May 15, 2018, at 3 p.m.


CONTACT: Steve Holt, Assistant Director, Homelessness Initiatives
7800 Harkins Road
Lanham, Maryland 20706
E: stephen.holt@maryland.gov
P: (301) 429-7548​​​​​​​​​