Through the Homelessness Solutions Program, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) provides federal and state funding to the 16 local Continua 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.
The Homelessness Solutions Program (HSP) serves as a statewide response to address the issue of homelessness in Maryland. To assist in these efforts, the Homelessness Solutions Program Policy Guide (the Guide) was created to provide direction to grantees and subgrantees regarding eligible program activities, proper determination of client eligibility, effective grant management, and general best practices for program success. The Appendix 1: "HSP Program Components Quick Reference Guide," illustrates acceptable HSP program activities for grant implementation.
The HSP Monitoring Documentation Checklist is another useful tool for awardees to ensure that they are providing acceptable supporting documentation for their expenses, and for subgrantees to verify that they are collecting supporting documentation in a format which will be acceptable to CoCs and to DHCD.
All Continua 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 2021 / Federal Fiscal Year 2020 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 2021 / Federal Fiscal Year 2020 funds are due by May 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
For guidance on how to complete the application and submit through Project Portal, please see the application training presentation and contact your project manager if you have any questions.
Effectively February 1, 2020, all HSP grantees must submit requests for payment via Project Portal.
Please note that MD DHCD strongly encourages using Internet Explorer as your web browser when using Project Portal.
Read instructions on how to register for Project Portal.
Once registered, users are encouraged to watch this webinar reviewing the process for submitting requests for payment and can follow along with these PowerPoint slides.
CONTACT: Steve HoltAssistant Director, Homelessness Solutions ProgramDivision of Neighborhood RevitalizationMaryland Department of Housing and Community Development7800 Harkins Road
Lanham, Maryland 20706