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NOFA for Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program: 2020-2021 ESG and ESG-CV2 Funds 

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) through its Division of Housing (DOH) and Office of Homeless Initiatives (OHI) is requesting applications from eligible non-profits or local governments throughout Colorado for up to $4,170,628  from 2020 - 2021 Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Homeless Solutions Program for ESG Activities and up to $12,000,000 from the second allocation of ESG funding provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (ESG-CV2). 

Letters of Intent to apply for either funding source are due by 5:00 p.m. MST Thursday, October 8, 2020.

Full applications are due by 5:00 p.m. MST Friday, October 23, 2020.

DOH will release a second NOFA for the remaining ESG-CV2 funding in December 2020. 

NOFA documents: ESG Program webpage

Informational Session Webinar:

October 2, 2020,  2-3:30pm MST

Webinar link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85446418158?pwd=cUpQRFlTakJUTXcyaGtjMUFoTTVKUT09  (Passcode: 907235) 

 

Contact: Cassy.Westmoreland@state.co.us
 
2019-20 Annual RFA for the Creation of Supportive Housing 

DOH is continuing its coordinated effort with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) to increase the production of Supportive Housing (SH) for people experiencing homelessness with complex needs. 

Applicants should respond to this RFA for any Supportive Housing project in the State of Colorado that intends to apply to DOH and/or CHFA for any of the following: DOH Rental Assistance Project-Based Vouchers (PBVs), DOH Loan or Grant Assistance for Affordable Housing Development, Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs), State Affordable Housing Tax Credits (AHTCs), CHFA Permanent Loans, or Private Activity Bonds. 

DHA and HOST will use this RFA and applicant responses as part of their broader application and review process for any of the following: DHA Rental Assistance Project-Based Vouchers (PBVs), DHA's D3 (DHA Delivers for Denver) Bond Program, HOST Development Gap Funding, and HOST Tenancy Support Services Funding. 

2019-20 Annual RFA for the Creation of Supportive Housing Application

CSH Dimensions of Quality Checklist

Summary:​

  • RFA is used to review all SH projects for any DOH and CHFA resources
  • DOH will award Project-Based Vouchers and Tenancy Support Services funding directly from this RFA.
  • Round #1 - Letter of Intent due 1/10/2020; Applications due 2/3/2020
  • Round #2 - Letter of Intent due 6/01/2020; Applications due 8/3/2020
  • Projects not covered in Round #1 and Round #2 - Applications accepted on a monthly basis ​

Informational Session Webinar:

December 19, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. MST.

Webinar presentation (audio)

Contacts: Denise.Selders@state.co.us ; Kristin.Toombs@state.co.us
 

Recently Closed RFAs 

2020 Next Step 2-Gen Prevention RFA

The Division of Housing (DOH) has released the 2020 Next Step 2-Gen Homelessness Prevention Program Expansion Request for Applications (RFA). The RFA expands the scope and geographic reach of DOH’s existing Next Step 2-Gen Rapid Re-housing Program program, increasing the number of households served, incorporating homeless prevention resources, facilitating direct partnerships with School Districts, and assisting communities as they respond to COVID-19. 

Dependent on approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), DOH plans to make $2 million in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act available through two year contracts. 
 
Eligible Applicants Include:

Existing Next Step Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) Colorado Public School Districts seeking homelessness prevention funds that are  currently in an active Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a Next Step RRH housing agency, public housing authority, and/or services provider. This is the first time that School Districts can be the lead applicant for DOH Next Step.
 
Colorado Public School District along with a Colorado housing agency, public housing authority, and/or services provider committed to entering into an MOU to serve households within district boundaries. Any entity from this category can be the lead applicant.

Applications Due to Gaelyn.Coyle@state.co.us by July 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. MDT

Informational webinar July 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm MDT:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81807555117

Budget Form

Tenancy Support Services for Supportive Housing Request for Applications (RFA)

Tenancy Support Services (TSS) are housing-related activities and services that support an individual or household’s ability to prepare for and transition to housing, and support the individual or household in being a successful tenant in the housing arrangement and thus able to sustain tenancy.

TSS are critical to the implementation of Supportive Housing. In partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), the Colorado Department of Local Affairs' Division of Housing (DOH) is making at least $1,300,000 in TSS available to existing Supportive Housing programs. This may be adjusted depending upon funding availability and amount of quality applications. 

Tenancy Support Services RFA Application

Summary:

Supports the implementation of existing Supportive Housing projects 50% of a Supportive Housing program’s annual TSS costs or $3,600 per household per year  Covers tenancy support activities not eligible for billing to other funding sources Letter of Intent due 1/10/2020; Applications due 2/10/2020

Informational Session Webinar:

December 13, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. MST.

Webinar Presentation

Recovery-Oriented Housing Request for Applications (RFA)

Substance Use Disorders impact thousands of individuals and families across Colorado. The destructive nature of substance use disorders and the influence of active addiction on behavior can result in homelessness and recurring involvement in justice systems, emergency and inpatient health care systems.

The aim of this RFA, funded through the Colorado House Bill 19-1009 and informed by Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care, Trauma-Informed Care, and Supportive Housing best practices, is to create non-time limited, affordable housing combined with adequate access to services for Eligible Participants;

(I) an individual with a mental health disorder, substance use disorder, or co-occurring behavioral health disorder who is transitioning from the Department of Corrections, the Division of Youth Services in the Department of Human Services, a mental health institute, a psychiatric hospital, or a county jail into the community; or

(II) an individual who is homeless or in an unstable housing environment and is transitioning from a residential treatment program or is engaged in the Community Transition Specialist Program.

Recovery-Oriented Housing RFA Application

Summary:

DOH will award up to 71 tenant-based rental assistance vouchers Minimum award size is 10 vouchers; maximum award size is 40 vouchers 50% of a Supportive Housing program’s annual TSS costs or $3,600 per household per year  Letter of Intent due 1/10/2020; Applications due 2/17/2020

 

December 17, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. MST.

Webinar presentation (audio)

Homeless Prevention Activities Program 2020-2021 Request for Applications (RFA)

 

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs' Division of Housing (DOH) is requesting applications for 2020-2021 Homeless Prevention Activities Program (HPAP) which utilizes funding received by voluntary contributions designated on state income tax return forms to assist in preventing individuals and families from becoming homeless.  

Homeless prevention activities shall provide, but need not be limited to:

(a) Assistance in avoiding eviction and foreclosure from an apartment or home;
(b) Counseling for families and persons to prevent them from becoming homeless;
(c) Mediation services to assist persons in avoiding eviction and foreclosure;
(d) Programs that assist persons who are in danger of becoming homeless in obtaining
services and information;
(e) Referrals to and assistance in obtaining job-training, job-counseling, or information
about job openings

Homeless Prevention Activities Program RFA Application 

HPAP RFA 2020

HPAP RFA Budget Form

Applications due February 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. MST
 
Informational Session Webinar:

January 15, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Webinar presentation

Notice of Funding Availability for 2019 - 2020 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs' Division of Housing (DOH) is requesting applications for 2019-2020 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding to enhance the continuum of comprehensive, housing-focused solutions throughout the State of Colorado in order to; 

1. End homelessness for participants and move homeless families and individuals into permanent affordable housing as quickly as possible. 2. Create a suitable living environment while working with participants to end homelessness. 3. Promote self-sufficiency to prepare participants for independent living. 4. Ensure efficient use of funds and effective program administration.

Changes to this year’s ESG NOFA include: increasing funding availability, clarifying match requirements, and expanding the eligible activities through Bonus Funding.

2019-20 Emergency Solutions Grant NOFA    

Summary:

This NOFA may award up to a total of $4 million from a combination of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ESG funds and the state-funded Homeless Solutions Program (HSP). 

ESG components available for funding include: emergency shelter/street outreach (ES/SO), homelessness prevention/rapid re-housing assistance (HP/RR), and Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS).

 Eligible activities for Bonus Funding through HSP for ES/SO applicants includes: diversion/rapid resolution, housing navigation/landlord relations, and housing stability/tenancy supports.

Letter of Intent due October 4, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. MST 

Application due October 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. MST​

Informational Session Webinar:
September 18, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. MST.
Dial-In Number: (720) 279-0026, toll-free: 1-877-820-7831
Guest Passcode: 819626
https://stateofcolorado.centurylinkccc.com/CenturylinkWeb/DOHHousing
 
Contacts:
Cassy Westmoreland at cassy.westmoreland@state.co.us for Emergency Shelter and Street Outreach (ES/SO) and Bonus Funds questions, LOI, and application submission. 
 
Gaelyn Coyle-Joseph at gaelyn.coyle@state.co.us for Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HP/RR) questions, LOI, and application submission.

2018 -19 Annual RFA for the Creation of Supportive Housing 

DOH is continuing its coordinated effort with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) to increase the production of Supportive Housing (SH), also known as Permanent Supportive Housing, for people experiencing homelessness with special needs. Applicants should respond to this RFA for any SH project that intends to apply to DOH and CHFA for ANY of the following: DOH vouchers, Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs), CHFA permanent loans, State Credits, Private Activity Bonds, and/or DOH Development Gap funding. 

RFA Application

CSH Dimensions of Quality Checklist

Summary:

RFA is used to review all SH projects for any DOH and CHFA resources RFA will also directly award 200 PBVs for the creation of net new SH units Round #1 - Letter of Intent due 1/11/2019; Applications due 2/1/2019 Round #2 - Letter of Intent due 5/01/2019; Applications due 6/1/2019

Webinar Presentation (audio)

Contacts: Denise.Selders@state.co.us ; Kristin.Toombs@state.co.us

Informational Session Webinar:

December 19, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. MST.

Homeless Prevention Activities Program RFA

Funded through income tax check-off contributions, the Homeless Prevention Activities Program prevents at-risk households from becoming homeless and assists in stabilizing their housing situation by providing temporary financial assistance and housing-focused case management.

Program Guidelines
Application

Summary:

$25,000 in total funding available per application/organization Applications due 3/29/2019

Contacts: Cassy.Westmoreland@state.co.us, Kristin.Toombs@state.co.us

Informational Session Webinar:

March 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Webinar Presentation (audio)

Justice Involved Supportive Housing RFA

DOH is requesting applications for Supportive Housing (SH) programs for Coloradans with special needs who have criminal or juvenile justice system involvement and a history of homelessness.

Summary:

100 Tenant-based vouchers and tenancy support services funding Minimum of 10 vouchers and a maximum of 60 vouchers Letter of Intent due 1/18/2019, Applications due 2/1/2019

Informational Session Webinar:

December 12, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. MST.
 
Family Reunification Program RFA

DOH is requesting applications from Public Housing Authorities/Agencies (PHAs) across Colorado to design and implement a Family Reunification Program (FRP) pilot for people returning home from incarceration within the justice system.

RFAApplication

Summary:

Three (3) grants, each up to $75,000 annually, for a 24-month period Available to Public Housing Authorities/Agencies (PHAs​) Letter of Interest due 1/18/2019, Applications due 2/1/2019

Informational Session:

December 17, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. MST.
 
Youth Housing Programs RFA

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), through its Division of Housing (DOH) and Office of Homeless Youth Services (OHYS), is requesting applications for Youth Focused Housing Programs, specifically.

RFA Main Document (pdf)

RFA Application

Summary:

Up to 25 Tenant-Based Youth State Housing Vouchers (SHV), as well as limited tenancy support services funding. Up to $650,000 in award(s) for a 12-month grant period towards Youth Rapid Re-housing (RRH). Up to $100,000 in award(s) for a 12-month grant period towards Host Homes (HH).

Webinar Presentation (audio)

Informational Session:

November 6, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. MST