Funding Opportunities

Current Funding Opportunities

Consolidated Funding Application - Deadline: March 8, 4pm

The Mayor’s Office of Human Services is requesting new and renewal project proposals from qualified organizations to provide services to individuals and families who are: (1) at-risk of homelessness, (2) currently homeless, and/or (3) living with HIV or AIDS.

Through the Consolidated Funding Application, programs may submit one application for funds and be considered for multiple eligible sources of funding that are administered by the Mayor’s Office of Human Services (MOHS).  While exact levels of available funds will not be known until early summer 2019, MOHS anticipates flat or slightly increased funding to be made available through the following federal and state sources:

  • U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development - Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
  • State of Maryland - Homeless Solutions Program
  • Baltimore City Department of Social Services
  • U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development - Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS/HIV (HOPWA)
  • Maryland Department of Health (MDH)  – State Special Funds

Programs receiving funding under this request for proposals will have a performance period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 (City Fiscal Year 2020). 

The following types of applications will be accepted:

  1.  Street Outreach
  2.  Drop-In Centers
  3.  Emergency Shelter
  4.  Transitional Housing for Youth, Veterans, and Domestic Violence Survivors
  5.  Rapid Re-Housing
  6.  Permanent Supportive Housing (renewal only)
  7.  Homeless Prevention (legal services only)
  8.  HIV/AIDS Housing and Supportive Services Projects

Request for Proposals
Application Package
Bidder's Conference Webinar Recording and Slides
Frequently Asked Questions (to be posted 2/19)

 

Overview

The Mayor's Office of Human Services - Homeless Services Program (MOHS-HSP) administers and oversees homeless assistance grants that provide a wide variety of services and housing interventions throughout the City, including:

  • Eviction Prevention
  • Drop-In Centers
  • Street Outreach
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Transitional Housing
  • Rapid ReHousing
  • Permanent Supportive Housing

The Resource Allocation Committee of the Continuum of Care and the Mayor's Office of Human Services work together to establish funding priorities for homeless services grants, assess performance on an annual basis to determine renewal funding, develop the Continuum of Care NOFA application and project ranking, and oversee the distribution of Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

Funding Sources

Funding for homeless services grants comes from five different sources at the federal, state, and local level.  For more information about each grant, the types of services it funds, and program regulations, visit the links below:

Historical funding allocations can be viewed on the Resources & Publications page.

Applying for Funds

Most homeless services grants are allocated through two annual funding competitions:  the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) and the HUD Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

CFA funding sources include ESG, HOPWA, and State of Maryland funds.  Proposals are solicited every January for new and renewal projects, and service providers typically have one month to complete and return the application.  Funds are competitively awarded based on the program's proposed service model, performance outcomes, fidelity to best practices, and organizational capacity.

The CoC NOFA provides the single largest source of homeless services funds in the City, and approximately 80% of funds allocated are for permanent supportive housing.  The NOFA is distributed once annually at varying times of the year.  All funds awarded through the NOFA are for grants that will start the following calendar year.

To learn more about the application process for the CFA or CoC NOFA, we recommend reviewing a recently closed RFP for information on program expectations, best practices, policies, and budget development:

Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for funding through the Consolidated Funding Application or HUD CoC NOFA, organizations must be:

  • A Non-Profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization or another city agency
  • In Good Standing with the State of Maryland (certification of Good Standing can be obtained through the Department of Taxation website), and
  • Must have two years of most recent independent audits (financial statements are not accepted)
  • Must be an active Continuum of Care member if applying as a renewal project. New applicants must commit to participating in the Continuum of Care (CoC) meetings and to be a part of the collaborative body if awarded funds.

Each RFP for funding may also have additional eligibility factors, requirements, or conditions beyond this basic criteria.

Get Notified of Funding Opportunities

Organizations can learn more about funding and opportunities to collaborate with other service providers by signing up for the CoC listserv or attending a bimonthly Continuum of Care meeting.


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