A basic need for pretty much everyone is a roof over his or her head, a safe place to rest at night. We salute the organizations across the country that are working to end homelessness. With grant money from grant opportunities like the ones below, we hope that goal is made more obtainable.Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program
The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs funds this program annually to help community agencies providing services to homeless veterans. The purpose is to promote the development and provision of supportive housing and/or services with the goal of helping homeless veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination. Only programs with supportive housing (up to 24 months) or service centers (offering services such as case management, education, crisis intervention, counseling, services targeted to specialized populations including homeless women veterans, etc.) are eligible for these funds. The program provides both grants and per diem funding.
- Grants: The limit is 65% of the costs of construction, renovation, or acquisition of a building for use as service centers or transitional housing for homeless veterans. Renovation of VA properties is allowed; acquiring VA properties is not. Recipients must obtain the matching 35% share from other sources. Grants may not be used for operational costs, including salaries.
- Per Diem: Priority in awarding the Per Diem funds goes to the recipients of grants. Non-grant programs may apply for Per Diem funding under a separate announcement, when published in the Federal Register, announcing the funding for “Per Diem Only.” Operational costs, including salaries, may be funded by the Per Diem component.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has several grant programs to help with homelessness and situations that lead to or evolve from homelessness. There are too many programs to list individually. We will highlight two of them. The Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals is a competitive grant program that enables communities to expand and strengthen their treatment services for people experiencing homelessness. Funded projects may be up to five years long and are awarded to community-based organizations or non-profit entities. Funded services can include substance abuse treatment, mental health services, wrap-around services, immediate entry into treatment, outreach services, screening and diagnostic services, staff training, case management, primary health services, job training, educational services, and relevant housing services. Another grant program, the Services in Supportive Housing, helps prevent and reduce chronic homelessness. Grants are awarded for up to five-year projects for non-profit and community-based groups. Fundable items include outreach and engagement, intensive case management, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and assistance in obtaining benefits.
Bank of America has a grant program that funds basic needs, including help with homelessness. This foundation supports non-profit organizations that provide programs and services such as rental assistance, emergency shelter, rapid-rehousing, and permanent supportive housing, that reduce homelessness. This year applications were accepted in May and June, so check back after the new year for the 2018 deadlines. In 2016, Bank of America gave $565,000 to 16 non-profits in the City of Charlotte. In all, the bank has given about $13 million to Charlotte non-profits in the past three years.
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