Help Local Homeless: Apply for HUD Funding

HUD has $3.1 billion to spend on projects that help the U.S. homeless population, and it’s accepting funding requests until Sept. 28, 2023.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide more than $3.1 billion in competitive funding to homeless services organizations across the country – the largest amount of funding under the Continuum of Care program competition in history.

To find out more and apply, visit HUD’s Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on HUD’s website. Applications are due to HUD on Sept. 28, 2023.

“As our nation faces a worsening housing crisis, it is imperative that we continue to invest in communities’ efforts to connect people experiencing homelessness to stable homes,” says HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “These resources make critical investments in evidence-based and person-centered solutions, as well as the people and organizations who work hard every day to deliver them to vulnerable individuals, families and youth.”

The FY 2023 competitive funding will be awarded through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program, the largest source of federal grant funding for homeless services and housing programs serving people experiencing homelessness. Nearly 400 Continuum of Care communities apply for the NOFO each year. HUD funds approximately 7,000 homeless services projects annually through the Continuum of Care Program, to nonprofit providers, States, Indian Tribes or Tribally Designated Housing Entities and local governments.

As with prior NOFOs, current Continuums of Care can renew existing projects, apply for new projects, and reallocate resources from lower performing projects. However, this year’s NOFO includes some new activities to address homelessness in rural communities and ensure compliance with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2022.

Additionally, the NOFO contains explicit funding for:

  1. survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking
  2. youth
  3. people experiencing the challenges of homelessness in rural areas

Of the $3.1 billion, the NOFO will provide at least $52 million for new rapid re-housing, supportive services and other activities critical to assist survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking. About $147 million is available for the competitive and non-competitive renewal and replacement of expiring Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) grants.

Types of details HUD looks for in project proposals

  • End homelessness for all persons experiencing homelessness
  • Emphasis on racial equity and anti-discrimination polices for LGTBQ+ individuals
  • A Housing First approach
  • Reduce unsheltered homelessness and the criminalization of homelessness
  • Improve system performance
  • Partner with housing agencies to leverage access to mainstream housing programs
  • Partner with health agencies to coordinate health and supportive services, including to prevent and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks
  • Advance racial equity and address racial disparities in homelessness
  • Engage people who have experienced homelessness in decision-making
  • Support local engagement to increase the supply of affordable housing

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