Apply for Funds & Grants

To increase program performance and efficiency, while reducing administrative burden, the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Entitlement Cities of Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket have joined with the State of Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development, Housing Resources Commission and the Department of Human Services to create the Consolidated Homeless Fund Partnership (CHFP). In accordance with program regulations published relative to the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act, as amended, the CHFP Partnership announce the anticipated availability of homeless funding through the Consolidated Homeless Fund Partnership (CHFP) competitive grant application process.

 

The CHFP anticipates approximately $17,671,578 est. in funds for

  • Emergency Shelter Operating, Essential Services and Shelter Renovations Projects. 
  • Street Outreach
  • Rapid Rehousing and State Rental Assistance
  • Diversion and Prevention Programs
  • Homelessness Systems Projects that meet one or more goals of Opening Doors RI

 

Estimated Allocations

The CHFP anticipates the availability of federal and state funding from the following programs:

  • City of Pawtucket, Emergency Solutions Grant Program ($145,622) est.
  • City of Providence, Emergency Solutions Grant Program ($416,992) est.
  • City of Providence,  American Rescue Plan ($2,300,00) est.
  • State of Rhode Island, Emergency Solutions Grant Program ($656,824) est.
  • State of Rhode Island, Housing Resources Commission Homelessness Resources ($4,500,000) est. (subject to HRC approval)
  • State of Rhode Island, Title XX Funds ($1,208,964) est.
  • State of Rhode Island, ERA2 Funds ($6,000,000) est.
  • State of Rhode Island, Fiscal Recovery Funds for Housing Stability ($1,500,00)
  • Other sources of funds may become available (to be announced as they become available).

 

Notes regarding estimated allocations:

  1. ERA 2 funds can be used to support eligible households or individuals (below 80% AMI), who are experiencing housing instability during or directly related to the Coronavirus pandemic, in maintaining or obtaining stable housing.  Essential Services to unsheltered persons and services to eligible households may be provided through a variety of avenues including outreach services, shelter services, community services, and services offered at permanent supportive avenues including street outreach services, shelter services, community services, ad services offered at permanent supportive housing properties.  All assistance using ERA 2 funds must be for services that are part of a program to maintain or obtain housing.
  2. While the Consolidated Homeless Fund has historically provided limited support of Diversion or new shelter capacity, substantially additional resources have been incorporated into this RFP, allowing significant new investments in these areas.  The State is encouraging applications for expanded shelter capacity and diversion activities.  With regard to diversion programs, centralized distribution of assistance to households, before they enter the homeless shelter system, would be competitive.  Such activities may be coordinated through an agency not traditionally funded by CHF.”
  3. Emergency Solution Grant and Title XX funds may be used to support emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, street outreach and essential services programs. 
  4. Housing Resources Commission funds may be available to support all program activities.

 

Request For Proposal Timeline

IMPORTANT DATES
January 25, 2022 RFP Release Date
February 4, 2022 at 1:00 pm RFP Information Session Via Zoom
February 11, 2022 at 4:00 pm Deadline to Submit Questions. Submit questions via email to pheamo.witcher@doa.ri.gov.
February 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm Answers to submitted questions will be posted at http://ohcd.ri.gov
February 25, 2022 Applications Due by 4:00 PM
On or about May 27th,2022 Awards Announced (contingent upon approval by HRC)

Please note that local (Providence, and Pawtucket)  grant funds contributed to the CHFP must be distributed to programs serving those communities. There is a guaranteed minimum allocation in those municipalities equivalent to their ESG allocation. Variations from estimated percentages and amounts may occur.

Application materials pertaining to the FY 2023 Consolidated Request for Proposals are included below:

 

FY 2023 CHFP Application Materials  

 

Submitting Questions

Do not submit questions to survey monkey as listed in RFP.  Please submit questions via e-mail to pheamo.witcher@doa.ri.gov

Questions may be submitted until February 11, 2022 at 4:00 pm.

 

Responses to Submitted Questions

Responses to questions will be posted online at https://ohcd.ri.gov/homelessness/apply-funds-grants  on or before February 18, 2022.   No questions will be answered via e-mail.

 

Other useful Consolidated Homeless Fund RFP reference information: