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California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH)

June 3, 2019

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $29 million in the second round of the California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH) program funding through this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). CESH program funding provides grants to Administrative Entities (AE), designated by a Continuum of Care (CoC) to assist persons who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness. Please contact GMA for assistance with your application. 

 

This NOFA is subject to state requirements and makes funding available statewide. Applications for CESH program funding are due June 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

 

Applicants must submit a complete original application and an electronic copy on CD or USB flash drive. Applications will only be accepted through a postal carrier service that provides date stamp verification of delivery such as U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, or other carrier services. Personal deliveries will not be accepted.

 

1) Rental assistance, housing relocation, and stabilization services to ensure housing affordability to individuals experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. Rental assistance provided pursuant to this paragraph shall not exceed 48 months for each assisted household, and rent payments shall not exceed two times the current HUD fair market rent for the local area, as determined pursuant to 24 CFR part 888.

 

2) Operating subsidies in the form of 15-year capitalized operating reserves for new and existing affordable permanent housing units for homeless individuals and/or families.

 

3) Flexible housing subsidy funds for local programs that establish or support the provision of rental subsidies in permanent housing to assist homeless individuals and families. Funds used for purposes of this paragraph may support rental assistance, bridge subsidies to property owners waiting for approval from another permanent rental subsidy source, vacancy payments, or project-based rent or operating reserves. Rental assistance provided from flexible housing subsidy funds shall not exceed 48 months for each assisted household, and rent payments shall not exceed two times the current HUD fair market rent for the local area, as determined pursuant to 24 CFR Part 888. Operating subsidies from flexible housing subsidy funds shall be in the form of 15-year capitalized operating reserves for new or existing affordable permanent housing units for homeless individuals and/or families.

 

4) Operating support for emergency housing interventions, including, but not limited to, the following: a) Navigation centers that provide temporary room and board, and case managers who work to connect homeless individuals and families to income, public benefits, health services, permanent housing, or other shelter. b) Street outreach services to connect unsheltered homeless individuals and families to temporary or permanent housing. c) Shelter diversion, including, but not limited to, homelessness prevention activities such those described in 24 CFR Part 576.103, and other necessary service integration activities such as those described in 24 CFR Part 576.105, to connect individuals and families to alternate housing arrangements, services, and financial assistance. An AE shall not use more than 40 percent of any funds allocated in a fiscal year for operating support for emergency housing interventions.

 

5) Systems support for activities necessary to maintain a comprehensive homeless services and housing delivery system, including Coordinated Entry System (CES) data, and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) reporting, and homelessness planning activities. This activity could include training and data collection activities, as well as activities to expand CES access to populations with special needs, such as homeless youth, provided that such activities are necessary to maintain a comprehensive homelessness services and housing delivery system.

 

6) Develop or update a CES, if the CoC does not have a system in place that meets the applicable HUD requirements, as set forth in Section II.E.3.b of this NOFA. Eligible CES costs do not include capital development activities, including, but not limited to, real property acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation activities.

 

7) Development of a plan addressing actions to be taken within the CoC service area if no such plan exists. If an applicant requests funding to develop a plan, the applicant shall submit the developed plan to HCD prior to the expiration of the contract executed with HCD.

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