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Program Description

The purpose of DCA's Shelter Plus Care (S+C) program is to provide permanent housing in connection with supportive services to homeless people with disabilities and their families. The program provides rental assistance for a variety of housing choices, accompanied by a range of supportive services funded by other sources. The program is designed to serve a population that has been traditionally hard to reach - homeless persons with disabilities such as (but not limited to) serious mental illness, chronic substance abuse, and/or AIDS and related diseases. The S+C program was built on the premise that housing and services need to be connected in order to ensure the stability of housing for this population. Consequently, S+C provides rental assistance that local grantees must match with an equal value of supportive services appropriate to the target population. Goals of the S+C Program are to assist homeless individuals and their families to increase their housing stability, skills and/or income, and self-sufficiency.

Funding for new S+C projects is awarded competitively through HUD's Continuum of Care process. Eligible applicants (grantees) are limited to states, units of local government and public housing authorities (PHAs). Local S+C projects are typically implemented through partnerships that include (1) a grantee, (2) a local housing "Sponsor" (or subgrantee) that owns or coordinates leasing of housing for program participants, and (3) a network of supportive services providers.

News and Events

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is announcing the opening of the application process for the 2017 Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Support Services and Harm Reduction Case Management programs. DCA will again manage two competitions for S+C Sponsors one for S+C Support Services and the other for S+C Harm Reduction Case Management.


Because of the competitive nature of these grants, questions will only be answered during the Q&A webinar sessions, which can be located at the following link: http://www.dca.ga.gov/housing/specialneeds/programs/esg.asp.


You may access the webinar presented by Libby Tyre on Friday, March 17, 2017 here: SFY2018 S+C SS_HR webinar.


The webinar presented by Kathy Tremblay on Organizational Review may be accessed here: 2017 HTF Online Demonstration .


The application process opens today, Friday, March 17, 2017 and all applications, supporting materials, and organizational documentation will be due on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Noon. Please note the following required deadlines:


Organizational Review submission DUE online by Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12:00 noon


In order to be eligible for this funding, each agency will need to complete an organizational review. If you skip this step you will not be eligible for these grant funds. Please note that there will be a cut-off date for receiving your log-in information for the online system used for applications. Applicants are able to request log-in information beginning on Friday, March 17, 2017 and ending on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm. To request your login information please visit http://htf.dca.ga.gov/HF/HSOnline/HSOnlineReg2017.htm


If you miss this deadline, you will not be eligible for funding. Applicants must submit all organizational information online. This year, we are not allowing updates to this information but rather are collecting all information as new documents. All prospective applicants must make a 100% online submission of organizational information.


S+C Support Services Grants and Harm Reduction Funding- DUE via Constant Contact by Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12:00 noon


As in years past the application process for these funds will be submitted via online survey. Please note, depending on web browser, you may not be able to save your application in order to come in and out for completion. DCA suggests that you print the application, complete in Word, and then cut and paste your responses when you are ready for final submission. Please print a copy for your records after submission.


S+C Support Services Grants:

S+C Support Services Grants can be accessed here: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07edxy35zkj0b3gykd/start


Please review the application and be mindful of required documents that are to be emailed to Libby and Mackenzie as part of the application process. Failure to send these requested documents will result in ineligibility for funding.


Harm Reduction Grants:

DCA is holding a competitive process for Harm Reduction funding. There is no additional funding for this category this year however depending on the number of applications and performance outcomes, there may be additional awards made.


Harm Reduction Current Grantees application can be accessed here: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07edxz7qcaj0b932cq/start


Harm Reduction New Grantees application can be accessed here: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07edy3iq3fj0cg5ydg/start


Please review the application and be mindful of required documents that are to be emailed to Libby and Mackenzie as part of the application process. Failure to send these requested documents will result in ineligibility for funding.

2017 DCA Annual Training for Permanent Housing Providers

SFY 2017 ESG, HOPWA, and S+C Matching Awards

The Department of Community Affairs is pleased to announce this year’s awards under the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Matching, and Housing Opportunity for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Programs. The broad purpose of these programs is to deliver housing supports and related services to persons strictly defined as either: (1) “homeless” or “at risk of homelessness,” as defined in Federal regulation for the ESG program, or as (2) “eligible persons” (lower income persons with HIV/AIDS) as defined for the HOPWA program.

In this year's competition we received 290 requests totaling $17 million dollars. Of the requests, $8.9 million dollars
was awarded to 167 programs. Funding for each award comes from either (1) Federal ESG or HOPWA
funds made available to DCA or (2) the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless (HTF).

HUD and DCA promote ENERGY STAR in its homeless assistance programs!

All grantees are encouraged to promote energy efficiency by purchasing and using Energy Star labeled products.  For information on the Energy Star initiative go to: http://www.energystar.gov.

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Contact Information

Mackenzie Harkins -- Send Mackenzie an Email, or call 404-623-8431

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231