Community Services and Revitalization
Housing & Rental Assistance Programs
The Office on Homelessness/Federal Entitlement Grants is responsible for the grants management of several Federal grant programs that assist the local homeless population. The Office on Homelessness is also a key partner in the Continuum of Care (CoC) competitive grants process, which provides Permanent Supportive Housing to the homeless in our community. The Office on Homelessness has also participated heavily in the application process and REVISION process for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) Federal ARRA/Stimulus grant in Louisville. The Office on Homelessness performs Federal/ARRA/Stimulus reporting requirements for HPRP.
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- Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) is a Federal HUD Entitlement grant providing homeless service and operational funding for emergency shelters and transitional housing facilities. Approximately $500,000 in ESG funding is available each year to emergency shelters/transitional housing facilities. Funding typically provides homeless case management services, operational expenses for facilities who serve the homeless(such as utilities and maintenance), homeless prevention services, and shelter/transitional housing facility renovation/rehabilitation improvements. All clients served have to meet the Federal HUD definition of “homeless.” Louisville Metro Government (Division of Human Services) is the acting Grantee for the ESG Entitlement. All ESG funding is awarded in the Spring of the year through the independent Homeless and HOPWA Grants Committee (chaired by the local Coalition for the Homeless).
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a Federal HUD Entitlement grant providing a myriad of services and programs to low income families. Over $12 million in CDBG funds come to Louisville Metro Government each year. Fifteen (15%) of the available CDBG funding can be used for CDBG-eligible public services. These services can include the provision of services and programs for low income children, the elderly, the homeless, etc. As part of Louisville’s CDBG Public Administration funding, approximately $1.25 million has been allocated for homeless case management services. This program creates additional homeless case management and support services, and provides a linkage to other Federal HUD permanent supportive housing programs. The CDBG homeless service project is administered through the Office on Homelessness (Louisville Metro Human Services). All CDBG homeless service funding is awarded in the Spring of the year through a grants committee (comprised of Metro Council members, department representatives, and community stakeholders).
- Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) is a Federal HUD Entitlement grant providing supportive services, tenant-based rental assistance, and short-term rent/mortgage and utility (STRMU) assistance to low-income HIV/AIDS persons and their families. Approximately $525,000 in HOPWA funding is available each year to HIV/AIDS service and housing facilities. Funding typically provides a myriad of supportive services (medication assistance, homeless prevention services, care provision), rental assistance (TBRA and STRMU assistance), and other housing-related assistance (STRMU). All clients served must be low/mod income and have a household member infected with HIV/AIDS. HOPWA is administered through the Office on Homelessness (Louisville Metro Human Services). All HOPWA funding is awarded in the Spring of the year through the independent Homeless and HOPWA Grants Committee (chaired by the local Coalition for the Homeless).
- The Louisville Continuum of Care (CoC) is a consortium of homeless service providers who provide services and housing to those clients in Louisville who meet the Federal HUD definition of “homeless.” Federal HUD enters into direct contract with these homeless service and housing providers on an annual basis. CoC projects are either Supportive Housing Projects (SHP), Shelter Plus Care(S+C) projects, or Single-Room Occupancy (SRO) projects. Louisville Metro Government (Division of Human Services) is an active administrator of both the Louisville S+C projects (the project sponsor) and is a collaborative sponsor on several SHP projects. The CoC funding application is competitive with other Continuum of Care’s across the country. If our CoC scores poorly, funding will be restricted and projects will be cut. Approximately $7 million in Federal HUD funding has come to our CoC annually for the last several years. The Office on Homelessness (Louisville Metro Human Services) represents Louisville Metro Government in the Louisville CoC.
- Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) is a Federal HUD grant authorized through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA/Stimulus) of 2009. HPRP is a 3-Year grant awarded to various entitlement communities for the provision of homeless prevention and rapid re-housing rental assistance and services. HPRP provides temporary housing assistance in an attempt to prevent homelessness or to rapidly re-house those who have recently slipped into homelessness. HPRP only provides short and/or medium term assistance, and the program is geared toward those who can sustain their own housing upon exit from the program. Louisville’s HPRP started on September 1, 2009. The Neighborhood Place provides the “front door” or entry for the program. Clients come to one of the 8 Neighborhood Place locations for program eligibility screening and documentation submittal. As of August 2010, approximately 50% of the available HPRP funds have been expended. Approximately 2,800 individuals have benefited from HPRP since the program started in September 2009.
FEDERAL HOUSING GRANTS
The Federal Housing Grants (FHG) combines housing assistance for homeless and disabled households with the individualized services needed to lead to self sufficiency. Our grants provide rental and utility assistance, and case management services in a coordinated effort to address the many needs faced by the homeless and disabled in our community.
Shelter Plus Care (SPC) provides housing assistance services to homeless and disabled individuals and families. With assistance to 336 households in Jefferson County, SPC provides more permanent supportive housing than any other program at this time in our community. As a member of the Louisville Continuum of Care and in collaboration with community service providers, households not only receive housing assistance but also the supportive services they may be in need of throughout participation in the program. We are committed to the national HUD goals for participants to move as many to self-sufficiency as possible. Those goals are:
• Residential stability
• Increased skills and/or income
• Greater self determination
Homeless Families Response Team (HFRT) provides case management services to approximately 52 homeless families to assist them in addressing the issues that caused them to become homeless and to assist with housing search and placement.
HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) provides rental and utility assistance to 103 homeless and low-income households for a period of 2 years. If participants have not obtained permanent housing at the end of the 2-year period, contracts may be renewed.