Federal funds are provided through Emergency Solutions Grants and Community Development Block Grants. Additional sources of federal funds as well as state, local and private dollars can also be used to meet the needs of homeless persons.

Other Public Funding:
Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)
TDHCA Emergency Solutions Grants
Rapid Re-housing Case Management Intermediary Monitoring RFQ
Community Development Block Grant
Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS

Emergency Food and Shelter Program
Phase 35 of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is now available for Houston/Harris County/Fort Bend County TX and Waller County TX jurisdictions. The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and government, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies (not disaster-related [i.e., fires, floods, tornadoes, etc.] emergencies). Therefore, EFSP funds are not to be used to provide emergency assistance for circumstances that are the immediate result of a disaster situation. EFSP funds may be used to provide economic assistance in the long term, even if the current circumstances may have been impacted by an earlier disaster occurrence. The EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only.


TDHCA ESG Competition
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has released the 2017-2018 Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The Coalition for the Homeless as lead agency to The Way Home will be administering the local ESG NOFA for The Way Home applicants.

The Way Home’s TDHCA ESG Application Conference will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 9:00 – 10:30 am at the Coalition for the Homeless’ office. This application conference is mandatory for any Single or Collaborative applicants who want to apply within The Way Home (TX-700) Continuum of Care (CoC).

TDHCA Application Conference PowerPoint
Application Checklist
TDHCA ESG Important Dates, Updated 2/3/2017
Grievance Procedure for TDHCA ESG Applicants

The Coalition for the Homeless has moved offices and is now located at 2000 Crawford, Suite 700, Houston, TX 77002. There is valet parking for $5 connected to the building, and there is also free and city street parking surrounding the building.

You can read the ESG NOFA by clicking here. More information will be released at the conference and on this webpage as available.

TDHCA ESG Application Documents:

Rapid Re-housing Case Management Intermediary Monitoring RFQ
Due: March 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm to cscerbo@homelesshouston.org

This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will competitively procure a monitoring entity who will perform on-site monitoring visits to ensure that Case Management sub-awardee(s) within The Way Home Continuum of Care’s (CoC) Rapid Re-housing program comply with all regulations governing administrative, financial, and programmatic operations; and to ensure that sub-awardee(s) achieve performance objectives on schedule and within budget.

Rapid Re-housing Case Management Intermediary Monitoring RFQ

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The Community Development Block Grant Program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Under CDBG, HUD provides grants on a formula basis to states and hundreds of localities nationwide.  CDBG works to ensure decent, affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses.

For more information on CDBG, visit HUD’s website

Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA)

Managed by HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS program provides housing assistance and related supportive services to persons living with HIV/AIDS.

HOPWA funds are awarded as grants from one of three programs:

  • HOPWA Competitive Program – This program allows HUD to rate HOPWA projects under a selection criteria and award the hightest rated that funding levels allow.  States, cities, and local governments, as well as nonprofit organizations may apply for HOPWA Competitive funding.
  • HOPWA Formula Program – This program uses a statutory method to allocate HOPWA funds to eligible states and cities on behalf of their metropolitan areas.  HOPWA formula grants are part of the consolidated planning process.
  • HOPWA National Technical Assistance – Through this program, funding awards are provided to strengthen the management, operation, and capacity of HOPWA grantees, project sponsors, and potential applicants.

For more information on HOPWA funding, visit HUD’s website