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Posted on: July 23, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Durham Offering Grant Funds to Help Homeless Residents

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August 20 Application Deadline; Durham Continuum of Care Free Memberships Now Available

Durham organizations that help homeless residents are invited to apply for $171,504 of State of North Carolina Emergency Solutions Grant funds.

The City of Durham Community Development Department is inviting local organizations to apply to use these funds to assist people experiencing homelessness through street outreach, emergency shelter operations and services, homeless prevention, rapid re-housing, and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) implementation.

Project applications for these funds are due to the City’s Community Development Department by 3 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021. Applications must be submitted via an online SmartSheet link that will be provided by the State in the coming weeks. Project application instructions, project applications themselves, and supporting documentation requirements and information are available at the State website.

The State will offer technical assistance sessions on August 19 and August 24 to review and discuss the 2021-2022 NC ESG Request for Applications (RFA). Organizations are encouraged to attend one of these sessions. Registration is available at the following links:

The Community Development Department will release the scorecard used to evaluate project applications after the scorecard is reviewed and approved by the Durham Continuum of Care’s (CoC) Performance Management Committee on August 12. Completed project applications, a regional application completed by the Community Development Department, and the Durham Continuum of Care’s recommendations for State ESG funding are due to the State on October 1.

At this time, the Department also is inviting the community agencies to join the Durham Continuum of Care. The Durham Continuum of Care is composed of representatives of organizations including nonprofit homeless providers, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, governments, businesses, advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, universities, affordable housing developers, law enforcement, organizations that serve homeless and formerly homeless veterans, and homeless and formerly homeless people. The Continuum is organized to coordinate local efforts to address housing and homeless issues and to reduce homelessness. Membership is available at no cost.

For more information and to access a membership form, contact Senior Analyst Lloyd Schmeidler with the City’s Community Development Department at (919) 560-4570, ext. 22267 or by email.

About the City of Durham Community Development Department

The Community Development Department is responsible for coordinating the City’s housing resources and various housing assistance programs as well as promoting affordable housing by working with investors and community housing development organizations. The department, as the lead agency for the Durham CoC, also administers the City’s entitlement programs from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the department helps to ensure that the City has thriving, livable neighborhoods by enhancing housing quality and affordability for Durham residents.

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