July 14, 2023

2023 Emergency Solutions Grant

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has released the Program Guidelines for the 2023 Emergency Solutions Grant. The program is authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, as amended by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009.

All funded applicants will use a coordinated entry process established by the local Continuum of Care, to ensure the homeless crisis response system is easy to access, the needs of the homeless population are quickly identified and assessed, and priority decisions are based on those needs as determined by Connect to Home staff utilizing an assessment tool. Funded applicants will utilize a Housing First approach to ensure that people experiencing a housing crisis are quickly connected to permanent housing. All eligible activities are listed in the 2023 ESG Guidelines and in the ESG interim rule published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011 located at 24 CFR 576.

Agencies interested in participating in Franklin County’s 2023 ESG application should contact Glenda Helman by phone at (717) 709-7218 or by email at gshelman@franklincountypa.gov no later than Monday, July 24, 2023. All interested parties must: 1) be able to match any requested funding on a dollar for dollar basis, 2) attend the A Way Home meeting each month either in person or via phone conference, 3) maintain books, records, documents and other evidence pertaining to the costs and expenses incurred in such detail as will properly reflect all costs, direct and indirect, of labor, materials, equipment, supplies and services, and other expenses for which reimbursement is claimed under the provisions of this grant. Provider will agree to maintain books, records, documents, and other evidence using accounting procedures and practices that comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and all applicable State and Federal regulations, 4) provide an agency audit, or if no audit is required due to not meeting auditing thresholds ($750,000 federal and/or $500,000 state), internally or externally generated financial statements must be provided, and 5) be in good standing with Franklin County government and DCED.

Emergency Solutions Grant Program Guidelines

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