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HEAP Application Date Extended – Due March 18, 2019


The State of California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council in conjunction with the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, has announced the availability of one‐time grant funding to provide assistance to Continuum of Care to address the homelessness crisis. The Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) is authorized by SB 850 and was signed into law on July 27, 2018 by Governor Edmund G. Brown. HEAP provides for one-time flexible block grant funds of $18.8 million to be distributed by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH). This one-time funding is intended to provide immediate emergency assistance to people experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness in San Diego County.

The intention of RTFH is to move toward right-sizing the homeless service system. This will help to create a more balanced approach to ensure the continued availability of necessary survival services and up to and including options for housing placements necessary to end a person’s homelessness. It will also help provide the prevention and diversion services. From this perspective the CoC is viewing the opportunity of these new, one-time only State funds as an investment in service support, addressing service gaps and enhancement improvements.

As part of San Diego Continuum of Care, RTFH has released this competitive RFP for HEAP funding. In releasing the HEAP RFP, RTFH will align its grant awards with the goals of the State, local jurisdictions and with the San Diego Continuum of Care mission and vision as well as with broader homeless system transformation efforts underway. These priorities guide the RTFH.

RTFH is seeking applications from agencies interested in providing critical services to and that support movement toward and access to housing for people experiencing homelessness. HEAP will be administered in accordance with all applicable requirements issued by the State. This Request for Proposal (RFP) is open to any legally constituted entities that meet the minimum eligibility requirements.  All interested parties must submit a complete application packet in ZoomGrants™.

Please see below for the full Request for Proposals, a How-To Guide on applying through the ZoomGrants system and a link to start an application in ZoomGrants.

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