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Updated 30 August 2013

The Wisconsin Balance of State Continuum of Care is requesting proposals for an agency to act as the HMIS Lead Agency on their behalf. Any questions regarding this RFP may be directed to Chris Lashock, President of the Board of Directors.  Click here to download the RFP Form (Word format).

COC Programs*:

    Supportive Housing Programs:

    • The Supportive Housing Program (SHP) helps develop housing and related supportive services for people moving from homelessness to independent living. Program funds help homeless people live in a stable place, increase their skills and their income, and gain more control over the decisions that affect their lives.
    • The Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Program provides rental assistance in connection with supportive services. The program provides a variety of permanent housing choices, accompanied by a range of supportive services funded through other sources.
    • The Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program provides rental assistance for applicable properties that will—when the renovations are complete contain upgraded single occupancy units for individuals who are homeless. As a result, it is designed to move people into the permanent housing phase within the Continuum of Care.


    Formula Based Programs:

    • Designed as the first step in the Continuum of Care, the Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) Program provides funds for emergency shelters — immediate alternatives to the street — and transitional housing that helps people reach independent living. Grantees use ESG funds to rehabilitate and operate these facilities, provide essential social services, and prevent homelessness.
    • The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) provides homelessness prevention assistance to households that would otherwise become homeless, and provides rapid re-housing assistance to persons who are homeless as defined by section 103 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302).


    Other Programs:

    • The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program is the only Federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Under the HOPWA program, HUD makes grants to local communities, States, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
    • Title V of the McKinney Vento Act enables eligible organizations to use unutilized, underutilized, excess, or surplus Federal properties as facilities that assist homeless persons. The program provides suitable properties (land and buildings) for use to assist the homeless. No monetary funding is available. The properties are made available strictly on an "as is" basis. Leases—provided free of charge—last from 1 to 20 years, depending on variables such as availability. In some cases, surplus properties may be deeded to the participating organization.
    • The Base Realignment and Closure Program (BRAC) is a community based process that balances the need for economic and other redevelopment while addressing the needs of the homeless at base closure and realignment sites. Under this program, HUD reviews base redevelopment plans and offers technical assistance to the communities in the vicinity of the military installation.
    • The HUD-VASH Program combines the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless veterans and their families with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at its medical centers and in the community.


    Mainstream Programs:

    • The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States.
    • Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) - Rental Housing Assistance and Case Management Services.  HUD will use its extensive national network of Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to provide housing assistance and case management services for eligible families. The program will also assist families in continuing to move toward self-sufficiency.
    • HOME provides formula grants to States and localities that communities use-often in partnership with local nonprofit groups-to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people.
    • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Housing choice vouchers allow very low-income families to choose and lease or purchase safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing.

*This information and additional detail may be found at the HUD website.

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