Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) has released a conditional Request for Proposal (RFP) for Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding for rapid re-housing and homeless prevention activities. Each organization responding to the ESG RFP must send at least one representative to the bidder's conference.

Please note:

  • This RFP is conditional based on MDHI's pending award of ESG funds through the Colorado Division of Housing. 
  • If you missed the bidder's conference held on Thursday, November 16 please email ESG@mdhi.org. 
  • The deadline for RFP submission is 5pm on  Monday, December 4, 2017. 
  • Questions should be addressed to ESG@mdhi.org. 

ESG Timeline:

  • November 7, 2017 - ESG Request for Proposal (RFP) Release
  • November 16, 2017 - ESG Bidder’s Conference, attendance is mandatory for all applicants. 9-11am on Thursday, November 16, DDHS 1200 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO. If you missed the bidder's conference please email ESG@mdhi.org. 
  • December 4, 2017 - ESG RFP Submission Deadline. Submit to ESG@mdhi.org no later than 5pm.
  • January 2018 - MDHI Board approves funding recommendations, project recipients notified, and contract for one-year funding cycle executed between MDHI and project recipients.

RFP and related documents can be found here:

 Some helpful resources can be found here: 

   

ESG Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): 

Please keep checking back, this content is in development and will be updated regularly. Questions may be sent to ESG@mdhi.org. 

 

Q: Are we able to keep a wait list or serve clients outside of OneHome?


A: Once OneHome is implemented for ESG, the HUD requirement is that each ESG program will receive 100% of referrals through the local coordinated entry system, OneHome. OneHome will make referrals based on our community’s prioritization criteria, matching individuals and families to the most appropriate resource.


Q: ESG Applicants must submit a signed OneHome Partner Agreement. Will this apply to all of our agency’s programs?


A: While we welcome your agency’s full participation in OneHome, there is space on the signature page to indicate for which programs you are making the agreement. It will fulfill the requirements of this RFP to put Emergency Solutions Grant on the ‘programs included’ line. 


Q: Required attachments include Housing First and Fair Housing Policies. Do we need to attach our entire Policies and Procedures document/Admin. Plan, or can we attach just the relevant section?


A: Please attach the relevant section only, and clearly label from which document it’s pulled.  

 

Q: What are the eligible and ineligible match sources?

A:  Match must be for eligible ESG components and activities, expended during the contract period on ESG eligible clients.  Further regarding matching CoC & ESG funds HUD has provided the following guidance: “CoC Program funds are not statutorily prohibited from being used to meet the match requirements for the ESG program.  ESG Program funds are not statutorily prohibited from being used to meet the match requirements for the CoC Program. However, recipients and subrecipients must ensure that all match requirements are fulfilled, including the use of match funds for eligible program costs and participants.”  ESG does prohibit the following funding sources from being used as match: SNAP benefits (food stamps), Housing Choice Vouchers or tenant’s portion of the rent.

 

Q: May we match other eligible ESG programs to RRH or HP?

A:  No, as HUD states the matching funds have not been and will not be used to match any other Federal program’s funds nor any other ESG grant.

 

 

Q: What other DOLA funds can be used as match?

A: All DOLA funds can be used as match if they meet the following criteria:

    • The matching funds are contributed to the ESG program and expended for the subrecipient’s allowable ESG costs.
    • If the matching funds are from another federal program, there is no specific statutory prohibition on using those funds as match.
    • The matching funds are used in accordance with all requirements that apply to ESG grant funds, except for the expenditure limits in 24 CFR 576.100. This includes requirements such as documentation requirements, eligibility requirements, and eligible costs. 
    • The matching funds are expended (that is, the allowable cost is incurred) after the date HUD signs the grant agreement for the ESG funds being matched.  
    • The matching funds are expended by the expenditure deadline that applies to the ESG funds being matched.
    • The matching funds have not been and will not be used to match any other Federal program’s funds nor any other ESG grant.
    • The recipient does not use ESG funds to meet the other program's matching requirements.
    • The recipient keeps records of the source and use of the matching funds, including the particular fiscal year ESG grant for which the matching contribution is counted.

 

Q: Why is the budget so detailed and how will it affect scoring? 

The budget is more detailed than that of DOLA as MDHI is interested to understand how Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) and Homeless Prevention (HP) programs plan to use funds to consistently carry out these activities across the seven counties of the CoC.  

 

 


 

 

 

 

Q: May we match other eligible ESG programs to RRH or HP?

A:  No, as HUD states the matching funds have not been and will not be used to match any other Federal program’s funds nor any other ESG grant.

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