Funding Opportunities

State & Federal

California Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)

The California ESG provides funds for a variety of activities to address homelessness as authorized under the federal Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 and State program requirements. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) administers the ESG program with funding received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

ESG funds are federal dollars distributed by the state focused on funding programs to prevent and end homelessness.

The State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has announced its annual notice of funding available under the regular California ESG Program (ESG NOFA). For more information about the State's ESG program, including the State funding notice and application materials, please go to:

As required by the State's annual ESG process, the Homeless Action Partnership (HAP) Board, as the local Continuum of Care governance body, is required to rate, rank, and recommend ESG applications within Santa Cruz County. The HAP Board may recommend no more than:

  • Two applications (up to $162,553 in total funds) for the non-competitive Rapid Rehousing (RRH) Set-Aside, and
  • Two applications of no more than $200,000 each for the Regional Competition.

While RRH is the only eligible project type for the non-competitive set-aside, the following types of projects are eligible for the Regional Competition:

  • Emergency Shelter (ES) services and operations, including domestic violence shelters
  • RRH programs

HMIS, Street Outreach, and Prevention activities can be added to the above applications at no more than 10% for each but are not eligible as standalone projects.

For further information about this the local process, including the requirements, timeline, rating criteria, and local priorities, please carefully review the RFA.

To review the ESG RFA Notice, click here.

If you have questions about the local process or need technical assistance, please contact H4H at or me at

Questions regarding the State ESG NOFA and application can be directed to:

State ESG Website →

California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH)

The CESH Program provides funds for a variety of activities to assist persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness as authorized by SB 850 (Chapter 48, Statues of 2018). HCD grants CESH Program funds in the form of five-year grants to eligible applicants.

CESH funds may be used for five primary activities: housing relocation and stabilization services (including rental assistance), operating subsidies for permanent housing, flexible housing subsidy funds, operating support for emergency housing interventions, and systems support for homelessness services and housing delivery systems.

State CESH Website →

California Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP)

HHAP was signed into law on July 31, 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom and is a $650 million one-time block grant that provides local jurisdictions with funds to support regional coordination and expand or develop local capacity to address their immediate homelessness challenges.

State HHAP Website →

Federal HUD Continuum of Care (CoC)

The CoC Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Please be advised that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the 2021 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition was released on August 18, 2021. The CoC Program Competition provides ongoing and new funding opportunities for projects focused on preventing and ending homelessness around the country. The NOFO can be found here:

Housing for Health Orientation Session for CoC applicants, held September 10, 2021 (YouTube Video) →

Virtual Applicant Orientation Session Materials

  1. HAP CoC Orientation Agenda 9/10/21
  2. HAP 2021 CoC Local Application Policies and Procedures
  3. HAP 2021 Renewal Project Local Application Form
  4. HAP 2021 New Project Local Application Form
  5. HAP 2021 YHDP Replacement Project Request Form
  6. HAP 2021 Eligible Renewal Projects and Amounts
  7. HAP 2021 Match Training Presentation
  8. HAP 2021 Match Format
  9. HAP 2021 YHDP FAQs and Flexibilities

This Public Solicitation of Applications for projects within the Santa Cruz County CoC area provides a summary of the 2021 CoC NOFO, the local process for reviewing and selecting projects, and the local timeline for applying for CoC funding.

Click here for a detailed, print-ready version of the Public Solicitation for Applications.

Thank you very much for your interest in the HUD CoC Program Competition. Please do not hesitate to contact H4H at or me at if you have any questions.

HUD CoC Website →

California Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) RFA

Santa Cruz County Local Requests for Applications (RFA) →

  • Local Review and Selection Deadline: May 13, 2020
  • State Submission Deadline: May 28, 2020

State ESG Website →

2021 RFPs

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