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Naomi Cantu

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During the Application process, the maximum Application amounts per Program Participant service may be proposed as follows:

(1)    Street outreach Applications limited to $50,000

(2)    Emergency shelter Applications limited to $100,000

(3)    Homelessness prevention Applications limited to $100,000

(4)    Rapid re-housing Applications limited to $100,000

In addition, Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) funds are limited to 10% of the amount of funds awarded for Program Participant services. Administrative funds would be limited to 3% of funds awarded for Program Participant services.

These limits would be a change from the 2017/2018 ESG Application process because in 2019/2020 the maximum Application amounts would be based on how many activities are being provided, and not how many subgrantees/subcontractors are included with the Application as was the case in the 2017/2018 ESG Application process.

  1. Are the Application amounts per Program Participant service sufficient, too high, or too low?

Posts: 2
I think the HMIS amounts are too low.  The amount of time spent on HMIS has significantly increased with the Coordinated Entry requirements.

Posts: 4
Also agree with comment 2. Higher maximum would allow applicants who engage more with CE to have more flexibility to fund HMIS services if they choose.

By each of the program services, there obvious reason to think any one is too high or low. I am not sure there is a need for a solution but it is noted that there is now a potential for one agency to secure $350,000. Even in previous collaborative application each agency was limited to $125,000 per agency. This is a big jump.

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Austin/Travis County proposes there are no maximum or minimum application amounts per ESG service to allow each community to properly use ESG funding to meet the needs of their unique community. Setting funding limits for each project type seems contrary to the COC program, which expects local COCs to use local data to determine the need and best use for project funding. For example, some communities across the state may require additional funding to support Emergency Shelter whereas other may need such funding for Street Outreach. The maximum amounts also limits the amount of funding a program participant may apply for which can dilute funding across a community and reduce effectiveness.  Creating small pots of funding with max limits can become very labor intensive for non-profits (especially in terms of compliance) in which they must find special, blended funding to fully fund projects.  

Both ESG and COC programs are required to use Coordinated Entry for referrals and HMIS to enter data.  Both of these requirements are built to ensure a strong alignment across funding streams in the community and create a strategic flow that positively impacts System Performance Measures; limiting funding for HMIS can really restrict projects and their ability to meet such requirements. Also, limiting HMIS funds will impact some communities more than others.  Some HMIS vendors have a higher cost than others which impacts the social service agencies – especially ones that are depending on several licenses to accurately and timely record bed counts and services for shelter and outreach. 

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