Supportive Housing Program


The Supportive Housing Program is designed to promote the development of supportive housing and supportive services to assist homeless individuals and families in the transition from homelessness and to enable them to live as independently as possible. Program funds may be used to provide: (i) transitional housing within a 24-month period as well as up to six months of follow-up services to former residents to assist their adjustment to independent living; (ii) permanent housing provided in conjunction with appropriate supportive services designed to maximize the ability of persons with disabilities to live as independently as possible; (iii) supportive housing that is, or is part of, a particularly innovative project for, or alternative method of, meeting the immediate and long-term needs of homeless individuals and families; (iv) supportive services for homeless individuals not provided in conjunction with supportive housing,(v) safe havens for homeless individuals with serious mental illness currently residing on the streets who may not yet be ready for supportive services; and (vi) Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) for developing management information systems to maintain data on beds, units and homeless individuals.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/05/2016 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office: Office of Community Planning and Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2014: No Curent Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, Title IV, Subtitle C, as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, local governments, other governmental entities, private nonprofit organizations, and community mental health associations that are public nonprofit organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Homeless individuals and families with children.
Private nonprofit status is documented by submitting either (1) a copy of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruling providing tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code; or (2) documentation showing that the entity is a certified United Way agency; or (3) a certification from a licensed CPA that no part of the net earnings of the organization insures to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual; that the organization has a voluntary board; that the organization practices nondiscrimination in the provision of assistance and that the organization has a functioning accounting system. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. One application package prescribing the specific information that applicants must submit is available. The standard application forms as furnished by HUD must be used for this program. Any proposed project under this program must be consistent with the applicable HUD-approved Consolidated Plan and must be permissible under applicable zoning ordinances and regulations.
Award Procedure
HUD reviews applications, rates and ranks those meeting threshold requirements, and prepares a Grant Agreement for those applications selected.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Processing of applications will take place in HUD Field Offices and at HUD Headquarters, and selection of successful applicants will take place at HUD Headquarters. HUD will make its final selections and obligate funds as soon as the applications can be processed.
Applicants may appeal funding decision if they believe a HUD error has occurred.
Information on renewals is contained in the Notice of Funding Availability and the application.
How are proposals selected?
The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act amended and reauthorize the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act into the Continuum of Care Program. Fiscal Year 2011 was the last funding year under the Supportive Housing Program. Projects will continue to operate under the NOFA they were awarded under until they are renewed under the Continuum of Care Program. The resource for this program is still relevant.
How may assistance be used?
Eight types of assistance may be provided for Supportive Housing: acquisition of structures for use as supportive housing or in providing supportive services; rehabilitation of structures for use as supportive housing or in providing supportive services; new construction of buildings for use as supportive housing under limited circumstances; leasing of structures for use as supportive housing or in providing supportive services; operating costs of supportive housing; costs of providing supportive services to homeless persons; costs of implementing and operating HMIS; and administrative costs not to exceed five percent of the SHP grant.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Each recipient must keep any records and make any reports as specified by HUD within the timeframe required. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. The financial management systems used by governmental entities that are recipients under this program must provide for audits in accordance with 24 CFR 45 as applicable. Private nonprofit entity recipients are subject to the audit requirements of 24 CFR 44 as applicable. Both 24 CFR Part 44 and 45 stipulate that grant recipients and their subgrantees provide audits in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133. HUD may perform further and additional audits as it finds necessary or appropriate.
Each recipient must agree to participate in an evaluation of the program, and to keep any records and make any reports that HUD may require for the purpose of reporting to Congress on the cost of the program and the social, financial, and other advantages of supportive housing components as a means of assisting homeless persons.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Recipients must match grants for acquisition, rehabilitation, and new construction, with an equal amount of funds from other sources. Recipients must also provide a cash match for support services and operations. The Supportive Housing Program will pay no more than 80 percent of total support service costs, 75 percent of total operating costs or 80 percent of total HMIS costs. Recipients have the responsibility to ensure that the funds that the recipient uses to satisfy HUD's match requirements are not prohibited to be used for this purpose under any statutue that may govern the matching funds.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants may be made available for up to 3 years for leasing, operating, supportive services and HMIS costs. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Designated contact person for the Supportive Housing Program in HUD Field Offices with a Community Planning and Development Division.
Headquarters Office
Tonya Proctor Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Planning and Development, 451 7th Street, SW, Room 7262, Washington , District of Columbia 20410 Email: Phone: 202-708-4300 Fax: 202-401-0053
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $0; and FY 15 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
HUD imposes the following limitations: (1) Acquisition and/or rehabilitation construction grants for the Supportive Housing Program may not exceed 200,000 (up to $400,000 in high cost areas); new construction may not exceed $400,000; (2) funding of up to 75 percent for operating costs; (3) funding of up to 80 percent for supportive services and HMIS costs; and (4) the program provides grants for leasing costs for up to 3 years.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
24 CFR 583 published in the Federal Register. Other program information is available at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.