California Emergency Solutions & Housing Grant (CESH) Notice of Funding Availability- Round 1
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for California Emergency Solutions and Housing Program (CESH) on August 15, 2018. The full NOFA can be found on the HCD website. The CESH Program will provide grants to administrative entities to assist persons who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.
The Yolo County Homeless and Poverty Action Coalition (HPAC) is responsible for providing a local competition to determine which local projects will be funded. HPAC is issuing a FY 2018 CESH Notice of Funding with information regarding this local funding opportunity. The local Round 1 - CESH Selection Process was adopted on September 26, 2018.
A mandatory Notice of Intent was due by 5pm on Friday, October 5, 2018 for providers interested in applying for these funds. Notices of intent were received for seven projects.
Project Selection Process
Per the Round 1 - CESH Selection Process adopted by HPAC on 9/26/2018, all applicants interested in receiving CESH funding in the Round 1 local competition were required to submit their project proposals by 10/31/2018. The total allocation received was $863,524, with 5% ($43,176) allocated for administrative costs, leaving $820,348 available to be awarded to projects. For the CESH Round 1 funding the Yolo CoC received 8 project applications requesting a total of $983,830. This exceeded the amount of funding available, which meant that the scoring and selection process documented in the Round 1 - CESH Selection Process was utilized to competitively award the funds available.
The Project Selection Subcommittee spent November 2nd – 14th, 2018 reviewing and scoring the applications, and met on 11/15/2018 to develop a funding recommendation regarding each project. The notes from that meeting are available to the public (CESH and HEAP Project Selection Subcommittee Notes), and on November 28, 2018, HPAC approved the Project Selection Subcommittee’s funding recommendation which is provided below along with a brief description of each project.