The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLBank Pittsburgh) have established a partnership to provide grants to selected nonprofit organizations to support initiatives in Delaware that lead to stable housing for individuals and families who are homeless or determined to be at-risk of homelessness.
As a result of this collaboration, activities previously supported by the Housing Development Fund (HDF) Housing Support grants will now be funded through Home4Good.
Collaboration of Funding
DSHA and FHLBank Pittsburgh have contributed a combined total of $1.2 million to the Home4Good grant program:
- $575,000 from DSHA; and
- $500,000 from FHLBank Pittsburgh.
- May 15, 2023 Home4Good 2021 funding round opens.
- May 17, 2023 Home4Good Stakeholder and FHLBank Member Meeting, Virtual
- May 24, 2023 Technical Assistance Mandatory Meeting Day (New Applicants only).
- July 14, 2023 Home4Good applications due to DSHA by no later than 4:00 p.m. *
- September 14, 2023 Ranking Committee reviews, scores and ranks applications.
- October 31, 2023 DSHA and FHLB announce funding awards.
* Applications received after the posted deadline will be considered ineligible for funding.
Established Set-Asides and Available Grant Funding
- Rapid Re-Housing up to $300,000
- Homelessness Prevention & Diversion up to $550,000
- Innovation up to $225,000
NOTE: There is no limit in the amount of funding requests; however, approved funding amounts may be different than the funding request depending on the total number of applications approved for funding, and an applicant's past performance history. Notwithstanding the foregoing, FHLBank and DSHA reserve the right to redistribute the allocations so that the total amount of awards will not exceed $1,075,000
Eligible Program Activities
Programs that assist individuals and families that meet the definition of "literally homeless" solve the challenges to obtaining permanent housing in a rapid manner. Individuals and families are referred to Rapid Re-Housing provider agencies by Delaware’s Centralized Intake system or third-party referral.
Definition of Literally Homeless
Individuals and families who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, meaning:
- Current primary nighttime residence is a public or private place not meant for human habitation;
- Currently living in a publicly- or privately-operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state and local government programs); or
- Currently exiting an institution where they have resided for ninety (90) days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution
Homelessness Prevention & Diversion
- Prevention Programs that assist individuals and families at imminent risk of losing housing. Prevention provides a one-time payment of rental assistance or utility assistance directly related to the prevention of homelessness to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction. These programs are designed to stabilize individuals and families in their existing homes.
- Diversion programs prevent homelessness for people seeking shelter due to eviction by providing them rental assistance as a last attempt in staying in their homes or helping them identify immediate alternate housing arrangements and, if necessary, connecting them with services and financial assistance to help them return to permanent housing. Diversion is targeted to households as they are seeking shelter – at the "front door" of the shelter system.
Programs that provide innovative solutions in addressing homelessness by making the delivery of services more efficient or effective, specifically:
- Community Housing Services;
- Street Outreach; and
- Re-Entry Assistance.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with existing Rapid Re-Housing programs with the assistance of Home4Good grant funding or other funding sources.
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations currently operating Homelessness Diversion programs with the assistance of Home4Good grant funding or other funding sources.
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations currently operating Homelessness Prevention programs with the assistance of Home4Good grant funding or other funding sources.
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations experienced with administering state and/or federal sources that provide street outreach services and crisis intervention for the immediate needs of the homeless in unsheltered locations
Community Housing Services
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations experienced with administering state and/or federal sources that provide case management and coordination of services to homeless individuals and families that currently reside in emergency shelters.
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations experienced with administering state and/or federal sources that provide direct client assistance through short-term rental assistance, utility, and security deposits for people exiting correctional institutions within six months post-release.
- Street Outreach
How to Apply
Please refer to the cover page of the Home4Good application for guidance on how to apply for grant funding.
Home4Good applications must be supported by an FHLBank Pittsburgh member financial institution to qualify for funding. New for the 2024 funding round, FHLBank Pittsburgh will coordinate and collect member co-applicant forms on behalf of applicants. Applicants have no responsibilities to reach out to FHLBank members unless otherwise requested.
Please download and review the documents below to learn more about the Home4Good grant program including eligibility requirements, information regarding pre-application meeting requirements for specific applicants, scoring criteria, and to access application materials.