The State Office on Homelessness contracts with 27 local Homeless Continuums of Care (CoC) to provide necessary services to the local community. Partnering with each CoC gives local control of projects that are tailored to needs of each community.

In 2019, the State Office on Homelessness entered into multi-year (3 year) unified contracts with each CoC for eligible grants. These Unified Homelessness Grants combine all applicable funds (Emergency Solutions Grant, Homelessness Prevention Grant, Challenge Grant, and Staffing Grant) into a single contract for each CoC that will expire June 30, 2022.

To find your local lead agency and contact information view our Local Community Providers of Service page.

To see where grant funding was awarded view our award listing page.

The types of projects available through each local CoC include:

Emergency Solutions Grant

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program is a federally funded program authorized by 24 CFR 576 and awarded to the State of Florida through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of the ESG Program is to:

  • help improve the quality and quantity of emergency shelters for homeless persons,
  • help cover the costs of operating emergency shelters,
  • fund essential supportive services to homeless individuals so they may have access to safe and sanitary shelter and the services and assistance they need to improve their situations,
  • fund short-term rental assistance to prevent homelessness,
  • help move homeless persons back into permanent rental housing, and
  • assist street outreach programs to connect unsheltered homeless persons with local housing and supportive services.

Initial FY Awards: $5,380,544

Homelessness Prevention Grant

The Homelessness Prevention Grant program is authorized by Section 414.161, Florida Statutes, and provides emergency financial assistance to families with children facing the loss of their housing due to a financial or other crisis. The intent of the program is to provide case management and financial assistance for overdue rent or mortgage payments and overdue utility bills to enable families to remain stably housed after receiving the assistance.

Initial FY Awards: $852,507

Challenge Grant

The Challenge Grant program is authorized by Section 420.622(4), Florida Statutes, to assist the local homeless CoC lead agencies and address local needs of individuals and families experiencing homeless identified in the CoC Plan. The overall goal of the grant is to use the Challenge Grant to partner with local agencies to reduce homelessness in Florida.

Initial FY Funding: $3,181,500

Staffing Grants

The Staffing Grant program is authorized by Section 420.622(10), Florida Statutes, and assists local CoCs in fulfilling the responsibilities of the CoC as defined in 24 CFR 578.7. Allocation of staffing grants is based on a methodology developed by The Office on Homelessness in conjunction with and approved by the Council on Homelessness.

Initial FY Funding: $3,000,000

Office on Homelessness
Department of Children and Families
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
Phone: 850-922-4691