Homeless Shelter Support

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers four grants to support homeless shelters in Virginia. Eligible applicants are nonprofit and local government providers of emergency shelter and transitional housing for the homeless in Virginia. These funds are not intended to provide "start up" costs and applicants must be active members of their local Continuum of Care.

State Shelter Grant and Child Services Coordination Grant:
The State Shelter Grant (SSG) is comprised of both state and federal funds. The goal of the program is to assist homeless families and individuals by providing financial support, technical assistance and training opportunities for local governments and nonprofit agencies that provide services and support through the operation of emergency shelters and transitional housing facilities in Virginia.

The Child Services Coordination Grant (CSCG) provides support for a child service coordination referral system of services for homeless children in shelter facilities.

  • Fiscal Year 2011 Guidelines >> PDF

Emergency Solutions Grant:
This federally funded grant is administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Division of Housing and is available to service providers (shelter and transitional housing providers) in non-entitlement areas. The goal of the program is to assist homeless families and individuals by providing shelter and services at emergency shelter and transitional housing facilities within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Fiscal Year 2011 Guidelines >> PDF

The Child Care for Homeless Children program and the Child Services Coordination Grant directly impact the family environment at shelters.  Together, these programs enrich the lives of children at these facilities by providing service coordinators and making child care affordable for working parents.  Eligible applicants are nonprofit and local government providers of emergency shelter and transitional housing for the homeless families with children, including single-parent families.

Child Care for Homeless Children Program:
Assists homeless families in shelter facilities with the cost of child care while working or participating in an educational or job training program.

  • Fiscal Year 2011 Guidelines >> PDF

For more information on any of these programs or grants, contact: HSNH@dhcd.virginia.gov.