​Homeless Case Management Services Grant Program​

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Overview

 

The Homeless Case Management Services (HCMS) grant program was created through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant program and through Wisconsin Act 59.  As such, all funding provided via the HCMS grant is subject to TANF rules and regulations.  Each year up to 10 annual grants of $50,000 each will be awarded through the HCMS grant program. 

The HCMS grant has a narrow definition of who can be served and how they can be served.  The grant is focused on providing families experiencing homelessness intensive case management including at least one (1) of the following areas:

  1. Financial management
  2. Employment
  3. Ensuring school continuation for children
  4. Enrolling unemployed or underemployed parents in W-2 or the Food Share employment and training program

Families are defined by TANF regulation as one of the following:

  1. Homeless adults (age 18 or older) accompanied by minor children (under age 18 for whom the homeless adults are legally responsible, or under 19 but a full-time student in high school, working on an equivalency degree, or enrolled in basic vocational or technical education); or
  2. Homeless pregnant women; or
  3. Homeless adults, unaccompanied by children, who are non-custodial parents of children under the age of 18; or
  4. Homeless adults, unaccompanied by children, who are over age 18 but younger than age 25 and accompanied by another person related by blood or marriage. 

Please note, families headed by a person under 18 cannot be served.  Preference is given to servicing the first two types of families, however all families as defined above can be served.

Each HCMS grant is divided into two categories: program funds and administrative funds.

​Program Funds: Can be used to pay for program costs directly tied to providing intensive case management to families including at least one (1) of the following areas:

  1. Financial management
  2. Employment
  3. Ensuring school continuation for children
  4. Enrolling unemployed or underemployed parents in W-2 or the Food Share employment and or training programs

Reimbursable costs could include, but are not limited to, case manager salaries (wages, benefits, etc.), or costs associated with providing financial management training and job training to clients.  Please note, in order to be reimbursable these services must be actively provided to a client.  Costs for staff to be on call to provide services is not eligible for reimbursement.

Administrative Funds: Can pay for administrative costs such as, but not limited to, the cost of office space, computers, office supplies, and salaries for agency wide functions such as accounting.  Please note these costs will need to be prorated to reflect the percentage of the staff person's time or the percentage of the resource dedicated to the HCMS program.  Applicants can request up to 15% of their award be administrative funds but can also request less or none. 

​The percentage allocation between program funds and administrative funds will be specified in the grantee's contract. 

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are limited to shelter facilities, defined as temporary places of lodging for homeless individuals and families.  Further, to be eligible applicants are required to use either the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) database or a HMIS comparable database. 

​Please see the Program Manual for further information, rules and guidelines.

Application Materials & Timeline

Applications for the HCMS grant are due at 12:00PM CST on May 16, 2022.  Please send completed applications to DOASupportiveHousing@wisconsin.gov.  Applicants will be scored based on their application.  The top applicants, based on the scoring criteria, will be notified in June 2022 and awarded grants.  A maximum of 10 grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded.

Application and 

Application Supplement 

Questions?

All questions regarding the application and applications process should be directed towards the HCMS Grant Specialist (Emily.Bourne@wisconsin.gov).

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