4th quarter newsletter - Page 19

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES Providers Seeking Grant Funding Several programs exist to address the needs of Maryland’s homeless population and those in danger of becoming homeless. However, DHR does not provide direct services to individuals seeking shelter. The following services are administered by DHR through our local departments of social services. To access any of the following programs or services, please contact your local department of social services.  Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) HPP provides non-monetary assistance to households with a pending eviction, and in some jurisdictions, support counselors who work with tenants and landlords to prevent evictions. By providing short-term mediation or linkage to resources, the program helps families and individuals who are at risk for eviction to stay in their rental homes.  Housing Counselor Program (HCP) HCP operates in five jurisdictions and assists low income families who are homeless, or in imminent danger of becoming homeless to locate, secure, and maintain permanent housing. Counselors help these families establish adequate credit references and to apply for subsidized housing. The counselors also help access local public and private resources for the first and last month’s rent, security deposits, utility payments, or donations of furniture. The five jurisdictions served are: Baltimore County, Harford County, Montgomery County, Washington County, and Baltimore City.  Service-Linked Housing Program (SLH) SLH provides funds in thirteen jurisdictions to link low-income residents to community services. SLH stabilizes households that are in precarious situations, thereby avoiding episodes of homelessness. Advocates help link residents to health services, education, job training, employment, addiction treatment, and other counseling. The jurisdictions served are: Baltimore County, Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel County, Allegany County, Caroline County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Garrett County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Washington County, and Baltimore City.  Emergency and Transitional Housing and Services Program (ETHS) ETHS provides state funding for emergency and transitional shelters for people who are homeless. ETHS funds shelter beds and support services such as limited rent assistance, food, transportation, and case management. ETHS is administered locally with significant involvement of local homelessness agencies in eac