Homeless Service Provider Funding Opportunities

The following funding program opportunities range from a variety of federal, state and local resources targeting provider organizations that contract with or wish to contract with the Office of Homeless Services.


Special Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to Address Unsheltered Homelessness

The purpose of this Special NOFO to Address Unsheltered and Rural Homelessness (Special NOFO) is to target efforts to reduce unsheltered homelessness, particularly in communities with very high levels of unsheltered homelessness and homelessness in rural areas. Through this Special NOFO, HUD will award funding to communities to implement coordinated approaches — grounded in Housing First and public health principles — to reduce the prevalence of unsheltered homelessness, and improve services engagement, health outcomes, and housing stability among highly vulnerable unsheltered individuals and families. HUD expects applicant communities to partner with health and housing agencies to leverage mainstream housing and healthcare resources.

To read the NOFO in its entirety: https://www.hudexchange.info/news/coc-program-supplemental-nofo-address-unsheltered-and-rural-homelessness/

Max Award Amount: $42,095,502

New Project Application period: August 17th – September 16th, 2022
Local competition for Special NOFO to Address Unsheltered Homelessness will begin August 17, 2022.

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Funding FFY22 CoC Program Competition

In August 2022, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Continuum of Care Program Competition. Press Release

The FFY22 CoC Program Competition is currently open

CoC funded renewal project recipient and subrecipient agency contacts received the FFY22 Continuum of Care (CoC) FFY22 Local Competition Guide and Application for Renewal Projects.

The following periods are for the CoC Program Competition,

Renewal Project Application period: August 3rd – 19th, 2022
New Project Application period: August 12th – 29th, 2022

Home4Good (H4G) Program Funding

Home4Good helps those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by channeling dollars to local service organizations that know how to help. Funding is offered annually by FHLBank Pittsburgh and the Delaware State Housing Authority, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and the West Virginia Housing Development Fund.

The 2022 Home4Good application is open! (Information on how to apply will be posted soon)

Final project lists are due September 30th, and all funds will be disbursed 60-90 days after the final award announcement.


Previous RFPs

Philadelphia Continuum of Care (CoC) PA-500

The Philadelphia Continuum of Care (CoC) is an inter-agency planning body that works to coordinate and implement a system of care that prevents and removes the barriers related to homelessness among Philadelphians through a collaborative, data driven, community-based approach.

Membership in the CoC is open to all stakeholders in Philadelphia interested in the volunteer opportunity to work towards ensuring homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring. It is a broad-based coalition of housing and service providers, persons with lived experience of homelessness, advocates, government representatives, and other community members working together to shape citywide planning and decision-making.

To become a member of the Philadelphia Continuum of Care

For more information about the Philadelphia Continuum of Care or how to get involved, contact David A. Weathington, Director of CoC Planning and Grants, at 215-300-4108.

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Funding

FY2021 CoC Competition

In August 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Continuum of Care Program Competition. Press Release

The Philadelphia FY2021 Continuum of Care through the approval of CoC Board and administrative support of the Collaborative Applicant (Office of Homeless Services) submitted the following requested amounts for funding to continue to support existing and new supportive housing resources for Philadelphians who are experiencing a housing homeless crisis.

Projects (Renewal and New) = $39,122,199

  • DV Bonus Projects = $3,716,991
  • CoC Bonus Projects = $1,914, 896
  • Planning Grant = $1,154,275

Total FY2021 CoC NOFO Request = $40,276,474

**The following table contains the official documentation included in the FY2021 CoC NOFO application submission for the Philadelphia (PA-500) Continuum of Care program.

Title Description Date
FY2021 PA-500 CoC Consolidated Application Required Multi-Part Narrative Questions and Attachments November 16, 2021
PA-500 CoC Project Priority List FY 2021 List of approved renewal and new projects accepted by the CoC Board November 15, 2021
2021 CoC (PA-500) FINAL Ranking Final List of projects ranked and reviewed by the CoC Board to be considered for funding November 05, 2021

**For more information related to the Philadelphia (PA-500) Continuum of Care, Click Here

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Program Funding

HOME Investment Partnerships American Rescue Plan Program (HOME-ARP) Program

Provides funding to HOME Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability across the country.

Philadelphia will be receiving $42,007,561 in one-time funds to provide long-term housing and services for those experiencing homelessness. The HOME-ARP funds can be used for 4 activities to help people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or vulnerable populations:

  • the acquisition and development of affordable housing,
  • tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA that is time-limited),
  • the provision of supportive services; and
  • the acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter.

The Office of Homeless Services is seeking public input to inform the development of our HOME-ARP Allocation Plan. Click Here to access community survey, until November 29, 2021

RFI Consultant Opportunity

The City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services (OHS), in partnership with the PHARE Advisory Group, is seeking proposals for professional consulting services. The successful applicant will develop a comprehensive strategy that:

  • Increases access to homeless services in a culturally appropriate manner. This includes a marketing plan targeting the Latinx/Hispanic community, informing them of OHS services; and
  • Provides recommendations to recruit bilingual and bicultural staff for OHS and its provider network.

If your company or organization is interested in this opportunity, please see our Request for Information, and related forms below:

Note: Applicants are required to submit electronic responses. Proposals must be emailed to MaryBeth Gonzales, OHS Deputy Director: marybeth.gonzales@phila.gov by May 23, 2022, due by close of business.

Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV) Program

The City of Philadelphia has received a special allocation of 863 Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV) through the American Rescue Plan. There are already nearly 8,000 people who are eligible in the homeless system for them. These vouchers are administered by PHA. Referrals MUST come through the City of Philadelphia’s Continuum of Care, Coordinated Entry process based on assessed vulnerability.

EHV applications are not directly available to the public or accessible through the PHA waitlist.

For Additional Resource Information – Click Here

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund

Helping Our Students Heal, Recover and Emerge Stronger From the COVID-19 Pandemic

The School District of Philadelphia is projected to receive $1.1 billion in relief funding through September 2024 as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. This unprecedented level of federal funding in our schools will help to address the many devastating effects of COVID-19 by allowing us to safely reopen schools for all students and equitably expand opportunities for students who need recovery assistance the most. Here’s a snapshot of our investment approach, and our initial investment plan, which reflects input from over 11,000 survey and focus group participants.

Additional Resource Information – Click Here 

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program Funding

The ESG Program is authorized by subtitle B of Title IV – Housing Assistance of S.896 The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. The ESG interim rule (24 CFR Parts 576), published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011, establishes the regulations for the Emergency Solutions Grant Program. The program focus is to assist people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. The program authorizes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make grants to states, units of general-purpose local government, and territories for the rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelters for the homeless, for the payment of certain expenses related to operating emergency shelters, for essential services related to emergency shelters and street outreach for the homeless, and for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance.

(No New Funding Request for Proposal (RFP) – Additional resources coming soon)

Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE) Program Funding

PHARE was established by Act 105 of 2010 (the “PHARE Act”) to provide the mechanism by which certain allocated state or federal funds, as well as funds from other outside sources, would be used to assist with the creation, rehabilitation, and support of affordable housing throughout the Commonwealth. The PHARE Act did not allocate any funding but did outline specific requirements that include preferences, considerations, match funding options and obligations to utilize a percentage of the funds to assist households below 50% of the median area income.

Food Services Grant Opportunities

FY22 RFP For Food Service Operator at Riverview Personal Care Home and Fernwood Emergency Housing Cottages

FY22 RFP for Food Service Operator at Families Forward Philadelphia Emergency and Supportive Services Facility

FY22 RFP for a Food Service Operator at Woodstock Family Center

RFP Food Service at the Families Forward Philadelphia Emergency and Supportive Services Facility 2017

Homeless and Housing Grant Opportunities

  • RFP for Preventive Maintenance Services at City Owned or Leased Emergency Housing and Intake Sites
  • Request for Proposals to Operate a “Tiny House” Pilot Rental Housing Project
  • Request for Information to Operate a Tiny Home Village
  • Request for Proposals to Operate Tenant-Based Rapid Re-Housing for Households Without Children
  • Request for Proposals to Operate a Shallow Rent Program, HOME$200
  • Request for Proposals to Operate Tenant-Based Rapid Re-Housing for Households With Children
  • Request for Proposals to Operate Project-Based Rapid Re-Housing Opportunities
  • Request for Proposals to Operate a Single Room Occupancy Program, SRO-Philadelphia
  • Home4Good RFI 2020
  • RFP for Harm Reduction Training
  • REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS to OPERATE SHARE PLACE, A NEW SHARED HOUSING PILOT
  • RFP for New Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Re-Housing, and Joint Transitional and Rapid Re-Housing Projects
  • Home4Good RFP 2019
  • RFP for Emergency Shelter and Housing-Focused Case Management Services at City Owned Facilities
  • RFP for New Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Re-Housing, and Joint Transitional and Rapid Re-Housing Projects
  • RFP for New Rapid Re-Housing Project (UPDATED) 2018
  • RFP for Homelessness Prevention and Diversion 2017
  • RFP: Services For Individuals Experiencing Eviction 2017
  • RFI Youth Designated Access Point for HUD Required Coordinated Entry System (CEA-BRHS) 2017
  • RFP New Permanent Supportive, Rapid Re-Housing, And Joint Transitional Housing – Rapid Re-Housing Projects Philadelphia Coc Fy 2017 HUD NOFA Application 2017
  • RFP Homeless Services Strategic Plan 2017
  • RFP Preventive Maintenance Services at City-Owned or Leased Emergency Housing and Intake Sites 2017