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Posted on: July 21, 2022

Durham Seeks Organizations to Apply for State Grant Funds to Help Homeless Residents

Grant opportunity

August 26 Application Deadline; Durham Continuum of Care Free Memberships Now Available

Durham organizations in need of funding to help homeless residents are now invited to apply for more than nearly $175,000 in state grant funds to support their efforts.

The City of Durham Community Development Department has received notice from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) that local organizations are now eligible to apply for $172,255 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds to assist people experiencing homelessness through street outreach, emergency shelter operations and services, homeless prevention, rapid re-housing, and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) implementation. Durham is eligible to use up to $103,353 for emergency services, and at least $68,902 must be used for housing stabilization activities. 

Project applications for these funds are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 26. Applications must be submitted through the State ESG Smartsheet form where all application documents should be put in a zip file, and the zip file should be uploaded to the form. Project application instructions, project applications, and supporting documentation requirements and information are now available on the NCDHHS website.

The NCDHHS is also offering technical assistance sessions to help organizations understand their application process, and registration is required to attend. 

  • Tuesday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Register here.  

  • Thursday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to noon for new applicants only. Register here

  • Tuesday, August 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Register here

The City’s Community Development Department will release the scorecard used to evaluate project applications after the scorecard is approved by the Durham Continuum of Care (CoC) Performance Management Committee on August 11. Completed project applications, a regional application completed by the City’s Community Development Department, and the Durham Continuum of Care recommendations for State ESG funding are due to NCDHHS by 5 p.m. on October 3. 

The City’s Community Development Department is also inviting community agencies and people who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness to join the Durham CoC, which is organized to coordinate local efforts to address housing and homeless issues and to reduce homelessness. Membership is available at no cost. Durham’s CoC is composed of representatives of organizations including nonprofit homeless providers; victim service providers; faith-based organizations; governments; businesses; advocates; public housing agencies; school districts; social service providers; mental health agencies; hospitals; universities; affordable housing developers; law enforcement; organizations that serve homeless and formerly homeless veterans; and homeless and formerly homeless people. 

For more information, visit the Durham CoC website or contact Senior Analyst Lloyd Schmeidler with the City’s Community Development Department by phone at (919) 560-4570, ext. 22267 or by email

About the City of Durham Community Development Department

The Community Development Department is responsible for coordinating the City’s housing resources and various housing assistance programs as well as promoting affordable housing by working with investors and community housing development organizations. The department, as the lead agency for the Durham CoC, also administers the City’s entitlement programs from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the department helps to ensure that Durham has thriving, livable neighborhoods by enhancing housing quality and affordability for residents.