Funding Opportunities

Joint Funding

    Prior to 2016, each Lancaster County service provider submitted multiple applications to each funding source to receive funds for homelessness services. The local funders began to collaborate and developed one application for funding homelessness services. Upon inception of this Joint Funder’s application, this new process now brings together funders in a collaborative effort to provide a systematic approach to service provision and act as best stewards of available funding for Lancaster County residents experiencing homelessness.

    Joint Funding applications for fiscal year 2024-2025 will be open starting January 10, 2024 through 5 pm on February 20, 2024.  For details regarding the application and to apply, please download the Overview Packet here.

    To view the Joint Funding Presentation Slide Show, click here.

    Joint Funding Q&A

    Questions regarding Joint Funding should be sent to [email protected].  Answers will be posted here for all to learn.

    Q: Is there any additional information you could share about the funding source or O4C’s priority for these funds. Is it the O4C’s plan to use this for client assistance or support a new or expanded program of homeless prevention?

    A: We have specific funding earmarked for prevention this year: PHFA Home 4 Good and the Katherine K. Gaeth Fund (Community Foundation). Our main priority for these limited funds is to ensure that we are making a difference by providing both financial and case management support to households at the highest risk of becoming homeless and thereby directly impacting their ability to stay housed.

    Q: What is the definition of “positive housing destination” in the table for C.4.

    A: We, like HUD, consider permanent housing destinations to be positive ones. This is the list of permanent options in Empower Lancaster:

    • Staying or living with family, permanent tenure
    • Staying or living with friends, permanent tenure
    • Moved from one HOPWA funded project to HOPWA PH
    • Rental by client, no ongoing housing subsidy
    • Rental by client, with ongoing housing subsidy
    • Owned by client, with ongoing housing subsidy
    • Owned by client, no ongoing housing subsidy

    Housing destinations are determined at project exit. For example, a client leaves a shelter project. Project staff complete an exit assessment with the client. There, they select which type of housing situation the client will exit to. Empower Lancaster can report on the total number of clients exited from a project or projects, along with the number exited to each destination type and a percentage of positive exits, using the APR (Annual Performance Report) report. Every organization that uses Empower Lancaster should have at least one user with Supervisor-level permissions. This allows the user to perform reporting, including the APR. On the APR report, exit destinations are found in table Q23c: Exit Destination – All Persons.

    Q: What is the maximum funding ask for the FY24-25 Jt. Funding Homelessness Services Grant.

    A: There is no established maximum funding ask for a project application for the 24-25 JF Grant. The total pool of funding from mixed funding sources is 1.59 million dollars.

    Q: Should the Total Program Expenses in question H.1. include client financial assistance as well as case management?

    A: The only program that should include client financial assistance and case management in the total program expense is Prevention.

      Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

      The United Way of Lancaster County, in collaboration with the Office for the Homelessness Coalition, invites applications for Phase 41 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).

      The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created by Congress in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental. Grant funds are used to supplement meals, shelters, rent/mortgage, and utility assistance for existing food and shelter services. This allocation is made available through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

      For a comprehensive overview of the program, including eligibility criteria and essential documentation details, kindly visit the following link: UW LC EFSP. Agency’s participating in this program significantly strengthens our community's ability to deliver essential food and shelter services to those facing hardships.