Encampment Resolution Funding Program

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Closed (39 total applications submitted)
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The Encampment Resolution Funding (ERF) Program grants will fund local demonstration projects that provide services to address the immediate crisis of experiencing unsheltered homelessness in encampments, to support people living in encampments onto paths to safe and stable housing and result in sustainable restoration of public spaces to their intended uses while safeguarding the needs of unhoused people seeking shelter.


Successful grantees will design a demonstration project that builds capacity to provide relevant and responsive services to individuals experiencing homelessness in encampments. The project will support cross-systems collaboration and service strategies to help people experiencing homelessness transition out of encampments toward safe and stable housing pathways. Activities will also support efforts to restore encampment sites to their original state and intended purposes, but must prioritize protecting the health, safety, and well-being of the individuals who had been living in the encampments.

ERF Program activities must comply with Housing First and Homeless Data Integration System (HDIS) data submission requirements. Pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) section 8256, all recipients of ERF funding shall comply with the core components of Housing First, as defined in WIC section 8255.

ERF grant recipients must participate in the statewide HDIS by entering data and information regarding individuals served by this funding, and services and housing options provided, into their local Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

Grant funds may be used for activities that advance the goal of the proposed project in any one of the following categories:

Direct Services and Housing Options: activities to address immediate crisis needs and paths towards safe and stable housing for people living in encampments including, but not limited to, street outreach and engagement, housing and/or systems navigation, interim housing, and permanent housing.

Capacity Building:  activities to enhance the systems carrying out the demonstration project including, but not limited to, service coordination efforts, establishing and strengthening cross-system partnerships, and workforce development including specialized training and contracting with providers of culturally specific interventions.

Sustainable Outcomes: activities and interventions to ensure sustained outcomes for the people served and to support sustained restoration of encampment sites to their intended or original state.

Administration: up to 5% of grant funds may be applied to administrative costs.

Each application must focus on one encampment site; however, the encampment site may be broadly defined. The Application must identify the number and demographics of individuals living in the encampment site who will be served through this program and how outcomes for those individuals will be tracked.

This grant is not intended to be the sole funding source for a new encampment resolution project. Grant funding should be used to accelerate promising programs and practices that are in development and enhance partnerships and leverage other resources.

Applications are required to include the following parts in a Work Plan: Implementation Unit Structure and Capacity; Prioritized Encampment Site and Population to be Served; Core Service Delivery and Provision of Housing Options; Coordination of Services and Housing Options; Ensuring Dignity, Safety, and Wellness; Personnel; Proposed Budget and Fiscal Planning, including two Letters of Commitment or Intent.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Continuums of Care (COCs), counties and cities of any size are eligible to apply for this grant opportunity.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
100% by 06/30/2024

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Under the authority of Chapter 7 of Part 1 of Division 31 of the California Health and Safety Code (sections 50250 et seq.), the Encampment Resolution Funding (ERF) Program was established to increase collaboration between the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council, local jurisdictions, and continuums of care.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advance(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Funds will be disbursed to Grantees upon receipt, review and approval of the completed Standard Agreement and Standard Agreement and Request for Funds Form by HCFC, the Department of General Services (DGS) and the State Controller’s Office (SCO).

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Judith Hinh or Victor Duron, 1-916-651-2859, HHAP@bcsh.ca.gov