Office of Community Development
The Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) was implemented in 2012 to replace the Emergency Shelter and tenant-based supportive housing components of the Homeless Assistance Grant Program. It is modeled after the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program.
The HCRP has been established in order to better meet national objectives and the needs of Ohio’s homeless persons.
The goal of the HCRP is to prevent individuals and families from experiencing homelessness and, when homelessness does occur, to provide for emergency shelter operations and to rapidly move persons from emergency shelter into permanent housing.
The HCRP is divided into two components: 1) emergency shelter operations; and 2) homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing activities. Funding is a blended formula/competitive model that balances service coverage and incentivizing performance within the grant period.
Homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing activities are limited to households below 30 percent area median income (AMI). Emergency shelter funding is awarded on a modified allocation/competitive basis, assuming grantees meet performance standards.
Homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing funds are awarded on a regional basis, requiring collaboration of all providers within the region to develop a single shelter diversion strategy, moving individual programs toward systems-level coordination. Funds are distributed by an allocation to ensure at least minimal access to assistance statewide, with additional funding available through competitive bonus.
Applications are rated on proposal content, outcomes, collaboration, targeting and need, capacity, and performance as supported by Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data quality.