Other Funding Opportunities

State of Florida DCF Challenge Grant RFA

Central Florida Commission on Homelessness (CoC FL-507) – Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties
Request for Applications (RFA) for DCF Unified Homelessness Grant Funding

Release Date: Monday, February 25, 2019
Completed Applications Due: Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST

The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness promotes a region-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, states, and units of local government to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to
promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.

Homeless Services Network of Central Florida (HSN) is recognized by U.S. HUD and the State Office on Homelessness as the Lead Agency for the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness (CoC FL-507), which encompasses Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. Membership in CoC FL-507
is open to all individuals, organizations, businesses, and units or arms of local government who wish to work collaboratively toward that end.

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) administers and awards homelessness assistance funding statewide for the Emergency Solutions Grant, the State Challenge Grant and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) [Homelessness Prevention] programs using a single competitive process based on a three-year funding cycle.

DCF Funds are awarded only to CoC Lead Agencies, which must request and compete for funding via the Unified Homelessness Grant application process. As the CoC Lead Agency for the Central Florida Region, HSN will apply for this funding on behalf of CoC FL-507.



CoC FL-507 has identified the following four priority uses for DCF Unified Homelessness Grant funding. Only Applications seeking to provide one of these services is eligible for consideration under this Request for Applications (RFA):

  • Rapid Rehousing assistance for homeless families with children who are approved and assigned through the Coordinated Entry System whose homelessness originated in or who are currently being served in Osceola County and/or Seminole County (particularly the City of Sanford)
  • Secondary homelessness prevention assistance for families with children at-risk of homelessness approved and assigned through the Coordinated Entry System
  • Region-wide implementation and coordination of Bridge Housing assistance for individuals and families approved and assigned through the Coordinated Entry System
  • Region-wide implementation and coordination of Homelessness Diversion assistance, including management of financial assistance to be administered in conjunction with the Coordinated Entry System, likely at CES-affiliate access points (HUBs).

The Request for Applications (RFA), posted on the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, provides an application for eligible non-profits and local jurisdictions to use to request funding for projects that align with these CoC FL-507-identified funding priorities. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 12.
Questions about this RFA and the Application Form may be submitted to

CoC FL-507 Request for Applications – DCF Unified Homelessness Grant

CoC FL-507 RFA – DCF Unified Homelessness Grant – Attachment A-Application Form

Attachment B – Requirements Related to a Housing First Approach 10.13.18

Attachment C – HMIS-Related Requirements 10.15.18

Attachment D -2017-18 Interim RRH Navigation & Housing Stability CM Scope of Work