Shelter Plus Care

The Shelter Plus Care Program provides rental assistance, in connection with supportive services funded from sources other than this program, to homeless persons with disabilities (primarily persons who are seriously mentally ill; have chronic problems with alcohol, drugs, or both, or have acquired immunodeficiency

syndrome and related diseases) and their families.

The program provides assistance through four components: (1) Tenant-based Rental Assistance (TRA); (2) Sponsor-based Rental Assistance (SRA); (3) Project-based Rental Assistance (PRA); (4) and Single Room Occupancy for Homeless Individuals (SRO).

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - Designated contact person or monitor for the Shelter Plus Care Program in HUD Field Offices with a Community Planning and Development Division.

Program information may also be obtained from Community Connections at HUD at (1-800)998-9999.

Program Accomplishments

In Fiscal Year 2007 HUD funded 138 new Shelter Plus Care projects and 806 Shelter Plus Care renewal projects.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Homeless persons with disabilities and their families.

Homeless persons with disabilities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

An eligible applicant is a State, unit of general local government, or public housing agency (PHA).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Homeless persons with disabilities and their families. Except in single room occupancy dwellings that are only for homeless individuals with disabilities.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Governmental entities and public housing agencies will certify to their eligibility.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

An environmental assessment is required for this program.

Any site that would have a significant adverse impact on the human environment will not be eligible for funding.

All components of this program are excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

An electronic application package prescribing the specific information that applicants must submit through the local Continuum of Care (CoC) is available from HUD through the annual CoC Notice of Fund Availability, found at The standard electronic application form as furnished by HUD must be used for this program. Any proposed project under this program must be consistent with the applicable HUD-approved Consolidated Plan.

Award Procedures

HUD reviews applications, rates and ranks those meeting threshold requirements, and makes conditional grant awards to those applications most highly ranked, in accordance with the Notice of Fund Availability (NOFA).


A Notice of Fund Availability announces deadlines for completed applications and time frames for HUD selections.


Subtitle F of Title IV of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 as amended, 42 U.S.C.11403.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Processing of applications and selection of successful applicants will take place at HUD field offices and Headquarters. HUD Headquarters will make selection and obligate funds as soon as the applications can be processed.


Applicants may appeal the results of HUD's review and selection process if they believe a HUD error has occurred. Appeals must be in writing to the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development and must state what HUD error the applicant believes occurred.


One year funding for projects eligible for renewal as contained in the Notice of Fund Availability and application.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Recipients must match the rental assistance by supportive services that are equal in value to the aggregate amount of rental assistance and appropriate to the needs of the population to be served.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

HUD will provide rental assistance under the TRA and SRA components for a five year period. Rental assistance under the SRO component will be for a ten-year period. If units are rehabilitated, and meet the standards required, assistance under the PRA component will be for a ten-year period; otherwise it will be for a five-year period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Each recipient must keep any records and make any reports as specified by HUD.


The financial management systems used by governmental entities that are recipients under this program must provide for audits in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133 as stipulated in 24 CFR 45. HUD may perform further and additional audits as it finds necessary or appropriate.


Each recipient must keep any records and make any reports that HUD may require.

Financial Information

Account Identification



Grants) FY 07 $315,226,000; FY 08 est $350,741,000; and FY 09 est $363,041,000. (NOTE: Amounts reported reflect allocation of new budget authority rather than obligation amounts.)

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

HUD imposes the following limitations: No more than ten percent of the assistance available for any fiscal year may be used for programs located within any one unit of general local government. At least ten percent of the funds available must be made available for each of the four components. In FY 2007, the average grant amount was $374,071.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

24 CFR Part 582 Shelter Plus Care Program Final Rule.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Designated contact person or monitor for the Shelter Plus Care Program in HUD Field Offices with a Community Planning and Development Division. Program information may also be obtained from Community Connections at HUD at (1-800)998-9999.

Headquarters Office

Robyn Raysor, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Room 7266, 451 7th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 708-4300. Use the same number for FTS. E-mail

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria for selecting proposals will be listed under each Notice of Fund Availability.

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