Northwest N.C. CoC 516 Funding

Emergency Solutions Grant

CARES Act Funding

The Emergency Solutions Grants Cares Act (ESG-CV) Request for Application information (RFA) has been released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.


The RFA information and application materials are available at: opportunities.  


The Northwest Continuum of Care (NC 516) is required by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) to coordinate and submit an application on behalf of the Northwest CoC (a Regional Application) for ESG-CV funds.


The NC DHHS has determined that the Northwest CoC is eligible to apply for approximately $416,864 in ESG-CV funding. This announcement serves as the opportunity for agencies to review the RFA information and agency requirements to apply for funding through ESG-CV.

Timeline for the RFA

The NW CoC convened an emergency meeting on July 26, 2020, to vote on whether to opt in or out of NCDHHS Back@Home model for housing stabilization, the NW CoC funding application process and local competition deadlines.

  • All eligible applicants applying for Crisis Response Activities (Street Outreach or Emergency Shelter) or HMIS related to a funded activity, must submit the completed Project Applications to; , review committee Chair, by July 13, 2020, 11:59pm, for review, scoring, and recommendation for ESG-CV funding by the NW CoC. 

  • The NW CoC voted to opt out of the Back@Home model. Pending approval of the letter of justification by NCDHHS, all eligible applicants applying for Housing Stability Activities (Rapid Rehousing or Homelessness Prevention) must submit the completed Project Applications to; , review committee Chair, by July 13, 2020, by 11:59pm, for review, scoring, and recommendation for ESG-CV funding by the NW CoC.

  • Project applications selected and notified by the NW CoC for funding recommendations for ESG-CV, must submit final applications to the ESG office, following the RFA submission instructions via Smartsheet, by July 17, 2020 at 5:00pm.


Eligible ESG-CV Activities: 

  • Street Outreach

  • Emergency Shelter

  • Rapid Re-Housing assistance

  • Homelessness Prevention

  • Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)*  

*eligible activity only if in conjunction with another eligible activity


Division of Funding Among Eligible Activities


CoCs may determine the amount of funding that goes to each eligible program activity. However, due to the nature of COVID-19, NC DHHS requires that CoCs allocate a minimum of 60% of funding to Housing Stability activities. However, if a CoC determines that there is a greater need for Crisis Response (Emergency Shelter and Street Outreach) in their community and would like to allocate less than 60% of the available funding to Housing Stability activities, it may provide a letter of justification to NCDHHS for approval no later than July 7, 2020. 


The NW CoC is submitting a letter of justification to NCDHHS to allocate more funding to Crisis Response on behalf of the CoC’s due to the current and future effect of COVID-19 in the region.


Additional CARES Act Changes

ESG-CV Act funding eliminates requirements for matching funds, local planning, procurement standards, and the cap on Emergency Shelter funding. It also expands Homelessness Prevention eligibility to those below 50% AMI. CARES funding eliminates habitability and environmental review standards for temporary emergency shelters.


Contact Information


Questions concerning the ESG-CV RFA and local submission process, may be directed to Lori Watts, the Northwest CoC Steering Committee Chair at:  or by phone at 828-225-2785 ext. 4409.

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