State Shelter Subsidy Grant Program (SSSG)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The State Shelter Subsidy Grant Program (SSSG) provides operational funds to emergency shelter and motel voucher programs that have additional funding needs due to renovation/expansion of an existing shelter facility, the development of an existing building into a shelter facility, the expansion (or development) of shelter services, or the inability of a shelter program to obtain adequate funding to continue to provide an existing level of service.  Grants are limited to no more than 50 percent of the shelter's operating budget.​


​An eligible applicant may be a county or municipal governing body or agency, a community action agency, or other private non-profit or for-profit organization.  Only an applicant's general emergency shelter and motel voucher program is eligible to receive SSSG funding.  Domestic violence shelters and shelters for runaways are not eligible to receive SSSG funding.


The annual state appropriation​ is shared among Dane County, Milwaukee County, and balance of state areas.  Grant amounts may be supplemented by Interest Bearing Real Estate Trust Account (IBRETA) funds.

In Dane and Milwaukee counties, a local shelter or service provider must be designated as the lead agency.  The lead agency is responsible for submitting a single application on behalf of all funded shelters in the county, who work together to develop a plan for distributing funds for the county.  The grant to the lead agency may not exceed 50 percent of the participating shelters combined operating budgets.

The balance of state shelter programs may apply directly to DEHCR for a grant, or collaborate with other agencies on an application and designate a lead agency.  Funding amounts are based on an applicant's progress in meeting certain criteria as enacted in state statute, projected shelter nights and minimum award amounts (Dane and Milwaukee counties).  

The grant application cycle for this program begins in late fall​, when notices of available SSSG funding are sent to potential grantees.  The SSSG contract performance period begins the following January. ​

Documents and Forms​​

SSSG Budget Form 

SSSG State Statutes, ch. 16.308 

Wisconsin Administrative Code Adm​ 86.04

SSSG Applicatio​​n

​The next SSSG application will be available in fall 2023. ​

Homeless Case Management Services (HCMS)

​On September 28, 2022, Governor Tony Evers announced, new targeted grants to ensure that support and services are available for individuals and families who need them.   next SSSG application will be available in fall 2023.  These grants are f​unded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to provide critical resources to domestic violence programs and emergency and homeless shelter services throughout the state of Wisconsin. 

Of the new grants available, $500,000 was allocated to the SSSG program.  These funds will be used to provide homeless case management services (HCMS) to individuals and families who currently reside in emergency shelter facilities or motel voucher programs. 

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are limited to emergency shelter facilities and motel voucher programs housing individuals and families experiencing homelessness.  Further, to be eligible, applicants are required to use the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).  

Intensive Case Management Services Focus Areas

​Individuals and families entered into the SSSG HCMS program must be provided intensive case management services that focus on areas such as:

  1.  ​Housing stability planning
  2.  Financial management
  3.  Employment
  4.  Health services (Mental/Physical)
  5.  Ensuring school continuation for children
  6.  Enrolling unemployed or underemployed parents in W-2 or FSET 

Eligible Activities & Costs 

​​Case management funding must be used for social workers, case managers and associated case management services needed to directly provide intensive case management across the focus areas to eligible individuals and families experiencing homelessness. 

Please note that costs for staff to be on call to provide services are not eligible for reimbursement.  Case management supervisory costs are also not eligible for reimbursement using case management funds. 

Webinars ​

All Grantee Meeting - March 17, 2023 

SSSG HCMS Application 

​With the funding awarded through ARPA, the next SSSG HCMS application is TBD. ​

Contact Information

SSSG ​Program Manager - Dana Wallace

Telephone: (608) 261-7013
Mailing Address: Department of Administration
                                 Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources
                                 P.O. Box 7970
                                 Madison, WI 53707-7970​