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 total 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 of SSSG funding is shared among Dane County, Milwaukee County, and the Balance of State areas. Grant amounts may be supplemented by Interest Bearing Real Estate Trust Account (IBRETA) funds, if available.
For Dane and Milwaukee counties, one 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 participating shelters in the county, who then work together to develop a plan for distributing funds for the county. The grant awarded to the lead agency may not exceed 50 percent of the participating shelters combined operating budgets.
The Balance of State area 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 ability to meet certain criteria as enacted in state statute, the number shelter nights provided and adhering to the minimum award thresholds enacted in state statute (Dane and Milwaukee counties).
The grant application cycle for this program begins in late fall, when notices of SSSG funding availability are posted to the website and sent to potential grantees. The SSSG contract performance period begins the following January.
SSSG Budget Form
SSSG State Statutes, ch. 16.308
Wisconsin Administrative Code Adm 86.04
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. These grants are funded 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 grant funding available, $500,000 was allocated to the SSSG program. These funds must be used to provide homeless case management services (HCMS) to individuals and families who currently reside in emergency shelter facilities or motel voucher programs.
Eligible applicants are limited to emergency shelter facilities and motel voucher programs housing individuals and families experiencing homelessness that are current SSSG grantees. 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:
- Housing stability planning
- Financial management
- Health services (Mental/Physical)
- Ensuring school continuation for children
- Enrolling unemployed or underemployed parents in W-2 or FSET
Eligible Activities & Costs
SSSG HCMS funding can 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.
All costs tied directly to a case manager can be billed such as office space, benefits, computer costs, and mileage via a cost allocation plan.
Please note that costs for staff to be on call to provide services are not eligible for reimbursement. Services must be actively provided. Training and supervisory costs are also not eligible for reimbursement under SSSG HCMS funds.
All Grantee Meeting - March 17, 2023
SSSG HCMS Application
With the funding awarded through the American Rescue Plan Act, the next SSSG HCMS application is TBD.
SSSG/SSSG HCMS 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