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 summer, 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 Application

2023 SSSG Application Instructions 

2023 SSSG Application

2023 SSSG Application Supplemental Questions

2023 SSSG Estimated Awards

SSSG HCMS Application​

2023 SSSG HCMS Application Instructions

2023 SSSG HCMS Application

Governor Evers Press Release 

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​