State Shelter Subsidy Grant Program (SSSG)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The State Shelter Subsidy Grant (SSSG) program provides operational funds to emergency shelter and motel voucher programs that have additional funding needs due to the 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 fifty percent (50%) of the shelter program's total operating budget.​


​An eligible applicant agency 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 agency'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 amongst Dane County, Milwaukee County, and the Balance of State service areas. Grant amounts may be supplemented by the 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 collecting and submitting applications 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 fifty percent (50%) of the participating shelters' combined total operating budgets.

Shelter programs that reside within the Balance of State's service areas may apply directly to DEHCR for a grant, or collaborate with other agencies and designate a lead agency. Funding amounts are based on an applicant agency's ability to meet certain criteria as enacted in state statute, the number shelter nights provided, and adhering to the minimum award thresholds noted in state statute (Dane and Milwaukee counties).  

The grant application cycle for this program begins in early/late fall​, when notices of SSSG funding availability are posted to the website and sent to current SSSG grantees. The SSSG contract's performance period starts on January 1st and ends on December 31st of the following year.

Program Forms​​

SSSG Budget Form 

Reference Materials ​​

SSSG Payment Request HE+ System Training Video 

Wis. Stat. § 16.308

Wis. Admin. Code § Adm 86​

SSSG Application  

The next SSSG application will be available in late fall 2024. ​ ​

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​