|Eligible Program Participants:
- Individuals and families who are in an emergency shelter.
|a. Case Management - The cost of assessing, arranging, coordinating and monitoring the delivery of individualized services to meet the needs of the program participant. Component services and activities consist of:
- Using the centralized or coordinated assessment system developed by the local Continuum of Care as mandated by program regulations
- Conducting the initial evaluation
- Developing, securing, and coordinating services and obtaining Federal, state and local benefits
- Monitoring and evaluating program participant progress
- Providing information and referrals to other programs
- Providing ongoing risk assessment and safety planning with domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking victims
- Developing an individualized housing and service plan, including planning a path to permanent housing stability.
|b. Child Care - The cost of child care for program participants, including providing meals and snacks, and comprehensive and coordinated sets of appropriate developmental activities are eligible. Children must be under the age of 13 unless they are disabled. Disabled children must be under the age of 18. The childcare center must be licensed by the jurisdiction in which it operates.
|c. Education Services - When necessary for program participants to obtain and maintain housing, the costs of improving knowledge and basic educational skills are eligible. Services include instruction or training in consumer education, health education, substance abuse prevention, literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED. Component services of activities are screening, assessment and testing, individual or group instruction, tutoring, provision of books, supplies, and instructional material, counseling and referral to community resources.
d. Employment Assistance and Job Training - The costs of employment assistance and job training programs are eligible. Services will assist the individuals in securing employment, acquiring learning skills, and/or increasing earning potential. Cost of providing reasonable stipends to program participants in employment assistance and job training programs. Learning skills including those skills that that can be used to secure and retain a job, including the acquisition of vocational licenses and/or certificates.
Eligible types include:
- Classroom instruction
- Online instruction
- Computer instruction
- On the job instruction
Specific services that assist individuals in securing employment including:
- Employment screening, assessment or testing
- Structured job skills and job-seeking skills
- Special training and tutoring, including literacy training and prevocational training
- Books and instructional material
- Counseling or job coaching
- Referral to community resources
e. Outpatient Health Service - Costs for direct outpatient treatment of medical conditions provided by licensed medical professionals. Funds may be used only for these services to the extent that other appropriate health services are unavailable within a community.
Eligible treatment consists of:
- Assessing a program participant's health problems
- Developing a treatment plan
- Assisting participants to understand health needs
- Providing directly or assisting participants to obtain appropriate medical treatment
- Preventive medical care
- Health maintenance service, including emergency medical services
- Providing medications and follow-up services, and
- Providing preventive and non-cosmetic dental care
f. Legal Services - Legal services MUST be necessary to resolve a legal problem that prevents a participant from obtaining or maintaining permanent housing.
Eligible subject matters include:
- Child support, guardianship, paternity, emancipation, and legal separation
- Orders of protection and
- Other civil remedies for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
- Appeal of veterans and public benefit claim denials, and
- Resolution of outstanding criminal warrants
Eligible costs include hourly fees for legal advice and representation by attorneys. Fees based on the actual service performed (i.e. fee for service) can only be supported with ESG funds if the cost is less than the hourly fee. Other eligible costs may include participant intake, preparation of cases for trial, provisions of legal advice, representation at hearings, counseling, filing fees, and other necessary court costs. Subrecipient's employees' salaries and other costs necessary to perform the services are eligible, if the subrecipient is a legal services Subrecipient and performs the services itself.
|g. Life Skills Training - Costs of teaching critical life management skills that may never have been learned or have been lost during the course of physical or mental illness, DV, substance abuse, and homelessness are eligible costs. These services must be necessary to assist the program participant to function independently. Component life skills training are budgeting resources, managing money, managing a household, resolving conflict, shopping for food and needed items, improving nutrition, using public transportation and parenting.
h. Mental Health Services - Costs include direct outpatient treatment by licensed professionals of mental health conditions. Funds may only be used for these services to the extent that other appropriate mental health services are unavailable or inaccessible within the community. Mental health services are the application of therapeutic process to personal, family, situational or occupational problems to bring about positive resolution of the problem or improved functioning or circumstances.
Problem areas may include:
- Family and martial relationships
- Parent-child problems
- Symptom management
Eligible treatment consists of crisis intervention, therapy sessions, prescription of psychotropic medications, or explanations about the use and management of medications, and combinations of therapeutic approaches to address multiple problems.
i. Substance Abuse Treatment Service - Eligible substance abuse treatment services are designed to prevent, reduce, eliminate, or deter relapse of substance abuse or addictive behaviors and are provided by licensed or certified professionals. Funds may only be used for these services to the extent that other appropriate substance abuse treatments services are unavailable or inaccessible within a community. Eligible treatment consists of:
- Participant intake and assessment
- Outpatient treatment for up to 30 days
- Group and individual counseling and drug testing
Note: Impatient detoxification and other inpatient drug or alcohol treatments are INELIGIBLE.
j. Transportation - Costs consist of the transportation costs of a program participant's travel to and from medical care, employment, childcare, or other eligible essential services facilities. These costs include the following:
- The cost of a program participant's travel on public transportation,
- If service workers use their own vehicles, mileage allowance for service workers to visit program participants,
- The cost of purchasing or leasing a vehicle for the subrecipient in which staff transports program participants and/or staff serving program participants, and the cost of gas, insurance, taxes and maintenance of the vehicle, and
- The travel costs of subrecipient staff to accompany or assist program participants to use public transportation.
NOTE: Funds may no longer be used to provide fuel vouchers, bus tickets, or other transportation activities unless it directly involves participation in other ESG-funded activities.
|k. Services for Special Populations - Funds may be used to provide services for homeless youth, victim services, and services for people living with HIV/AIDs, so long as the cost of providing these services are eligible. The term "victim services" means services that assist program participants who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including services offered by rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters, and other organizations with a documented history of effective work concerning these issues.