Provider of Assistance to Homeless Persons (Non-Profit)
1. Examples of eligible programs include:
a. Overnight, daytime and around-the-clock shelters, including shelters for battered spouses, abused children, and orphans. (NOTE: Child care/day care centers should see “Education Organization (Non-Profit) category below)
b. Foster care and adoption agencies.
c. Transitional housing for temporary residence of parolees, or persons with mental health or addiction issues.
d. Food banks that provide food directly to facilities where homeless people are fed may be eligible. If located in or around religious facility, food banks must have direct entrance not requiring entrance through place of worship.
2. Services to the homeless must be the primary function of the organization. If any activity operates a broad spectrum of programs through which assistance to the homeless is peripheral and incidental, the entity would not be eligible. Property donated must be used in a program primarily for homeless persons.
3. Required additional documentation that must be submitted with application:
a. Letter from IRS certifying status as a 501(C) non-profit. IRS ruling letter must include current name and address.
b. Public Recognition as a Homeless Assistance Provider. Please provide a letter from a local city official (i.e. Mayor, Head of Welfare Dept., Social Services Director, etc.) indicating services provided by applicant. The letter must indicate that assistance to the impoverished is the organization’s primary focus, and the name must match the IRS document. You may also include:
i. Occupancy permit or fire and safety inspection certificate.
ii. Documented receipt of FEMA funds for Federal/State Block Grant Funds for homeless programs
c. Complete narrative about your organization, including:
i. Comprehensive description of services provided (assistance to homeless must be primary mission);
ii. Number of individuals receiving assistance and frequency of assistance (daily, weekly or monthly);
iii. Requirements for clients to be eligible to receive services, including any required fees;.
iv. Description of facilities, including hours/days of operation;
v. Description of funding source(s) with supporting documentation; and
vi. Overview of staff (paid/volunteer, full-time/part-time) including list of key staff and their qualifications.
d. Proof of current accreditation, approval or licensing if appropriate (i.e. child care or medical/health center).
e. Signed Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Charter or another organizing document (Optional)
f. Brochures (or other printed materials) or link to website (Optional)