Housing Opportunity Grant Program Application Available

The Housing Opportunity Grant Program (HOP) is administered by the State Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) and blends federal and state funding to help nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, operate within local Continua of Care to provide emergency and day shelter; provide transitional housing where appropriate; offer essential services to shelter residents; rapidly re-house homeless families and individuals in permanent housing; and prevent individuals and families experiencing housing crisis from becoming homeless.

Changes to this Request for Proposals are generally not major, but include the following:

  • OEO has a new mailing address and is now physically located in Waterbury (pg. 5)
  • Eligible Program Components (pg. 7-9):
    • Incorporates proposals for use of General Assistance (GA) to decrease reliance on motels through community-based alternatives, with a particular focus on new crisis bed capacity.
    • Includes a more detailed description of Landlord Liaison work as part of Innovation.
  • Budget (pg. 24-26):
    • Clarifies that costs for administration costs may be based on a de minimus 10% rate or an approved federal indirect cost rate.
    • Explicitly includes demonstration of leveraged funds as a selection criteria. 
  • Attachments (pg. 27):
    • Certificate of Government Approval required for all facility-based projects (i.e., shelters), not just new projects.
    • Written Standards for Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing need to be attached to the application, not just on file at the organization.
  • Appendices (pg. 29-48):
    • Updated State Attachment C.
    • Updated HUD income limits for 30% AMI.

Click here for the Notice and Application for Vermont’s State Fiscal Year ’17 Housing Opportunity Grant Program (HOP):

  1. Notice & Overview of Housing Opportunity Grant Program
  2. Application, with Appendices
  3. Standard AHS Grant and Contract Provisions for information purposes only (Attachments C & F)

Funding is available in state fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017).


Webinar Announcement: The Office of Economic Opportunity will host a webinar on Monday, April 11th , 1:00 – 2:00pm to review the Housing Opportunity Grant Program Notice and Application for funding. The webinar will be recorded and archived. To attend by web, register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2269049325742472962