Supportive Housing Program (SHP)

Application Period: Varies

The Supportive Housing Program (SHP) is designed to promote the development of supportive housing and supportive services, including innovative approaches to assist homeless persons in the transition from homelessness, and to promote the provision of supportive housing to homeless persons to enable them to live as independently as possible.

Program Goals
The program has 3 overall goals:
  • The 1st goal of the SHP program is to help program participants obtain and remain in permanent housing.
  • The 2nd goal is to help the participants increase skills and/or income. Meeting this goal will allow the participant to secure an income to live as independently as possible.
  • The 3rd goal is to help the participants achieve greater self-determination. The condition of homelessness itself can be damaging to ones self-determination; achieving a greater self-determination enables the participant to gain needed confidence to make the transition out of homelessness.
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Funding Requirements
  • Applicant must be a non-profit 501 (c) 3, that is involved in the development of supportive housing consistent with the County's Consolidated Plan. The County's strategic plan and course of action for community revitalization, which has been submitted to HUD.
  • Applicant must be a participating member in the Harford Roundtable and the Continuum of Care in the county.
  • Applicant must apply through Harford County & Community Development, the Participating Jurisdiction in Harford County. 
Application Process
 Eligible uses for SHP funds:
  • Housing to facilitate the movement of homeless individuals and families to permanent housing;
  • Permanent housing that provides long-term housing for homeless persons with disabilities;
  • Housing that is, or is part of, a particularly innovative project for, or alternative methods of, meeting the immediate and long-term needs of homeless persons; or
  • Supportive services for homeless persons not provided in conjunction with supportive services
Funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annually. The process is competitive.

The competition requires communities to shape a comprehensive and coordinated housing and service delivery system called a Continuum of Care. A Continuum of Care approach helps communities plan for and provide a balance of prevention and outreach services, emergency, transitional, and permanent housing, and other service resources to address the needs of homeless persons so they can make a critical transition from the streets to jobs and independent living to the extent possible.  For more information, please see Harford Roundtable.

Eligible applicants must submit an application for funding to Harford County Housing & Community Development. Applications are reviewed, and rated competitively, for the following factors:
  • Meets the eligible uses of the Supportive Housing Program.
  • Matches needs identified in the County's Consolidated Plan.
  • The organization has the capacity to perform the services.
  • The organization has specific performance measures, that measures the projects progress towards achieving identified objectives and outcomes.
  • Has been involved in the Harford Roundtable, Harford County's Continuum of Care coalition.
For a complete list of program types, and eligible categories that may be funded, visit the HUD website, or contact Harford County Housing & Community Development at 410-638-3045.