Texas Homeless Network Barriers Fund Program
The Barriers Fund Program was created to help low-income individuals and families across the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care (Tx BoS CoC) who have been financially impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic (COVID-19). Funded by the Community Services Block Grant CARES Act State Discretionary (CSBG-CV-D) funds, the Barriers Fund Program helps individuals and families overcome barriers to getting and staying housed.
In 2021-2022, the Texas Homeless Network will provide $489,970 in financial assistance to nonprofits across the Tx BoS CoC. The direct financial support to each of the social service agencies will aid in the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of communities, and the empowerment of low-income individuals and families to become fully self-sufficient.
Apply for the Texas Homeless Network Barriers Fund Program
To be considered eligible for CSBG-CV-D funds, applicant organizations must meet the following threshold criteria:
- Agency must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in operation for more than two years and must be providing services to people/households experiencing homelessness across the TX BoS CoC service area.
- Agency must be providing housing assistance, emergency shelter, or supportive services to persons/households experiencing literal homelessness as defined by 42 U.S. Code 11302.
- Agency must be able to submit a Form 990 filed in the last Fiscal Year (FY).
- Agency must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM).
- Agency must be currently using or plan to use a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) or other comparable software.
All Barriers Fund Program participants (agencies), current or future, must adhere to the following Essential Elements:
- Subrecipients shall participate in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) or other comparable software. Participation in HMIS is defined in the HMIS Policies and Procedures.
- Subrecipients applying for funds are expected to have utilized or attempted to utilize all applicable existing funds and resources, and be able to state that no other existing community resources can meet the specific need.
- Subrecipients must make payment directly to the vendor, submit proof of payment to the Texas Homeless Network, and await reimbursement from the Texas Homeless Network.
- Subrecipients shall be able to determine client eligibility by ensuring that individuals and/or households served by the Barriers Fund Program earn no more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Levels (FPL).
- Subrecipients must have the ability to expend funds within the contract term, complete and file all required reports on time, and submit to monitoring to ensure compliance.