Homeless Services Assistance

The City of Newton is committed to assisting people who are homeless or are at-risk of homelessness and allocates funding from three U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants, including the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant, and McKinney-Vento funds under the Continuum of Care to programs that address homelessness.

Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) is intended to provide a continuum of assistance to prevent homelessness and to enable homeless individuals and families to be rapidly re-housed and move toward independent living.  ESG funds are awarded to nonprofit agencies through an open grant application process. Annually, Newton Housing and Community Development Division staff issue a notice of availability of ESG funds for the fiscal year. Grant applications for homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, street outreach activities, homeless prevention and rapid re-housing programs are then reviewed. An allocation recommendation is presented to the Planning and Development Board, which then makes a recommendation to the Mayor, who makes the decision regarding the distribution of funds to applicants. Grants are awarded to the agencies that demonstrate an outstanding capacity to meet documented needs. 

For FY17, the City of Newton has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fund homeless services within the Brookline-Newton-Waltham-Watertown (BNWW) Continuum of Care.  Funds are available for providers of emergency shelter services, street outreach activities, homeless prevention and rapid re-housing services in the BNWW communities.  The City is accepting applications for service during the period from 7/1/2016 to 6/30/2017, making a total of approximately $172,231 available with the following maximum amounts for each activity: 


   Maximum Amount Available 

 Shelter Services


 Street Outreach Activities


 Rapid Re-housing Services


 Homeless Prevention Services   


*includes $1,565 in reprogrammed FY16 HMIS funds         **includes $23,366.29 in reprogrammed FY14 HMIS funds 

The FY2017 ESG Request for Proposals - Application Materials
The RFP for the FY17 ESG program was released on April 19, 2016. The deadline for submission of materials is Thursday, June 2, 2016 by 4:00 p.m.

Update: The technical assistance session scheduled for Wednesday, May 4, 2016 was cancelled because staff received no RSVPs from interested parties. All responses to any questions received regarding the FY17 RFP will be publicly posted on this page. 

FY17 ESG Request for Proposals and Application (PDF)
FY17 ESG Request for Proposals and Application (Word Document)
Brookings Institute Benchmarks for Success (PDF)

Additional Resources

The following links can provide helpful information for FY17 Emergency Solutions Grant applications: 
"The Social Genome Project: Mapping Pathways to the Middle Class”
BNWW Continuum of Care Emergency Solutions Grant Activities, Performance Standards, and Consultation Process
Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness
2014 HMIS Data Standards Manual
HUD's ESG Program Information
Code of Federal Regulations - Part 576 (Emergency Solutions Grants Program) 

For questions or more information regarding the ESG program, please contact:

Lydia Scott, Community Development Planner 

(617) 796-1132


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Newton allocates a portion of the annual Community Development Block Grant funding it receives from HUD to programs that address homelessness. These programs are funded through the 15 percent of the City's CDBG grant that is allocated to human service programs. For FY17 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017), the programs below are planned to be funded at the following levels.

Programs Funded CDBG Funds Awarded Target Population


Brookline-Newton-Waltham-Watertown Continuum of Care (CoC)

 NEW: The submitted FY2015 Brookline-Newton-Waltham-Watertown Continuum of Care Application is now available to view online. This consolidated application will be submitted to HUD on November 18, 2015. The application consists of two parts, listed below: 

FY2015 Submitted Consolidated Application
FY2015 Submitted Project Priority Listing

All project applicants were notified prior to November 5, 2015 of the status of their application. Please see the links below to view the acceptance notification letter as well as this year's Project Priority Listing, as determined by the Project Ranking Committee.

FY2015 Competition - Renewal Project Acceptance Notification
FY2015 CoC Competition - Project Priority Listing (Approved on October 30, 2015)

The City of Newton, on behalf of the Brookline-Newton-Waltham-Watertown Continuum of Care (CoC), is seeking responses to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the permanent supported housing projects or rapid re-housing projects for inclusion in the 2015 CoC Competition application. Project applications must be submitted to www.hud.gov/esnaps no later than October 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM. Applicants will be notified whether their project will be included in the MA-518 Continuum of Care application no later than November 5, 2015.  

FY2015 RFP (PDF) 

Annual and Monthly Meetings
On Thursday, June 25th, at 3:30 PM, the Continuum of Care hosted its Annual Meeting in room 211 of Newton City Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to highlight efforts to end homelessness and assist households at-risk for homelessness, build community knowledge and support for the work of the CoC, and identify issues to address in the coming year.

The City of Newton is part of the Brookline-Newton-Waltham-Watertown Continuum of Care, one of 19 Continuums in Massachusetts formed as a result of HUDs annual competitive application process for Continuum of Care funds. These Continuums are made up of the geographic area of one or more contiguous cities and/or towns. The purpose of forming these continuums is to bring communities together in a coordinated planning effort to work towards alleviating homelessness.

Within the Brookline-Newton-Waltham-Watertown Continuum of Care geographic area, the entity that meets regularly to carryout this goal is the Homelessness Continuum of Care. The Continuum, which was formed in the mid-1990s, is composed of representatives of nonprofit organizations, municipal government, state agencies, businesses and religious organizations, as well as homeless and formerly homeless people. As the lead entity of the Consortium, City of Newton Housing and Community Development staff coordinates the annual application for HUD Continuum of Care funds. These funds are awarded annually through an extensive and highly competitive application process. Agencies that receive funds contract directly with HUD. 

Please see the table below for upcoming meeting information.


Agenda & Minutes

 06/16/2016 Agenda







 Meeting Cancelled




 01/21/2016  Meeting Cancelled
12/17/2015 Agenda
11/03/2015 Agenda
10/13/2015     Agenda
10/02/2015     Agenda
09/24/2015 Agenda
07/29/2015 Agenda
07/14/2015 Agenda
06/25/2015 Agenda
05/21/2015     Agenda
04/30/2015 Agenda

For more information regarding the Brookline-Newton-Waltham-Watertown Continuum of Care, please contact:

Lydia Scott, Community Development Planner
(617) 796-1132

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