Rapid Shelter Innovation Showcase

Rapid Shelter

Innovation Showcase

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When disaster strikes – whether it is a global pandemic, a natural catastrophe, or a homelessness crisis, one basic human necessity is always in short supply – a safe place to sleep.

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Presented below are concepts for shelter that can be rapidly deployed for those in need in 90 days or less. This is shelter for our bravest men and women – fighting fires, protecting and rebuilding communities, serving their country – working at the frontlines in the face of adversity.

This is shelter for our most vulnerable populations – for our loved ones recovering outside the emergency room, for our neighbors who have lost their homes, for the refugees who have nowhere else to go. This is home, for now…

The Housing Innovation Collaborative, a nonprofit housing innovation coalition based in Los Angeles, is collecting the following growing list of concepts presented below as a resource for local governments around the world. Concepts are subject to HICo’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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  • CARES ACT – HUD ESG – $4 Billion total in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) targeted toward communities with high homeless populations or individuals at risk of becoming homeless – link here.
  • California State Resources – FEMA Reimbursement, Emergency Funding, Project Roomkey
  • Emergency Management Performance Grant Program
    • Deadline: April 28, 2020 at 5 p.m. EDT. Per the NOFO for the COVID 19 Supplemental – total funding available in fiscal year 2020: $100 million. It funds “5. Planning for alternate care sites” “2. Integration of emergency management and public health operations;” “Information Sharing” and covers a wide range of costs

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