Healthy Community Collaborative Grant Program

The Healthy Community Collaborative grant program builds communities and collaboratives to support the recovery and housing stability of persons experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. HCC collaboratively brings together the public and private sectors to achieve the goals of the grant program. Specifically, the intent of HCC grant funding is to:

  • Provide services that address homelessness, such as coordinated intake, basic needs support, behavioral health services, and housing services.
  • Develop and maintain community partnerships to leverage resources and coordinate case management and service delivery.
  • Develop strategies that build community infrastructure for collaboration, such as centralized staffing and resources, shared planning and measurement strategies, and centralized client data systems.

Services Provided

HCC funding supports activities which address homelessness, such as:

  • Coordinated assessments
  • Emergency shelter
  • Shelter diversion
  • Criminal justice services
  • Mental health crisis services
  • Integrated medical services
  • Housing case management
  • Rental assistance
  • Minor home renovation
  • Education
  • Job training
  • Employment services
  • Peer services
  • Family services
  • Clothing, grooming services, and hygiene products

Additionally, HCC grant funds may be directed towards supporting community partnerships to:

  • Leverage resources
  • Coordinate service delivery
  • Address policy and social inequities

Grantees and Program Performance

Agency staff utilize data-driven program performance measurement and reporting processes to administer each matching grant program. Performance data for each individual grant-funded project is submitted quarterly by grantees. Agency staff collect and analyze this data to create and disseminate reports, including annual report cards that list current grantees:

Independent Evaluator

Per Texas Government Code, Section 539.006 requirements, HHSC contracts with an independent third-party to verify whether HCC grantees meet outcome measures provided under Section 539.005. HHSC contracts with the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health (TIEMH) to perform the third-party function. Read the TIEMH reports on HCC grantee performance.

Grantee Eligibility

Organizations eligible for HCC funding include local mental health authorities, local behavioral health authorities, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities selected based on set criteria.

Match Requirements

HCC awards depend on matching funds, which can include cash or in-kind contributions from any person but must not include money from state or federal funds. The match must equal:

  • 100 percent of the grant amount if the HCC program is in a county with a population of 250,000 or more.
  • 25 percent of the grant amount if the HCC program is in a county with a population of less than 250,000.

Legislative Statute and Enabling Legislation

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