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Housing & Human Services Grant

Grants for Non-Profit Agencies


Note: It is illegal for any housing provider to discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, physical handicap, marital status, sexual preference or religion. If you have been unlawfully discriminated against, or you have questions about your rights, contact ECHO Housing at (510) 581-9380 or (925) 449-7340.

Current Funding Cycle

FY2024/2025 — Housing & Human Services Grant Application

The City of Pleasanton Housing & Human Services Grant (HHSG) Program provide financial support for non-profit, community-based organizations that serve Pleasanton and Tri-Valley residents. The mission statement for the program is simple: “to enhance the quality of life in Pleasanton”. The grant program provides funding for a wide variety of human services, community development and housing projects and programs for individuals and families living in Pleasanton and in the Tri-Valley. Most of the grants are focused on activities that benefit lower income residents.

In the upcoming fiscal year (2024-2025), Pleasanton is estimating to provide over $1 million to projects and programs including: medical visits and health care access for the uninsured; child abuse prevention services; meals and supportive services for seniors; mental health care; substance abuse counseling; domestic violence and homeless shelters; rental assistance for job training participants; fair housing counseling and tenant-landlord services; housing rehabilitation for low income homeowners; and many more including capital improvement projects.

Non-profit, community-based organizations interested in applying for HHSG program funds must submit their project or program application(s) online through ZoomGrants.

The online application in ZoomGrants will be available from December 1, 2023 through January 19, 2024.

ZoomGrants application are due on Friday, January 19, 2024 at 11:59pm.

Late applications will not be reviewed for funding. There will be no exceptions. 

FY2024/25 Virtual Grant Application Workshop PowerPoint Slides

Tri-Valley Grants Workshop for FY 2024/25 Zoom Meeting Recording

Please direct any questions to Steve Hernandez, Housing Manager at (925) 931-5007.

Current Funding Cycle

Information for the current or most recent grant application and funding cycle:

Reference Documents for Current Grantees

The following links provide useful reference information for agencies that have already received an HHSG grant:

HHSG Program

The City of Pleasanton’s Housing and Human Services Grant (HHSG) program is funded through four (4) separate funding sources, with specific priorities and restrictions:

  1. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds
  2. HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) Funds
  3. City Lower Income Housing Funds for Housing
  4. City General Funds for Human Services (formerly “City Grant”)

Each funding source has individual objectives and eligible activities listed in the HHSG Policy Manual. The following general policies are applicable to all funding sources within the HHSG program:

  • At least 75% program participants must be low income. 80% or less of the Area Median Income, or AMI.
  • Agencies receiving funding cannot discriminate in the selection of clients or proselytize when providing services. Applications for HHSG funding must meet at least one of the goals or priorities in each of the following categories:
  • City of Pleasanton Consolidated Plan Goals and Guiding Principles
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Strategic Goals
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Policy Priorities
  • 2011 Tri-Valley Human Services Needs Assessment and 2014-16 Strategic Plan

Information on these requirements can be found under the Current Funding Cycle page and in the HHSG Policy Manual.

Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) provides entitlement jurisdictions such as Pleasanton an annual allocation of federal CDBG funds that the City utilizes to address a wide range of community development needs.  In order to continue to receive this annual funding, the City is required to prepare a long term, Five-Year Consolidated Plan that establishes the strategies for addressing the City’s priority needs as well as the funding priorities for the City’s CDBG and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) programs.  The current Consolidated Plan covers the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020.

HUD also requires the City to annually submit two additional critical documents related to the Consolidated Plan:

  1. The Annual Action Plans that describe the projects that the City proposes to undertake in each and every fiscal year covered in the Consolidated Plan and
  2. The Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Reports (CAPERs) that assess the City’s performance in meeting the goals, objectives and actions proposed under its Annual Action Plans and Consolidated Plan.

Application and Review Process

The City maintains a list of nonprofit agencies to which notices of funding availability through the Housing and Human Services Grant (HHSG) program are sent every November. To be included on this mailing list, contact the City’s Housing Division at (925) 931-5011. The HHSG application and review process is summarized below:

  • In early December, two application workshops are held in conjunction with Livermore and Dublin to provide information, answer questions and distribute applications for grant programs operated by each city.
  • Applications are generally due in late January or early February for the following fiscal year (i.e., July 1 through June 30). All HHSG applications must be submitted electronically via ZoomGrants. Please note that the ZoomGrants website will only be active during the open application period from early December to the specified application deadline.
  • Applications are reviewed by the city’s Human Services Commission at its March meeting (the first Wednesday evening in March). A staff report will be prepared and copies of the agenda and report will be transmitted to each applicant agency prior to the meeting. A representative of each agency applying for HHSG funds must attend the meeting to represent the application and, if requested, make a brief presentation, after which time, the Human Services Commission will vote on a funding recommendation for consideration by the City Council in April.
  • Applications with a housing component may also be referred to the City’s Housing Commission for review and recommendation (generally in mid-March). The commission’s recommendation will be included in the information provided to the Human Services Commission and the City Council.
  • Following the March commission meetings, a composite funding recommendation will be submitted to the City Council for final review and approval, usually the first or third Tuesday in April. An agenda report will be prepared and copies will be forwarded to each applicant agency prior to the meeting. While the City Council meeting is a public hearing and applicant agencies are welcome to attend and provide comments, no individual agency presentations are scheduled for the Council meeting.
  • Staff will send letters to all applicant agencies regarding the disposition of applications and the final funding allocation following the City Council meeting. The final list of projects approved for HHSG funding will be included in the City’s annual Action Plan that is generally scheduled for review and approval by the City Council in late April or early May.
  • If an agency is awarded an HHSG grant, City staff will provide one (1) original of the HHSG funding contract shortly after the Council’s action. Contracts are distributed at a “contract workshop” in May or June. The workshop provides an opportunity for all agencies receiving HHSG funds to receive their contract documents and receive information so that all questions can be addressed efficiently and consistently by City staff. Agencies awarded HHSG funds will receive notification advising of the time and date for the contract workshop several weeks prior to the workshop date.
  • The agency must return the original contract (signed by the appropriate agency representative) and provide evidence of required insurance coverage prior to June 30. The city’s insurance requirements are described in the HHSG Policy Manual and are included as an attachment to the funding contract. Upon execution by the city following a required environment review for any projects receiving federal funds, a copy of the executed contract will be returned to the funded agency.
  • During the contract period, City staff may contact agencies for specific project information or to schedule an on-site monitoring visit to evaluate the progress of projects and expenditure of HHSG funds. Monitoring visits usually take place in the fall. Funded agencies are requested to comply promptly with any requests for information.

Note: It is illegal for any housing provider to discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, physical handicap, marital status, sexual preference or religion. If you have been unlawfully discriminated against, or you have questions about your rights, contact ECHO Housing at (510) 581-9380 or (925) 449-7340.

Support of Regional Projects

Through its housing and community development activities, the City of Pleasanton has recognized that the provision of housing and services often extends beyond the city limits.  Accordingly, Pleasanton has provided financial and technical support to numerous programs and activities that are located in neighboring jurisdictions but provide a benefit Pleasanton residents and/or employees. Examples include:

Arroyo Vista
Public Housing (rental) for very low income families
Kaleidoscope Activity Center
Educational program for children with developmental disabilities
Arroyo Commons
Rental housing for adults with developmental disabilities
Las Posadas
Rental housing for very low income families
Bluebell Dr. Transitional Housing
Transitional housing facility for families emerging from homelessness
Tri-Valley Haven for Women
Shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence
Alameda County Linkages Program
(Alameda County)
Temporary rent subsidies for dually-diagnosed persons emerging from homelessness
Lorenzo Creek / Housing Alliance Project
(Castro Valley)
Rental housing for very low income persons with special needs
Fremont Oak Gardens
Below market rental housing for deaf senior citizens

HUD Recognition of Pleasanton’s CDBG Program

The City of Pleasanton has been honored by HUD with the John J. Gunther, Blue Ribbon Best Practices award for the City’s administration of its federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

  • The City was selected following a comprehensive analysis of all communities receiving funding from HUD.
  • Pleasanton received its award in the area of subrecipient monitoring inasmuch as the City uses a substantial amount of its CDBG funding to support subrecipient agencies that provide housing and services to low income Pleasanton residents.
  • The City was recognized for its accomplishments in developing standardized procedures for monitoring, assisting and improving the performance of subrecipient agencies.

Note: It is illegal for any housing provider to discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, physical handicap, marital status, sexual preference or religion. If you have been unlawfully discriminated against, or you have questions about your rights, contact ECHO Housing at (510) 581-9380 or (925) 449-7340.

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