Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter Program FY18 Provider Application: Due July 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The Emergency Shelter Program (ESP) is now accepting applications for providers for the 2017-2018 program year. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) oversees the Emergency Shelter Program (ESP). ESP is operated statewide and provides emergency overnight lodging to households experiencing homelessness in Michigan. The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division (TSA) administers the ESP on behalf of MDHHS.

The ESP provides emergency shelter and emergency motel accommodations for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.  The ESP providers are eligible for reimbursement of a flat per diem rate of $12.00 per person provided emergency overnight lodging (bed night).  For emergency motel providers, costs are reimbursed at a maximum rate of up to $75.00 per night.  

The Governor’s FY 18 budget included a $3.7 million increase for the Emergency Shelter Program which would increase the shelter per diem from $12 a day to $16 a day.  At the time this application was released, the FY18 budget was not finalized.  MDHHS and TSA may provide updated information and direction if the per diem is increased for the next fiscal year.


This application is open to new and existing ESP providers.  All current ESP providers must apply to be considered for the 2017-2018 program year. 


Eligible Applicants: 

  • Agencies that provide emergency overnight lodging, utilizing either physical shelter or motel placements, are eligible to participate in the ESP.
  • This includes rotating shelters and faith-based agencies. 
  • Funding for domestic violence and youth sheltering through MDHHS is available through the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board and the Homeless and Runaway Youth Division.  Domestic violence and youth provides are not eligible at this time to participate in the ESP.


Click here to download a PDF of the full application.


Applicants are encouraged to draft their applications in the Word document and cut and paste their answers into the online application. 


Application Timeline:

  • Application Open Date: June 12, 2017
  • Question period:  June 12 – 16
    • Questions regarding this application may be submitted from the time of release until 5:00 PM on Friday, June 16, 2017. Responses to questions submitted will be made available by noon on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 and will be posted on this page. Please submit questions electronically to Tim Beimers, tim_beimers@usc.salvationarmy.org.
    • Responses to questions submitted during this question period are available here.
  • Application Close Date:  July 7, 2017
  • Award Notification:  no later than August 11, 2017
  • Service Start Date:  October 1, 2017
  • ESP Provider Meeting:  November 7, 2017
    • A mandatory meeting will be held for all FY18 ESP providers on November 7, 2017 at Lansing Community College West in Lansing. 


Available Funding:

The ESP is funded by state general fund and TANF.  Beginning in FY17 (October 1, 2016), a need based formula was implemented used to determine allocations to each region of the state.  The allocation per region is based on the poverty rate from the U.S. Census, the population from the U.S. Census, and the literally homeless rate from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).  This formula is being phased in over three years and was created in consultation with an advisory group made up of providers as well as with the support of statewide partners.

The projected allocations by prosperity region are:














































For a link to a map outlining the Governor’s Prosperity Regions click here.


Shelter Training Opportunities

MDHHS is working to enhance the quality of emergency shelter resources in Michigan.  TSA and MDHHS are working to link the ESP providers to training and technical assistance opportunities.  Here are a few upcoming events; we encourage your participation:

  • Being an Awesome Shelter - July 20-21, 2017
    • Kellogg Center, East Lansing, MI
    • Registration Fee: $40.00 
    • Register by June 30 at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/awesomeshelter
    • This 1.5 day workshop focuses on transforming shelters as a critical part of ending homelessness when they have a strong housing orientation. From intake procedures to staff engagement strategies; rules to barring practices; built form considerations to approaches to housing engagement – this Learning Clinic is rich in not just provocative content, but also practical adjustments shelters can make to improve positive destinations out of shelter. This clinic also features specialized streams for families, youth, and single adults.
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness Emergency Shelter Webinar Series