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Shelter Diversion Pilot

In 2022, MSHDA received a state budget allocation of $50 million for the Housing and Community Development Fund (HCDF). These funds are intended to expand housing supports for the State of Michigan through a variety of projects and services based on identified needs. Through stakeholder engagement and listening sessions, MSHDA identified shelter diversion as a priority demonstration project to test, expand, and implement shelter diversion practices and models in select homeless crisis response systems. Under this allocation, MSHDA is investing $3 million for a 2-year Shelter Diversion Pilot through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

Shelter diversion is a strategy that helps people experiencing a housing crisis to quickly identify and access safe alternatives to shelter where possible. Shelter diversion is most effective when implemented collaboratively at the community-level, with shared knowledge and understanding of diversion practices and goals. Through the Shelter Diversion Pilot RFP, MSHDA is seeking proposals from eligible agencies to implement or expand effective shelter diversion models. This pilot will demonstrate the impact of effective shelter diversion on homeless crisis response systems and, more importantly, the impact on households at risk of or experiencing homelessness. All selected agencies will be part of a learning cohort for this project and will engage regularly with their peers, MSHDA project staff, and selected training and technical assistance throughout the course of the project.


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Questions about the Shelter Diversion Pilot Program?

Contact Jennifer McNeely, Program Specialist, at