Homelessness

Homelessness happens for a variety of reasons. The City of Winston-Salem, along with nonprofit agencies, governments, and concerned individuals work together as community partners to eliminate homelessness.  The Housing & Community Services Division administers funding for nonprofit agencies to provide homelessness prevention services, which are funded annually from local and federal grant sources.

If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, call United Way’s 211 referral line to see what services are available (just dial 2-1-1).

Samaritan Ministries

Both the City of Winston-Salem and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Continuum of Care (CoC) is dedicated to ensuring that people in our community who are experiencing homelessness return to housing as quickly as possible and do not experience further housing crises.

To accomplish this, the City and CoC utilize federal and state grants to fund homeless shelter operations, provide rental vouchers to persons experiencing or at threat of experiencing homelessness, transitional and supportive housing operations and case management services.


Request for Proposals for an Administrator to Provide Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance to Individuals and Families Effected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

The City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is accepting proposals from qualified program administrators who have sufficient public benefit program administration experience in accordance with the specifications outlined in the online Request for Proposal (RFP). Program Administrators must have the capacity to operate an Emergency Rental Assistance Program for individuals and families effected by COVID-19.  The goal of the program will be to prevent loss of housing due to a household’s inability to pay rent and utilities. Proposals must be submitted to the City by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021 using the online Neighborly Software application. Please see the Request for Proposals below. 

Request for Proposals to Operate a Rent, Utility and Mortgage Assistance Program During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The City of Winston-Salem is accepting proposals from organizations with the capacity to operate a Rent, Utility and Mortgage Assistance (RUMA) Program.  The goal of the program will be to prevent loss of housing due to a household’s inability to pay rent, utilities or mortgage payments during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Proposals must be submitted to the City by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, December 18th 2020 using the online Neighborly Software application. This is a reissuance of an RFP. Applications already submitted to the City of Winston-Salem do not have to be resubmitted. Please see the Request for Proposals below.

Request for Proposals to Provide Emergency and Housing Assistance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The City of Winston-Salem seeks proposals for the second round of NC ESG- CV2 funding anticipated to be available from the State of North Carolina to address the housing needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and for imminent at-risk persons impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will be used to assist those experiencing homelessness and prevent imminent homelessness for those impacted by COVID-19.  Applications will open on December 21st 2020 at 12:00 a.m. (midnight). Proposals must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on December 31st 2020 using the online Neighborly Software application.  Please see the Request for Proposals below.


Strategic Plan to End Homelessness 

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Strategic Plan

Continuum of Care (CoC) Grants

The City of Winston-Salem serves as the Collaborative Applicant for CoC grant funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of HUD CoC Homeless Assistance Programs is to reduce the incidence of homelessness in communities by assisting homeless individuals and families to move to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. The City, in cooperation with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County CoC and its member agencies, coordinates annual CoC submissions. 

CoC Governance Charter

FY 2020 WS/FC CoC (NC-500) Local CoC Competition RFP

Posted below is the Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2020 CoC funding. The RFP describes the funding opportunity, including the application due date and how to apply. The Neighborly Software Getting Started Guide provides instructions on accessing the Participant Portal to submit an application. Also posted below are the scorecards for new and renewal project applications.

FY 2019 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (NC-500) Continuum of Care Application

The FY 2019 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County CoC Application is posted here, which includes the FY 2019 CoC Application and its attachments, as well as the FY 2019 CoC Priority Listing.  The FY 2019 Priority Listing indicates all of the CoC projects included in the Federal Fiscal Year 2019 CoC application and their ranking.  Complete details on the application, review, rating, and ranking process also are posted on this page.

FY 2019 WS/FC CoC (NC-500) Local CoC Competition RFP

Posted below is the Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2019 CoC funding. The RFP describes the funding opportunity, including the application due date and how to apply.

FY 2019 Continuum of Care Homelessness Grant 

For our Local CoC Competition (i.e., NC-500 FY2019 CoC Homelessness Grant Application process), project applicants/subrecipients submitted Renewal and/or New CoC Project Applications in response to the above RFP, Grant applications were submitted via Neighborly Software to the Collaborative Applicant on or before June 14, 2019, to be reviewed and ranked by the WS/FC CoC Rating Panel using objective criteria.  The following documents support and describe the NC-500 Review and Ranking process.

FY 2019 WS/FC CoC  (NC-500) Project Review and Ranking Process

  1. FY 2019 WS/FC CoC HUD-Approved Grant Inventory Worksheet
  2. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Continuum of Care (NC-500) Reallocation Process for FY2019
  3. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Continuum of Care (CoC) Policy on Funding Decision Appeals
  4. WS/FC Renewal Project Scorecard with Threshold Criteria
  5. WS/FC New Project Scorecard with Threshold Criteria
  6. 2019 WS/FC Renewal Project Performance Review and System Priorities
  7. August 13, 2019 Minutes of Rating Panel meeting
  8. 2019 Continuum of Care Summary of Project Categories & Funding Overview
  9. 2019 Project Priority Listing as Approved by Rating Panel
  10. 2019 Project Priority Listing with Agency Funding Detail as Approved by Rating Panel 
  11. August 20, 2019 Minutes of Operating Cabinet Meeting 
  12. August 23, 2019 Minutes of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Commission on Ending Homelessness
  13. 2019 Project Priority Listing as Approved by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Commission on Ending Homelessness