Shelter Plus Care Policy Guide: Supportive Services Match

Similar to many other Federal programs, the S+C program has a match requirement. Applicants must match the aggregate amount of S+C rental assistance with supportive services. This ensures that appropriate and timely services will be available to meet the needs of individual participants. Match is characterized by the following:

The match is overall, not year-by-year.

  • Each participant need not receive the same amount of services as rental assistance.
  • The match is not component-by-component, but overall.

The following items count as match:

  • Salaries paid to grantee's staff to provide supportive services to participants;
  • The value of supportive services provided to participants by other organizations or by professionals volunteering their professional service;
  • Supportive services provided by other volunteers (at the rate of $10 per hour);
  • The prorated value of any lease on a building used for supportive services, for program participants. For example, S+C particpants will receive mental health counseling in a building being leased which has a fair rental lease value of $8000 per year. The mental health counseling is provided in 40% of the building's floor space. S+C participants make up 10% of the clientele receiving services there. The applicant may count $320 as a match ($8000 x .4 x .1 = $320); and
  • The cost of outreach activities.

The supportive services may be existing ones that the S+C participants will use or new services created for S+C participants. Federal, State, local, and private sources all may count.

The S+C program assumes that the provision of supportive services will vary according to the needs of the participants. Since the supportive services will vary, the value of the services may be higher or lower than the value of rental assistance for any given year.

Grant recipients will be required to submit an annual progress report (APR) which provides information on the value of services rendered during the year. This will be used to provide a measure of whether participants are receiving services.

Applicants may apply for assistance under any or all of the four components.