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Rapid Transition Housing Program (RTHP)

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Government Agencies for Supportive
Housing Services for Individuals with Disabilities in Eligible Regions

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New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) - Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP) - Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT)

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Deadline Date:

06/29/18 4:00 PM


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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations and governmental entities for rental assistance and housing services in Nassau ad Suffolk Counties, Onondaga County, or an unserved area. Funding is intended to provide supportive housing for individuals with disabilities .

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP), Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Initiative announces the availability of State funds to re-procure and expand a rental subsidy and supportive housing services program for high-cost, high-need Medicaid members. This program was previously known as Nursing Home to Independent Living (NHIL), and is now titled Rapid Transition Housing Program (RTHP).

The funded projects will: 1) Maintain and create new rental subsidies and supportive housing services for existing program participants, currently located in Onondaga County and in Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island, or establish a rental subsidy program in a new area of the state that is currently unserved; and 2) Develop and implement a system to provide rental subsidies on behalf of participants and provide supportive housing services to participants in order to sustain their ability to live in the community.

Awarded providers must work with hospitals, Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), medical respites, Performing Provider Systems (PPSs) or Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) to move homeless high-utilizers of Medicaid into supportive housing and provide rental subsidies, community transitional services (CTS), benefit enrollment, life skills, tenancy services and other services necessary to encourage successful community living.

A provider may apply to administer the program under only one of the following arrangements (must pick one):
1. One of the established areas or one new area (i.e. applicant is only applying for Long Island);
2. One of the established areas and one new area (i.e. applicant is applying for Long Island and Erie County);
3. Both established areas and up to one new area (i.e. applicant applies for Long Island, Onondaga County and an additional one area that is currently not served).

Awarded applicants will continue current rental subsidies established under the current awards for participants currently in the program. This procurement will also expand the current number of rental subsidies with additional funding. There will be one additional location added to this program that is currently not served.

Table 1:
- Counties Served: Nassau and Suffolk Counties; Number of Rental Subsidies: 102
- Counties Served: Onondaga County; Number of Rental Subsidies: 125
- Total: 227

Participants include those currently enrolled in the program or individuals with one or more documented chronic physical disabilities that also have two or more chronic conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes, substance abuse disorder (SUD)). Participants in the program must be on Medicaid and either coming from a SNF or homeless and identified as a high-utilizer by a hospital, MCO, medical respite, or PPS. This program will serve eligible single adults age 18 and older, and may also include families with minors under the age of 18 years old. Eligible participants who are awaiting an organ transplant, and are in need of emergency housing to meet waitlist requirements, must be given priority for housing.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142172

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Estimated Size of Grant:

DOH anticipates funding up to 3 projects. The anticipated amount of funding is $7,000,000 per year, with $2.5M allocated to currently served locations and $2M allocated to one new location

Term of Contract:

Funding is available as a five-year contract with an anticipated period of 12/1/2018-11/30/2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will only be accepted from nonprofit corporations and government agencies authorized to do business with, and available to provide services in, New York State. A qualified applicant must also have at least three years of experience in the following areas:
- Housing of homeless individuals or those coming from a skilled nursing facility.
- Providing housing services to help individuals remain stably housed.
- Connecting individuals to benefits and care.

Funds will be awarded to up to three providers capable of administering this initiative in Onondaga County, and/or Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and/or up to one new area that is currently not served.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Conference Registration Deadline: May 30, 2018
Applicant Conference: June 1, 2018 10:00AM

A maximum number of two representatives from each prospective applicant will be permitted to attend the applicant conference.

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Pre-Application Information:

Schedule of Events:
- Questions Due: June 6, 2018
- Questions, Answers and Updates Posted (on or about): June 11, 2018
- Applications Due: June 29, 2018 by 4:00PM

All substantive questions must be submitted in writing or via email to Emily Engel. To the degree possible, each inquiry should cite the RFA section and paragraph to which it refers. Written questions will be accepted until the date posted on the cover of the RFA.

Applications must be submitted online via the Grants Gateway by the date and time posted. Once the application is complete, prospective grantees are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 48 hours prior to the due date and time.

Late applications will not be accepted. Applications will not be accepted via fax, e-mail, hard copy or hand delivery.

To apply for this opportunity:
- Log into the Grants Gateway as either a "Grantee" or "Grantee Contract Signatory".
- Click on the "View Opportunities" button under "View Available Opportunities".
- In the Search Criteria, enter the Grant Opportunity name and select the Department of Health as the Funding Agency.
- Click on "Search" button to initiate the search.
- Click on the name of the Grant Opportunity form the search results grid and then select the "Apply for grant opportunity" button located bottom left of the Main page of the Grant Opportunity.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Emily Engel
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

Grants Gateway Team Email:
Phone: 518-474-5595
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8am to 4:30pm
(Application Completion, Policy, and Registration questions)

Agate Technical Support Help Desk
Phone: 1-800-820-1890
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8am to 8pm
(Technical questions)

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