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Grants to USA Institutions of Higher Education and Nonprofits to Pilot a Supportive Housing Financial Model

Pay for Success Permanent Supportive Housing Demonstration


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
CFDA Number: 14.273
Funding or PIN Number: FR-5900-N-26
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/12/16 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofits and IHEs to determine financing frameworks for supportive housing programs for homeless individuals who have frequent contact with homeless services, the criminal justice system, and health care systems. Applicants will pilot test the chosen program model to determine framework feasibility and effectiveness.

Specifically, the objectives of the PFS Demonstration are to:

(1) Pilot test the PFS model operated by an intermediary to learn whether the financing approach is feasible to fund a PSH delivery initiative.

(2) Create an opportunity for communities to increase the availability of PSH for the target population, ultimately through a high-quality PFS-finance project.

(3) Determine whether PSH provided for the target population will reduce recidivism and chronic homelessness.

(4) Determine if a PFS-finance PSH Intervention can achieve taxpayer savings and/or improve cost-effectiveness by decreasing government spending on corrections systems, homeless services, Medicaid, and crisis services that are significant enough: (a) to justify the use of a PFS framework; and (b) to ultimately cover the cost of scaling to other jurisdictions (in addition to a return to investors if future scaling occurs with PFS financing).

(5) Identify lessons learned and best practices on the feasibility of scaling-up and replicating effective PSH and service delivery interventions in other cities, with and/or without federal funding and technical support.


  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
A successful applicant should demonstrate its, or its mentor’s, knowledge of and experience in carrying out a PFS model as well as the capacity to implement a PSH Intervention by working with partners and identifying the resources necessary to manage and operate the demonstration. Competitive applicants will meet some or all the following criteria:

a. High-performing with a consistently successful record of past performance;

b. Experience in completing a PFS Feasibility Analysis; structuring a PFS Contract that successfully closed; or other relevant experience with social finance or social innovation;

c. Experience in facilitating partnerships between public and private entities;

d. Advanced knowledge of and experience with the PSH model using a Housing First approach;

e. Knowledge of the research base for PSH;

f. Expertise and experience in the operationalization of research methods.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Approximately 6.

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum individual grant amount is $1,300,000.

Applicants may apply for one or more of the following eligible activities up to the maximum individual grant amount of $1,300,000.

The recommended threshold amounts for each eligible activity are:
Phase 1: Feasibility Analysis: Up to $250,000.
Phase 2: Transaction Structuring: Up to $600,000.
Phase 3: PFS Contract Implementation Outcome Evaluation: Up to $250,000.

Success Payments: Any amount up to the $1,300,000 maximum individual award amount.

Term of Contract
02/15/2016 - 02/14/2020

The duration of the period of performance will vary depending on the eligible activities for which the grantee is awarded.

Contact Information
Questions regarding the PFS Demonstration NOFA are to be directed to the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, HUD Headquarters:
Marlisa Grogan
(202) 402-4350 (this is not a toll-free number)

Questions regarding the 2015 NOFA General Section should be directed to the Grants
Management Office:
(202) 708-0667 (this is not a toll-free number)

Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service:
(800) 877-8339

Questions concerning the General Section should be directed to the Office of Strategic Planning and Management, Grants Management and Oversight Division:
202-708-0667 (this is not a toll-free number)

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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