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Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI)

Grants to New York Nonprofits for Supportive Housing
for Vulnerable Homeless Populations

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New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)

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Deadline Date:

10/19/20 2:00 PM


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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations to provide supportive housing services for homeless individuals with special conditions, needs, and other life challenges. Registration is required before applying. Funding through this program may be used for rental support and other services that help eligible individuals remain stably housed.

New York will invest a portion of these resources to specifically address vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness. To ensure the maximum benefit of this investment, the State will utilize the existing federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) model that engages localities and not-for-profit (NFP) providers in developing and implementing data-driven strategies to address homelessness in specific populations such as victims of domestic violence, runaway, and homeless youth and formerly incarcerated individuals. The State intends to develop a total of 20,000 units over the next 15 years. As such, the State is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) to advance the five-year goal of developing at least 6,000 units of supportive housing over five years for persons identified as homeless with special needs, conditions or other life challenges. 

Part of New York State’s Housing Plan includes an investment of new supportive housing resources and services to address vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness. Therefore, the availability of and access to various support services such as employment and training opportunities, parenting education, counseling, independent living skills training, primary healthcare, substance use disorder treatment and mental health care, child care, and benefits advocacy are critical components of any project funded under this plan. The support services provided should be tailored and appropriate to the specific population to be served (e.g., safety planning for victims of domestic violence, treatment for a substance use disorder, etc.). 

For more information on eligible costs see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181780

Number of Grants:

Funding for at least 1,200 qualifying individuals will be awarded through this fifth-round RFP

Term of Contract:

The contracts awarded in response to this RFP will be for five-year terms.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The submitting organization must be eligible to apply. This funding opportunity is only open to NFPs that are properly incorporated or organized under the laws of New York, and Tribal Organizations, with demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas:
-Housing for homeless families, individuals, and/or young adults;
-Housing for families, individuals, and/or young adults with an unstable housing history;
-Housing for families, individuals, and/or young adults who are at risk of homelessness;
-Housing for families, individuals, and/or young adults that have health, mental health, intellectual or developmental disability, and/or substance use disorders;
-Housing for youth/young adults with significant histories of mental health, foster care or criminal/juvenile justice involvement; and
-Providing services and supports to help families, individuals, and/or youth/young adults that have disabling conditions or life challenges as identified in Section 1.4 that require specialized support services to become and remain stably housed.

Funds awarded under this RFP may not be used for ineligible expenses. Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to the following:
-Administrative and overhead expenses budgeted at more than 15% based on the Consolidated Fiscal Reporting (CFR) requirements;
-Expenses considered as non-allowable per Appendix X of the CFR Manual;
-Any costs associated with capital development of the project (e.g. construction costs);
-Any costs determined to be duplicative or inappropriate by the State Contracting Agency; and
-Any costs associated with emergency housing or transitional supportive housing.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A webinar will be held on September 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. to provide an overview of the RFP components.This webinar will be taped and made available on OMH’s website Below is the information necessary to access the webinar:

Topic: Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative RFP
Webinar Date: Friday September 18, 2020, 1:00 p.m

Time: 1:00pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT04:00) Meeting Number: 171 791 9094
Meeting Password: byP8QRdaK37

Pre-Application Information:

Key Events/Timeline
RFP Release Date: 8/31/20
Webinar: 9/18/20
Questions Due (must be received by 2:00 pm): 9/23/20
Questions Posted on Website (Tentative Date): 10/2/20
Proposals Due (must be received by 2:00:00 pm): 10/19/20
Conditional Award Notifications (Tentative Date): 12/8/20
Contract Start-Date: TBD

On the Grants Management Website, download a copy of the Registration Form for Administrator. A signed, notarized original form must be sent to the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) at the address provided in the instructions. You will be provided with a Username and Password allowing you to access the Grants Gateway.

Written questions regarding this RFP will be accepted until the date 9/23/20 at 2:00 PM. No telephone inquiries will be accepted. Answers to all questions will be tentatively posted on OMH’s website by the date indicated in Section 2.2. Questions may be submitted via mail or email.

Contact Information:

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

For questions, contact:
Carol Swiderski
Contract Management Specialist 2
NYS Office of Mental Health
Contracts and Claim Unit
44 Holland Ave, 7th floor
Albany, NY 12229

Phone: 518-474-5595;

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York

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