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Statewide and Regional Housing Collaboratives

Grants to a New York Nonprofit to Develop Housing for
Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

LOI Date:

02/07/18

Deadline Date:

03/09/18 3:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grant to a New York nonprofit, IHE, hospital, community-based organization, disability-service organization, or consortia to develop alternative housing opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Nonprofit applicants must prequalify in the online grants system prior to applying.

Overview:

In 2016, the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) published a report concerning the State’s residential request list. The report offers recommendations to improve residential alternatives and address housing needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Among the report’s findings was that 33% of respondents preferred non-certified housing instead of the more-traditional certified group home option, and 90% of respondents expressed interest in learning more about non-certified options. Notably, the report documents a high number of people of various minority groups on the residential request list in each of the OPWDD regions which signals that there may be limited access to information about alternative/varied housing options for racially and ethnically diverse communities.

DDPC outreach efforts substantiated findings from the OPWDD report. The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) conducted outreach to individuals with I/DD and their family members during the drafting of its 2017-21 State Plan. Participants responding to input surveys and focus group questions noted a lack of opportunity to self-select their housing options and roommates. They also cited that there was limited information provided to them related to independent living options and initiatives, such as non-certified housing. Non-certified housing includes community-based market rate housing that is available to the general public and not licensed, inspected by or subject to regulation by OPWDD.

Making community-based non-certified housing opportunities available requires individuals with I/DD, family members and other relevant stakeholders acquire new skill sets in a variety of disciplines that go beyond the traditional OPWDD service system. It also requires the establishment of new regional collaboratives as well as expanded educational programs on regional housing options and how to access these options.

The ultimate goal of this project is to facilitate and support capacity building and learning on a statewide basis for developing, creating, and implementing individualized housing options with and for people with I/DD that builds upon community housing options that go beyond the OPWDD service system. A significant system need and goal of this project is to help people with I/DD who currently live in OPWDD certified group homes but desire to live in their own residence.

Approach:

This grant opportunity seeks to support the development of innovative, non-certified housing options for individuals with I/DD based on their needs and desires and encourage systems level change through education and collaboration.

To do this, DDPC will select a single statewide entity to:
-Develop and pilot Regional Housing Collaboratives (RHCs) in each of the five OPWDD regions;
-Oversee and provide education that supports the training needs (regional and Statewide) of RHC members, individuals with I/DD and their families, and other stakeholders;
-Engage and include culturally and linguistically diverse populations in all project activities; and
-Establish a statewide clearinghouse of grant related non-certified housing options and resources, replicable tools, and best practices based on the evaluation of grant activities and implementation.

RHCs will be comprised of professionals interested in assisting individuals with I/DD in identifying non-certified housing. RHC members may include (but are not limited to):
-Individuals with I/DD who have successfully secured non-certified placements;
-OPWDD Developmental Disabilities Regional Office representatives;
-Local affordable and supportive housing developers;
-Community and planning/zoning board representatives;
-Commercial and quasi-governmental funding agencies;
-Benefits managers;
-Real estate agents;
-Landlords;
-Family members;
-Contractors and representatives from the insurance industry and legal profession; and
-Graduates of the Housing Navigator Program.

The RHCs together with experts in the OPWDD service system will assist identified individuals with I/DD and their families in fulfilling their desire to live more independently by assisting them to create their own individualized housing plans.

RHCs will help individuals with I/DD to create as well as execute their own individualized housing plans. RHCs are expected to work with these individual’s care coordinators, service providers and circles of support to ensure the housing plans are integrated in the person’s overall Life Plan and support services.

Program Requirements and Scope of Work:

The selected grantee will be expected to conduct research and identify and work with regional stakeholders which will include individuals with I/DD and their families.

Specifically, the grantee will:
-Conduct outreach and establish Regional Housing Collaboratives (RHC) in each of the 5 regions of OPWDD. RHC membership may include (but is not limited to) local housing developers, community and planning board representatives, commercial and quasi-governmental funding agencies, benefits managers, landlords, real estate agents, contractors, representatives from the insurance industry and legal profession, and individuals with I/DD who have successfully secured or are interested in non-certified housing options;
-Identify and work with at least 15 individuals with I/DD (3 from each of the 5 OPWDD regions) each year (45 in 3 years) who are seeking individualized non-certified housing opportunities. Please ensure that 5 of the 15 individuals selected annually are individuals currently living in 24-hour certified group homes who would like to explore non-certified alternatives (the grantee should attempt to ensure that these individuals are from different areas of the State);
-Develop and facilitate a housing development process through the establishment of RHCs to assist: individuals in planning; identify housing options; sustain the housing options going forward; and ensure that individuals with I/DD who participate in grant work represent cultural,
linguistic and demographic diversity of each respective OPWDD region;
-Create and administer regional meetings and a Statewide Learning Institute for RHC members annually (2 meetings in each DDRO and 1 Statewide Learning Institute, totaling 11 annually) where project-related information, successes, barriers, lessons learned, and resources can be discussed, shared, disseminated, and catalogued;
-Create and administer separate educational programs to teach individuals with I/DD, parents, and family members about available housing options and strategies that promote resolution of conflicts surrounding housing and person-centered housing approaches;
-Develop a statewide clearinghouse (including method for keeping information up-to- date) for the grant related non-certified housing options and resources, replicable tools, and best practices;
-Identify and implement a sustainability plan and identify future sources of funding to ensure success of the initiative beyond the conclusion of DDPC funding; and
-Collect and Evaluate satisfaction and other performance data as required by the DDPC.

Expected Outcomes

Short-term outcomes:
-Increase awareness of non-certified housing options by individuals with I/DD and their families/caregivers;
-Strengthen the capacity of the development community to create, manage, and support the growth of non-certified community based housing options for people with I/DD;
-Increase knowledge and skills of members of the RHCs to create non-certified housing opportunities for individuals.

Long-Term Outcomes
-Increase capacity of the RHCs to provide person-centered housing information and options to individuals with I/DD and their families;
-Increase the number of communities within the identified OPWDD regions which understand non-certified community based housing options and the use of effective approaches to meeting their housing needs;
-Increase the number of individuals with I/DD with housing opportunities that are individualized and in non-certified environments;
-Assist 45 individuals with I/DD, through the establishment of Regional Housing Collaboratives, to move to independent living with a sustainability plan;
-Promote and facilitate a planning process that includes people with I/DD and providers of housing and related services in order to provide up-to date information for the more effective coordination and use of resources;
-Increase the number of noncertified housing units which are occupied by people with I/DD.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183015

Number of Grants:

1

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $750,000 for 3 years (up to $250,000 per year)

Term of Contract:

The grantee will be funded for 3 years.

The anticipated contract start date is January 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Nonprofit organizations; *
-Public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges, hospitals;
-Disability-service organizations;
-Community-based organizations;
-Consortia, groups or partnerships among organizations

Organizations whose staff was involved in the development of this Request for Proposal are not eligible to directly apply or be included as a sub-contractor for another applicant.

*Note: the lead applicant cannot be a for-profit organization; however, for-profit organizations may serve as subcontractors to the lead applicant.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must match at least 43% of the grant amount, unless your organization’s annual budget is less than $4,000,000 then match is 34%. For this project, the 43% match is $322,500 and the 34% match is $255,000 for the full 3-year contract. The annual contract amount is $250,000 with an annual match of $107,500 (43%) or $85,000 (34%).

Matching funds may be derived from state, local, agency, and/or private sources in the form of cash or in- kind contributions (see guidelines on page 13). Total administrative and indirect costs should not exceed 10% of DDPC share. Rent is considered as an indirect cost. Grant applications will be evaluated and rated on the basis of budgetary reasonableness, and the budget’s consistency with the intent of the Request for Proposal.

Pursuant to the New York State Division of Budget Bulletin H-1032, dated June 7, 2013, New York State has instituted key reforms to the grant contract process which require not-for-profits to register in the Grants Gateway and complete the Vendor Prequalification process in order for proposals to be evaluated.

All final grant applications must be received by the DDPC Office by 3:00 PM on March 9, 2018.

Timeline:
-RFP Release Date: January 24, 2018
-Letter of Intent Due Date: February 7, 2018
-Closing Date for Questions: February 16, 2018
-Questions Posted By: February 20, 2018
-Changes to RFP: February 20, 2018
-Proposal Due Date: March 9, 2018
-Anticipated Award Announcement: June 22, 2018
-Anticipated Contract Start Date: January 1, 2019

Contact Information:

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

James Huben, Program Planner
1-800-395-3372
James.Huben@ddpc.ny.gov

NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1230
Albany, NY 12210

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York