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Emergency Needs for the Homeless (ENHP)

Grants to New York City Nonprofits to Improve and
Expand Emergency Services for Homeless Populations

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New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)

Deadline Date:

07/16/18 2:00 PM ET


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Grants to New York City nonprofit organizations to increase the quality and quantity of emergency services to homeless individuals or those at-risk of becoming homeless. Funding is intended to enhance emergency services so that homeless or at-risk populations may secure an independent future.

The eligible populations to be served under the provisions of this RFP are vulnerable individuals and families in New York City who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and who need emergency services.

State financial assistance will be made available, pursuant to the enacted State Fiscal Year 2018 - 2019 Aid to Localities Budget appropriating funding for this program, to organizations in social services districts with a population in excess of 5,000,000. Funds will be made available to support programs that meet the emergency needs of homeless individuals and families, and those at risk of becoming homeless.

Successful applicants shall have demonstrated experience in providing services to meet the emergency needs of homeless individuals and families, and those at risk of becoming homeless. Such experience must include provision of all the following services: crisis intervention services, eviction prevention services, summer youth services and mobile emergency feeding services. The applicant should specify which services it will provide under this contract in response to the RFP.

It is anticipated that such funds will be utilized to augment existing programs that provide services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and those at risk of becoming homeless to assist such individuals toward stabilizing their lives and moving toward self-sufficiency.

Eligible costs include payment for:

- Personnel service costs associated with the provision of homeless services;
- Other than personnel services costs related to ENHP activities; and
- Administrative expenses, inclusive of indirect costs, of up to 10% may be charged with an itemized listing of costs. The administrative cost may not include any portion of costs that are assignable to other federal, state or funding agencies. Please note that administrative charges are controlled by and subject to the requirements of NYS Executive Order #38 and the attending Rules and Regulations referenced this section of the RFP.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183794

Estimated Size of Grant:

If there are other viable proposals, no one applicant will be awarded more than 55% of the total available funds. Historically ENHP has been funded at $1,000,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The contract resulting from this RFP will start on or about September 1, 2018. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will receive a contract for up to five (5) years. The contract end date is August 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The legislation authorizing this program limits participation to New York City nonprofit corporations.

Applicants must have demonstrated experience providing all of the following services:

1. Crisis intervention;
2. Eviction prevention;
3. Mobile emergency feeding services; and
4. Summer Youth Services.

Applications which do not demonstrate the bidder’s experience providing all four of these services will not be considered.

Participation in the local Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is also strongly encouraged and is an eligible program expense under ENHP.

Ineligible costs include:

- Costs which constitute “assistance” under Federal TANF regulations. “Assistance” under Federal TANF regulations are those services and/or benefits that are intended to provide ongoing basic income support. Assistance includes cash payments, vouchers, and other forms of benefits designed to meet a household’s ongoing needs, including, but not limited to costs associated with child care or transportation for program participants; and
- Costs used to replace other existing emergency service needs resources (e.g., existing staff, volunteers, local community agencies), or funding sources or services that can normally be obtained from community-based agencies or covered by fund raising. However, funds may be used for expanded services or continuing a program that has lost funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Timetable of Key Events:

- Request for Proposals Release: June 1, 2018
- Deadline to Submit Questions: June 15, 2018
- Posted Date of Answers (on or about): June 22, 2018
- Proposals Due: July 16, 2018, 2:00 PM
- Award(s) Announced: August 10, 2018
- Contract Start Date: September 1, 2018
- Contract End Date: August 31, 2023

Any questions about this RFP must be submitted in writing by 2pm on June 15, 2018 to the attention of Sarah Watson at the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Bureau of Housing and Support Services or by email.

All nonprofits are subject to the Prequalification Requirement in Grants Gateway. See the RFP in Supporting Documents below for detailed instructions.

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants Gateway at

Designated Contact:

Sarah Watson
Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance
Program Manager
40 N. Pearl St. Suite 10C Albany, NY 12243-0001
Phone/Email: (518) 473-7367/

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USA: New York City;   New York