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Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) Scattered Site Supportive Housing for Adults with Serious Mental Illness

Contracts for Services to New York Nonprofits
for Housing for Individuals with Mental Illness

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New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)

Deadline Date:

03/07/19 4:00:00 PM ET (Eastern Time)


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Contracts for services to New York nonprofits for permanent housing services and rental assistance for homeless individuals with mental illness. Funding is intended for housing units for up to 400 individuals across five regions of the state. A key goal of the housing services should be community integration.

Note that this initiative focuses only on permanent supportive housing for individuals who are homeless.

The 200 units of Scattered-Site Supportive Housing have been allocated as follows across the OMH Regions of the State:

- 150 units in the NYC Region (60%)

- 100 units in Rest of State (40%):
Central New York Region: 16 units
Hudson River Region: 32 units
Long Island Region: 28 units
Western New York Region: 24 units

Scattered-Site Supportive Housing funding made available through this RFP provides rent stipends, housing case management services, and other eligible costs.

Scope of Work:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185234

Term of Contract:

The contracts awarded in response to this RFP will be for five years with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are not-for-profit agencies with 501(c) (3) incorporation that provide housing, mental health, and/or supportive services for persons with serious mental illness through programs that are licensed by OMH or funded by OMH or a Local Government Unit (LGU).

Applicants may submit multiple proposals, but may only submit one proposal per Region.

Transitional and emergency housing beds are not eligible.

There is no capital funding associated with this initiative to purchase or renovate an existing apartment building.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Events/Timeline:
- RFP Release Date: 1/24/19
- Questions Due: 2/8/19
- Questions and Answers Posted on Website: 2/22/19
- Proposals Due by 4:00:00 PM ET (Eastern Time): 3/7/19
- Anticipated Award Notification: 4/12/19
- Anticipated Contract Date: 8/1/19

If unsure if your agency is an eligible applicant, contact the Issuing Officer listed below in Contact Information.

Not-for-profits must register in the Grants Gateway and complete the Vendor Prequalification process in order for proposals to be evaluated and any resulting contracts executed.

Please do not delay in beginning and completing the prequalification process. The State reserves five (5) days to review submitted prequalification applications. Prequalification applications submitted to the State for review less than 5 days prior to the RFP due date and time may not be considered. Applicants should not assume that their prequalification information will be reviewed if they do not adhere to this timeframe.

Appendix D: Criteria for Determining Serious Mental Illness:

Contact Information:

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

Register and Apply Online:

Carol Swiderski, Contract Management Specialist II

New York State Office of Mental Health
Contracts and Claims
7th Floor
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12229

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USA: New York City;   New York