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Olmstead Housing Subsidy Program

Contract for Services to a New York State Nonprofit or Agency
to Provide Housing and Services to High-Needs, Homeless Residents

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New York State Department of Health (DOH) - Division of Program Development and Management - Bureau of Social Determinants of Health

Deadline Date:

04/11/19 4:00 PM


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Contract for services to a New York State nonprofit organization or government entity to operate a program that provides temporary housing, support services, and rent subsidies to high-needs residents in all areas of the state. Applicants must register with the application portal prior to applying. Nonprofit vendors must prequalify, as well. Funding is intended to serve residents of New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and the rest of the state who are enrolled in Medicaid; who are homeless and currently residing in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF); who have spent at least 120 consecutive days in a SNF over the most recent two-year period; and who can live safely in the community.

For seniors and individuals with disabilities, the inability to locate accessible, affordable, safe, and sustainable housing often creates an artificial barrier to community living. Many people living in Skilled Nursing Facilities would choose to live in a community setting if they had access to appropriate housing and services. The DOH is committed to reducing the long-stay population in Skilled Nursing Facilities by using home and community-based services, and an investment in accessible supportive housing options. This procurement reflects the State’s commitment to provide New York’s seniors and individuals living with disabilities assistance in securing accessible, affordable, safe, and sustainable housing and supportive services in the least restrictive, most appropriate available setting.

Applicants must be able to serve existing program participants, and continue to expand the OHS program statewide, including into additional counties. The awarded provider must work with Skilled Nursing Facilities to move homeless high-cost, high-need Medicaid members into supportive housing and provide rental subsidies, Community Transitional Services, and supportive services.

For more information about expected services, see page 5 of the RFA in Attached Files below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185522

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $35.5 million is available for a five-year period.
- Contract Year 1, November 2019 to October 2020: $6.3 Million
- Contract Year 2, November 2020 to October 2021: $7.3 Million
- Contract Year 3, November 2021 to October 2022: $7.3 Million
- Contract Year 4, November 2022 to October 2023: $7.3 Million
- Contract Year 5, November 2023 to October 2024: $7.3 Million

Term of Contract:

Anticipated initial contract length is five years, with an anticipated term of November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will only be accepted from not-for-profit corporations and government agencies authorized to do business with, and available to provide services in, New York State. A qualified applicant must also have at least three years of experience in the following areas or demonstrate the capability to establish a
contractual relationship with a subcontractor(s) having such experience:
- Housing of Medicaid members coming from a Skilled Nursing Facility;
- Connecting individuals to benefits and care;
- Administering a housing subsidy program; and
- Developing and implementing payment systems for rental subsidies.

Not-for-profit applicants must be prequalified on the due date for this application submission. Be sure to maintain prequalification status between funding opportunities. Three of a not-for-profit's essential financial documents - the IRS990, Financial Statement and Charities Bureau filing - expire on an annual basis. If these documents are allowed to expire, the not-for-profit's prequalification status expires as well, and it will not be eligible for State grant funding until its documentation is updated and approved, and prequalified status is reinstated. For further information, watch the following video:

Only individuals with the roles “Grantee Contract Signatory” or “Grantee System Administrator” can submit an application.

The program may not be used to subsidize placement in congregate care settings, including Assisted Living Facilities, Enriched Housing, Assisted Living Programs, or Assisted Living Residences.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grants Management hosts weekly webinars for organizations interested in familiarizing themselves with the Grants Gateway. The regularly scheduled session topics include:
- Registration
- Prequalification
- Grant Application
- Contract Management
If you haven’t attended a WebEx meeting before and would like to verify that it will work on your system, please click on the following link at least an hour before the start of the webinar:

Registration webinars are held every Thursday at 9:00 AM
Information:
Meeting Number: 647 764 005
Meeting Password: gg2019

Prequalification webinars are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 AM.
Information:
Meeting Number: 649 434 095
Meeting Password: GG2017

Grant application webinars are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 AM.
Information:
Meeting Number: 643 296 691
Meeting Password: GG2018

Contract Management webinars are held on Mondays at 1:30 PM. To register, email with "Contract Management Webinar Registration" in the subject line. Once registered, you will receive email confirmation with webinar login information and instructions.

Submit Claims for Payment webinars are held as needed. To register, follow the instructions above.

For information about webinars, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Online applications are due by April 11, 2019, 4:00 PM. Anticipated award date is Friday, June 21, 2019.

Questions are due by March 20, 2019. Questions, answers and updates will be posted on or about March 27, 2019.

Organizations must be registered in the Grants Gateway to compete for New York State grants. To register an organization, send a complete Registration Form for Administrators (download from Supporting Documents, below) and accompanying documentation by mail to Grants Management at the address below.New York State Grants Management reserves 5-10 business days from the receipt of complete materials to process a registration request. Due to the length of time this process could take to complete, it is advised that new registrants send in their registration form as soon as possible. Failure to register early enough may prevent potential applicants from being able to complete a grant application on time.

Prospective grantees are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 48 hours prior to the due date and time. This will allow sufficient opportunity for the applicant to obtain assistance and take corrective action should there be a technical issue with the submission process. Both DOH and Grants Reform staff are available to answer applicant's technical questions and provide technical assistance prior to the application due date and time.

Based on existing enrollment in the OHS program, the Department anticipates about 50% of OHS recipients will be in the Downstate Region and 50% in the Upstate Region. Applicants should take this into consideration when applying.

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Contact Information:

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

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Grants Gateway team email:

Grants Management
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210-2814

Matthew de Waal Malefyt
Phone: 518-474-1961

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA #18170

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York