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Grant Opportunity ID
Office of Mental Health
Grant Opportunity
Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative - Inter-Agency Service and Operating Funding Opportunity Request for Proposals - Round 6
Contact Name
Carol Swiderski
Contact Email
Solicitation Profile
New York State is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) to advance the five-year goal of developing more than 6,000 units of supportive housing over five years for persons identified as homeless with special needs, conditions or other life challenges. 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 supports such as trauma-informed services, 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.).

Services should be appropriate to a supportive housing model. A policy of harm-reduction is expected. All services should be voluntary and there should be no requirements that a tenant be drug or alcohol free before renting, or while renting, a unit. Drug/alcohol testing is not acceptable. ESSHI projects are expected to follow a Housing First model (see glossary); which has been shown to be an effective approach to reducing chronic homelessness, as well as reducing barriers to permanent supportive housing.

This initiative focuses only on permanent supportive housing as defined in the glossary. Transitional and emergency housing beds are not eligible.

No capital funds are available through this RFP. The intent of this RFP is to provide the service and operating funding needed to operate the permanent supportive housing units in an integrated setting that will be developed through capital funding made available through capital funding mechanisms.

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) will serve as the lead procurement agency for this Request for Proposals (RFP) under the guidance of the ESSHI Interagency Workgroup. Although the OMH is the lead, proposals accepted through this RFP opportunity do not have to be for services to persons with mental illness but should address the range of needs of the populations served by the following agencies. The ESSHI Interagency Workgroup includes representatives from several State agencies including:
• Department of Health (DOH) including the AIDS Institute;
• New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR);
• Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS);
• Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS);
• Office of Mental Health (OMH);
• Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV);
• Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA); and
• Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

Funding for at least 1,400 qualifying individuals will be awarded through this sixth-round RFP.

Please refer to the RFP for full details:

All proposals to this RFP must be submitted through the Grants Gateway portal. No hard copy or electronic (email) submissions will be accepted.

All applicants must be Prequalified by the due date and time for this RFP.

To apply for this opportunity, please go to the top of this page and login to the Grants Gateway. Login and search "Available Opportunities" and look for the grant opportunity name listed above. If you are already logged in, click on "Apply for Grant Opportunity".

Please note: those logged in as Grantees may work on the application, only those logged in as a Grantee Contract Signatory or a Grantee System Administrator can submit the application to the State.
Full Announcement Details
Applications Due (Date / Time)
October 06, 2021 / 02:00 PM ET
Bidder's Conference(s)/Application Workshop(s)
None available
Anticipated Award DateThursday, December 2, 2021
Anticipated Initial Contract Length5 Years
Total Funding Available
Anticipated Amount of Award(s)
NarrativeContract term is anticipated for 5 years, subject to availability of funds. Contracts may be renewed for additional 5 year terms.
Letter of IntentNot Required
Letter of Intent Due
Questions Due DateMonday, August 23, 2021
Questions and Answers NarrativeWritten questions regarding this RFP will be accepted until 8/23/21 at 2:00 pm. No telephone inquiries will be accepted. Answers to all questions will be tentatively posted on OMH’s website by 9/9/21. Questions must be submitted via email to: Please indicate ESSHI 6 in the Subject line. A Webinar will be held on 8/16/21 at 1:00 pm. Attendance is not mandatory.
Questions and Answers Posting TypeLink
Questions and Answers Posting Date9/9/2021 12:00:00 AM
Questions and Answers Link or UploadClick here
Eligible ApplicantsNot-For-Profit, Tribal Organization
Target Population(s)Age - Adults, Age - Aging, Age - Children, Age - Young Adults, Caregivers, Court Involved - Court Appointed Advocate Required/Assigned, Court Involved - Criminal Justice Involved, Court Involved - Family Court, Court Involved - Family of Court Involved, Court Involved - Formerly Incarcerated, Court Involved - Housing Court, Court Involved - Juvenile Justice Involved, Court Involved - Offender Type, Court Involved - Witness, Education Status - Disconnected, Education Status - Drop Out, Education Status - English Learners, Education Status - Grade Level, Education Status - Held Back/Over Age in Education, Education Status - Low-Level Literacy, Education Status - Out-of-School, Education Status - Truant, Employment Status - Employed, Employment Status - Retired, Employment Status - Underemployed, Employment Status - Unemployed, Gender - Female, Gender - Male, Gender - Transgender, Health Status - Alzheimer's Disease, Health Status - Chronic Disease, Health Status - Disabilities, Health Status - HIV/AIDS, Health Status - Mental Illness, Health Status - Substance Abuse, Housing Status - Assisted Living, Housing Status - Homeless, Housing Status - NORC, Housing Status - Nursing Home, Housing Status - NYCHA, Housing Status - Runaways, Housing Status - Section 8 Voucher, Immigrants - Documented, Immigrants - Under-documented, Immigrants - Undocumented, Income Eligibility - Energy Assistance, Income Eligibility - Food Stamps, Income Eligibility - Low Income, Income Eligibility - Medicaid, Income Eligibility - Public Assistance, Income Eligibility - SSD, Income Eligibility - SSI, Income Eligibility - Temporary Cash Assistance, LGBTQ, Organizations - Academic Institutions, Organizations - Community Based Groups, Organizations - For Profits, Organizations - Government Entities, Organizations - Not-For Profits, Other, Parents - Custodial, Parents - Expectant Parent, Parents - Father, Parents - Grandparent, Parents - Guardian, Parents - Mother, Parents - Non-Custodial, Parents - Pregnant Female, Veterans, Victims/Survivors - Child Abuse, Victims/Survivors - Domestic Violence, Victims/Survivors - Elder Abuse, Victims/Survivors - Sexual Abuse/Exploitation
Service Area(s) Education Supports, Family Supports, Health Services, Housing and Shelter Services, Justice Services
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