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ESSHI Round 6 Supportive Services RFP Available Now

New York State has issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Round 6 of the supportive services component of the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI). No capital funds are available through this RFP. The intent of the 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 support services provided should be appropriate to a supportive housing model and 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). These services may include trauma-informed services, employment and training opportunities, parenting education, counseling, independent living skills training, primary health care, substance use disorder treatment and mental health care, child care, and benefits advocacy.

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) will serve as the lead procurement agency for the RFP under the guidance of the ESSHI Interagency Workgroup. Although OMH is the lead, proposals accepted through the RFP 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:

  • Department of Health (DOH), including the AIDS Institute;
  • Homes and Community Renewal (HCR);
  • Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS);
  • Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS);
  • 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 the RFP.

The eligible target population to be served under this program includes individuals who are both homeless and who are identified as having an unmet housing need AND have one or more disabling conditions or other life challenges, including (but not limited to):

Frail Elderly/Senior: Individuals who are age 55 and older, enrolled in Medicaid, and has a documented chronic condition, or requires assistance with one or more activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily living. Eligible persons are referred from a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), or street or shelter homelessness.

Important dates and deadlines for the RFP are:

  • RFP Release Date: Aug. 2, 2021
  • Webinar: Aug. 16, 2021
  • Questions Due: Aug. 23, 2021 (must be received by 2 p.m.)
  • Questions Posted on Website: Sept. 9, 2021 (tentative date)
  • Proposals Due: Oct. 6, 2021 (must be received by 2 p.m.)
  • Conditional Award Notifications: Dec. 9, 2021 (tentative date)

The complete RFP may be found here.

Contact: Sara Neitzel, sneitzel@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8835