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State Releases RFP for Round 5 of Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative

On Aug. 31, 2020, New York State released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Round 5 of the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI). This RFP is not intended to distribute capital funds – it is meant to provide the service and operating funding necessary to operate permanent supportive housing units that will be developed with funding from other capital funding mechanisms. Examples of services provided with ESSHI funding include trauma-informed services, counseling, independent living skills training, primary health care, benefits advocacy, substance use disorder treatment and mental health care, employment and training opportunities, parenting education, and child care. The supportive services should be tailored and appropriate to the specific population to be served for example, benefits advocacy for “frail and elderly seniors” at risk of homelessness.

Written questions regarding this RFP will be accepted until Sept. 23, 2020 at 2 p.m. No questions made by telephone will be accepted. Answers to these questions will be tentatively posted on the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) website by Oct. 2, 2020. Questions should be submitted by email to carol.swiderski@omh.ny.gov or to:

Carol Swiderski, Contract Management Specialist 2

ESSHI Questions

NYS Office of Mental Health Contract and Claim Unit

44 Holland Avenue, 7th Floor

Albany, NY 12229

A webinar will be held on Fri., Sept. 18, 2020 at 1 p.m. to provide an overview of the RFP components, and this will be the only opportunity that “in-person” questions regarding the RFP may be asked. The webinar will be recorded and made available on the OMH website. You may access the webinar with the following information:

Meeting Number: 171 791 9094 

Meeting Password: byP8QRdaK37

To join the online meeting, go to: https://meetny.webex.com/webappng/sites/meetny/meeting/info/171116391618849922?MTID=m999e 0359c37a9f3cbedeb49f2e961c53

If requested, enter your name and email address, and if a password is required, enter the meeting password, byP8QRdaK37.

You may also join the webinar by telephone by calling 518-549-0500 and entering access code 171 791 9094.

Further details about how to join this webinar are available on pages 24-25 of the RFP. Any questions regarding the webinar should be directed to OMH's Suzanne Cook at suzanne.cook@omh.ny.gov or 518-486-9362.

Applications are due by 2 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2020, and the anticipated award date is Tues., Dec. 8, 2020.

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