Homeless Housing Assistance Program (HHAP)

Status

Available

Type

Capital

Source

State

Procurement Agency

NYS OTDA

Total Annual Award

$63.5 million.

An additional $10 million available for HHAP is anticipated under the Medicaid Redesign Capital Fund (MRCF).

On April 30, 2015, the Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation released the 2015 Request for Proposals.  New applications will be accepted beginning May 29, 2015.   The RFP remains open until all funding is committed.  Last year, it closed December 30, 2014.

Eligible Populations

People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness who are unable to secure housing without special assistance. Populations include: veterans, people living with HIV/AIDS, people struggling with substance abuse, with mental illness, ex-offenders, the chronically homeless, victims of domestic violence and runaway and homeless youth.

MRCF funds are restricted to projects that will serve homeless individuals with high Medicaid use.

Eligible Projects

Permanent supportive housing, transitional housing and emergency shelters.

Funding Award Details

HHAP is the sole program of the Homeless Housing Assistance Corporation (HHAC), a public benefit corporation established as a subsidiary of NYS Homes and Community Renewal. HHAC has an annual competitive request for proposals (RFP) process that stays open throughout the year until all the funding is allocated.

At least $5 million must be awarded each year for HIV/AIDS housing. OTDA also makes awards in accordance with geographic diversity and has a priority for NY/NY III housing for the New York City proposals. Outside New York City will prioritize projects based on documented local Continuum of Care needs.

Rate Details

In 2014 HHAP funded  $63 million in funding for supportive housing projects.

Term of Service/Length of Grant

The project must remain in service for a term of up to 25 years.

Limitations

HHAP funds can only be awarded for units in a building that houses homeless people. Applicants should not apply if the project is not ready to begin development activities. No single sponsoring organization can receive more than 25% of the funds available in a fiscal year. No single geographic region can receive more than 60% of the funds, unless HHAC determines it is in the best interest of the state to do so. For these purposes, HHAC divides New York State into three separate regions: New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Richmond), suburbs (Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk) and the rest of the state.

MRCF funds are restricted to projects that will serve homeless individuals with high Medicaid use.

Network Notes

HHAP can fund 100% of the capital cost, though this is more typical of projects outside New York City. In New York City, HHAP funding is often viewed as critical seed money or gap financing to secure capital financing for projects.

Technically, OTDA has a rolling RFP process. However, with such high demand, most if not all of the funding is allocated to the most competitive projects in the first batch of proposals. Last year, available funds were committed to project applications received within one month of the application window opening.

HHAP has been an excellent source for supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence. It is one of the few agencies that include domestic violence as a special need.

There is a bonus for projects that serve veterans.  The Network applauds the State’s commitment to reducing veteran homelessness and hopes that this RFP incentivizes veteran supportive housing where there are gaps in such housing across the state. In localities where there has already been great strides in ending veteran homelessness, such as New York City and Binghamton, we urge that developers talk to their government partners about the remaining need for veteran supportive housing before applying.

For More Information

Read the grant application here.

Contact

NYS OTDA
Brett Hebner
Assistant Director 
40 North Pearl Street, 10-B
Albany, New York 12243
brett.hebner@otda.ny.gov
(518) 476-3433

Last updated: 05/08/2015

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