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NYS Releases RFP for 4th Round of ESSHI Funding

08.19.2019

On August 16th, New York State released the fourth-round Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) Request for Proposals (RFP), due on September 25, 2019. The State is issuing this RFP to advance the five-year goal of developing 6,000 units of supportive housing over five years. Funding for at least 1,200 qualifying individuals will be awarded through this RFP.
 
The eligible target populations are families with a qualifying individual, individuals, and/or young adults who are both homeless* and who are identified as having an unmet housing need as determined by the Continuum of Care Program (CoC)/local planning entity/ other supplemental local, state and federal data, AND have one or more disabling conditions or other life challenges*. *Please refer to the Network's Funding Guide for definitions.
 
New York State will award up to $25,000 in services and operating funding annually for each qualifying individual.

What's New?

Award Allocations by Population Categories. Eligible populations are grouped into the following: 

Category One - (Chronic homelessness, SMI, SUD); 
Category Two - (Reentry, HIV, Youth/ Young Adult); 
Category Three - (DV, Military Service, Frail Elderly/ Seniors, I/DD) 

A minimum of 50% of the number of awards that will be issued pursuant to this RFP will be allocated to Category One; no more than 25% to Category Two; and no more than 25% to Category Three.

Homeless Definition was Modified. In order to be considered homeless for the purposes of this RFP, an individual must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. be an un-domiciled person (whether alone or as a member of a family) who is unable to secure permanent and stable housing without special assistance. This includes those who are inappropriately housed in an institutional facility and can safely live in the community and those young adults, survivors of domestic violence, and individuals with I/DD who are at risk of homelessness;
  2. be a youth or young adult who left foster care within the prior five years and who was in foster care at or over age 16, and who is without permanent and stable housing;
  3. be an adult or young adult reentering the community from incarceration or juvenile justice placement, who was released or discharged, and who is without permanent and stable housing; or
  4. be a young adult between the ages of 18 and 25 years of age without a permanent residence, including those aging out of a residential school for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability. 

Projects Involving Capital Funding from New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). Applicants that intend to apply to HPD for capital financing following receipt of a conditional ESSHI award must clearly specify the intended referral source in the ESSHI application. Prior to obtaining a committed ESSHI award, conditional awardees utilizing capital funding from HPD may be required to obtain written confirmation (e.g., soft commitment letter) from each agency administering the capital funding source applicable to the project that acknowledges and specifies the referral source(s) for the project.

Living Situations at Time of Referral. Acceptable living situations at time of referral include unsheltered homeless; sheltered homeless; prison; institutions (State Psychiatric Center or Developmental Center); hospital or nursing home*; medical respite; and OPWDD-eligible individuals who have been determined to meet the level of emergency need through the Certified Residential Opportunities review process. *Persons referred must have been homeless prior to placement in hospitals or nursing homes.

Important Dates

RFP Release Date: 8/16/19
Bidder’s Conferences: 9/3/19 and 9/5/19
Questions Dues: 9/11/19 by 2 p.m.
Questions Posted on Website: 9/18/19
Proposals Dues: 9/25/19 by 2 p.m.
Conditional Award Notifications: 11/6/19
Contract Start Date: TBD

Bidder's Conferences

Two Bidder’s Conferences indicated below have been scheduled to provide information regarding the RFP. Note that there will be a morning and afternoon session each day offering the same information.

Attendance at the Bidder’s Conference is not required to apply for ESSHI. Attendance at more than one session is discouraged due to limited seating. Pre-registration is not necessary. These dates are subject to change. Any changes will be announced on the OMH website.


Proposals for the 2019 ESSHI RFP are due on September 25, 2019. Visit the Network's Funding Guide for more details on the RFP.

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Guest Blog: Bring It Home Campaign Advocates for Mental Health Housing Evaluation Commission

07.25.2019

Association for Community Living logo (left); Bring It Home

By Toni Lasicki, Executive Director of Association for Community Living

This year’s final state budget, passed in April, included a small amount of funding for Office of Mental Health (OMH) housing rate increases and rehab and renovation of existing housing stock. While appreciated, we know it is not nearly enough to address years of disinvestment of the system, which needs a much larger infusion of resources to remain viable. 

Therefore, at the end of the 2019 Legislative Session in June, the Assembly and Senate unanimously passed the “Mental Health Housing Commission Bill” (S5637/A7489) to create a temporary Office of Mental Health Housing Program Evaluation Commission. This commission would make determinations and recommendations regarding OMH mental health housing on the adequacy of funding levels, numbers of direct care and professional staff, the level of programmatic needs of the residents, and the ability of the programs to meet such needs. These programs have not been evaluated, nor has the acuity of the clients in their care been evaluated, in more than 30 years.

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FY 2020 City Budget Highlights

06.26.2019

Ahead of the July 1st start of the City’s Fiscal Year 2020, the Mayor and City Council reached a handshake deal on a budget of $92.8 billion on June 14th.

While there were some victories for housing and human services, the budget fails to provide funding for two critical priorities championed by the Network and our partners.

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NYS HCR Announces 2018 Unified Funding Awards

05.30.2019

On May 17th, NYS HCR announced its 2018 Unified Funding Awards. In addition to the three supportive housing projects funded in the early round announced in January, there were 15 projects awarded in the regular round, bringing the total number of supportive housing units to 484 — 22% of the total residential units funded. Network members are involved in 14 separate projects across the state.

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The Network Offers Analysis of the Final NYS 2019-2020 Budget

04.01.2019

The final $175 billion NYS budget passed early on April 1, 2019 and included big-ticket items including bail reform, congestion pricing, a permanent property tax cap, and a ban on single-use plastic bags. In the areas of housing and human services, the final budget reflected largely what was proposed by the Governor in January.

Below is the Network’s summary and comparison chart of the budget areas important to supportive housing.

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Network Testifies to New York City Council about Insufficient Rates for Existing Supportive Housing

03.25.2019

On March 6th, Network Executive Director Laura Mascuch testified at the New York City Council Committee on Finance’s hearing for the Fiscal Year 2020 Preliminary Budget. She expressed gratitude on behalf of the supportive housing community for the City’s commitment to NYC 15/15 and the Council’s recent request to the administration for its acceleration. Laura then underscored the remaining, urgent need for at least $20 million in funding to augment woefully underfunded service and operating contracts in 1,800 scattered site units contracted by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).

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Learning How to Lobby: The Network Offers Members a How-To on Advocacy and Lobbying

03.22.2019

On February 28th, about a week before the Network’s annual Lobby Day, some 40 member staff and tenants joined the Network for an interactive workshop generously hosted by Urban Pathways at the Ivan Shapiro House in Manhattan. The training featured everything from the fundamentals of the state budget process to how to navigate the Capitol Building. Yet an overarching goal was to incorporate tenants’ and staff’s real-life experiences in order to forcefully communicate the need for additional funding for supportive housing.

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The Network Offers Analysis of NYS Assembly and Senate “One House” Bills

03.15.2019

On March 13th, the New York State Assembly and Senate passed their budget bills, and began negotiations with the Executive office with the aim of passing a finalized budget by April 1st. (For the latest information on the Prevailing Wage legislation, please visit this page.)

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Down Payment Assistance Fund for Nonprofit Developers Launches

03.12.2019

The Supportive Housing Network is excited to help announce the launch of the Down Payment Assistance Fund (DPAF), whose creation resulted from a multi-year collaboration among stakeholders seeking to accelerate supportive housing development in New York City. DPAF is intended to assist nonprofit developers with down payments on property, allowing them to move more rapidly into contract for privately-owned sites. The nonprofits’ ownership will ensure the long-term affordability of the housing developed with DPAF as well as provide critical social services. Eligible projects will include supportive housing residences, in which the majority of units are supportive, and affordable residences in which at least 30 percent of units are set aside as supportive.

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Discretionary Capital Funding Available

01.09.2019

Every year, Borough Presidents and City Council Members provide capital funding to nonprofits, schools, and other organizations for projects throughout each borough. This discretionary capital funding (formerly known as Reso A) is valuable subsidy for supportive and affordable housing development projects in NYC. This funding can be helpful to fill a gap in a development budget.

Starting now, nonprofits can apply for grants through the CapGrants portal or applications listed on Elected Officials’ websites. Awards are typically announced in the summer. To receive funding, applicants should schedule a meeting with the representative before submitting the application to discuss the project details. Below are the typical deadlines, though some elected officials have additional requirements and deadlines:

Borough President Requests: February 20th

City Council Requests: March 26th

Specific information for representatives can be found here:

Brooklyn Borough President: To apply to the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office for capital funding for Fiscal Year 2020, organizations must fill out an application by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. In addition, organizations should complete the CapGrants portal application by 5 pm on February 20, 2019.

Bronx Borough President: The office is currently accepting Letters of Intent for Fiscal Year 2020 and orgnaizations should send a letter as soon as possible. Organizations must apply by 5 pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

Manhattan Borough President: Nonprofits can apply for grants on the city’s CapGrants portal. Organizations must apply by 5 pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

Queens Borough President: Organizations are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Organizations must apply by 5 pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

Staten Island Borough President: All requests for capital funding from the Staten Island Borough President must be submitted via mail or email. Applications also should be submitted with a cover letter. The deadline to submit the SI BP’s online capital funding application is Friday, February 10th, 2019. Organizations must also apply through CapGrants by 5 pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

City Council Members: Apply through the CapGrants portal by March 26, 2019.

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