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State Releases New RFPs: Changes to SHOP & ESSHI


The state has released two capital RFPs and made some significant programmatic changes to SHOP and ESSHI. 


Last week, HCR released its Multifamily Open Window Request for Proposals. Applications will be accepted throughout the year with a final due date of March 31, 2019.  

The $697 million affordable housing capital funding opportunity in this RFP consists of 12 different funding programs (listed below), including The Supportive Housing Oppurtunity Program (SHOP).

There are a number of changes to the SHOP term sheet this year, for which the Network advocated over the past several months with our state government partners.  These changes include:

 1) Maximum Awards in NYC:

Up to $200,000 per unit for ALL residential units in projects where at least 50% of the units are designated as permanent supportive housing. 

Projects leveraging funds from the City of New York are eligible for up to $100,000 per unit. 

Projects with less than 50% supportive housing and leveraging funds from the City of New York will not be eligible for maximum subsidy amounts and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

Preference is given to projects with at least 50% supportive housing units.

2) Supportive Services & Operating Funding:

HCR anticipates that the operating funding from the services and operating source will at least cover real estate maintenance and operating expenses for the supportive housing units.  Applications should underwrite rents for supportive housing units at an amount affordable to households earning at least 50% AMI.

3) High Cost Medicaid User Requirement:

Projects of 15 or more ESSHI units, with 30 or more units in total serving applicable populations, will be required to set aside 25% of designated ESSHI units for high-cost, high-need Medicaid users.  The applicable populations are serious mental illness (SMI), substance use disorder (SUD), individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, chronic homelessness, homeless frail elderly/seniors, and individuals with developmental disabilities. 

The complete list of programs in this RFP include: 

New Construction Programs

Preservation Programs

Programs for New Construction & Preservation

Other Programs

  • Small Building Participation Loan Program: $20 million

For more information on the Open Window RFP, contact:

Leora Jontef
Vice President, Multifamily Finance – New Construction
New York State Homes and Community Renewal
(212) 872-0537 


Friendly Reminder – OTDA will begin accepting OTDA HHAP applications this Thursday, June 28th.  Get your applications in early! Last year, the window closed after only being open for four months due to the overwhelming demand.

Under HHAP, grants and loans are provided to acquire, construct and rehabilitate housing for persons who are or would otherwise be homeless. Eligible projects may provide permanent, transitional or emergency supportive housing to homeless single individuals or families. Not-for-profit corporations and their subsidiaries, charitable organizations, municipalities, public corporations, public housing authorities, and certain joint-ventures are eligible to apply for HHAP funding.

Priority points will be given to:

  • Applications that propose supportive housing developed utilizing services and operating funding obtained or to be obtained through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI); or

  • Applications that propose supportive housing projects targeted to veterans or that give priority to veterans by placing them ahead of other homeless populations on the project waiting list.

$64 million is available, of which $5 million may be reserved for the development of projects serving homeless persons with HIV/AIDS. Additionally, up to $1 million may be used for emergency shelter repairs in local social service districts with a population of less than five million.

This RFP is an open-ended RFP, meaning proposals will be accepted for consideration on a continuous basis until it is determined funds are no longer available for award or this methodology no longer serves a purpose for HHAC.

To view the RFP on the OTDA website, click here.

To view the entry for HHAP in our Funding Guide, which outlines the RFP in more detail, please click here.

Important Dates:

Questions may be submitted via mail, fax or email to:

Ms. Dana Greenberg

NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

40 North Pearl Street, 10-B

Albany, NY 12243

Fax: (518) 486-7068

Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) Program Changes

Project Based Section 8 - In New York City, housing developers can now access Project-Based Section 8 for rental subsidies. In such instances, the ESSHI services and operating award will be reduced to account for services only. 

More Flexibility Between ESSHI Conditional Awards and Capital Funding – According to the ESSHI Questions & Answers  the Interagency Workgroup is allowing conditional awardees to modify certain aspects of the proposal based on the needs of the capital funding agency or other issues related to the feasibility of the project. Examples cited include the relocation of the site or changes in number of units. Any changes would have to be approved by the ESSHI Interagency Workgroup.

We appreciate our government partners commitment to this groundbreaking program to create 20,000 supportive housing units over the next 15 years and their willingness to work together to ensure its success!

For any questions related to ESSHI, please call the Network’s Albany office at 518-465-3233. 

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