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Homeless Housing Assistance Program (HHAP)


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Total Annual Award

$64 million.

On June 7, 2017, the Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation released the 2017 Request for Proposals. HHAP applications were suspended on October 5, 2017, when OTDA announced all funding had been committed.   

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.

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 projects with Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) awards.

Rate Details

In 2017 HHAP provided $64 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.


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.

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.

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 currently no separate funding for HHAP MRT, as in past rounds.  Projects that wish to serve MRT targeted populations may apply for regular HHAP.

The 2015 RFP remained open continuously through December of 2016, supplemented by FY 2016 funds.  At that time HHAP closed for new applications for six months.  In 2017, all funding was awarded by October due to increased demand generated by ESSHI.

For More Information

Read the grant application here. Written questions on the RFP will be accepted on an ongoing basis and can be directed to the contact below.


Dana Greenberg
tel : 518-473-2587
fax: 518-486-7068

Last updated: 02/01/2018

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