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Total Annual Award

Total amount varies, by year and locality.

In 2011, OMH included 250 units of housing in a collaboration with New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) capital funding. These units could be SROs of either type.

In 2013, OMH issued an RFP for 700 units.  There has not been a formal announcement of the awards, OMH is rolling them out.

Tenant Eligibility Criteria

Chronically homeless single adults who are diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) or who are diagnosed as mentally ill and may also have chemical addictions (MICA). Preference is given to individuals who are being discharged from long-term psychiatric hospitalization.

Eligible Applicants

Permanent supportive housing.

Funding Award Details

OMH will deficit fund two types of supportive housing: Supportive Single Room Occupancy Housing (SP/SRO) or Community Residence/Single Room Occupancy housing (CR/SRO). OMH can provide some capital funds. Projects are required to secure financing through 4% As of Right Tax Credits and/or bonding through the New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA) or the Dormitory Authority State of New York (DASNY).

Amount Details

$16,481 per unit for SP/SROs in metropolitan New York City (this amount includes client income).

$14,875 per unit outside metropolitan New York City.


25 years or longer.

Network Notes

A SP/SRO is not licensed by OMH.

OMH has indicated a preference to do mixed development and include SROs within a larger affordable housing project. Recently developed SROs have used tax credits as capital financing. Historically, nonprofits experienced in OMH licensed housing utilized the CR/SRO model and agencies new to OMH were more inclined to opt for the SP/SRO model. The funding for the two models is very similar.

For More Information

Central New York Field Office
545 Cedar Street
Syracuse NY 13210-2319
(315) 426-3930
Fax: (315) 426-3950
Contact: Sharon Frisbee

Hudson River Field Office
4 Jefferson Plaza, 3rd Floor
Poughkeepsie NY 12601
(845) 454-8229
Fax: (845) 454-8218
Contact: Frank Barr

Long Island Field Office
Pilgrim PC, Building 45-3 998 Crooked Hill Road
West Brentwood NY 11717-1087
(631) 761-2508
Fax: (631) 761-2820
Contact: Jaime Pita

Western New York Field Office
737 Delaware Ave, Suite 200
Buffalo NY 14209
(716) 885-4219
Fax: (716) 885-4096
Contact: Jerry Scott

New York City Field Office
330 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001-3101
(212) 330-1650
Fax: (212) 330-6359
Contact: Caren Abate

Last updated: 04/30/2015

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