NYS Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) RFP

On August 16th, 2019, NYS released its fourth-round Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) Request for Proposals (RFP). The State intends to develop a total of 20,000 units over the next 15 years. As such, the State is issuing this RFP to advance the five-year goal of developing more than 6,000 units of supportive housing over five years. Funding for at least 1,200 qualifying individuals will be awarded through this fourth-round RFP. 

The eligible target populations to be served under this program 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 CoC or local planning entity or through other supplemental local, state and federal data, AND have one or more disabling conditions or other life challenges.

NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) is the lead procurement agency for this RFP. New York State will award up to $25,000 in services and operating funding per qualifying individual annually. Other State agencies may administer contracts for populations not overseen by OMH. 

To view the RFP on the OMH website, click here. To view the entry for ESSHI in our Funding Guide, including details on the changes, please click here.

Important Dates:

RFP released                                                    

August 16, 2019

Bidder's Conferences

September 3rd (Syracuse) and 5th (NYC)

Questions Due

September 11, 2019 by 2:00pm

Questions Posted on website (tentative)

September 18, 2019

Proposals Due

September 25, 2019 by 2:00pm

Conditional award notifications (tentative)

November 6, 2019

Questions may be submitted via mail or email to:

Carol Swiderski
Contract Management Specialist 2
ESSHI Questions
NYS Office of Mental Health
Contract and Claim Unit
44 Holland Ave, 7th floor
Albany, NY 12229

Download NYS Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) RFP