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FY 2009 Grant Announcement - Services in Supportive Housing

Application Information Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Services in Supportive Housing

(Modification)

Policy Clarification Regarding Multiple Homelessness Applications. Click here to read

This announcement is a modification of the initial announcement published on February 23, 2009.  It has been modified to update the estimated number of awards and anticipated total funding available to reflect SAMHSA’s FY 2009 appropriation. 

 

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-09-007
Posting on Grants.gov: February 23. 2009
Modification Date: March 24, 2009
Receipt date: April 17, 2009
Announcement Type: Initial

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No.: 93.243

Key Dates:

Application Deadline Applications are due by April 17, 2009.
Intergovernmental Review
(E.O. 12372)
Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their State(s) participates.  Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.
Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS)/Single State Agency Coordination Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2009 Services in Supportive Housing grants.  The purpose of this program is to help prevent or reduce chronic homelessness by funding services for individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness in coordination with existing permanent supportive housing programs and resources.

Supportive housing provides consumers with long-term, community-based housing options.  This housing approach combines housing assistance and intensive individualized support services to people with serious psychiatric conditions and those with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.  Research indicates that this combination of long-term housing and wrap-around services leads to improved residential stability and reductions in psychiatric symptoms (Shern, et al., 1994).  This program provides individuals and families who experience chronic homelessness the appropriate services and treatment needed to stay housed in a permanent setting.

The Services in Supportive Housing Program is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs.  SAMHSA’s services grants are designed to address gaps in substance abuse and mental health services and/or to increase the ability of States, units of local government, American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes and tribal organizations, and community- and faith-based organizations to help specific populations or geographic areas with serious, emerging mental health and substance abuse problems.  SAMHSA intends that its services grants result in the delivery of services as soon as possible after award.  Service delivery should begin by the 4th month of the project at the latest.  

Services in Supportive Housing Program grants are authorized under Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 focus area(s) 18 (Mental Health and Mental Disorders) and 26 (Substance Abuse).

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants

Recent Congressional appropriations language for this program has directed CMHS to award (under Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended) Services in Supportive Housing Program grants to applicants that operate HUD-funded permanent supportive housing or other comparable programs.  Therefore, eligibility is limited to permanent supportive housing programs.

The following permanent supportive housing programs are eligible to apply:

  1. HUD permanent supportive housing programs (Shelter Plus Care, SRO, SHP Permanent Housing, or SHP Safe Haven programs); or
  2. Permanent supportive housing programs funded by non-HUD sources.

Applicants must verify their eligibility by providing the following documentation in Appendix 6 of the application. Grant awards will be made only to entities that provide appropriate eligibility verification.

  1. HUD-funded applicants must provide a copy of an award letter to verify a current, executed grant agreement from HUD.
  2. Non-HUD funded applicants must provide a letter from a comparable housing program funding source verifying a current, executed grant or contract agreement.  The letter must include the following information:
    1. Brief summary describing funding source, including any funding requirements and/or restrictions;
    2. Amount of funding provided per year for applicant’s permanent supportive housing program;
    3. Type of supportive housing (scattered-site or facility-based) and number of units provided;
    4. Amount program participants pay from their income toward housing; and
    5. Information about consumers’:

-   choice in housing;
-   option in level and type of services received; and
-   tenancy rights (e.g. privacy in unit, leasing).

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $16,340,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 41
Anticipated Award Amount:

Up to $400,000 per year

Length of Project Period: Up to 5 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $400,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.  Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

Policy Clarification Regarding Multiple Homelessness Applications. Click here to read

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Mattie Curry Cheek, Ph.D. (Acting Branch Chief)
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room  6-1025
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1745
mattie.cheek@samhsa.hhs.gov

Nicole Gaskin-Laniyan, Ph.D.
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room  6-1022
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1902
nicole.gaskin-laniyan@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Gwendolyn Simpson
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1085
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1408
gwendolyn.simpson@samhsa.hhs.gov

Documents needed to complete a grant application:

Applications that are not submitted on the required application form will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

You must respond to the requirements in the RFA in preparing your application.

PHS 5161-1 (revised July 2000): Includes the face page, budget forms and checklist. Applications that are not submitted on the required application form will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

Additional Materials

For further information on the forms and the application process, see Useful Information for Applicants

Additional materials available on this website include:

 

Last updated: 03/27/2009