SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $52 million in grants to treat people affected by homelessness, mental health disorders

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $52 million in grants under its Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness program. The money will be used to help local service providers offer behavioral health and recovery support services to people experiencing homelessness.

The purpose of this program is to support the expansion of behavioral health care for people experiencing homelessness along with a serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance. Grantees will also offer treatment for substance use disorders as needed.

SAMHSA expects to make as many as 16 grants of up to $500,000 or $1 million annually, depending on the grantee. The grants will be awarded for up to five years and are subject to availability of funds.

WHO CAN APPLY: Eligible applicants are domestic public and private non-profit entities, for example

  • States, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau
  • Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations
  • Public or private universities and colleges
  • Community and faith-based organizations

HOW TO APPLY:  All applicants must register with the National Institutes of Health’s electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons in order to submit an application. This process takes up to six weeks. If you believe you are interested in applying for this opportunity, you must start the registration process immediately. Do not wait to start this process. If your organization is not registered or you do not have an active eRA Commons account by the deadline, the application will not be accepted. Applicants must also register with the System for Award Management, SAM.gov, and Grants.gov.

APPLICATION DUE DATE: March 5, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Applications must be received by the due date to be considered for review.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Applicants with questions about program issues should contact Maia Banks-Scheetz at (240) 276-1969 or Maia.Banks-scheetz@samhsa.hhs.gov. For questions on grants management and budget issues please contact Gwendolyn Simpson at (240) 276-1408 or  FOACMHS@samhsa.hhs.gov.

For more information, contact the SAMHSA Press Office at 240-276-2130.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Last Updated: 01/24/2018