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Office of Mental Health

Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative Inter-Agency Service
and Operating Funding Opportunity

New York State is issuing this RFP opportunity, for the development and operation of 1200 units of Supportive Housing for persons identified as homeless with special needs, conditions or other life challenges. This RFP seeks to award the first year’s commitment of Governor Cuomo’s plan to build 6,000 units over the next five years. New York State will award service and operating funding for units of housing developed with capital funding to support the needs of the individuals residing in the units. Up to $25,000 per unit annually in services and operating funding is available through this RFP.

Funding through this RFP is available to support the Services and Operating needs of projects which may be in various stages of capital development; however, funding will not be made available to existing projects, which have already secured service and operating funds through other sources, as a means to enhance their existing subsidies. Applicants are encouraged to seek additional funding to leverage the resources made available through this RFP opportunity. Any funds awarded to applicants under this RFP must be used for the purposes of providing supportive services to eligible target populations.

No capital funds are available through this RFP. The intent of this RFP is to provide the service and operating funding awards that are needed to operate the supportive housing units that will be developed through capital funding that will be made available through capital funding mechanisms including: capital funding with Homeless and Housing Assistance Program (HHAP), New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), or other acceptable governmental agencies, or may partner, whenever possible, with a project developer that has secured or is in the process of securing capital funding.

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) will serve as the lead procurement agency for the Request for Proposals (RFP) under the guidance of the newly-established Interagency workgroup. Although the OMH is the lead, proposals accepted through this RFP opportunity do not have to be for mental health purposes but should serve the range of needs from the following agencies: Department of Health (DOH) – including the AIDS Institute, NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV), and Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).

While there will not be a Bidders’ Conference, there will be a webinar held on 06/14/16 at 10AM. Full details are provided in the RFP in Section 2.5.

Request for Proposals

Attachment A: Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative Inter-Agency Service and Operating Funding Opportunity

Attachment B : New York State Master Contract including Attachment B-1 Leaving OMH site

Attachment C : Continuum of Care or Other Relevant Planning Group

Appendix Xx : MRT Project Questionnaire

Questions and Answers


Please note: As part of the complete proposal/application in response to this RFP a Vendor Responsibility Form/Questionnaire Leaving OMH site must be completed. This can be done on-line or by paper application. Please include in your application proof of on-line filing or include a copy of the paper questionnaire.

The recording of the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative RFP Webinar held Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 10 a.m. is now available on the WebEx service site.