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FY 2007 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Services in Supportive Housing Program

(Initial Announcement)

 

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-07-014
Posting on Grants.gov: March 23, 2007
Receipt date: May 22, 2007
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by May 22, 2007.

Intergovernmental Review
(E.O. 12372)

Letters from 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) 2007 for Services in Supportive Housing Program grants. The purpose of this program is to help end 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 initiative will provide chronically homeless individuals and families 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 mental health and substance abuse 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 areas 18 (Mental Health and Mental Disorders) and 26 (Substance Abuse).

Eligibility

In House Report 109-515 and Senate Report 109-287, the respective Appropriations Committees direct CMHS, in consultation with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), to award (under Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended) Services in Supportive Housing Program grants to applicants who operate HUD-funded permanent supportive housing or other comparable programs. Other such programs would include those funded by the Interagency Collaborative Initiative to Reduce Chronic Homelessness (i.e., Chronic Homelessness Initiative-CHI). Therefore, the following three permanent supportive housing programs are eligible to apply:

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

In compliance with the Appropriations Committees’ reports, 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. CHI grantees only need to indicate their CHI grantee status.
  2. HUD-funded applicants must provide a copy of an award letter to verify a current, executed grant agreement from HUD.
  3. 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:
      • Brief summary describing funding source, including any funding requirements and/or restrictions;
      • Amount of funding provided per year for applicant’s permanent supportive housing program;
      • Type of supportive housing (scattered-site or facility-based) and number of units provided;
      • Amount program participants pay from their income toward housing; and
      • 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: $3.004 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: 8
Anticipated Award Amount:

Up to $375,000

Length of Project Period: Up to 5 years

Under the FY 2007 continuing resolution passed by Congress, funding is available for this program for only one year. Funding is not included in the FY 2008 budget for SAMHSA. However, SAMHSA is requesting four additional budget years for planning purposes and for technical assistance in sustainability activities.

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $450,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in the proposed project year. Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, and timely submission of required data and reports.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Lawrence Rickards
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room  6-1027
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1895
lawrence.rickards@samhsa.hhs.gov

Nancy Lee
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
nancy.lee@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Kimberly Pendleton
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 7-1097
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1421
kimberly.pendleton@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.

Download the complete Announcement No. SM-07-014

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AMENDMENT: Services in Supportive Housing Program Request for Applications (RFA)
Clarification Regarding Program Purpose and Definitions -- pages 4-5 (April 4, 2007)

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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:

Technical Assistance and Training for SAMHSA Grant Applicants

Grants Management at SAMHSA: Useful Information for Grantees

Last updated: 03/27/2009