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SAMHSA Announces Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals - Services in Supportive Housing

Feb. 28, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals-Services in Supportive Housing (GBHI-SSH). The purpose of this program is to support the development and/or expansion of local implementation and community infrastructures that integrate treatment and services for substance use, co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, permanent housing, and other critical services for the following: veterans who experience homelessness or chronic homelessness, and other individuals (non-veterans) who experience chronic homelessness. SAMHSA seeks to increase the number of program-enrolled individuals placed in permanent housing that supports recovery through comprehensive treatment and recovery-oriented services for behavioral health.

The major goal of the GBHI-SSH program is to ensure treatment and services for veterans who experience homelessness and chronic homelessness, and individuals (non-veterans) and families who experience chronic homelessness (hereinafter collectively referred to as “population of focus”). To achieve this goal, SAMHSA funds will support three primary types of activities: 1) behavioral health treatment and other recovery-oriented services; 2) coordination of housing and services which support the implementation and/or enhance the long-term sustainability of integrated community systems that provide permanent housing and supportive services; and 3) efforts to engage and connect clients who experience substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders to enrollment resources for health insurance, Medicaid, and other benefit programs (e.g., SSI/SSDI, TANF, SNAP, etc.).

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. For example:

  •     Local governments,
  •     Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations,
  •     Urban Indian organizations,
  •     Public or private universities and colleges, and
  •     Community- and faith-based organizations.

SAMHSA anticipates over $9.9 million being available to fund up to 25 grants for up to $400k per year for up to three years. Applications are due April 25, 2014. For more information, click here.


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