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Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI)
Application Deadline: Mar 21, 2023
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Provides funds to support the development and/or expansion of local efforts to implement infrastructure in the community to integrate behavioral health treatment, peer support, recovery support services (RSS), and connections to sustainable permanent housing. Supports comprehensive, coordinated, and evidenced-based treatment and services for individuals, including youth, and families with substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring mental health conditions and SUD (CODs) experiencing homelessness.
Required program activities include:
- Provide outreach and other engagement strategies to unsheltered and sheltered populations to increase access to, and participation and retention in, harm reduction, case management, treatment, and RSS
- Deliver direct, evidence-based SUD and mental health treatment services that are trauma-informed and culturally appropriate to homeless individuals who have SUDs or CODs. Services may be offered in various settings, including outpatient, intensive outpatient, day treatment, or residential locations.
- Have the ability to access or partner with existing licensed opioid treatment programs (OTPs), and office-based opioid treatment programs (OBOTs) to provide all forms of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications to treat opioid use disorder (MOUD)
- Provide evidence-based harm reduction practices such as rapid fentanyl test strip distribution, overdose education, naloxone, and other FDA approved overdose reversal medications, consistent with local, state, and federal laws
- Provide case management for care coordination and service delivery planning services to support participants across services and housing transitions, including referral to primary care services
- Assist the population of focus with participating or enrolling in Medicaid and other benefits programs, including the Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI)/Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Utilize staff with lived expertise to provide project services
- Increase access and retention in services by offering recovery support services such as recovery housing, childcare, vocational, educational, and transportation services
- Collaborate with homeless services organizations and housing providers, including public housing agencies to identify sustainable permanent housing
- Coordinate with local HUD Continuums of Care (CoCs) to ensure that individuals and families are enrolled in the local CoC Coordinated Entry System (CES)
- Establish a culturally and linguistically diverse steering committee that meets at least quarterly to monitor project goals
Amount of Funding
Award ceiling: $500,000 per year
Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 32
Estimated total program funding: $15,700,000
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants are community-based public and private nonprofit entities, including:
Additional provision of service requirements include:
- A provider organization for SUD treatment services appropriate to the grant must be involved in the proposed project. The provider may be the applicant or another organization committed to the project. More than one provider organization may be involved.
- Each mental health/SUD treatment provider organization must have at least 2 years experience providing relevant services.
- Each mental health/SUD treatment provider organization must comply with all applicable local, city, county, and state licensing, accreditation, and certification requirements, as of the due date of the application.
Grantees that received a Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) award under announcement numbers TI-17-009 in fiscal year (FY) 2019 and TI-20-001 in FY 2020 and FY 2022 are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. Also, grantees that received a Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness (TIEH) award under announcement SM-18-014 in FY 2019 and FY 2020 are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.
Applicants may also apply for TIEH announcement number SM-23-006 in FY 2023 but may only receive one award if both applications are approved for funding.
What This Program Funds
Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing
Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.
For programmatic questions:
Martha Kent, LCPC
For grants management or budget
For grant review process and application status
Past awards communities received in fiscal year 2023 can be found on the program website.
Rural communities who have received funding include:
- Mountain Comprehensive Care Center in Prestonsburg, Kentucky received funding for the Mountain Pathways Home Project which will provide comprehensive, evidence-based treatment, recovery services, and housing for individuals, youth, and families with substance use and/or co-occurring mental health disorders who are experiencing homelessness within 6 rural counties in eastern Kentucky.
- Lakes Region Mental Health Center, Inc. in Laconia, New Hampshire was awarded funding to implement services by partnering with area providers and organizations to coordinate physical, mental, recovery support, and harm reduction services, financial support for recovery housing, childcare, and transportation, and other supports to individuals with substance use and/or co-occurring mental health disorders experiencing homelessness. The program seeks to expand outreach and access to treatment/services and improve outcomes for the target population in the service area.
Topics This Program Addresses
Harm Reduction • Housing and Homelessness • Infrastructure • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Mental Health • Naloxone • Opioids • Overdose Prevention • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Transportation • Treatment