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Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI)


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Dec 16, 2019

Sponsoring Organization

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 and services for substance use disorders (SUDs) and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (CODs) for individuals, including youth, and families experiencing homelessness. Funds permanent housing options and other critical services for target population groups.

Required program activities include:

  • Use of established relationships with organizations that provide housing assistance to individuals experiencing marginal housing or homelessness. Grantees must offer homeless individuals direct assistance to obtain housing.
  • Delivering direct, evidence-based SUD treatment services to homeless individuals who have SUDs or CODs. Services may be offered in various settings, including outpatient, intensive outpatient, day treatment, or residential locations.
  • Offering connection and coordination services to homeless individuals with SUDs or CODs to help them achieve permanent housing.
  • Assisting the population(s) 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), and more.
  • Increasing access and retention in services by offering recovery support services such as recovery housing, career coaching, job training, recovery coaching, and more.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $400,000 per year
Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 13
Estimated total program funding: $5,204,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities, including:

  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs), and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations
  • Public or private universities and colleges
  • Community- and faith-based organizations

Additional provision of service requirements include:

  • Each mental health/substance use disorder treatment provider organization must have at least two years of experience, as of the due date of the application, providing relevant services. Official documents must establish that the organization has provided relevant services for the last two years.
  • Each 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 awarded in fiscal year (FY) 2017, 2018, and 2019 for Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) and in FY 2018 and 2019 for Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness are not eligible to apply.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.


For programmatic questions:
Michelle Daly

For grants management or budget questions:
Corey Sullivan

For grant review process and application status questions::
Angela Houde

Rural Awards

Past awards entities have received are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency in Ukiah, California, used funds to reduce rural homelessness and help homeless people with CODs become healthy and self-capable.
  • Penobscot Community Health Center in Bangor, Maine, used funds to offer evidence-based services to homeless people with SUD, CODs, or behavioral health disorders.
  • Buffalo Valley Treatment Center in Hohenwald, Tennessee, used funds to address gaps in housing assistance, SUD and COD treatment, and support services for homeless individuals and relatives.

Topics This Program Addresses

Housing and Homelessness • Mental Health • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Transportation • Treatment