SAMHSA Announces Funding Opportunity: Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals

SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is now accepting applications for FY 2017 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI).

SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is now accepting applications for FY 2017 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI). This opportunity supports the development and/or expansion of community infrastructure that integrates behavioral health treatment and services for substance use disorders (SUDs) and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (CODs), permanent housing, and other critical services for individuals, youth, and families experiencing homelessness.

One of the grant’s required activities is connecting clients who experience SUDs or CODs to enrollment resources for health insurance, Medicaid, and mainstream benefits such as SSI/SSDI.

How can SOAR providers get involved?

1. Share this grant opportunity with key stakeholders in your community

  • Discuss the grant requirements and application at your next SOAR Steering Committee and/or Continuum of Care (CoC) meeting
  • Share this with your organization’s Executive Director or development department, as well as other local stakeholders who may be interested in pursuing this funding

2. Propose including funding for a full time or part time SOAR benefits specialist in the GBHI application

  • SOAR specialists are pivotal in increasing access to mainstream benefits for individuals with CODs and this income is critical to obtaining stable housing!

3.Highlight your successful SOAR community collaborations in the GBHI Project Narrative

  • As part of your proposed implementation plan in the Project Narrative, brag about your current successes with SOAR and incorporate data from the Online Application Tracking (OAT) system or your state’s tracking program
  • Document how increasing your local capacity for SOAR and integrating it with housing and treatment services supports recovery for individuals with SUDs and CODs

Who is eligible to apply?

Community-based public and private nonprofit entities, such as:

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

Since this grant is intended to expand the reach of other targeted efforts, grantees awarded in FY 2015 for Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals – Services in Supportive Housing (GBHI-SSH) and FY 2016 and FY 2017 Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) are not eligible to apply.

Award details

Up to 24 awards will be made, with each grantee receiving up to $400,000 per year. The grant may be continued up to five years, depending upon availability of funds. 

Application deadline

Applications are due by Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

Access full details of the funding announcement and application materials