Funding Opportunity for Non-Profit and Government Agencies to Serve Homeless Youth and Chronically Homeless Adults

| February 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

UNITY of Greater New Orleans, the lead agency for the homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) for New Orleans, Jefferson Parish and Kenner, is seeking proposals from non-profit and governmental agencies to select project sponsors for the 2018 SAMHSA Homeless Services Initiative.

SAMHSA 2018 RFP_rev

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the 2018 Treatment for Individuals with Serious Mental illness, Serious Emotional Disturbance, or Co-Occurring Disorders Experiencing Homelessness. UNITY of Greater New Orleans, the lead agency for the Continuum of Care, is preparing a local funding application that will leverage the greatest resources for the New Orleans community and is seeking project sponsors for this initiative. If awarded through SAMHSA, project activities are expected to begin September 30, 2018. The project is expected to be funded for five years.

The primary focus of this RFP will be the provision of services to assist homeless persons to obtain and maintain Permanent Supportive Housing, thereby assisting the goal of ending chronic homelessness and reducing youth homelessness. The Continuum of Care will identify a source of funding for rental assistance subsidies needed for clients in this program. The service provider will be responsible for housing coordination and navigation services including housing search, landlord negotiation, and the paperwork required to provide leasing assistance for clients in the program. This may also include assisting clients to obtain Housing Choice Vouchers.

UNITY is seeking 1-2 project sponsors for literally homeless populations who are on the street or in an emergency shelter to serve

  • 50 Chronically Homeless Individuals with severe mental illness or co-occurring disorders
  • 20 Youth (age 18-25) with severe mental illness, serious emotional disturbance or co-occurring disorders

All clients for the program will be referred by UNITY through the CoC Coordinated Entry system.

Nonprofit or governmental agencies are eligible to apply; agencies that are currently members of the UNITY Service Providers and Professionals Association as well as those agencies not currently receiving funds through the CoC are equally encouraged to apply, If selected, project sponsors will be expected to provide the services over a 5-year period.

——-Proposals are due to UNITY by NOON on Monday, February 26, 2018——–

Proposals must be emailed to the attention of Martha Kegel to Agencies will be notified no later than Thursday, March 1, 2019 whether they were selected as a project sponsor for the SAMHSA application.

Please check periodically for posts on answers to questions being asked about the RFP. Questions can be submitted to or call 504-821-4496 x112.


Attached is an FAQ with questions and responses related to RFP 18-1 SAMHSA Homeless Services Initiative.

RFP 18-1 FAQs

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