SAMHSA’s Homeless Services Grant – A Great Opportunity, but Is Your Organization Eligible?

As the newly announced SAMHSA Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) deadline of April 25 looms closer, many organizations are questioning whether they are eligible and whether they can fulfill the proposed requirements of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

Although eligibility is open to “domestic public and private nonprofit entities”, ensuring that all enrolled individuals are placed in Permanent Housing may seem daunting causing many agencies to pass on this great opportunity.

However, in actuality, the most important thing an applicant can do, in terms of fulfilling expectations, is to ensure that every person served is linked with a “coordinated entry process”.

From the FOA:

  • Page 6 – “Grantees are expected to link all enrolled individuals and/or families to permanent housing. However, at minimum grantees are required to utilize the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Coordinated Entry Process
  • Page 20 – “Describe the availability of permanent housing in your community for the population(s) of focus and the strategies you will utilize to support linkage for all enrolled individuals and/or families to HUD’s Coordinated Entry Process and how it is ultimately connected to permanent housing.”

Documenting a well-functioning, coordinated entry process that meets the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) criteria is key!