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Affordable Housing , Community Development , Homelessness , Supportive Housing

SAMHSA Announces Grant Opportunity to Connect Services and Housing

4 March 2014
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is offering grants for programs that develop or expand local implementation and community infrastructures that integrate treatment and services for substance abuse, co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders,  permanent housing, and other services for Veterans who experience homelessness, or others (non-Veterans) who experience chronic homelessness.

SAMHSA is trying to increase the number of program-enrolled individuals placed in permanent housing that supports recovery through comprehensive treatment and recovery-oriented services for behavioral health. To achieve this goal, SAMHSA funds will support three primary types of activities:

  1. Behavioral health treatment and other recovery-oriented services;
  2. Coordination of housing and services which support the implementation and/or enhance the long-term sustainability of integrated community systems that provide permanent housing and supportive services; and
  3. Efforts to engage and connect clients who experience substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders to enrollment resources for health insurance, Medicaid, and other benefit programs (e.g., SSI/SSDI, TANF, SNAP, etc.).

On a single night in January 2013, there were an estimated 610,042 sheltered and unsheltered people who were homeless nationwide. Of those, approximately 109,132 were experiencing chronic homelessness and approximately 57,849 were identified as veterans experiencing homelessness.

One of the goals of Opening Doors is to end homelessness for Veterans and end Chronic homelessness by 2015.

View details about the grant opportunity here