Rockville, MD — The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the award of 23 grants totaling approximately $40 million over five years to community service organizations across the country that deliver behavioral health services to help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness because of mental health and substance abuse issues. The services will help these individuals achieve recovery and obtain stable housing.
There are two funding categories – General and Services in Supportive Housing. The ‘General Treatment for Homeless’ category allows communities to address local priorities for persons who are homeless as a result of substance use or mental disorders or co-occurring disorders, and to develop service systems to increase the number of these persons who are placed in stable housing and receive needed treatment and related services. Services in Supportive Housing grants provide resources to help people in recovery who were formerly homeless remain in permanent housing by providing linkages to appropriate treatment for substance use or mental disorders and other support services.
This program is a key part of SAMHSA’s strategic initiative on housing and homelessness.
The grant awardees will receive up to $350,000 annually for up to five years. Continuation awards are subject to both availability of funds and progress achieved by awardees.