Through this round of BHBH Program funding, DHCS is making available $50 million exclusively to California Tribal entities to operate bridge housing settings to address the immediate housing needs of people experiencing homelessness who have serious behavioral health conditions, including serious mental illness (SMI) and/or substance use disorder (SUD).
Capital funding has recently been made available through several other state programs including the Homekey Tribal Program; the Tribal Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Program (Tribal HHAP); the Community Care Expansion (CCE) Program; and the Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP). In contrast, BHBH Program funding is primarily intended to support the operational costs of bridge housing that is provided in conjunction with supportive mental health and SUD services. A Tribal entity can implement bridge housing in a variety of settings that may be either directly leased/owned by the Tribal entity or a partnership in which the Tribal entity acts as the lead. All BHBH programs must meet BHBH Program requirements described in this RFA and attachments within the funding timeline.
The primary focus of the BHBH Program is to help people experiencing homelessness who have either SMI or SUD that prevents them from accessing help and moving out of homelessness. Applicants will be expected to clearly demonstrate how they will reach their populations that are most in need of the BHBH Program.
BHBH Program funding is being made available through three RFAs, of which this is the second. The first round of funding, released in winter 2022-23, was open to county behavioral health agencies (BHAs). The third funding round, which will provide $500 million in competitive funding to eligible Tribal entities and county BHAs, will be released in winter 2023-24. Tribal entities that are awarded a grant through this current, Tribal entity-only second round will also be eligible to apply for funding in the third round.
- Tribal Government
This RFA is making available up to $50 million in funding exclusively to Tribal entities. California “Tribal entities” are defined as a federally recognized Indian Tribe, tribal organization, or Urban Indian organization, or a health care program operated by an Indian Tribe, a tribal organization, or Urban Indian organization, as defined in Section 1603 of Title 25 of the United States Code and further defined in Section 5304.
Only Tribal entities within the state of California are eligible to apply for this round of BHBH Program funding. Any entity that meets the definition of “Tribal entity,” above, whether rural or urban, is invited to apply. Applicants are encouraged to form partnerships with other organizations if appropriate, as long as the primary applicant meets the eligibility criteria.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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