Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals
The Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals Program (GBHI) enables communities to expand and strengthen their treatment services for people experiencing homelessness who also have a substance abuse disorders, mental illness, or both. Funded programs and activities include substance abuse treatment, mental health services, wrap-around services, immediate entry into treatment, outreach services, screening and diagnostic services, staff training, case management services, supportive and supervisory services in outpatient and residential settings, and referrals for primary health services, job training, educational services, and relevant housing services.
Permanent, affordable housing that is linked to health, mental health, employment and other supportive services provides consumers with long-term, community-based housing options. This housing approach combines housing assistance and intensive individualized support services to chronically homeless individuals with substance use disorders, mental disorders, or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. GBHI grants fund programs that help address the complex health needs of the chronically homeless population. Since the inception of the GBHI program in 2001, approximately 43,819 persons have received grant-supported services.
Beginning in FY 2008, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment in SAMHSA began funding services under their GBHI authority that are delivered in a stable housing context. For the purpose of this program, supportive housing is defined as housing that is permanent, affordable and linked to health, mental health, employment and other supportive services that provide consumers with long-term, community-based housing options. This housing approach, combines housing assistance and intensive individualized support services to chronically homeless individuals with substance use disorders, mental disorders, or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.
Community-based public or nonprofit entities that provide substance abuse and mental health treatment to homeless individuals. Grants are awarded to organizations that administer residential treatment facilities but they are not awarded to fund housing without a treatment component.
Individuals who are experiencing homelessness and those with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) administers grants that are awarded competitively for up to five years to community-based public or nonprofit entities.