Social Innovation Fund
CSH will host a bidders’ webinar for potential applicants to our Social Innovation Fund Request for Proposals (SIF RFP). CSH’s SIF RFP was released on November 28 and seeks proposals for models of supportive housing connected to coordinated health services for vulnerable men and women who are high utilizers of emergency health services experiencing homelessness or persistent housing crises.
The bidders’ webinar on December 8 is a chance for potential applicants to get their questions answered about the SIF RFP. We’re saving a full hour to field questions, and the agenda includes:
• Introduction (Deborah De Santis, CSH)
• Overview of the Social Innovation Fund (Marlene Saez, Corporation for National & Community Service)
• Integrating Health and Housing to End Homelessness and Reach Medicaid’s High-Need, High-Cost Beneficiaries (Jennifer Ho, US Interagency Council on Homelessness)
• Overview of CSH’s SIF Initiative and RFP (Richard Cho and Jacquie Anderson, CSH)
• RFP Q&A
The live webinar will only be available to the first 500 registrants. Webinar attendees are encouraged to email their questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may ask your question live during the webinar. Before attending the webinar, participants should make sure to view the previously recorded Instructional Webinar and read the RFP.
Due to an overwhelming response, it’s possible that registration will fill for this webinar. Still all potential bidders, including those who are unable to attend the live webinar, can have their questions addressed by emailing them to email@example.com. We will answer as many questions as possible during the webinar, and the recording will be posted here in its entirety by December 9.
RFP FAQ’s coming soon
What We Know
In nearly every state, there is a small subset of individuals who cycle between emergency room, hospitals, detox and other crisis health services. They’re the 5:50 Population: 5% of beneficiaries who represent 50% of costs. These men and women have:
* complex and co-occurring health conditions
* limited support networks
* homelessness or persistent housing challenges
Communities spend an average of $60,000+ in public resources on “band-aid” services that treat symptoms without improving overall health status, since they fail to address the underlying problems that lead to poor health.
* An Innovative and Effective Model
* A Solid Base of Evidence
* A Blueprint for Replication
CSH is leading a five-year national initiative to create innovative solutions at the intersection of supportive housing and healthcare. Our goal is to address the growing U.S. problem of rising health care costs by demonstrating a supportive housing solution that pulls people with the most complex issues out of the revolving door of costly crisis health services. Backed by a prestigious federal Social Innovation Fund award, the initiative will result in a model of supportive housing linked to health services that saves public dollars and improves the lives of very vulnerable men and women.
Who can apply?
Eligible applicants will be non-profit organizations with 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service who are in Good Standing with their states. Teams of non-profit organizations that include providers of supportive housing and providers of primary and behavioral health services may be particularly strong applicants. CSH will select 12 sub-grantees within four different locations, with subgrant awards ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 per year, where larger amounts would be awarded to nonprofits with particularly strong capacity and potential to reach a larger scale with their proposed projects.
What is expected of subgrantees?
Subgrantees will be required to provide a dollar-for-dollar cash match of their grant awards, and must have 25% of this match at the time of the application. In addition to grant funds, CSH will provide subgrantees with implementation technical assistance over the term of the grant period, as well as commissioning and overseeing a rigorous formal evaluation and cost-effectiveness study of subgrantees’ integrated supportive housing and health models. Subgrantees will be required to participate in the evaluation.
When is the grant period?
March 1, 2012 through February 28, 2014, with eligibility to be renewed annually up to five years based on performance and availability of funding.
Additional upcoming important dates to remember:
Monday, December 19 – Letters of Interest due to CSH
Friday, January 13 5:00 p.m. ET – RFP responses due
For more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org