MDHHS Issues RFP to Provide Emergency Shelter for Homeless

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued April 19 a Request for Proposals to provide emergency shelter or lodging for eligible households experiencing homelessness and administer the program.

The purpose of the Emergency Shelter Program (ESP) is to provide emergency shelter or lodging for eligible households experiencing homelessness in a safe, clean, secure facility. As hospitals consider the social influencers that patients face, housing is often one of the most common. This program may offer the opportunity to help address patient needs to improve the likelihood of positive health outcomes.

The funded agency will function as the statewide administrator of the program. The award period begins Oct. 1, 2021 and ends Sept. 30, 2022. MDHHS expects to award more than $17 million to the successful applicant. Administration costs are limited to 5% of the grant amount. Responses are due by 3:00 p.m. May 5.

More information on the program and the application can be found on the MDHHS Electronic Grants Administration & Management System website. The ESP grant is listed under the Bureau of Community Services.