Housing and Supportive Services Request for Proposals: Ohio's Community Transition Program


CSH, on behalf of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, seeks to secure services from qualified housing and service providers throughout the state of Ohio.
The services include: identification of housing units, inspection of units, assisting participants with lease-up process, administration of rental assistance payments to property managers and/or housing programs, home-based supportive services including care coordination with behavioral health services, and mediation as conflicts arise in order to prevent avoidable evictions. Many tenants and prospective tenants will also have recovery services provided through a separately contracted entity through local mental health and recovery services boards.

Program Overview

The Community Transition Program, funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, seeks to provide recovery supports to individuals exiting prison who have participated in substance use treatment or recovery services while incarcerated. One of the recovery supports available through the program is housing assistance. OMHAS has contracted with CSH to manage the housing benefit.

CSH, through a network of subcontractors, will manage two housing interventions:

  1. Rapid Rehousing and
  2. Supportive Housing

In addition to these two models, emergency placement assistance may be required if a housing unit has been identified but is not yet available for move-in, and if the CTP member has no other short-term housing available. This may include, but is not limited to, hotel stays, transitional placements, or other short-term placements available to the housing provider. Emergency placements should be limited to a maximum of two weeks.

Eligible Applicants

Submissions in response to this RFP will be accepted from incorporated nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organizations, independently or as co-applicants with another nonprofit.  Each applicant must be able to:

  • Understand and effectively respond to the diverse needs of the population to be served.
  • Ability to offer the full range of housing interventions described.
  • Provide housing options that meet housing habitability standards and access to appropriate amenities.
  • Demonstrate relationships with private landlords that are willing to serve the target population.
  • Provide qualified staff and supervision that can mediate tenant-landlord disputes, problem-solve, inspect units, and work in a team approach with recovery services staff.
  • Provide and retain detailed financial accounting of payments issued and retain documentation of client eligibility, and housing unit eligibility.
  • Demonstrate effective partnerships and collaboration with community organizations
  • Promptly respond to landlord requests and process payments in a timely basis.
  • Work collaboratively with a range of behavioral health and AOD recovery support service providers.
  • Actively participate in a partnership with CSH, OMHAS, ODRC, service partners, as we develop, implement, and fine-tune the program.
  • Ability to serve multiple counties is strongly encouraged.
  • Ability to bill Medicaid for behavioral health case management is strongly encouraged.

Proposal Submission

Applicants should submit a full proposal (Narrative, Program Capacity, and Proposed Budget) in electronic format.

  • CSH must receive proposals via email by Thursday, September 5 by 5:00 p.m. EST.
  • The full proposal should be sent to Katie Kitchin (Katie.kitchin@csh.org).

Request for Proposal & Budget Form

Click here to download the complete Request for Proposal (RFP)
Click here to download the accompanying Budget Form, attachment to the RFP.

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