Enterprise Community Partners, working in collaboration with New York State Homes and Community Renewal (“HCR”), is making up to $10 million available for the newly established Making Moves Program (“MMP”) to facilitate greater housing choice for Section 8 tenants across New York State.
Funding will be offered through a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to be issued in the coming days. Eligible applicants include local governments, nonprofits, and Public Housing Authorities (“PHAs”). Funds will be used to provide mobility counseling services to assist Section 8 families in moving to “well-resourced areas” – i.e. neighborhoods with high performing schools and greater economic opportunity. This initiative will build on the success of existing mobility programs already funded by HCR in Erie, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk County.
If selected, proposers will receive grant funding to cover costs for five years (maximum $400K per year) related to outreach, intake, housing search counseling, post move support and financial incentives for households with Section 8 vouchers who are seeking to move. The initiative will focus on Section 8 families with children under 12. Proposers must apply to serve Section 8 households in at least one county. More regional and cooperative approaches involving a combination of nonprofit service providers, PHAs, local governments, and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged.
Proposals will be accepted for any county in New York State that does not currently have a state or federally-funded mobility program already in place. Proposals will not be accepted for Erie, Monroe, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties or for the five boroughs of New York City. All other counties in New York State are eligible. The RFP will appear on this page, potential applicants should watch this website for additional details. Technical assistance will be made available to assist with proposal preparation.
Funding for MMP is being made available by HCR using federal Section 8 resources in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.