Through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI), an inter-agency program, New York State has committed funding in order to create or preserve at least 6,000 supportive housing units. Of the 6,000 supportive housing units to be created under the Housing Plan, 5,000 will be located in New York City and 1,000 in the rest of the State. Starting in 2016, the State has issued annual Request for Proposals (RFP) to advance the five-year goal of developing more than 6,000 units of supportive housing over five years. The rental subsidies and services provided under this initiative are intended to be a means to provide affordable and long-term stable housing as well as supportive services to families, individuals and youth/young adults who are homeless and have at least one or more disabling conditions or other life challenges. The contracts awarded in response to this RFP will be for five years from the date of securing the operating certificate or ability to move tenants into the supportive housing project.