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Running head: REQUEST FOR GRANT 1

The Request for Grant to Address the Needs of Mentally Ill Population among the Homeless

Operation Kick Mental Illness from the City


Part I: The Needs Statement

The state of mental health care in the United States is not any exceptional, if not

deplorable and hints of a possible relationship between homelessness and mental illness. The

problem of homelessness is common and has been documented by several sources (e.g. Santis,

2016; Mental Health America, 2017). Any person walking along the streets of American urban

centers would be treated to scenes of mentally ill people loitering or seated by the roadside. They

appear dressed shabbily and emaciated. Some beg alms from the passersby, while others

scramble for foods in the dumpsites, as others quench thirst in contaminated ponds and flowing

sewer waters, competing rodents, pigs, and dogs. This picture is exemplification reflection of the

levels of neglect and exclusion of mentally ill persons by the mainstream society and the

government. A large number of mentally ill patients on the streets follow from the fact that many

families reject mentally ill members because of the underlying forms of social stigmatizations, as

well as high costs of treatment (Treatment Advocacy Center, 2016).

The statistics of mentally ill victims who are homeless exist and show that this group of

people is particularly overrepresented. For instance, according to Mental Health Foundation

(2015), as significant as 32 percent of homelessness who are single have a mental problem, while

depression is 10 times common in the homeless population more than the mainstream

population. Certainly, the life of homeless people with mental illness is deplorable and needs

assistance. Dubbed Operation Kick Mental Illness from the City, the project recognizes the

need to help rehabilitate this population to enable them to live a fulfilling life but its efforts are

limited by funding. The reason for requesting the grant is to fund the efforts of assisting people

with mental illness. The goals of the efforts would be to reduce the population of mental illness
and less the vulnerabilities associated with mental illness. Therefore, the grant aims at serving

the needs of the mentally ill population.

Part II: Locating Potential Funding Sources

Name of the Grant The funding Source The Website for Addressing each of the

(The Name of the listed Funding Source


Public Housing U.S. Department of

Program Housing and Urban =/program_offices/public_indian_housing/

Development (HUD) programs/ph/programs

Mental Health America Mental Health America

Housing Fund ng

Low-income Housing Low-Income- https://low-income-housing-



SSI/SSDI Outreach, Substance Abuse and

Access, and Recovery Mental Health Services programs-resources/grant-programs-

(SOAR) Administration services/soar

Continuum of Care Hud Exchange

Program CoC/
Homeless Veterans U.S. Department of

Veteran Affairs s_veterans.asp

Ford Foundation Ford


Leona Gruber Trust

Mathers Construction

Mathers Construction
Community community-giving-program/v
Community Giving


Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation
Human Services Grant

Part III: Grant Proposal

100-Word Summary of the Project

The project dubbed Operation Kick Mental Illness from the City recognizes that the

life of the homeless people with mental illness is particularly deplorable and needs to be

considered as an urgent issue, if the society is to realize sustainability. The health of this group is

constrained by the low socioeconomic status that it is predisposed ( Mental Health America,

2017). Operation Kick Mental Illness from the City is zealous that that group can be successfully
rehabilitated and supported to live a normal life, but that needs adequate funds. The finances to

support the rehabilitation program are scarce and can only be strongly financed by grants.

The Plan of Action to Implement the Grant

The action plan for implementing the grant is multifaceted and includes taking several

steps, all of which are critical in supporting the lives of homeless people with mental illness. One

of the steps would be identifying the people with mental illness. This will involve a fieldwork to

document the names of the mentally ill residents in the community. The second step would be

admitting the population of the mentally ill people into the health intervention. This will first

begin by diagnosing the mental conditions, followed by subjecting them to the treatment

modalities, including psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.

Thirdly, considering that the mental illness issue among the homeless people is mainly

mediated by various socioeconomic factors that they are exposed to, it will be necessary to

complement the interventions with some welfare assistance to lessen their vulnerability and

assist them to gain quick recovery. In this regard, the people will need to be supported to access

basic needs such as balanced diet and shelter. Lastly, it will be necessary to sensitize the

community on how to help the persons with mental illness. The project recognizes that

community and family involvement is critical to achieving desirable outcomes because they

provide the culture that affects the person with mental illness.

The implementation shall embrace the project management principles. Considering they

are oriented towards problem-solving, a project should be best conceptualized as a temporary

task that should be implemented to create a unique product or service, which is aimed at

resolving a social problem. In general, a project tends to focus on quality, which can be seen as
comprising of three facets costs, scope and time. This relationship can be conceptualized as

follows. Project management should not only be perceived as processes that seek to ensure the

project meets the desirable outcomes but the kind that acknowledges the demands and needs of

stakeholders. Such a perspective recognizes the increasing importance of stakeholders in project

management. Project management spans tools, methods, skills, knowledge, and experiences

which must be integrated to accomplish the goals of a project. The unified approach to project

methodology comprises of five components. They include planning, initiation, monitoring,

construction, and controlling and completion. Projects must also have business issue statements,

which are aimed at justifying the need for projects and underlying tasks. Business case problem

statements are conscious about efficiency and realization of objectives. Business case issue

statements also have time limits. However, the befitting distinction is that businesses often reach

a certain level in which they must always change to adapt to market dynamics. The essence of

change is often accompanied with management complexities that call for specialized

management. Hence, a project can be seen as a temporary organization task created to deliver

business case issue. One of the areas that project implementation should consider is planning

fallacy, which describes scenarios in which predictions about the time requirements of a project

are set to be overoptimistic, only to result in cost and time overruns, as well as expectation


The People to be Involved in the Implementation of the Project

Different people will be required for the implementation of the project. These include the

physicians, the nurses, and the social workers, including the psychologists, as well as the media.

The physicians, nurses and the social workers will be directly involved in the assisting the people

with mental illness, while the media will be included in the sensitization program. Since the
institution has already the well-trained staff with several years of experience in dealing with the

issue, training will not be necessary.

Why the Organization Should Receive the Grant

The organization is well placed to receive the grant because it has been at the heart of

initiatives of delivering mental healthcare to the urban communities. Founded in 2000 with the

mission of providing equitable mental care to the low-income population, the institution has

played a crucial role in transforming lives of communities. The number of years of service also

implies that the organization has the need experience to enable it to deliver satisfactory

outcomes. The hospital also has well-trained and committed that would certainly serve a vital

human resource in delivering the desired goals.


Considering the vastness of the population that needs the intervention, the organization

finds it necessary to liaise with other organization with similar goals and values to realize the

desirable outcomes. Two organizations have been identified as potential partners in

implementing the program: New York Mental Health Hospital and Bethany Hospital. These

institutions are chosen because of their many years of commitment in the delivery of mental

healthcare among the homeless and possession of experienced staff. It is hoped that this

partnership will save resources and time that is needed to achieve the outcomes.

The Budget

Activity The Amount of required Money (dollars

Identifying individuals with mental problems 500000

Diagnosis and Treatment 500000

Welfare Support 500000

Community Sensitization 500000

Total 2,000,000

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