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Keeping Families Together

Grant to a New Jersey IHE or Nonprofit to Provide
Jersey City Families with Supportive Housing Services

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State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families

Deadline Date:

01/08/16 12:00 PM


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Grant to a New Jersey IHE or nonprofit to provide subsidized housing and supportive services to Jersey City families in danger of homelessness who are involved in open child welfare cases. December 14 is the deadline for questions. Grantee will provide housing, furniture, and initial utility assistance as well as case management services intended to keep families together.

Specifically, DCF will provide up to $143,608 for housing subsides, development and implementation of case management and supportive housing services, and client assistance to furnish and lease up housing units for the targeted population. One award will be granted to serve families from Hudson County with open child welfare cases, and these funds are expected to serve 5 families at one time.

One funding award will be granted for the purpose of developing and implementing a Keeping Families Together supportive housing program to serve families in Jersey City. The awardee will blend subsidized housing with services for CP&P-involved families. This request for proposals requires the development of innovative supportive housing services including case management and other services based on family preservation principles with the goal of supporting family reunification and preventing family separation and homelessness, while promoting recovery and positive family functioning, and self-sufficiency. Evidence-informed and trauma-informed services must be integral components of the service model.

Successful respondents to this RFP will develop programs that reflect values and practices consistent with the Housing First model and that demonstrate a holistic approach to supporting individuals in their recovery and well-being.

Housing First principles include the following:

- Consumer-driven and client-centered, by establishing fully collaborative partnerships with the housing consumer that encourage growth towards independence and recovery by both recognizing consumer strengths and resources, on the one hand, and addressing jointly identified consumer needs and priorities, on the other.

- Flexible in response to individual service preferences, by providing a mix of assistance, support services and on-call crisis response in the family’s home 24 hours a day and 7 days per week as needed, as well as coordinating the timing of in-home service delivery with the hours of operation of other service programs outside the home.

- Team-based, by recruiting and retaining team members comprised of both strong peer role models and specialists experienced in providing motivational counseling, vocational rehabilitation, education, and housing counseling to persons with substance abuse, including those with co-occurring mental health disorders.

- Culturally Competent, the agency staff will reflect the populations whom they will be serving and will provide services that are respectful of the culture, ethnicity, and language(s) of the families being served.

- Recovery-oriented, integrating services that encourage support and sustain client-driven recovery by developing the client’s awareness of referral resources for any needed services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166388

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $143,608.


  • Incorporated not-for-profit entity
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Applicants must be universities (State or private) or nonprofit corporations that are duly registered to conduct business within the State of New Jersey.
2. Applicants must have the ability to achieve full operational census within 30 days of award.
3. Applicants must be in good standing with all State and Federal agencies with which they have an existing grant or contractual relationship.
4. If Applicant is under a corrective action plan with DCF, or any other New Jersey State agency or authority, the Applicant may not submit a proposal for this RFP. Responses shall not be reviewed and considered by DCF until all deficiencies listed in the corrective action plan have been eliminated to the satisfaction of DCF for a period of 6 months.
5. Applicants may not be suspended, terminated or barred for deficiencies in performance of any award, and if applicable, all past issues must be resolved as demonstrated by written documentation.
6. Applicants that are presently under contract with DCF must be in compliance with the terms and conditions of their contract.
7. Where required, all applicants must hold current State licenses.
8. Applicants that are not governmental entities must have a governing body that provides oversight as is legally required.
9. Applicants must have the capability to uphold all administrative and operating standards as outlined in this document.
10. All applicants must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. To acquire a DUNS number, contact the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1-866-705-5711 or inquire on-line at
11. Any fiscally viable entity that meets the eligibility requirements, terms and conditions of the RFP, and the contracting rules and regulations set forth in the DCF Contract Policy and Information Manual (N.J.A.C. 10:3) may submit an application.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Online training is available at:

Pre-Application Information:

Questions are due by December 14, 2015. Answers will be posted on the website at:

This funding is contingent upon the availability and use of five identified low income, rent restricted units in Jersey City. DCF anticipates that these five units will be ready for occupancy in January 2016 and dedicated for use as part of the New Jersey Keeping Families Together (KFT) program.

More information on Keeping Families Together and national KFT efforts can be found at:

Proposals must be delivered either:

1) In person to:
Catherine Schafer, Director of Grants Management, Auditing and Records
Department of Children and Families
50 East State Street, 3rd floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0717

Please allow time for the elevator and access through the security guard. Applicants submitting proposals in person or by commercial carrier must submit one (1) signed original and should submit one CD ROM with all documents.

2) Commercial Carrier (hand delivery, federal express or UPS) to:
Catherine Schafer, Director of Grants Management, Auditing and Records
Department of Children and Families
50 East State Street, 3rd floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0717

Applicants submitting proposals in person or by commercial carrier must submit one (1) signed original and should submit one CD ROM with all documents.

3) Online: DCF offers the alternative for bidders to submit proposals electronically. Only a registered Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) or the designated alternate is eligible to send in a submission by submitting an AOR form.

AOR Registration forms and online training are available on the website at:
Forms are directly under the Notices section-See Standard Documents for RFPs

It is recommended that you do not wait until the date of delivery in case there are technical difficulties during your submission. Registered AOR forms may be received 5 business days prior to the date the bid is due.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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