Grants to New Jersey nonprofits and businesses in Burlington, Mercer, and Union Counties for supportive housing and services for young adults, 18-21 years involved in the child welfare system. January 12 is the deadline to submit questions. On January 14 a mandatory bidders conference will be held.
Applicants must be based in and familiar with the youth services in the County.
This request for proposals requires the development of innovative supportive housing; including the targeting of highest need youth, case management, housing screens and service linkage. This program intends to promote permanency, social connections, education/employment success, well-being and self-sufficiency through implementing long term housing solutions. DCF historically provides services for youth until the age of 21.
Youth in this program may reside in a housing unit until the age of 26. The awarded program(s) will work in partnership with DCF to coordinate ongoing services and support for youth in the program upon their 21st birthday and continuing thereafter.
The three programs awarded will deliver services to youth with current or previous experience with CP&P cases that originate in Burlington (East and West), Mercer (North and South), and Union (Central, East, and West) Local CP&P Offices.
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Incorporated not-for-profit entity
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
The awarded program(s) will meet the following qualifications:
- Based in and deeply familiar with the youth services in the pilot county.
- Exhibits a commitment to the adolescent population identified for this initiative.
- Endorses the Youth Thrive framework (http://www.cssp.org/reform/child-welfare/youth-thrive) and commits to a philosophy of positive youth development in their program. Positive youth development requires that adults engage and work with adolescents and young adults, giving them a voice, involving them in the development of services and policies that will impact their life, and works from strength based approach.
- Demonstrates a track record of addressing the unique needs and strengths of teens and their families and achieving positive outcomes with youth.
- Ability to work closely with DCF partners, educational stakeholders, and other social service agencies to help achieve educational goals and secure connections for adolescents and young adults in foster care.
Potential Bidders must attend a Mandatory Bidders Conference:
1/14/16 from 1:30-3:00 PM
Place: DCF Professional Center
30 Van Dyke Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Questions are due by January 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM to DCFASKRFP@dcf.state.nj.us.
Forms and online training are available at: www.nj.gov/dcf/providers/notices/. It is recommended that you do not wait until the date of delivery of the bid 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.
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 www.dnb.com.
Number of Grants
Estimated Size of Grant
$220,000 per County annually.
Term of Contract
April 1, 2016 through September 29, 2018. Funding is anticipated to be extended beyond this funding period however is contingent upon the availability of funding in future fiscal years.