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District of Columbia Homeless Youth 24-Hour Drop In Center

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits and Faith-Based Organizations
to Establish 24-Hour Centers for Homeless Youth

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District of Columbia Department of Human Services (DHS) - Family Services Administration

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11/16/18 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, not-for-profit corporations, local service organizations, and faith-based organizations to create drop-in centers for youth (up to age 24) that are homeless or at-risk for homelessness. Funding is intended to provide 24-hour support services for area youth.


As outlined in Solid Foundations DC, the District’s strategic plan to prevent and end youth homelessness, the District is working to expand services for youth experiencing homelessness. Acknowledging that different youth have different needs, the District is piloting new program models. Under this solicitation, the District will create up to two (2) twenty four (24) hour drop in center(s) for youth experiencing housing instability. Youth 24 years of age or younger will receive supportive services with the goal of assisting them to achieve housing stability.

The goals of the twenty four (24) hour drop in center(s) are to provide homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness with 1) an array of intensive support services in a safe welcoming twenty four (24) hour environment, 2) ways to achieve housing solutions and achieve the highest level of self-sufficiency possible and improve the overall quality of their lives, 3) educational platforms and opportunities that develops skills and competencies to obtain employment and increase income, and 4) temporary shelter beds if needed. This will be achieved through providing or connecting program participants to supportive services that address barriers to achieving and/or maintaining their housing.

Grantee’s services and community participation shall include, but not be limited to, coordination with youth bed providers, other drop in centers, and street outreach teams to exchange homeless youth related information, participation in the District’s youth Coordinated Assessment Housing Placement (CAHP) system, including conducting assessments, and utilization of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to capture client related data; ability to refer, serve, and/or address the needs of the target population; and participation in the District’s Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) Youth Committee, Continuum of Care (CoC), and participate in DHS sponsored training as appropriate.

Target Population

The District of Columbia Homeless Youth Drop in Center target population includes:

- Youth age 24 and under who are residing with their parent/guardian/family and are at risk of homelessness due to family conflict, harassment, verbal threats of being kicked out of the home, among other reasons;
- Youth under 18 years of age who are living apart from a parent or guardian, excluding those who are in the physical custody of the District and;
- Youth between the ages of 18 and 24 who are economically or emotionally detached from their families and lack an adequate or fixed residence, including youth who are unstably housed, living in doubled up circumstances, in transitional housing, in shelter, or on the street.

Program Description

The twenty (24) hour drop in center provider(s) shall offer a safe place (in accordance with all required zoning, land use and other entitlements) for youth experiencing homelessness to receive the assistance and support needed to achieve housing stability. Applicants must write a proposal that clearly outlines the programs and services they will provide for youth experiencing housing instability promoting self-sufficiency, wellness, recovery and employment. Services shall be geared, first and foremost, to meet basic needs of participants who are experiencing homelessness, but services should also help those clients maintain physical, emotional, and economic health. Operations and service strategies include effective, coordinated approaches for addressing issues resulting from areas such as substance misuse, mental health, and disabilities with a focus on fostering employment and housing stability. All proposals should emphasize neighborhood integration as a foundational principle of the applicant’s service delivery model(s) and should build services and supports into their proposal which ensure that the surrounding neighbors will feel safe and included in the design and delivery of services which directly and indirectly impact them. All proposed services must be easily accessible and available to participants, and the evaluation of services for effectiveness and usefulness should occur on a continuous basis.

Specific Requirements

In the proposal, the applicant must specify the activities and budget amounts for which funds are being requested. Applicants’ activities shall include:

- Assessing the eligibility of youth for services within the Continuum of Care (CoC) and making referrals, including to the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) as required;
- Providing on-site services to homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness, including but not limited to, crisis intervention, case management, family intervention, medical, dental and mental health services/support; drug education and treatment; educational and vocational services, grooming and laundry services, group and individual counseling, meal services and emergency beds;
- Ensuring that case management staff actively engages youth in programming. The Grantee shall ensure case managers attempt to re-engage the youth that have rejected.
- Coordinating as necessary with the intake center(s) for families operated pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 4-753.02(c)(1) (e.g. The Virginia Williams Family Resource Center) and other community-based organizations and relevant agencies to enhance services for the target population;
- Participating in District Coordinated Assessment Housing Placement (CAHP);
- Providing transportation for clients to crisis shelters or other safe locations as necessary;
- Giving public education and awareness presentations on issues relevant to this population;
- Using the District’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to capture all youth-level data, including case management notes and supporting documentation, in accordance with standards and policies governing the use of the District’s HMIS. HMIS data entry shall be completed within forty eight (48) hours of service delivery and/or contact.
- Using HMIS to track outcomes, utilization rates, and turn-aways of youth.
- Cleaning data to ensure accuracy. Grantees will conduct analysis to report patterns revealed from the collected data including: patterns in responses describing factors leading to homelessness and patterns in responses describing services used and gaps in service.
- Completing assessments using the District CoC adopted assessment tool Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT), Transition Age Youth- Vulnerability Index - Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (TAYSPDAT) and/or full Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (SPDAT) for all program participants.
- Assisting in conducting the District’s annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count and Homeless Youth Census (HYC) required per the End Youth Homelessness Amendment Act of 2014.
- Implementing a culturally-competent youth development approach to facilitate developing rapport with clients of various races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities, as well as language accessibility.
- Allowing access to the facility and its services even when there is suspicion of substance abuse, insobriety, mental disorder, employment or criminal background, unless the youth poses an imminent threat to themselves, staff, or other youth. Further, the Grantee is prohibited from conducting drug or alcohol testing, criminal background checks or
making inquiries to verify a youth is free from alcohol or drug use for entry purposes.
- Partnering with government, private and non-profit service providers to provide services to the target population.

A. Health and wellbeing services shall include, but not limited to, on site behavioral health and substance use services, access to treatment, therapy, support groups, counseling services (individual and group), psychiatric and psychological evaluations, through partnerships with existing, already-funded, District Community Based Behavioral Health Service Providers and/or Core Service Agencies (CSA) throughout the city.

B. Medical and dental services shall include, but not limited to, the following: through in house services or partnerships with existing, already-funded, District providers, hospitals, clinics, and/or medical and dental schools, who offer light-touch medical and dental services, STD and STI testing, and safe sex educational workshops to participants.

C. Educational services shall include, but not limited to, healthy eating and cooking workshops, career and/or job development, job readiness programs and soft skills training, GED prep and testing, exploration and/or connections to secondary education and/or vocational opportunities and facilitation, financial literacy.

D. Meal services shall include, but not limited to, food prep and/or cooking workshops leading to meals; three meals a day prepared on site or in partnership for delivery. As a requirement, for the drop in center, food must be served by a provider that is licensed by the DC Department of Health.

E. Case management services shall include, but not limited to:

i. Evidence-based/informed engagement services (ex., assertive engagement, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care);
ii. Service planning, implementation and monitoring;
iii. Assistance with gathering documentation and completing paperwork;
iv. Assistance with applying for or maintaining health insurance and entitlement benefits;
v. Advocacy on behalf of the client if the client encounters obstacles in obtaining services;
vi. Hygiene and clothing assistance; and
vii. Ensure that clients are connected to, and engaged in, supportive services as outlined in their service plan not simply referred to programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184372

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Number of Grants:

Up to two (2) awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible organizations can be awarded up to one million four hundred sixty thousand dollars and zero cents ($1,460,000.00) per award.

Term of Contract:

This grant is offered from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019, with an option to renew for up to five (5) additional years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Organizations/Entities

Local social services organizations, not-for-profit corporations, non-profit organizations and charitable organizations, including faith-based organizations based in and serving the target population of individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness in the District. An organization must be incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation or religious corporation or public agency under the laws of the District, or a corporation formed under laws of another state and authorized under District law to conduct corporate activities in the District, or provide care and services in the District and have been granted federal tax exempt status. Eligible applicants must also demonstrate their intent and ability to leverage non-governmental assets and coordinate with other organizations in the homeless services Continuum of Care; applications are also encouraged from collaborating community-based and faith-based organizations.

Faith-Based Organizations

On the same basis as any other applicants, religious organizations are eligible to participate as long as the services funded by the District of Columbia Homeless Youth Drop in Center Grant are provided consistent with the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause or the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, in accordance with United States Executive Order 13279 of December 12, 2002.

Eligible organizations may sub-grant the funding it receives under this grant to sub-grantees (providers), as approved by DHS to meet the requirements in this RFA. Applicants must include details on how it will manage services, financial, and legal responsibilities between itself as the Grantee and its sub-grantees. Application must clearly describe the roles and responsibilities for each party in their proposal.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Bidder’s Conference:

Thursday, October 11, 2018,
1:00PM - 3:00PM
The Department of Human Services Headquarters
64 New York Ave, NE
(room number disclosed upon RSVP)
Washington, DC 20002

RSVP deadline, October 8th, 2018 by sending an email to Tamara Mooney.

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations that anticipate applying to this RFA should email Tamara Mooney of their intent by October 12th, 2018. The Notice of Intent is not mandatory nor does it provide any specific obligation with regard to the review or award process.

Applicants are encouraged to e-mail their questions to Tamara Mooney on or before November 2nd, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Questions submitted after the deadline date will not receive responses.

Deadline for Submission: 4:00 PM, November 16th, 2018

Applicants should allow at least one hour before the deadline time to clear security protocols. Applications mailed or delivered by messenger/courier services must be received by 4:00 p.m. on November 16th, 2018. Applications arriving via messenger/courier services after the posted deadline of 4:00 p.m. on November 16th, 2018 will not be considered for funding

Contact Information:

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

The District of Columbia Department of Human
64 New York Avenue, NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Tamara Mooney, Program Analyst
Phone: 202-299-2158

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