District of Columbia Department of Human Services (DHS) - Family Services Administration (FSA)
06/04/18 4:00 PM
Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and private enterprises to provide year-round daytime services to individuals who are experiencing homelessness. Selected organizations will provide a safe and dignified environment and connect people to supportive services.
Purpose/Description of the Project
In accordance with the District’s Homeward DC Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, the District must develop a more effective crisis response system, in part, by creating more “front porch services” like a daytime service center to help meet the service needs of individuals who are unsheltered or staying in low-barrier shelters. Therefore, DHS/FSA is authorized to provide funding to establish permanent year-round Day Services for single adults experiencing homelessness. Day Services should primarily be focused on meaningfully engaging individuals, who are experiencing homelessness, during daytime hours through creation of a dignified and safe environment, facilitation of a coordinated entry into the homeless services continuum, connecting people to supportive services through case management; and ensuring accessibility to peer-led, professionally-supported, therapeutic programming.
In that vein, DHS is putting forth this RFA to identify one or more service providers with clear plans to create an affirming Day Services delivery model such that single adults experiencing homelessness are meaningfully engaged in supportive services in a positive environment during daytime hours.
According to the 2017 Point in Time (PIT) count, the District of Columbia has 3,578 homeless individuals living in our community. Over 55% of those individuals live in emergency and low-barrier shelters with limited on-site services during the daytime. Another 25% are unsheltered and are exposed to difficult weather conditions in both winter and summer. Although 16.7% of these individuals are employed and almost 15% are accessing day services offered by the District and community partners in the Continuum of Care, the majority lack meaningful engagement during the daytime. For those reasons, the District of Columbia wishes to expand the points of access and services during the daytime, whereby persons experiencing homelessness can access prevention assistance, referral to shelter, and/or other critical services.
Based on numerous conversations with clients experiencing homelessness, advocates, existing providers in the Continuum of Care and a thorough analysis of data on both housing and daytime services in the District, the Department of Human Services (DHS) estimates that up to 426 adult individuals experiencing homelessness per day would voluntarily access more robust daytime services if those services were available, well marketed, and conveniently located. This estimated demand for daytime services is in addition to those already receiving daytime services from DHS and community partners across the city. The table below provides a high-level summary of the assumptions used to estimate this demand.
It should be noted that the services funded by this grant are intended for adults, age 18 or older, who are experiencing homelessness. Under-age youth experiencing homelessness should be referred to one of the District’s youth services providers and/or drop-in centers.
Purpose of the Grant:
The purpose of this grant is to support the operation of permanent year-round daytime services (Day Services) including general operations and supportive services for single adults experiencing homelessness.
Applicants may include the costs related to a facility in their proposals, which can be a new facility, a renovated facility, an expanded facility, or an existing facility. Applicants that are able to offer all services in one facility/location are strongly encouraged to apply, but Applicants that are able to offer multiple services in one or more locations either individually or through partnerships with other providers are also strongly encouraged to apply. It should be noted that all costs, facility or non-facility, are from the same project, so facility-related costs should be kept to a minimum in order to maximize services for clients.
The Day Services included in this RFA must be primarily focused on meaningfully engaging at least 100 and up to 426 currently-homeless individuals per day during daytime hours. This meaningful engagement should include, but need not be limited to:
-Creating a positive, dignified, safe, and protective environment for each individual;
-Facilitating a coordinated entry into the homeless services continuum;
-Connecting people to housing, employment, and other supportive services through case management; and
-Ensuring accessibility to peer-led, professionally-supported, therapeutic programming.
The District’s vision for Day Services places a priority on accessibility to the target population, which means the services should be delivered in central business corridors (e.g. Downtown), which are highly accessible via multiple modes of low-cost transportation options, and/or in neighborhoods within close proximity to the District’s existing low-barrier shelters. Proposals which demonstrate the ability to expand the physical reach of the District’s homeless services into underserved parts of the city (e.g. Downtown) are encouraged.
Day Services should be available up to seven days a week regardless of weather conditions to ensure access during the hottest and coldest days of the year. The services should begin and end at times that are convenient to the target population, but may also be intermittent to facilitate the work necessary to maintain the facility for optimum use. For example, the District will consider proposals which have a service delivery model which is open and uninterrupted all day; but the District will also consider proposals which close and then reopen during the same day to facilitate cleaning, maintenance, client case management, etc.
Aside from the requirement that all Day Services participants are logged and tracked in HMIS, the services should be available to clients with minimal barriers to entry. The District will consider proposals which place some limitations on program participation, so long as those restrictions are intended to maximize the safe engagement and participation of all other clients. For example, the District will consider proposals which require individuals to temporarily surrender weapons (e.g. knives, blades, etc.) in order to ensure the safe participation of others. The District will not consider proposals whose participation requirements discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, language, culture, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, source of income, or any other protected categories under District law and the Homeless Services Reform Act.
GrantWatch ID#: 183583
Total Estimated Number of Awards: Up to Two (2)
The amount available for the project is up to $2,000,000 for one base year with four option years, subject to funding availability.
The award period for the grant will be from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019.
The amount available is for one base year with four option years, subject to funding availability.
-Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations;
Eligible Organizations and Entities:
Nonprofit community organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations, faith-based organizations, such as churches, synagogues, mosques, or religiously based social service affiliates of such organizations, and private enterprises located in the District that have demonstrated experience working with individuals receiving public benefits and people experiencing homelessness are encouraged to apply. Applications are also encouraged from collaborating community-based and faith-based organizations.
In addition to having the appropriate staff qualifications and experience performing services similar in size and scope to the requirements of this grant, eligible grantees must also demonstrate their intent and ability to:
-Expand daytime services, beyond what is currently offered, to serve more clients than are currently served by existing daytime service providers and into accessible business districts in underserved areas of the District, particularly Downtown (i.e. north of the National Mall and south of Massachusetts Avenue NW);
-Provide the required services and deliverables while delivering high-value services to clients;
-Offer services at scale while maintaining safety, security, and neighborhood integration;
-Leverage non-governmental assets and coordinate with other organizations in the homeless
services Continuum of Care; and
-Measure and achieve desired performance outcomes on behalf of clients served.
Continuing conditions of eligibility are that the information in the application is complete and truthful and that the Applicant at all times is able to meet any material conditions stated in its application. For instance, if an Applicant’s ability to fulfill the terms of the grant is based on the availability of skilled staff and those staff should leave after the application’s submittal or the grant award to the Applicant, the Applicant has the responsibility to advise DHS/FSA in writing of this change in material conditions. Another example of change in material conditions that could result in the loss of eligibility would be the loss of Applicant’s tax-exempt status.
Attendance at the pre-application conference is recommended.
The conference is scheduled for May 18, 2018, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM at:
Department of Human Services
64 New York Ave. NE, 6th Fl.
Washington, DC 20002
Please RSVP to addend the Pre-Application Conference no later than May 11, 2018. You may RSVP via telephone to Carter Hewgley, Senior Advisor to the Administrator by phone or email.
Organizations that anticipate submitting an application in response to this request should send a brief letter via e-mail attachment to Carter Hewgley. 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 Carter Hewgley on or before May 23, 2018, at 4:00 PM. Questions submitted after the deadline date will not receive responses. Please allow ample time for emails to be received prior to the deadline date.
The deadline for application submissions is June 4, 2018 at 4:00 PM.
Grant funds related to work performed will be provided on a reimbursement basis, except that an advance of funds may be provided for grant administration expenses in limited circumstances for good cause approved by DHS/FSA at its sole discretion.
-Announcement Date: April 27, 2018
-RFA Release Date: May 4, 2018
-Pre-application Conference Date: May 18, 2018
-Application Submission Deadline: June 4, 2018 at 4:00 PM
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Human Services
64 New York Ave. NE, 6th Fl.
Washington, DC 20002
USA: Washington, DC