NJ DCA Releases Housing First Initiative RFP

Deadline to Apply is May 27
Supportive Housing Funding Opportunity

The NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is seeking proposals to provide stable housing and supportive services using a Housing First approach. Funding is available to house at least 500 chronically homeless individuals and/or families who are high utilizers of public systems.

The request for proposals (RFP) seeks proposals to serve 400 chronically homeless households and 100 homeless veterans.

The State of New Jersey will identify local partnerships that will serve as incubators for best practices in housing and services for a variety of vulnerable populations.

The RFP will award tenant-based vouchers and service funding to at least five organizations with experience assisting households in finding housing and providing ongoing support services including, but not limited to, medical services, mental health, case management, substance abuse treatment and employment training.

As defined by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Housing First programs share the following elements:

  • There is a focus on helping individuals and families access and sustain rental housing as quickly as possible and the housing is not time-limited;
  • A variety of services are delivered primarily following a housing placement to promote housing stability and individual well-being;
  • Such services are time-limited or long-term depending upon individual need; and
  • Housing is not contingent on compliance with services – instead, participants must comply with a standard lease agreement and are provided with the services and supports that are necessary to help them do so successfully.

Eligible applicants are nonprofits organizations that have a proven record of successfully providing services and managing permanent supportive housing projects. Service providers must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in the provision of supportive services.

Partnerships and collaborations with local government, hospitals, housing developers, other service providers, and/or other stakeholder organizations are strongly encouraged.

The maximum number of vouchers available in the RFP is 500 State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) tenant-based assistance vouchers.

The minimum number of vouchers to be awarded per grantee will be 25 SRAP vouchers and the maximum number of vouchers to be awarded per grantee will be 100 SRAP vouchers.

The RFP will provide a total of $250,000 in one-time supportive service funds. Amount awarded per grantee will be based on the number of households to be served.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment of additional funding sufficient to provide supports for all households to be served.

RFP Timeframe:

  • A technical assistance workshop will take place on Monday, April 25, 2016 10 AM to noon.
  • RFP submissions are due by Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Funding awards will be announced on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.
  • Announcement of awards: July 5, 2016.

The technical assistance workshop will be held at:

State of NJ Department of Community Affairs
101 South Broad Street, Room 129
Trenton, NJ 08625-0051

Click here for Housing First RFP