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Request for Funding

UNITY of Greater New Orleans, the lead agency for the homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) for New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, funds projects and programs to support the work of the CoC. UNITY encourages responses from agencies that may not be current recipients of CoC funding.

Funding Opportunity

RFP #21-2 Safe Haven for Women and Transgender Individuals

UNITY of Greater New Orleans, the lead agency for the homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) for New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, is seeking proposals for a Safe Haven for women and transgender individuals, a low-barrier temporary housing program which will serve as a bridge to Permanent Supportive Housing. The proposal will fund one project sponsor which may partner with another agency. The program will be operated out of the building located at 2407 Baronne Street, 3rd floor. The applicant must be able to operate a no-barrier, temporary safe haven to provide shelter for women and transgender people living on the street or in abandoned buildings who have serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders, while they await Permanent Supportive Housing placement. The funds are available through a U.S. Housing and Urban Development grant to provide both supportive services and operating funds. It is anticipated that future funds for this project would be renewed annually for the applicant selected to administer the program, assuming that it is in good standing with UNITY regarding program and fiscal compliance. Nonprofit or governmental agencies are eligible to apply; agencies which are currently members of UNITY’s Service Providers and Professionals Association as well as those agencies not receiving funds through the Continuum of Care are equally encouraged to apply.

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Presentation from Information Session.

Proposals are due Friday, July 23, 2021 by noon

An RFP Informational Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 11 a.m. on Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87247665190?pwd=VzJWWFlWMGQ1MTVBMEllV2FpMXI5Zz09

Meeting ID: 872 4766 5190 Passcode: 849206

Project Start Date: September 1, 2021

Funding Opportunity
RFP 21-1 Youth Outreach & Coordinated Entry


UNITY of Greater New Orleans, the lead agency for the homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) for New Orleans, Jefferson Parish and Kenner, is seeking proposals from nonprofit and governmental agencies to select one project sponsor to provide Youth Outreach & Coordinated Entry services to homeless young adults age 18-24 through the operation of a Drop-In Center for youth. The project is funded through HUD’s Continuum of Care program as a Supportive Services Only – Coordinated Entry (SSO-CE) project. The project sponsor will be awarded $100,156 for a one-year period beginning July 1, 2021. Once funded, the project is eligible for annual renewal through the CoC funding competition based on project performance including program and fiscal compliance. Once receiving funds from the Continuum of Care, project sponsors must maintain dues-paying membership in the UNITY Service Providers and Professionals Association.

The Drop-In Center is expected to serve as an access point for youth who are in a housing crisis including those currently in unsafe or unstable housing situations. The chosen project sponsor(s) will provide assistance to assess and navigate homeless young adults aged 18-24 to safe and stable housing. On-site services that are designed to provide a welcoming place for homeless youth, assist youth to make meaningful connections, and help young adults connect to safe and stable housing.

The project will also provide street outreach to ensure the project is reaching the most vulnerable, including youth being victimized.  Street outreach to identify unsheltered youth will be conducted evenings in coordination with UNITY Welcome Home Outreach team and meet the CoC standards of care for street outreach programs.

The project sponsor is expected to work with the UNITY Youth Action Board (YAB) by operating a program that meets the needs identified by the YAB: a program that is non-judgmental, flexible, and demonstrates an understanding of trauma informed care and de-escalation techniques. Project staff are expected to demonstrate true caring and empathy, listening skills, and cultural humility. Nonprofit or governmental agencies are eligible to apply; agencies that are currently members of the UNITY Service Providers and Professionals Association (SPPA) as well as those agencies not currently receiving funds through the Continuum of Care are equally encouraged to apply.  Joint proposals between two or more agencies will be accepted.  This RFP will have a preference for organizations that are not currently providers with the Continuum of Care either as the primary applicant or as a partner on the project.

 

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  • Deadline for submitting proposal to UNITY:  Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:00 Noon.
  • Information session with UNITY and Youth Action Board: Friday, April 30 at 1 p.m. https://www.gotomeet.me/VCoffin/rfp-informational-meeting
  • CoC Evaluation and Project Selection Committee reviews and scores proposals: Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
  • UNITY informs applicants of selections: Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
  • Project Start: July 1, 2021.

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Proposals must be addressed to:

Martha Kegel, Executive Director of UNITY

and submitted to proposals@unitygno.org

no later than 12:00 pm noon on Thursday, May 27, 2021.

Do not submit proposals by any other method.

If you have questions about the RFP, please contact Valerie Coffin,
Director of CoC Programs at vcoffin@unitygno.org


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