UNITY Issues RFP for Rapid Rehousing

UNITY of Greater New Orleans, the lead agency for the homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) for New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, is seeking proposals from nonprofit and governmental agencies to select  one project sponsor to provide Rapid Re-housing services to at least 85 homeless individuals or families over the project year, with a preference for homeless veterans. A total of approximately $335,000 is available for the project sponsor.   The new project is expected to begin September 1, 2014 or shortly thereafter.  It is anticipated that this project would be renewed annually assuming that the project sponsor is in good standing with UNITY regarding program and fiscal compliance.

The agency selected to implement this Rapid Rehousing grant is expected to play a major role in assisting to achieve Mayor Landrieu’s goal of ending veteran homelessness by December 31, 2014.  The funds will be used as 1) bridge funding with which to house and provide services to homeless veterans who need Permanent Supportive Housing while they await PSH to become available; 2) short-term rental and case management assistance for homeless veterans who do not need PSH and are not eligible for the SSVF program; 3) bridge funding for chronically homeless and vulnerable homeless persons while they await PSH to become available or while their eligibility for Medicaid PSH services is being established; and 4) short-term rental and case management assistance for other literally homeless subpopulations, including those living in homeless situations hazardous to public health.

Nonprofit or governmental agencies are eligible to apply; agencies that are currently members of the UNITY Service Providers and Professionals Association as well as those agencies not currently receiving funds through the Continuum of Care are equally encouraged to apply.

Click for link to Rapid Rehousing RFP 14-2

Proposals should be received at UNITY no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014.  Proposals should be clearly labeled with the name of the project grant being applied for.   Proposals should be addressed to Martha Kegel, Executive Director, UNITY of Greater New Orleans, and must be emailed to proposals@unitygno.org. To express interest and/or obtain more information, please contact Contracts Manager Jeff Kiemen at (504) 821-4496 ex. 101 or jkiemen@unitygno.org. An information session will be held Wednesday, August 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Please visit www.unitygno.org regularly to review any Q&As that are posted in response to questions being asked by interested organizations.

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