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City of Albuquerque: Request for Workforce Development and Behavioral Health Services for Persons Experiencing Homelessness and/or Precariously Housed Persons

Deadline: June 28, 2021

The City of Albuquerque, Department of Family and Community Services, seeks organizations interested in providing workforce development and behavioral health services for persons experiencing a social service need, behavioral health issues and/or homelessness, through implementing a variety of services. The services are intended to 1) Increase Behavioral Health Stability, 2) Increase Housing Stability, 3) Increase Public Safety, and 4) Increase Individual and Family Resilience.

Proposed projects should involve job development and job training for persons who are low-income, experiencing homelessness and/or precariously housed, and in need of behavioral health services. See solicitation for details of minimum standards for services. Eligible activities and services may include but are not limited to:

  • Person Centered Assessment;
  • Skill development and Employment training;
  • Financial Literacy;
  • Connection with or the provision of Behavioral Health Services;
  • Addressing barriers to employment like occupational licensing;
  • Identifying ways in which federal programs can support individuals in the program;
  • Developing partnerships with state or local workforce development boards to promote employment opportunities;
  • Promoting partnerships and access to employment opportunities with private employers and private employment organizations;
  • Strengthening partnerships with local education or training organizations to promote education and training opportunities;
  • Working with public and private organizations to provide meaningful employment opportunities for individuals;
  • Interpersonal skill development.

The City of Albuquerque has established priorities for funding that will include: Goal 1 – Human and Family Development: People of all ages have the opportunity to participate in the community and economy and are well sheltered, safe, healthy, and educated; Goal 2 – Public Safety: The public is safe and secure, and shares responsibility for maintaining a safe environment.

Additionally, the Department of Family and Community Services has established a priority to fund projects that lead to improved outcomes to 1) Increase Behavioral Health Stability, 2) Increase Housing Stability, 3) Increase Public Safety, 4) Increase Individual and Family Resilience, and 5) Seniors are Able to Age with Dignity. This involves a focus on addressing the Social Determinants of Health to achieve greater well-being and equity for all. Social Determinants of Health include access to healthcare services, availability of services to support housing and behavioral health stability, lifelong education options, public safety, and social services. Services provided should impact at least two of these outcomes. See solicitation for details.

Applicants must demonstrate a connection between the proposed activities and outputs to the identified outcomes, and define metrics and measurement tools to reliably assess progress toward achieving the identified outcomes.

In addition to the above outcomes, the City is dedicated to helping residents and neighborhoods to be their best selves. Awardees are expected to engage with the community and build productive relationships with their neighbors as they provide services to improve outcomes for all of Albuquerque. Examples include, but are not limited to, joining the local Neighborhood Association, updating neighbors on services and progress, maintaining their surroundings as clean and litter free, reminding participants to maintain respect of the neighborhood and promptly responding to any 311 inquiries.

Programs supported, in whole or in part, with funding through this opportunity must be targeted to residents of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, and those whose annual family incomes are at or below 80% of the median family income for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area. Support may be made to available programs, services, and activities that do not require all participants to meet an income test, if it can be demonstrated that support of such activities offers the most efficient and expeditious means of serving the eligible population, and if at least 70% of those served meet the income test. Services designed to meet critical emergency needs such as rape crisis assistance, assistance to victims of domestic violence, assistance to abused and neglected children, the homeless, and the like, need not meet an income test. Certain public facilities improvement activities which contribute to the development of local communities must be targeted primarily to benefit designated Community Development Strategy Areas. See solicitation for details of eligible service beneficiaries.

The applicant must describe how they will leverage Medicaid Funds to cover the cost of services, and how the City funds are used to bolster services for those clients who are Medicaid eligible. If not currently a Medicaid provider, the applicant must detail plans to become a Medicaid provider. Please note, these funds are not limited to Medicaid eligible clients, only that Medicaid reimbursements are expected to leverage City funds.

Additional requirements include requirements for Personnel Policies, Conflict of Interest Policies, Accounting Policies, Active Board, Nepotism Policies, Background Checks, and Reporting Requirements. See solicitation for details.

If eligible, an applicant may apply for preference points, as follows: a 5% Small Business Preference, a 5% Local Business Preference, a 5% Pay Equity Preference, a 5% State Resident Business Preference, and/or a 10% State Resident Veteran Business Preference, up to a maximum of 10%. See solicitation for details.

Amount: Up to $130,000 for a period of service of one year, with the possibility of two one-year extensions.

Eligibility: Entities that: are units of state or local government and/or agencies incorporated as nonprofit corporations with 501(c)(3) status; are duly registered and in good standing with the State of New Mexico Secretary of State; have demonstrated capability in providing proposed services. See solicitation for details.

Link: https://www.cabq.gov/family/partner-resources/request-for-proposals

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