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City of Albuquerque: Social Services and Emergency Housing Services – Better Way Employment for Panhandlers

Deadline: January 25, 2019

The City of Albuquerque seeks proposals from organizations interested in providing services for populations experiencing homelessness to implement the Better Way Employment Program for panhandlers. Services must include, but not be limited to:

  • Providing employment opportunities for panhandlers at the City’s busiest intersections through roving van outreach
  • Providing referrals to the workers for housing and supportive services
  • Assisting the workers to obtain permanent and/or improved employment opportunities
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to complete a common assessment for the Coordinated Entry System

Eligible beneficiaries: programs supported must be targeted to residents of Albuquerque and include the following characteristics:

  • Income: Programs should target those whose annual family incomes are at or below 80% of the median family income for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) as established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, unless otherwise specified.
  • Programs serving lower income populations: 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.
  • Critical emergency needs: 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.
  • Other characteristics: Specific characteristics, such as persons with disabilities, senior citizens, or other individual requirements applicable to specific funding sources.
  • Community development strategy areas: Certain public facilities improvement activities which contribute to the development of local communities must be targeted primarily to benefit designated Community Development Strategy Areas.

There is a priority to fund projects that lead to improved outcomes to 1) Increase Behavioral Health Stability, 2) Increase Housing Stability, 3) Increase Public Safety, and 4) Increase Family Resilience. This involves a focus on addressing the Social Determinants of Health to achieve greater well-being and equity for all. Substantial evidence confirms the link between social, economic, and physical conditions and health outcome disparities. 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.

Amount: A total of $421,473 is available.

Eligibility: An agency which is a unit of state or local government and/or an agency currently incorporated as a nonprofit corporation, duly registered and in good standing with the State of New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, which has nonprofit status under 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code, and which has demonstrated capability in providing the services for which it is applying is an eligible responder.

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

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