Listing of 2015 DFSS Request For Proposals

The following is an online archive of Request for Proposals (RFP’s) issued by or on behalf of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services during 2015. It does not include current RFP’s however those will be added to the archive once they are no longer current.

January 7, 2015 - The Ending Veteran Homelessness Initiative Request for Proposal

In 2014, Mayor Emanuel announced his intention to end homelessness among Chicago’s veterans. This is part of a larger national initiative spearheaded by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) working in partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and many local affiliates including the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA); All Chicago (a partnership of the Chicago Alliance, the Emergency Fund and the Learning Center); and the Corporation for Supportive Housing.

Submittal Due Date: January 29, 2015, 4:30pm

January 20, 2015 - Frequent Users Service Engagement Initiative – Families Request for Proposal

The City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) is seeking interested and qualified applicants to implement new programming that engages homeless families. A small subset of homeless families, often those with long histories of homelessness and untreated or poorly managed mental illnesses and addictions, cycle through the shelter system and other public systems such as criminal justice, child welfare and emergency health care. The Frequent Users Service Engagement Initiative - Families (FUSE Initiative or the Initiative) seeks to more effectively engage families and assist them in managing and navigating the shelter system with a focus on clinical interventions that will reduce the incidence of shelter discharge and increase connections to more stable housing.

Submittal Due Date: February 13, 2015, 5:00pm

February 17, 2015 - Chicago Homeless Prevention Request For Proposal

The Chicago Planning Council on Homelessness is soliciting proposals to administer the Chicago Homeless Prevention Funds for 1 year, FY2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016).  Up to 10% of the grant funds may be used for case management services. The remaining funds are to be distributed to eligible individuals and families.  The selected agency will be expected to deliver funds throughout the city of Chicago; therefore applicants must demonstrate capacity for citywide coverage.

Homeless prevention services are provided through Illinois Continua of Care. In FY 2015, the Chicago fund received $1,110,736.  However, the amount appropriated is determined during the state budget process each year. It is uncertain what amount the Chicago Continuum will receive in the coming years, though advocates continue to press for full funding of the homeless prevention line item.

Submittal Due Date: February 20, 2015, 5:00pm

February 17, 2015 - Youth Workforce Experience Programs Request for Proposal

The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) is interested in soliciting applications from qualified and interested Respondents who are able to administer one or more of the following programs:

  • One Summer Chicago-Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
  • One Summer Chicago PLUS (OSC+)
  • Greencorps Youth Program (GC).

All three of these program models focus on providing youth with a six-week summer experience.

This year, DFSS will provide summer youth payroll services via a third party payroll manager. Additionally, the OSC+ program will focus its social emotional learning (SEL) learning on a curriculum developed by the Civic Leadership Foundation (CLF). As part of DFSS’s work with the Mayor’s Commission for a Safer Chicago, OSC+ programs may be extended for an additional 38 weeks post summer in order to continue to support youth in school, on the job and both.

Respondents may apply for multiple programs or for a single program model.  Respondents should submit a separate proposal for each program model.  Respondents submitting for multiple proposals must demonstrate the capacity to implement all programs applied for through the RFP.

Submittal Due Date: March 17, 2015, 5:00pm

April 1, 2015 - Early Learning for Immigrant Families Program Request for Proposal

The City of Chicago, Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) unveils the Early Learning for Immigrant Families (ELIF) Program RFP. This new, two-year initiative will provide organizations who currently work with immigrants and/or those who have early childhood programs with up to $50,000- $75,000 per year. Respondents will design and implement unique, targeted, replicable programming aimed at reducing some of the most prevalent barriers to participation in comprehensive early childhood education and development programs, and supporting families’ enrollment in and continued use of those same programs. Program models must demonstrate a program design that will:

  1. Increase the number of immigrant families enrolled in early childhood programming; and
  2. Deepen the engagement of enrolled immigrant families in the program.

Additionally, as part of this Initiative DFSS anticipates awarding an additional $10,000 - $15,000 to one Respondent interested in and capable of coordinating the initiative across the city. This cohort coordinator will be primarily responsible for convening cohort meetings and activities between funded Respondents and DFSS, and determining and tracking best practices.

Submittal Due Date: April 23, 2015, 4:30pm

August 13, 2015 - Senior Caregiver and Chore Services Request for Proposal

The City of Chicago, Department of Family and Support Services is seeking interested and qualified respondents to provide services to Chicago’s older adults (60 years and older) via two program options. The Caregiver Services program provides counseling and support services to the informal caregivers ofseniors, including Respite Services which provide a temporary break between the family caregiver and the family member receiving care. The Chore Services program provides different types of home cleaning to ensure that older adults are able to maintain independence in their own homes. These programs are all funded under Older Americans Act, Title III for the period of October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.

Submittal Due Date: September 4, 2015, 12:00pm

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