State Issues RFP: $10 Million Available for Homeless Youth

A total of $10 million in new funding is available to serve homeless youth, according to Request for Proposal released by the Office of Emergency Services (OES). According to the RFP, each project will be awarded up to $2.5 million over a three-year period. Eligible applicants may be nonprofit organizations from four counties: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Clara.

These funds were the result of a budget proposal led by Assembly Member Todd Gloria and sponsored by the Corporation for Supportive Housing, John Burton Advocates for Youth and Housing California. The new funds are administered as part of OES’s Homeless Youth Emergency Services and Housing Program.

The budget proposal expanded the use of program funding, which may now be used to provide homeless youth with a continuum of housing options, including rapid rehousing, rental assistance, transitional housing, for a period not to exceed 36 months and/or supportive housing.

Two additional features of the program include a requirement to use evidence-based models and a prohibition from preventing a youth from entering housing, or discharging or evicting a youth from a housing program, on the sole basis of their lack of participation in supportive services.

For more information about the funding and RFP, follow this LINK or contact OES Program Specialist Nicole Kriger. Applications are due December 1, 2017.

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