RFP for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)

Agency: County of Allegheny
State: Pennsylvania
Type of Government: State & Local
NAICS Category:
  • 541611 - Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
  • 624110 - Child and Youth Services
Posted Date: Apr 16, 2020
Due Date: May 1, 2020
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RFP for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)
Deadline: 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 1, 2020

On behalf of the Allegheny County Continuum of Care, DHS is seeking providers for new and innovative programs aimed at dramatically reducing youth homelessness in Allegheny County as part of the Youth Homeless Demonstration Program (YHDP) through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). YHDP will provide housing, housing assistance and supportive services to youth experiencing homelessness through the Mobile Prevention and Diversion Program, the Host Home Program and the Rapid Re-housing Program.

YHDP Main Response Form

Q&A Updated April 16, 2020

YHDP Mobile Prevention and Diversion Response Form

YHDP Host Home Response Form

YHDP Rapid Re-housing Response Form

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Youth Homelessness Demonstration
Program (YHDP)
RFP Posting:
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Deadline for Questions:
3 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 24, 2020
Submission Deadline:
3 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 1, 2020
Estimated Award Decision/Notification:
June 2020
Allegheny County Department of Human Services
One Smithfield Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222
The RFP at a Glance
Section 1: Why We Are Issuing this RFP
Section 2: What We Are Looking For
Section 3: Proposal Requirements and Evaluation Criteria
Section 4: How to Submit a Proposal
Section 5: How We Will Evaluate Your Proposal
Section 6: Contract Requirements for Successful Proposers
Acronyms and Definitions
Unless the context indicates otherwise, the following capitalized words are defined as follows for
purposes of this RFP:
1. Agreement: A contract negotiated between Allegheny County and the Successful
Proposer to provide the Contract Services
2. Allegheny County: A home rule county and political subdivision of the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania
3. CoC: Continuum of Care, which is a geographically-based group of representatives that
carries out the planning responsibilities of the HUD Continuum of Care Program
4. CoC Regulations: HUD’s rules and regulations under the Homeless Emergency
Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act). The rules and
regulations are titled “Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing:
Continuum of Care Program; Interim Final Rule” and can be found at 24 CFR Part 578 or
by visiting: https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?rgn=div5;node=24%3A3. .
5. CoC Program Competition: A competitive process through which CoCs apply for
funding from HUD
6. Contract Services: The specific services that the Successful Proposer agrees to provide to
the County in response to this RFP as described in the Scope of Services in the
7. Coordinated Community Plan (CCP): Coordinated Community Plan to Prevent and End
Youth Homelessness, also referred to as the Coordinated Community Plan. CCP is a
youth and community-led strategic plan to dramatically reduce youth homelessness. All
YHDP communities are required to develop a CCP that includes a shared community
vision, guiding principles, needs assessment, goals and strategies.
8. Coordinated Entry: A standardized method for connecting individuals and families
experiencing homelessness to the resources available in a given geographic area
9. DHS: [Allegheny County] Department of Human Services
10. LGBTQIA+: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and/or Asexual
11. HAB: [Allegheny County] Homeless Advisory Board, a public/private partnership
formed to assist Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, the City of McKeesport and
the Municipality of Penn Hills in efforts that will eliminate homelessness and improve
the well‐being of homeless individuals and families
12. HEARTH Act: Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of
13. HMIS: Homeless Management Information System, an information technology system
used to collect client‐level data and data on the provision of housing and services to
homeless individuals and families and people at risk of homelessness
14. Host Home: A private home associated with a Host Home Program that volunteers to
host youth in need of temporary housing. Host homes offer youth a safe alternative to
shelters on either a short- or long-term basis and are paired with supportive services
provided by a service agency.
15. Housing First: A homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing permanent
housing to people experiencing homelessness, thus ending their homelessness and
serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their
quality of life. This approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities
like food and a place to live before attending to anything less critical, such as getting a
job, budgeting properly, or attending to substance use issues. Additionally, Housing First
is based on the theory that client choice is valuable in housing selection and supportive
service participation, and that exercising that choice is likely to make clients more
successful in remaining housed and improving their life.
16. HUD: [United States Department of] Housing and Urban Development
17. Mobile Prevention and Diversion Program: Mobile, flexible and individualized services
that result in youth obtaining safe, stable housing
18. Motivational Interviewing: A clinical approach that helps people with mental health and
substance use disorders and other chronic conditions make positive behavioral changes to
support better health
19. MOU: Memorandum of Understanding
20. NOFA: Notice of Funding Availability
21. Participant: An individual or family served by a proposed YHDP program
22. PYD: Positive Youth Development, an intentional, prosocial approach that engages youth
within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups and families in a manner
that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes and enhances young people’s
strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities,
fostering positive relationships and furnishing the support needed to build on their
leadership strengths. See the page titled “Positive Youth Development” at:
23. Pregnant or Parenting Youth: Individuals, age 24 or younger, who are pregnant or the
parent or legal guardian of one or more children who are present with or sleeping in the
same place as that youth parent, and where there is no person over age 24 in the
24. Proposal: A completed Response Form, with specified attachments, submitted in
response to this RFP
25. Proposer: The individual, nonprofit organization, or for-profit organization or business
submitting a Proposal in response to this RFP
26. PSH: Permanent Supportive Housing, long‐term housing with supportive services for
homeless individuals with disabilities
27. Response Form: The Word document in which Proposers respond to requested
information about this RFP
28. RFP: Request for Proposals
29. RRH: Rapid Re‐Housing, a program model that assists individuals or families who are
experiencing homelessness to move as quickly as possible into permanent housing and to
achieve stability in that housing through a combination of rental assistance, housing
search and supportive services. Extended RRHrefers to more flexible approaches to
RRH made possible by YHDP waivers, including longer rental assistance and the ability
to move in and out of housing and services until the age of 25.
30. Shared Housing: Long term living arrangement between two unrelated people who
choose to live together as a way of sharing costs and building a community of support
31. Successful Proposer: The Proposer(s) selected by the County and approved by HUD to
provide the Contract Services
32. Supportive Services: Services designed to prepare a Participant to make a successful
transition from homelessness to independence
33. Transition Age Youth: Individuals ages 18 through 24
34. TIC: Trauma-Informed Care, an approach that recognizes the widespread impact of
trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the signs and symptoms
of trauma in clients, families, staff and others; responds by fully integrating knowledge
about trauma into policies, procedures and practices; and seeks to actively resist re-
35. Unaccompanied Youth: Individuals age 24 or younger, who are not part of a family with
children and who are not accompanied by their parent or guardian during their episode of

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