Subcontracting Opportunity: Coordinated Access System Navigation in Chicago

Due May 11, 2016


CSH is seeking subcontractors to provide support to Veteran households and households experiencing chronic homelessness in need of coordinated access system navigation support. Subcontractors provide direct services to households that have been assessed with a coordinated access tool and matched to a permanent housing provider. The System Navigators (SN) will work collaboratively with the Ending Veterans Homelessness Initiative (EVHI) and partners to implement strategies to end veteran homelessness by the end of the year. SN may also provide support to initiatives ending homelessness for vulnerable populations.  Funding is provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Emergency Solutions Grant Program through the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.

Planned Activities

  • Search for and engage households who have been assessed and received a housing match.
  • Provide support to households in meeting housing provider requirements, inclusive of attending housing intake meetings, attainment of homelessness and/or disability documentation.
  • Complete coordinated access assessments, as needed.

Expected Deliverables

Deliverable 1: Provide system navigation activities to homeless households with a housing match.

Deliverable 2: Participate in system integration team meetings and work collaboratively with initiative partners.

Deliverable 3: Maintain and report data on system navigation activities.

Funding Available

A total of $300,000 is available for this project. Subcontracts will not exceed $100,000 and will have an end date of December 31, 2016. Agencies may include expenses for travel and equipment. Subcontractors will bill CSH at an hourly rate, not to exceed $125/hour.  No increment above cost can be included in the hourly rate provided to CSH and the hourly rate must be consistent with the best (lowest) customary rate that has been negotiated with other clients.  Selected subcontractors will be required to provide evidence of past compensation consistent with the rate provided to CSH.

Application Process and Vendor Requirements

Agencies will need the capacity to enter and receive information from Chicago’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Training to selected agencies will be provided.

CSH will hold a Q&A session about this subcontracting opportunity on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at 1:00 pm. The session will be held at CSH - 205 W. Randolph, 23rd Floor; Chicago, IL 60606.

To apply for this opportunity email Christine Haley at christine.haley@csh.org for an application, and the application will be due on May 11th,  2016 at 5:00pm CST.

Applications received before the deadline will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated successful performance of substantially similar work
  • Relevant project work
  • Experience and expertise
  • Years of relevant experience
  • Rate reasonableness and overall cost of services

Please note that CSH requires subcontractors, including individuals and sole proprietors, to carry workers' compensation insurance while performing work under a CSH subcontract. CSH subcontractors cannot have existing, pending or expired debarments that preclude them from doing business with the United States government and cannot have convictions for, nor have any pending indictments for, fraud or a criminal offense in connection with a public contract or subcontract.

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