Request for Proposal (RFP): Youth Collaboration Technical Assistance


CSH is seeking a subcontractor(s) to provide technical assistance (TA) under the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP), funded by United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (OSNAP).

The goal of YHDP is to prevent and end homelessness among youth and young adults by developing a coordinated community plan, creating cross-system partnerships, designing innovative service and housing solutions, and building national momentum. An essential component of YHDP is collaborating with youth and young adults with lived experience to elevate their expertise and leadership in decision-making processes to achieve the goals of YHDP. This subcontracting opportunity is aimed at building the capacity of youth, young adults, and adults in YHDP communities by incorporating the perspectives and insights of youth with lived experience to develop consumer-informed plans, policies, and practices. Youth Collaboration Technical Assistance will focus both on the planning phase and project design and implementation stages of the YHDP process.

In collaboration with CSH, HUD and other Technical Assistance Firms providing YHDP TA, subcontractor(s) are responsible for assessing communities youth collaboration efforts, developing a plan for each community on youth collaboration, and providing direct technical assistance to YHDP communities around building more robust youth collaboration policies and practices.

Youth collaboration TA will be comprised of two phases. The sub-contractor(s) will be expected to assess youth collaboration and work with the community to develop a youth collaboration strategy related to the development of the coordinated community plan process of the TA. The second phase of TA will focus on increasing youth collaboration through the project design and implementation process.

Sub-contractor(s) should have the following qualifications and specialized expertise:

  • recent, lived experience of homelessness; and
  • working with local or national partners on policies and practice efforts to end homelessness among youth and young adults.

This subcontract opportunity will commence immediately upon the selection of the subcontractor.

The subcontractor’s work will mainly comprise of the following:

  1. Direct TA: Subcontractor(s) will support youth collaboration in YHDP communities including assessing current practices, developing a plan with the community, and assisting the community to implement the Coordinated Community Plan. Direct TA will be conducted on-site, and remotely via e-mail and phone.
  2. Coordination: Subcontractor(s) are responsible for coordinating with CSH, HUD, and other YHDP TA Providers through regular e-mail and phone communication. Sometimes this will include travel. Subcontractor(s) are expected to participate on standing YHDP Leadership Team and other YHDP TA Provider calls. Coordination also includes planning travel and logistics for on-site TA. Coordination will mainly occur via e-mail and phone, but can involve on-site work.
  3. Reporting: Subcontractor(s) are responsible for complying with all Federal and CSH reporting requirements on this agreement.

Milestones and Deliverables:

Deliverable 1: Subcontractor(s) will complete a youth collaboration assessment with each community.

Deliverable 2: Subcontractor(s) will develop a plan with each community to enhance youth collaboration strategies, policies, and practices.

Deliverable 3: Subcontractor(s) will provide direct technical assistance with each community related to implementing the youth collaboration plan and building capacity of the community members to enhance the impact of youth collaboration.

Deliverable 4: Subcontractor(s) will create reports by communities including monthly invoicing narratives by community, quarterly community updates, and any ad hoc reporting requested.

Funding Available:

An amount not to exceed $600,000 is available for this project.

Application Process:

In order to be considered for this subcontracting opportunity, full completion and submission of the forms below are required by Friday, August 9, 2019. Organizations must be able to comply with the administrative and financial management requirements of the prime award from HUD, including the financial management standards for funds control and accountability, as specified in 2 CFR 200.302 and 2 CFR 200.303. Organizations must have an active registration on the System for Award Management found at sam.gov and 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.

You may apply as an organization, including up to 25 staff members in the application. The following forms are included:

Please submit: all completed forms, your resume (or resumes for all staff members listed on Attachment C), and a 2-paragraph description of your core competencies and accomplishments (or applying organization’s competencies) along with a sample of supporting documentation generated by your organization’s financial management system that can demonstrate your ability to comply with 2 CFR 200.302 and 2 CF 200.303 to fedta@csh.org by August 9, 2019.

All of the application information and forms must be submitted fully completed for consideration.


CSH will evaluate applications and select a valid proposal utilizing the following criteria:


  • Demonstrated successful performance of substantially similar work (up to 30 points);
  • Staff experience and qualifications (up to 30 points);
  • Rate reasonableness and overall cost of services (up to 20 points); and
  • Ability to comply with the administrative and financial management requirements of the prime award from HUD (up to 20 points).

We will contact you regarding the determination of adding you as a CSH subcontractor. Please note that CSH requires subcontractors, including individuals and sole proprietors, to carry workers' compensation insurance while performing work under a CSH subcontract.

If you have any questions, please contact fedta@csh.org.

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