Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - RFP for Homeless Prevention Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 11, 2009


CONTACT:

Linda Rice, 303.866.6249, linda.rice@state.co.us

Ryan McMaken, 303.866.4651, ryan.mcmaken@state.co.us

Visit http://www.dola.state.co.us/arra/index.html for more information.


REGIONAL PROGRAM COORDINATORS BEING SOUGHT TO ADMINISTER HOMELESS PREVENTION AND RAPID RE-HOUSING PROGRAM


DENVER -- Organizations are being sought to serve as Regional Coordinators of the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) administered by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). In cooperation with the State Housing Board and the Community and Interagency Council on Homelessness, Susan Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of DOLA, today announced the Request for Proposals (RFP) process has begun for HPRP. The program, established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, will provide assistance and services that will prevent homelessness by quickly re-housing and stabilizing families.


The RFP process will help establish a contract with an organization to act as Regional Coordinator(s) for HPRP in each of three (3) Continuum of Care (CoC) regions in Colorado. Each Regional Coordinator will be responsible for the award and overall management of HPRP grants in its CoC region. Proposals may be submitted for one, two, or all three regions. The Department may select one Coordinator for all three regions, two Coordinators to manage the three regions (with one of the Coordinators managing two of the regions), or three Coordinators (one in each region).


If an organization thinks it might be interested in submitting a proposal, it will need to register with the State of Colorado's "BIDS" website. There is a fee of $40/year. All State of Colorado solicitations (RFPs, bid and quote requests) are posted on the BIDS website. BIDS is the only source to obtain solicitations and a bidder must be registered with BIDS for its proposal to be accepted. BIDS is located at: https://www.gssa.state.co.us/VenSols.


When ready to register, click "Register" at the top of the main page to begin the process. The "Frequently Asked Questions" link at the top of the main page also offers some useful information about BIDS.


About the RFP announcement, Kirkpatrick said, "This starts the important first step in getting HPRP funds into communities. As a department, we appreciate the privilege and opportunity to administer these dollars that will strengthen Colorado communities and help lead the state forward.


"Citizens who are either facing or currently experiencing homelessness can benefit from HPRP. Colorado has a strong, capable and innovative housing community ready to achieve the goals of this program."


To see the Request for Proposals (RFP) for HPRP Regional Coordinator notice and to register with the BIDs website, go to

https://www.gssa.state.co.us/VenSols.