phone: (212) 416-5252
PIN#00221P0019 - Due: 6/11/2021 2:00 PM
Date/Time - 2021-05-21 14:00:00
The Competitive Sealed Bidding is not practicable or advantageous to the City because judgement is required to evaluate which organizations can coordinate their resources to the target population requiring such services.
The provision of transitional housing is one component of the Mayor’s commitment to continue to safely reduce the jail population, while providing services and supports that allow for community stability. Recent analysis of data from the updated Criminal Justice Agency’s (CJA) Pretrial Release Assessment Tool shows that 5.2% of all people arrested in NYC are street homeless, and are often not recommended for release pre-trial. The provision of supportive transitional housing for justice involved individuals, however, has the potential to as much as triple the number of street homeless individuals recommended for release on their own recognizance (ROR) at arraignment, given that not having an address and length of stay at current address are predictive factors in the updated CJA Release Assessment Tool used to provide the NYC Criminal Courts with information about the likelihood of an individual’s court appearance. Transitional housing fills a much-needed gap in the transition from housing instability to permanent housing. This kind of immediate housing resource provides individuals a stable place to live and access services while identifying permanent housing possibilities and avoiding shelter, including locating family or friends to stay with, applying for permanent supportive housing, and/or other long-term options. This transitional housing initiative draws on the success of other supportive housing programs in New York City for the justice-involved population that have demonstrated reductions in shelter and jail use , reduced inpatient hospitalizations and related Medicaid costs, and reduced substance use.
Program Purpose and Goals The City is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) as one piece of its commitment to safely reducing the number of people in jail to 3,300—an average daily jail population that would allow for the closure of Rikers Island—and to continue and accelerate the progress of other City-funded initiatives including Alternatives to Incarceration, Supervised Release, and reentry programs. Through this transitional housing RFP, the City aims to (1) reduce the jail population through the provision of housing to support diversion; and (2) prevent further criminal justice system involvement for those released from incarceration by supporting reentry.