The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) recently announced the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Bringing Families Home (BFH) Program. This RFP makes $20 million of funding available to registered non-profit organizations or joint ventures of non-profits in Los Angeles County to provide rapid re-housing, prevention, and legal services to families in the child welfare system who are homeless or facing housing instability.
Assembly Bill 1603 (Chapter 25, Statutes of 2016) established the BFH Program and the Budget Act of 2021 appropriated an additional $92.5 million in General Funds for BFH available July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) received an allocation of $30,954,248 from this funding. The LACDA has been designated by DCFS to develop and administer this RFP and the agreements with the agencies to which these funds will be awarded.
Since its implementation in January 2018, DCFS and the LACDA, in collaboration with housing partners, have successfully served over 800 families and 2,400 children under the BFH Program. Despite the challenges to locate affordable housing for these high-barrier families in Los Angeles County, the continued success of the Program reflects the strong partnership and shared mission to reduce and prevent homelessness for families in the child welfare system and ending homelessness in the community.
The RFP documents are available at: https://www.lacda.org/community-development/cdbg/bringing-families-home. For any questions regarding the RFP or additional information, please submit via e-mail to BFH-RFP@lacda.org using the subject line: “BFH RFP.”