City of Fort Worth

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV)/ Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA-CV) CARES Act Request for Proposals (RFP) Application
CLOSED  Deadline  9/30/2020
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At the end of March 2020, the U.S. Congress approved emergency funding to assist local governments and community residents to respond to economic and other impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  The CARES Act included supplemental allocations of Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) program funds for local governments, including the City of Fort Worth.  These funds must be used to respond to the direct impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic.  ESG-CV funds must assist Fort Worth homeless persons.

To fulfill the purposes of the CARES Act, the City of Fort Worth (City) Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) is inviting nonprofit and social service agencies to submit requests for ESG-CV funds through this Request for Proposals (RFP).

A total of $457,664 in HUD grant funding is being made available to address the following two City of Fort Worth CARES Act priorities for eligible activities for these HUD grant funds: 

1) Homelessness Prevention

2) Rapid Rehousing for Homeless Persons 

 Proposals addressing other activities or service types will not be eligible to receive funding under this RFP

The funds available through this RFP represent 21% of total ESG-CV CARES Act funds received by the City.  A portion of this CARES Act funding was previously awarded directly to agencies and programs addressing the above priorities, in Tier One of the allocation process.  This RFP competitive process represents Tier Two of the allocation process.  It is anticipated that further ESG-CV funds will be made available by HUD later this year, as Congress authorized additional CARES Act funding to these programs to be distributed to local governments in a multi-step process. Recipients of Tier One CARES Act funding are eligible to apply for additional funds under this RFP.  Funding awards made through this RFP will result in 18 to 24 month contracts beginning June, 2020 and continuing to June 30, 2022.  Funding commitments and the execution of contracts are subject to the City of Fort Worth’s receipt of grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).  

The following projects and costs are specifically not eligible under this RFP:

  • Supplanting of funds for existing programs or activities (substitution of CARES Act funding for other funding);
  • Applications from for-profit entities;
  • Anything that is listed as ineligible or unallowable in the applicable ESG grant regulations.

HUD is expected to issue further guidance regarding use of CARES Act grant funds in the coming weeks.  HUD regulations governing the standard annual ESG allocations of funds will be applicable to the CARES Act funds unless specifically referenced as an exception under the City’s Contract.

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Eligible Activities under this RFP: • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) Program– Homelessness Prevention, Rapid Rehousing

The following projects/costs are examples of project types that are NOT eligible under this RFP:

• Major construction projects such as public facilities, new multifamily and single-family housing, or multifamily housing acquisition and rehabilitation;

• Construction or rehabilitation of buildings for the general conduct of government;

• Supplanting of funds for existing programs or activities;

• Purchase of equipment, furniture, and fixtures, and operational or maintenance expenses of facilities;

• Applications from for-profit entities;

• Demolition/code enforcement; and

• Anything that is listed as ineligible or unallowable in the applicable grant regulations.

Complete federal regulations governing these programs can be found at:

• ESG regulations are contained within 24 CFR 576, which can be found at part576.

Additional information about ESG can be found at

All agencies must ensure that any programs funded with awards from this RFP comply with the applicable regulations. All proposals and programs awarded funding through this RFP must adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations including, but not limited to, the following:

Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC 2000d et seq.)

Title VIII of Civil Rights Act of 1968 (42 USC 3601 et seq.)

Executive Orders 11063 and 11246, as amended by Executive Orders 11375 and 12086 and as supplemented by 41 CFR Part 60.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 USC et seq).

The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42 USC 6101 et seq).

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC 794 et seq.) and 24 CFR Part 8. Prohibits recipients of Federal funds from excluding any qualified persons from participating or receiving benefit from, any federally funded program or activity based solely on his or her disability. The City will also require all Agencies that are awarded funds through this RFP process to complete and submit a self-evaluation form to ensure compliance with this part. Subsequently the City may conduct random monitoring to ensure compliance with this part.

National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, 42 USC 4321 et seq. (“NEPA”) and the related authorities listed 24 CFR Part 58.

The Clean Air Act, as amended, (42 USC 7401 et seq.), the Clean Water Act of 1977, as amended (33 USC 1251 et seq.) and the related EPA regulations at 40 CFR Part 15, as amended from time to time, and Executive Order 11738. In no event shall any amount of the assistance provided under this Contract be utilized with respect to a facility that has given rise to a conviction under the Clean Air Act or the Clean Water Act.

Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (8 USC 1101 et seq.) specifically including the provisions requiring employer verifications of legal status of its employees.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, (42 USC 12101 et seq.), the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, as amended, (42 USC 4151 et seq.), and the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards, 24 CFR Part 40, Appendix A.

Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41 USC 701 et seq.) and 24 CFR part 23, Subpart F. Davis-Bacon and related Acts. The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor determines prevailing wage rates to be paid on federally funded or assisted construction projects may apply. Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as Amended may apply.

Regulations at 24 CFR Part 87 related to lobbying, including the requirement that certifications and disclosures be obtained from all covered persons.

Executive Order 12549 and 24 CFR Part 5.105 (c) pertaining to restrictions on participation by ineligible, debarred or suspended persons or entities.

Executive Order 13559 and 24 CFR Part 5.109 pertaining to participation of faith-based organizations in HUD’s programs and activities.

Regulations at 24 CFR Part 576 and Statute at 42 USC 11302 pertaining to Emergency Solutions Grant, as applicable.

Regulations at 24 CFR Part 5, regarding Income Eligibility, as applicable.

Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (“FFATA”) (Pub.L. 109- 282, as amended by Section 6205(a) of Pub.L. 110-252 and Section 3 of Pub.L. 113-101)

Federal Whistleblower Regulations, as contained in 10 U.S.C. 2409, 41 U.S.C. 4712, 10 U.S.C. 2324, 41 U.S.C. 4304 and 41 U.S.C. 4310.

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DescriptionFile NameDate UploadedFile Type
CARES Act Request for Proposals Summary & Instructions CARESACTCDBG-CVESG-CVRFPMay2020_051120.pdf 5/8/2020 1:29:28 AM PDF
City Council Contact Information CityCouncil.pdf 5/8/2020 1:30:27 AM PDF
Scoring Criteria CARESActRFP_ScoringCriteria.pdf 5/8/2020 1:31:04 AM PDF
Form 1295 Form1295.pdf 5/8/2020 1:31:59 AM PDF
Form 1295 - FAQs Form1295-FAQs.pdf 5/8/2020 1:32:19 AM PDF
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