Pierce County Human Services is announcing a request for proposals from qualified organizations to provide a range of services to assist newly arrived refugees as they settle into their new community and become stable. The goal of this funding is to provide support and assistance necessary to meet at least one of the listed categories of basic needs of eligible recent arrivals including:
- Resource navigation
- Case management
- Rent and housing assistance
- Clothing and other essential needs
- Transportation services
- Employment services, including language classes
- Legal aid
- Services and programs that connect recent arrivals to Pierce County communities and help them navigate the systems and cultures in Pierce County
- Other services necessary to become stable
Funding for opportunity is from the Washington Department of Commerce and the Pierce County Human Services Community Services Division. The contract period is anticipated to be for 17 months, from February 2024 – June 2024, and July 2024 – June 2025. Unspent funds from the first funding term may not be carried over into the second term. Funding is estimated to total approximately $855,000. The initial contract period is for the period of January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024, which may be extended through December 31, 2025, based on funding and performance.
Applications are due no later than 2 p.m. on January 5, 2024. Interested parties must register with OpenGov, Pierce County’s new e-Procurement Portal, using this link. After signing up, an email will be sent to activate the account. There is no cost to register with OpenGov.
Pierce County has large immigrant communities of newly arrived households that are experiencing deep financial need. According to the Washington Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance, at least 2,625 Ukrainian arrivals are living in Pierce County and receiving public assistance. In March 2023, the Honorary Consul General of Ukraine estimated that Pierce County was home to more than 6,000 Ukrainians fleeing the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. While Pierce County expects that most refugees served through this program will be from Ukraine or neighboring countries, we also recognize that there are many other refugee communities coming to Pierce County.
Learn more by visiting https://procurement.opengov.com/portal/piercecountywa/projects/70715.