Now accepting applications for the Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative RFP – apply by June 23!  

We are excited to share the Best Starts for Kids Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative (YFHPI) request for proposals (RFP) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on Friday, June 23 at 2PM, please submit your application by then.    

Click here to view the full funding opportunity details and apply.    

Note: please create a log-in to view details and access the ZoomGrants webpage.  

About this opportunity:    

Housing security is key to ensuring kids have their best start at life. Research shows that housing is the first rung on the ladder to economic opportunity and that a person’s access to opportunity is intrinsically linked with that of the community where they live. The purpose of this RFP is to award up to two qualified applicants to implement YFHPI 2.0 by providing direct, culturally competent homelessness Prevention services comprised of Intensive Case Management services coupled with Flexible Funds in alignment with YFHPI 2.0 goals and objectives. The awardee(s) shall dedicate one Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) case manager solely devoted to the work of preventing homelessness, ensuring housing stability for households at Imminent Risk, and implementing the YFHPI model of Prevention and housing stability. Agencies who can clearly demonstrate the ability to serve AI/AN and/or LGBTQ communities will have an advantage in the RFP process 

The goal in this expansion RFP is to solicit organizations that work directly and intentionally with members of the Alaska Indian/American Native communities, and/or households with member(s) identifying as Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning (LGBTQ) to support their housing stability by preventing an imminent risk of homelessness in a culturally responsive manner. This expansion RFP is addressing gaps in services for these two populations that were not satisfied in the first release in February 2022. 


This request is open to nonprofit organizations, CBO, tribes, and tribal organizations, and public or governmental agencies serving communities in King County. Small nonprofits and CBOs are encouraged to submit proposals. 

Funding available:    

We have budgeted approximately $2,000,000 for this RFP. We expect to fund two agencies and the exact budget for organizations will be determined and negotiated with the awarded applicants at the time of contract negotiations.  

Attend our information session:    

We strongly encourage anyone interested in applying to attend an information session to learn more:  

Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 1 pm – 2:30 pm, Pacific Time  

Learn more about this funding opportunity and access meeting details for the information session within the full RFP document here. 


RFP Issued    June 5, 2023  
Information Session   June 7, 2023, 1 pm – 2:30 pm 
Final day to Submit Questions via ZoomGrants    June 16, 2023 by 2:00 pm 
RFP Application Due    June 23, 2023 by 2:00 pm  
Applications Reviewed     June 26, 2023 through July 12, 2023 
Notification of Selected and Non-Selected Applicants    August 1, 2023 through August 4, 2023 
Anticipated program/contract start date September 1, 2023 

Do you have any questions?    

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, you can submit a question before Friday, June 16, 2023 through the Contact Admin tab in ZoomGrants. The response to all questions received will be posted as an RFP amendment on ZoomGrants.   

For complete details, please view the RFP on ZoomGrants: If you experience technical difficulties with ZoomGrants, you can email directly. Any other questions can be sent to:  

Tiffany Ngo, RFP Lead, 

Would you like support? Access Best Starts technical assistance!    

Free application support is available for organizations interested in applying for this Best Starts funding opportunity! Best Starts partnered consultants can support by: helping to determine appropriate fit between your work and this funding opportunity, providing guidance on how best to answer application questions, supporting your application development (including editing and reviewing), and supporting you in explaining your qualifications in the most clear and concise way.     

If you are interested in partnering with a technical assistance consultant, learn more here.  

1. Check out our funding calendar     

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2. Watch our latest recorded info sessions     

If you were unable to make it to the info session for an open funding opportunity, check out the recordings and slideshows here.    

3. Keep an eye out for our next open house!    

Keep an eye out for our next Best Starts virtual open house! View the recordings from the latest open house on March 1, 2023.  


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