Request for Proposals for Technical Assistance

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PST, Friday, February 28, 2020.

Applications should be submitted in PDF format via e-mail to

Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Erica Crew via e-mail:

The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera)—with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)—is soliciting applications from public housing authorities (PHAs) that, in collaboration with their justice system partners, would benefit from technical assistance as they seek to plan and implement reentry programs and/or change their policies regarding people with conviction histories in order to safely increase access to housing for people with criminal records. The goals of this initiative are to:

  1. increase housing access for people with conviction histories and increase public safety in communities that people return to on release from jails and prisons;
  2. improve the safety of public housing and surrounding communities through the use of reentry housing strategies; and
  3. promote collaboration among public housing authorities, law enforcement agencies, and other criminal justice stakeholders to effectively reduce crime and improve reentry outcomes for people leaving prisons and jails.

Housing authorities of all sizes are encouraged to apply, including those that manage their own units as well as those that administer Housing Choice Voucher programs. In addition, multiple housing authorities in the same geographic area may decide to apply together in a single application if they have common goals and believe that coordinating their reform efforts will increase the local impact of their work.

Applicants must submit application packages via e-mail in PDF format to Applications should include (1) a letter of intent and commitment; (2) an application narrative; and (3) letters of support (required).

Learn more about the application process.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, February 28, 2020. Selected sites will be notified, and Vera will make a public announcement of the selections in April 2020.

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