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Good Jobs Metro Boston Coalition RFP Info Session Recap

A bidders’ conference was held for the Good Jobs Metro Boston Coalition (GJMBC) Wraparound Supports Framework Implementation Request for Proposals (RFP) on Monday, July 31, 2023, at 2 p.m. You can find the recording of the session, the questions and answers, and additional questions from applicants, below. The powerpoint presentation can be found online.

Full proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) on August 17, 2023. Technical proposals should be submitted to abigail.cross@boston.gov, while fee proposals and attachments should be separately to sayyida.jean-charles@boston.gov. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure their information is complete and submitted on time.

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Watch the Recording

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

The supportive services identified in the menu of supports (transportation, childcare, food, clothing/supplies, communications) is prioritized. If your service provides other supports, we welcome that. However, GJMBC funds must be used for the services described above.

About 30 users will need access to a proposed technology solution.

Proposers will only need to develop a product if one doesn’t already exist. Those with existing products would need to tailor their product to fit GJMBC program needs.

Yes, the budget for the requested service is coming from the $1 millino set aside for covered services.

No, partner organizations will be delivering on the ground client facing services.

Individual-level data is preferred, but population-level data will be accepted.

Yes. However, the cost to develop and administer the service should be a subset of that funding. We anticipate most of the funding to go to participants.

Correct.

~$550 per participant.

No, training providers are using their own case management platforms.

August 2025.

You must sign the form that is there. However, we encourage proposers to submit a breakdown of costs that suits their proposal, which can be submitted as an attachment to the form that is there.

The breakdown of the $1 million is ultimately up to you. Ideally, the breakdown would be ~10--20% administration and technology and 80-90% direct services, but understand that you may have a set pricing structure for your services.

Is there an expectation for the service provider to:

  1. Have a physical presence in Boston for service delivery?
  2. Have a physical presence in Boston for distribution of support services?

There isn't an expectation for the service provider to have a physical presence in Boston for service delivery or distribution of support services. However, as we are Boston-based, we would prioritize an understanding of the local workforce ecosystem.

Is it for the participants to get a consolidated view of the current public benefits and the GJMBC wraparound services in one place?

Correct. Also, so that we can ensure GJMBC services are being used to fill in gaps that cannot be filled by the public benefits system without duplicating efforts.

Do the service providers/partners write checks payable to the participants and the new system will only track the payments. Or should the new system have the ability to generate payments directly to the relevant parties?

The new system should have the ability to generate payments directly to the relevant parties, which would be partner organizations.

Within Section V. Terms of Procurement under the subheading "Proposal Specifications" on page 10 of the document, there is conflicting information regarding whether the proposal should be double-spaced (item #3) or single-spaced (#4). Can you please confirm the City's preference for line spacing in a response?

The proposal should be single-spaced.

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