Human Services

FY21 Human Services RFP

Welcome to the City of Newton's FY2021 (FFY20) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Human Services Request for Proposals (RFP). The City seeks proposals for services and/or interventions that focus on supporting and enhancing the lives of vulnerable low- and moderate-income Newton residents across the lifespan.

Please find the FY21 Human Service RFP instructions and application below. Applications are available as of January 6, 2020 and are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 3, 2020.

FY21 Human Services RFP Instructions
FY21 Human Services RFP Application
Human Service Technical Assistance Presentation, which took place January 13, 2020.


The City of Newton's Human Service grants support programs and/or interventions that focus on advancing low- and moderate-income populations toward achievement of economic mobility and/or stability across the lifespan.

Annually, the City of Newton allocates fifteen percent (15%) of its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support human services that benefit low- and moderate-income residents of Newton. Beneficiaries must have an income at or below eighty percent (80%) of the Area Median Income or be considered “presumed eligible”.

Allocations to agencies are based on priority needs outlined through the five-year Consolidated Planning Process (FY16 - FY20) and alignment with the Brookings Institute’s Benchmarks for Success (more detail provided below).

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Employment training
  • Affordable Childcare
  • Recreational and wellness programming for senior citizens
  • Mental health services
  • Financial literacy 
  • Youth programs

The following groups are presumed eligible, per HUD guidelines: abused children, battered spouses, severely disabled adults, homeless persons, illiterate adults, persons with AIDS, and elderly people.

Distribution of Funds

Newton Housing & Community Development Division staff annually issues a notice of availability for CDBG Human Service funds for the fiscal year. Funds are awarded to nonprofit agencies through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process and are reviewed by Division Staff and an RFP Review Committee.

The Committee presents an allocation recommendation to the Planning and Development Board, who then makes a recommendation to the Mayor. The Mayor makes the final decision regarding the distribution of grant funds to applicants. Grants are awarded to the agencies that demonstrate an outstanding capacity to meet the Eight Benchmarks for Social Mobility (see below for more detail).

2019 (FY2020) Timeline

  • January 14, 2019: FY20 CDBG Human Service RFP is released 
  • February 1, 2019: Deadline for RFPs
  • February 12, 2019: Proposals Reviewed
  • April 2, 2019: Funding recommendations presented to Planning and Development Board for Approval
  • July 1, 2019: Funding year begins (funds are not anticipated until September 2019, at the earliest)

FY2020 Human Service Recipients



Grant Amount

Barry L. Price Rehabilitation Center

Building Independence and Self-Esteem Through Employment


John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton

Financial Aid for Teens and Families


Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)

Career Family Opportunity Program


Family ACCESS of Newton

Social Mobility for Young Families


Horace Cousens Industrial Fund

Emergency Payments for Families in Financial Crisis


2Life Communities (formerly Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly)

CaringChoices and Wellness Nursing for Low-Income Seniors


Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Stabilization & Recovery Services for People with Mental Illness and/or Autism


Newton Community Development Foundation

Resident Services Program


Newton Housing Authority

Resident Services Program


Plowshares Education Development Center

Tuition Assistance for Preschool and After School


REACH Beyond Domestic Violence

Individual Support and Advocacy


Riverside Community Care

Mental Health Services Promoting Economic Mobility


The Second Step

Residential and Community Programs for Survivors of Domestic Violence


Newton Department of Senior Services

Senior Fitness Program



Total CDBG Funding


Priorities for Human Service Grants

Allocations of Human Service funds are based on priority needs outlined through the five-year Consolidated Planning Process (FY16 - FY20) and alignment with the Brookings Institute’s Benchmarks for Success, as detailed below.

Program Area 1


Proposed Outcome of Services

Closing the Achievement Gap for Children and Adolescents, Aged 0-18 years

Family Formation

  • Increase reading and/or math skills
  • Increase social skills and/or emotional well-being and/or mental health
  • Increase high school graduation rates, high school G.P.A., college readiness/enrollment rates
Early Childhood 

Middle Childhood

Program Area 2


Proposed Outcome of Services

Promoting Economic Mobility and Independence for Vulnerable Adults, Aged 17-60


  • Increase college graduation rates with an emphasis on return on investment
  • Increase career preparation and family support with an emphasis on jobs that pay self-sustaining wages
  • Increase stability and economic mobility for populations at highest risk

Transition to Adulthood


Program Area 3


Proposed Outcome of Services

Promoting Economic Security and Vitality for Older Adults, Aged 50+

Older Adults

  • Increase the number of vulnerable older adults with long-term financial plans and economic stability throughout retirement
  • Increase new social networks and/or community engagement opportunities for underserved and/or isolated vulnerable older adults

Benchmarks for Social Mobility 

The City has developed an overarching mission of promoting economic mobility for all its residents and students based on the Brookings Institution Benchmarks of Success and Social Genome Model, 2012. The eight key benchmarks correlate achievement of each milestone with a higher probability of becoming a successful, self-sufficient adult.  

Additional Resources

HUD Income Limits
FY2020 Human Service Grant RFP - Technical Assistance Presentation, presented January 18, 2019

Contact Information

For more information on Human Services, please contact Tiffany Leung, Community Development Planner, at 617.796.1146 or

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