|Sole Source Only Justification:||The Authority, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services ("IDHFS"), Illinois Department of Human Services ("IDHS") and Illinois Department on Aging ("IDoA") are partners for implementation of Illinois’ Money Follows the Person ("MFP") Demonstration. Under Illinois’ MFP Demonstration, approximately 3,400 people are to transition from institutional care to community-based services and housing over the next five (5) years. The State will receive an enhanced Medicaid match for services provided to persons who have transitioned to community-based settings under MFP. The goal of MFP is to find the most independent, integrated housing setting possible that is affordable to persons with extremely low incomes, accessible in terms of both design features and access to public transit, and located in communities where the MFP participant has service and support systems in place. Identifying housing according to individual needs on such a large scale will prove difficult without a mechanism to easily access information about housing location, affordability, accessibility and availability. Illinois’ MFP Agencies team believes the success of the State’s MFP Demonstration is dependent upon availability of a one-stop website, including a call center, listing all available affordable housing regardless of funding sources, with details on accessibility features and proximity to transit. This service assists to be in compliance in with components of the Consent Decree for Williams v. Quinn and Consent Decree for Colbert v. Quinn. |
In 2015, ILHousingSearch website had 3,917,656 searches for affordable housing, 7.389 landlords registered on the website and 106,227 units were registered throughout the State of Illinois.
The Vendor must be used by the Authority, as they are the sole owner and sole provider of their proprietary housing locator service currently used by the Authority. Based on a current Internet search, past studies performed by other states and by talking with other HFAs and other government entities, we have concluded that the Vendor remains the only one that currently offers the combination of a managed housing locator website and a website that facilitates transitions, offers a case worker portal for referring special needs clients, searchable accessible units specifically for Hard-to-Place Consumers, emergency management function for displaced individuals in a disaster, a comprehensive inventory of affordable units, free marketing for property managers to reduce vacancies, and a toll-free bilingual English/Spanish call center to assist those without access to a computer.
The Vendor is a nationally-known not-for-profit organization and is used by at least 35 other states and many other HFAs and government entities to provide similar services. The Vendor hosts and maintains the service, and the site meets technology accessibility requirements