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HOPE VI and Choice Neighborhoods

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

CHALLENGE

Several grantees of the HOPE VI and Choice Neighborhoods programs – which endeavor to spawn comprehensive affordable housing and community revitalization – were in need of assistance to maximize their investments.

DESCRIPTION

Provide program-wide and individualized technical assistance and training to build the capacity of HOPE VI and Choice Neighborhoods grantees.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

The technical assistance consisted of, but was not limited to:

  • Plan and organize predevelopment work

  • Draft, review and implement revitalization plans

  • Negotiate with developers, contractors, city/state officials

  • Finance and accounting

  • Record keeping

  • Construction management

  • Procurement and contracting

  • Environmental reviews

  • Regulatory compliance

  • Program management

  • Property management

  • Information systems

  • Other development related issues

  • Soliciting, evaluating and choosing developers

  • Community outreach

  • Analyzing budgets and revising mixed-finance packages

RESULTS

BCT has successfully assisted CN grantees across the country including: Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA; and HOPE VI grantees including: Fresno, CA; Benton Harbor, MI; El Paso, TX; Phoenix, AZ; Tuscaloosa, AL; New York, NY; Okolona, MS; Baton Rouge, LA; Miami, FL; Mobile, AL; New Orleans, LA.

 

Integrated Assessment Sub-System (NASS) Business Support

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

CHALLENGE

HUD and Congress have mandated that Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) be evaluated, scored, and rated using the indicators defined in the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS).

DESCRIPTION

BCT Partners was contracted to provide business support to the Public and Indian Housing (PIH) - Real Estate Assessment Center’s (REAC) assessment reporting system for PHAs.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

The business support consisted of, but was not limited to:

  • Business requirements development

  • Assessment laboratory and testing analysis

  • Risk analysis and quality assurance monitoring

  • Ad-hoc management reporting

  • Micro-Strategy reporting and analysis

  • Data warehouse reporting and analysis

  • Processing and conducting analysis of PHAs scores and financials

  • Statistical analysis support

  • Transition planning

RESULTS

BCT HUD NASS team scored exceptionally high marks in its support of PIH REAC.  In particular, the clients commented on the effectiveness of our team to consistently deliver insightful and analytical reports in response to congressional requests for information. 

 

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
U.S. Department of Labor

CHALLENGE

DOL was in need of a vendor that could assist with implementing the SCSEP program and the corresponding data collection and reporting being managed by the SCSEP Performance and Results Quarterly Progress Report (SPARQ) system – the Web-based, enterprise performance measurement software developed for SCSEP grantees and sub-grantees. 

DESCRIPTION

BCT Partners was contracted to provided a full range of data collection, data management, performance management, reporting and technical support to assist with implementing and managing SPARQ.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

  • Provide IT services and technology assistance to SCSEP grantees across the country to improve outcomes and promote continuous learning.

  • Maintain hardware and software infrastructure for a full-service call center (the “SPARQ Technical Assistance Center”).

  • Provide help desk services for users of the SPARQ system.

  • Generate quarterly reports to gauge progress and measure impact.

  • Managed data validation and progress reporting process on a quarterly basis.

RESULTS

To date, received and resolved 1,977 help desk requests and managed data associated with 1,700 users; 1,049 grantees and sub-grantees; 77,873 positions, 74,578 active participants, and 368,643 records.

 

Community Compass TA and Capacity Building

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

CHALLENGE

HUD requested that BCT provide direct technical assistance and capacity building to public housing authorities (PHAs) to develop a redevelopment/repositioning plan for several sites. 

DESCRIPTION

BCT assists these PHAs with common challenges such as updating their mixed-finance procedures and developing a training plan for staff in all aspects of the mixed-finance process. BCT also provides other related technical assistance including assisting with the analysis of disposition, demolition, sale, and/or reuse potential for each site.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

The technical assistance consists of, but was not limited to:

  • Market analysis

  • Site design alternatives

  • Prepares analysis of financing alternatives

  • Analyzes optimal organizational structures and any legal issues 

  • Analyzes current 5-Yr plan and provide TA for on-going modernization projects

  • Develops and wrote procedures for PHA staff 

  • Prepares training plan and delivered training 

RESULTS

  • Completed repositioning studies in Selma, AL and Charleston, SC.

  • Provided board and staff training in Tarrytown, NY and Winslow, AZ. 

 

Strategic Planning and National Program Management

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

CHALLENGE

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation hires BCT to advance an ambitious, new grant portfolio geared toward young boys and males of color. 

DESCRIPTION

Provide strategic planning and national program management for Forward Promise, an initiative that aims to improve the health of middle school- and high school-aged young boys and men of color, along with their opportunities for success in school, work, and life.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

  • National program management

  • Strategic planning to further define and refine the grant portfolio

  • Grant making strategy support

  • Conference, event, and convening planning (“Gathering of Leaders”)

  • Ongoing strategic, logistical, and administrative support to the foundation

  • Planning and managing two national grantee conferences

RESULTS

  • Fielded leadership to promote greater awareness, support, engagement on this issue.

  • Planned and managed two national grantee conferences.

  • Leveraged relationships and infrastructure to maximize impact.

 

Office of Head Start (OHS)

Part of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

CHALLENGE

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services was seeking assistance for the Office of Head Start (OHS), a part of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in providing funding oversight, programmatic and financial policy guidance, and training and technical assistance to Head Start programs throughout the United States, U.S. Territories and American Indian Tribal nations.  Nationally, ACF is comprised of twelve regional offices that collectively administer over 1,600 Head Start grants.

DESCRIPTION

BCT Partners is providing professional, administrative or technical services, and expertise in support of OHS initiatives and mission.  This support is necessary to enable the Regional Offices in Atlanta, GA (Region 4), Chicago, IL (Region 5), Denver, CO (Region 8), and San Francisco, CA (Region 9) to meet mission-critical functions and enhance their ability to implement more effective data analysis, information management and management systems.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

  • Information Systems Support:  BCT Partners assists with data entry and management for existing federal government management information systems.

  • Program and Performance Analysis:  BCT Partners assists in collecting, aggregating, and analyzing organizational, management, program and financial characteristic and performance data at individual grantee, State and Regional levels.

  • Monitoring System Support:  BCT Partners provides administrative and data management support for Regional and National Head Start on-site monitoring reviews and other activities related to the Head Start monitoring system.

  • Issues Tracking and Analysis: BCT Partners provides administrative, data entry and management, data analysis, and technical writing support.

  • File Management, Systems Integration and Improvement, Program Management Support, Grants Management Support, Administrative Support

RESULTS

BCT staff is currently providing support in four Head Start regions through 2020 (Region 9) and 2021 (Regions 4, 5, and 8).