2019 Older Adult Community Transportation RFP

The Aging and Disability Services Division of the City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking applications from agencies interested in providing community transportation services for older adults (60+) in King County. HSD invests in community transportation to improve the mobility of older people in King County. This enables those who would otherwise be socially isolated to maintain access to activities and services that allow them to maintain their health and age in place. Community transportation services play a critical role in closing transportation gaps and supporting health equity. The City of Seattle Human Services Department seeks to contract with a diverse group of providers to help ensure the result of HSD's Older Adult Community Transportation investment is that all older adults experience stable health and are able to age in place.

Funding is available in two program areas: Health Services Transportation and Food Access Transportation.

  • Health Services Transportation enables older people to access healthcare by providing trips to medical, dental, and other essential appointments. Additionally, health-related trips are also eligible. Health Services Transportation prioritizes clients with the greatest social and emotional need, particularly those individuals with no other way to access healthcare and health-related services.

  • Food Access Transportation enables older adults to access healthy food in the setting of their choice. Food Access Transportation supports HSD-funded congregate meal programs by providing older adults with the opportunity to participate in these programs without transportation barriers. Other eligible trips include trips to food banks, farmer's markets, and grocery stores, including sites that participate in SNAP, Fresh Bucks, and/or the Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).

RFP timeline

If you have any questions about the Older Adult Community Transportation RFP, please contact: Jon Morrison Winters via email at jon.winters@seattle.gov, or Andrea Yip via email at andrea.yip@seattle.gov.  Please contact RFP coordinator for accommodation requests: Jon Morrison Winters at jon.winters@seattle.gov.  

Approximately $711,500 is available through this RFP. HSD intends to fund up to four proposals. Initial awards will be made for the period of July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020. While it is the City's intention to renew agreements resulting from this funding opportunity on an annual basis through the 2022-2023 program year, future funding will be contingent upon performance and funding availability.