About Contracting

No single system has enough expertise or resources to accomplish its mission for all people. Therefore, the Department of Human Services collaborates with community-based organizations and recommends grants totaling over $18 million.

The department contracts with over 50 community-based agencies to provide essential human services to the county’s residents including:

  • Individuals and families experiencing homelessness
  • Individuals or families with low income
  • Individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Individuals with mental illness
  • Individuals with physical disabilities
  • Individuals with substance abuse issues
  • Juveniles / families in crisis
  • Older adults
  • Single, at risk parents
  • Veterans
  • Victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment

It is believed that one in nine Bergen County households benefits from at least one of the many services provided or funded by the Department of Human Services.

Requests for Proposals

The Bergen County Department of Human Services issues requests for proposals for needed human services consistent with the Local Public Contracts Law.

Individuals who are devoid of conflict of interest and who serve on county appointed advisory boards review proposals and make funding recommendations to the department. The methodology for reviewing proposals is based on an evaluation and ranking, which includes technical, management, and cost-related criteria, and includes the weighting of criteria. The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders authorizes all contracts.

Any public, private non-profit or for-profit organization that serves residents of Bergen County may submit proposals. Announcements for requests for proposals appear in newspapers and under the county's with the Purchasing Division.

Contact Us

Sarah Onello

Planning Officer

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Department of Human Services

One Bergen County Plaza  • 2nd Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076