Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Requests for Quotes (RFQs)


Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Requests for Quotes (RFQs)

This page lists the active Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Requests for Quotes (RFQs) issued by Southwest Solutions (SWS) and its subsidiaries: Southwest Counseling Solutions (SWCS), Southwest Housing Solutions (SWHS), and Southwest Economic Solutions (SWES).


Southwest Economic Solutions (SWES) is pursuing office and program space for a Youth Build program in respect to the Department of Labor Youth Build contract. The location must be modern, clean, professional, safe and well-lit. SWES will adopt a Human-Centered Design element for the physical space and provide standard education and workforce for eligible participants ages 18-24 in the City of Detroit.

Southwest Economic Solutions (SWES) is seeking Request for Proposals (RFP’s) for office and program lease space starting March 1st, 2020 to February 28, 2022 ( 2 years) with conditions for termination of the lease without penalty costs or fees should federal funds or other applicable funding sources become unavailable.

If bidders shall have any questions or concerns, please contact Karyn Goven, Director at 313.297.0090 (office) or  Site visits are required in accordance with the office space requirements listed below.

Interested and qualified organizations/vendors are invited to submit proposals, which will be accepted by email or hand delivered until March 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Proposals should be address to:

Karyn Goven
Southwest Economic Solutions
2835 Bagley Ste 800
Detroit MI 48216

Bidders are required to complete the uploaded Request for Proposal Form:

Bidders/Vendors are also urged to review the Scoring Rubric below for guidance.


Office Space Requirements:

Southwest Economics Solutions (SWES) is seeking office space to deliver Youth Build services beginning March 1st, 2020 within Detroit’s Eastside geographic boundaries with the following criteria:

  • 3,500-6,000 sq. ft. of office space
  • 2-year lease term
    • Contingent upon funding
  • Accommodations for at least 7- 10 staff members
    • Mix of office and cubicle space
  • (1) large space for client computer lab (12-15 computers)
  • (1) classroom space that can accommodate up to 30 people per classroom
  • Raw space conducive to project based learning for carpentry work
  • Well-lit and ADA compliant
  • Public Restrooms
  • WIFI/Internet and Utilities
  • Parking to accommodate 30-50 vehicles (private and public)
  • Located in Detroit, MI
    • Targeted Area: Eastside
  • Located near and access to public transportation services

The vendor/bidder must certify that they are not disbarred from doing business with the federal government. Registration on is required.

Vendor Selection Criteria (Scoring Rubric):

SWES will use the rubric below to evaluate responses.  All bids must be submitted by the date and those submitted after will not be accepted.  In compliance with the SWS Policy and Procedure, awards shall be made to the bidder or offeror whose is responsive to the solicitation and is most advantageous to SWES. Selection will be objective and while price is one of the factors in the evaluation, it will not be the factor determining the decision.

 The winning proposal will be selected based upon the following criteria:

Criteria Points
Accessibility and Location (Access to public transportation lines and located within target area Eastside) 20
Cost of Proposal (Rental price with minimum CAM costs, completed buildout with furnishings) 30
Design (Layout, existing building and room structure, ADA Compliance) 30
Parking and Move in Date (Public and Private Parking, Availability) 20



Legal Requirements – The Contractor will comply with all federal, state and local laws & regulations, including but not limited to all applicable OSHA/MIOSHA requirements and the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan Policy Issuance: 15-12

No Contract – This notice is provided for information and invitation only and is not to be construed as an offer to contract or as a contract in and of itself.

No Assumption – Southwest Economic Solutions assumes no responsibility or liability for costs incurred by the Contractor prior to the effective date of any contract resulting from this RFP. Further, Contractor may be required to obtain licenses, liability insurance, and to comply with certain laws and regulations, including but not limited to, the Americans with Disabilities Acts and Equal Opportunity Employment.

No Assignment – A contract awarded under this RFP shall not be assignable in any form or portion without the written consent of Southwest Economic Solutions.

Contract Changes/Modifications – Changes mutually agreed upon by the Southwest Economics Solutions and the Contractor will be incorporated into this contract by written amendments signed by both parties.

Contingent Upon Funding – Contracts conditioned upon availability of funds. If funding is cut and services must be reduced or discontinued, a 30-day written notice will be provided.

Disputes – Any disputes arising out of this agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Michigan.

Overpayments – Contract debts are amounts that have been paid to a contractor to which the contractor is not currently entitled under the terms and conditions of the contract; or are otherwise due from the contractor under the terms and conditions of the contract.

Termination for Cause – Southwest Economics Solutions may terminate the whole or any part of this Agreement, by written notice of default to Vendor, in any one of the following circumstances:

(a) if Vendor fails to perform any duties or obligations within the time specified herein or any written extension thereof granted by Customer;

(b) if Vendor so fails to make progress as to endanger performance of this Agreement in accordance with its terms;

(c) if Vendor fails to comply with any of the material terms and conditions of this Agreement. Such termination shall become effective if Vendor does not cure such failure within a period of ten (10) days after written notice of default by Customer;

(d) If the other party is declared insolvent or bankrupt, or makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors, or a receiver is appointed or any proceeding is demanded by, for or against the other under any provision of the Federal Bankruptcy Act or any amendment thereof.

Payment – SWES payment terms are 30 business days from receipt of invoice. Invoicing will be done, by location. SWES, by law, is exempt from State and Federal Taxes.


Southwest Solutions is one of Detroit’s most impactful nonprofits, serving more than 10,000 people every year

through a broad range of programs in the areas of human development, economic development, and community engagement.

Founded in 1970 as a community mental health agency, our programs now include neighborhood and community development, affordable and supportive housing, services for the homeless and veterans, job training, financial counseling and homeownership opportunities, minority small business programs, adult literacy, resident engagement, and more.


If bidders have any questions or concerns, please contact Karyn Goven, Director of Workforce Development, at 313.297.0090 (office) or


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