Washington County’s Department of Housing Services (DHS) seeks to partner with affordable housing owners to support the creation of 500 project-based permanent supportive housing (PSH) units. DHS will work collaboratively with owners interested in adding project-based PSH to their portfolios to develop a customized mix of funding and supports that are tailored to meet the needs of each project.
The menu of potential resources includes:
Housing retention case management services matched to each PSH unit through designated contracts with DHS-funded service providers;
Resident services funding to support the needs of the building as a whole for projects that set aside at least 30% of their units for PSH;
Funding to cover enhanced building operations for projects with at least 30% of units set aside for PSH;
Gap financing for operating subsidies for qualified projects;
Contingency funding to support investor confidence by covering costs for rent assistance beyond the Supportive Housing Services (SHS) program sunset date;
Technical assistance funding to support project planning; and
Access to a risk mitigation fund for all SHS-funded PSH units.
Affordable housing owners that qualified to partner with DHS in the April/May 2021 SHS Request for Programmatic Qualifications (#2021.051PQ) are invited to submit a brief response, not to exceed two pages, describing each proposed project-based PSH project. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Other interested organizations will have an opportunity to qualify for participation in subsequent funding rounds through a second RFPQ that will be issued in late 2021.
Washington County has launched an ambitious strategy to build a countywide system of care to address and prevent homelessness through services and supports that lead to housing stability and equitable outcomes. This work will be funded through resources from the regional Supportive Housing Services ballot measure that was passed by voters in the tri-county metro region in May 2020. The measure authorizes a new regional tax that will generate revenue for implementation of the SHS program from July 2021 through December 2030, with the potential for extension through voter renewal.
DHS’s Local Implementation Plan for the SHS program aims to create 1,665 supportive housing placements that combine permanent housing with ongoing supportive services. To achieve this goal, DHS is seeking partnerships with housing owners to help create at least 500 project-based permanent supportive housing units over the next three to five years.
The information in this section is also available in the attached PDF.
SHS funds can be used to support a range of project-based PSH program models, and DHS is interested in working with potential partners to explore flexible and innovative strategies to achieve the county’s PSH unit goals. DHS will work collaboratively with each housing owner to develop a customized mix of funding and supports that are tailored to fit each project to ensure long-term stability and success for buildings, units and tenants. Projects with a commitment to create at least 10 PSH units will be eligible to select from a menu of SHS-funded resources that includes:
In addition to these funding options, all projects with SHS-funded project-based PSH units will have access to a risk mitigation fund that will cover (a) costs related to physical damage to units or common areas beyond normal wear and tear that exceeds the security deposit, (b) legal costs related to serious violations of the lease or state law, and (c) uncollected rent, up to certain limits. Projects will also receive ongoing support from a designated DHS contract manager.
Applicants should submit a brief proposal, not to exceed two pages, for each proposed PSH project. There is no limit to the number of proposals each applicant can submit. Proposals must include the following:
Proposals should be saved as a Word or PDF document and uploaded to ProcureNow. This is a rolling funding opportunity that will be made available through ProcureNow in a monthly cycle. Applications are due by the third Friday of each month at which point the Request for Interest will close in ProcureNow and then re-open the following Monday for the next cycle.
By electronically submitting this response the Supplier attests and certifies that:
1. Person completing this response represents that I am either authorized to bind the Supplier, or that I am submitting the response on behalf of and at the direction of the Supplier's representative authorized to contractually bind the Supplier.
2. I represent that the Supplier or its applicable representative(s) has reviewed the information contained in this Solicitation Package and that the information submitted is accurate.
3. Respondent agrees that the action of electronically submitting its response constitutes:
a. an electronic signature on the responses, generally,
b. an agreement to conduct business electronically,
c. an electronic signature on any form or section specifically calling for a signature, and
d. an affirmative agreement to any statement contained in the solicitation that requires a definite confirmation or acknowledgement.
Provide individual or business name, contact: name, phone number, and email address.
The bidder hereby certifies that they have complied with the tax laws of Oregon and all political subdivision of the State of Oregon, including ORS 305.620 and ORS chapters 316, 317 and 318. Washington County may terminate the contract if contractor fails to comply with any tax laws during the term of the contract.
Upload no more than two pages (excluding the budget) with your response, following the guidelines outlined in the Required Submittal section of the Scope of Work.