County of Marin Health and Human Services

RFP for Homekey Development Sponsor

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RFP Description: 

The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (“County”) is requesting statements of qualifications and proposals from nonprofit housing developers to serve as owner/operators for one or more properties to be acquired through the State of California Homekey Program. The properties will be used as permanent supportive housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Per addendum dated 5/25/21, open question period extended to 5/28/21.

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Proposal Close Date: 

Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00am

Open Questions Period: 

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 12:00am to Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 12:00am

Proposal Contact: 

Questions and Answers: 

Does the county have sufficient money available and ready to commit for the local match requirement?

It is not possible to calculate the exact match requirement without knowing the specific property or properties that the County will be proposing to acquire or the specific terms of the pending NOFA. However, the County does not anticipate requiring the development sponsor to contribute to the match requirement. The match requirement will be one factor under consideration when assessing the feasibility of different properties.

Are there project based vouchers that are available and ready to be committed to this project for some or all of the units of the hotels to be converted to PSH? Projects with all units restricted at 30% AMI need operating subsidy.

We anticipate there will be vouchers available to project base. The ability to project base vouchers (e.g. not locating a project in an area of concentrated poverty) will be another factor in determining the feasibility of the project.

Does the county have available funding and is it willing to commit to paying for clinical services onsite, preferably through the same service provider as is providing service coordination on site?

The County is committed to providing and/or funding support services appropriate for the population identified at any Homekey site. The County will seek input from the Development Sponsor with regard to the service model, service provider, and other aspects of onsite service provision.

What is the preferred mix between 30% AMI general population units and permanent supportive housing units that would be referred by the county's coordinated entry system?

The County is open to a variety of options. The development sponsor will help determine the best mix for the identified properties.

What is the anticipated developer fee for converting a hotel to PSH?

The project would utilize the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee’s rules for including the maximum possible gross developer fee in tax credit eligible basis. 

How will the sponsor be involved in the site selection process? What happens if the sponsor and the County disagree on a potential site acquisition? 

The Development Sponsor will be actively involved in the site selection process, and any concerns or objections that the Development Sponsor has with regard to potential sites will factor into site selection. It is the County's goal to select properties in partnership with the Development Sponsor to ensure project viability and successful operation.

Will the Developer be responsible for cold calling potential hotels to see if they are interested? Or will the county work with the developer to select only one of the hotels that responded to the county RFQ for interested hotels? Is the response to the county interest request manadatory for being selected as a Homekey site?

The County intends to work with the Development Sponsor(s) to select one of the sites that responded to the Request for Information released in April. A response to the County RFI is required to be selected as a Homekey site and, to date, we have received three responses. We still hope to receive additional proposals, as the RFI allows the County to receive responses on a rolling basis. The County will work with the development sponsor(s) to select which site or sites are feasible to move forward.

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