County of Marin Health and Human Services

Shallow Rent Subsidies for Older Adults (60+) Experiencing Homelessness

RFP Files: 

RFP Description: 

The County of Marin, Division of Homelessness and Coordinated Care, on behalf of the Marin County Continuum of Care, seeks written proposals from applicants with demonstrated experience and success in providing rental assistance to older adults (60+) experiencing homelessness to design and provide a shallow rent subsidies program for older adults experiencing homelessness.

Control Number: 

2024-15

Proposal Close Date: 

Monday, July 29, 2024 - 3:00pm

Open Questions Period: 

Monday, July 8, 2024 - 8:00am to Monday, July 22, 2024 - 3:00pm

Proposal Contact: 

Questions and Answers: 

Question: Is there a bidder's conference?
Response: There is not a bidder's conference. 

Question: How does a homeless person apply to receive this $$? What is the eligibility? How does this program work to help homeless adults age 60+?
Response: Individuals cannot apply for assistance through this RFP. Once an agency has been awarded funding, that agency will develop, with the County, a plan for selecting clients. Clients must be 60 years of age or older and experiencing homelessness. Additional criteria may be determined by the awarded agency and the County.

Question: To what extent can funds be used as homeless prevention?
Response: HHAP Round 4 funds may only be used for individuals and families who are homeless or imminently homeless as defined in Section 578.3 of Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations (24 CFR § 578.3).

Question: Is rental subsidy assistance only available to older adults who are homeless?
Response: Rental subsidy assistance is only available to older adults who are homeless or imminently homeless as defined in Section 578.3 of Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations (24 CFR § 578.3), as required by HHAP Round 4 funding.

Question: Can this funding be combined with existing subsidy/subsidies?
Response: Projects that combine this funding with other funding will be considered. However, applicants should consider whether a combined funding project will address this pilot project’s goal of evaluating the effectiveness of a shallow rent subsidies program. For example, combining this funding with other funding to create deep rent subsidies would not meet this goal, but using other funding to provide one-time deposit assistance to secure units would be fine. Also, rental assistance funding may not be combined with income-based housing subsidies (e.g. housing choice vouchers), as these are already designed to be sustainable.

Question: Are staffing costs to support direct services allowable in the budget?
Response: Reasonable staffing costs may be included in the budget.

Question: Referring to the answers above and looking at 24 CFR 578.3, are you equating "imminently homeless" with "at risk of homelessness"?
Answer: To be eligible for HHAP-4 funds, a client who is “Imminently homeless” must meet definition (2) of the definition of Homeless:

(2) An individual or family who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence, provided that:

(i) The primary nighttime residence will be lost within 14 days of the date of application for homeless assistance;

(ii) No subsequent residence has been identified; and

(iii) The individual or family lacks the resources or support networks, e.g., family, friends, faith-based or other social networks, needed to obtain other permanent housing;

It does not include people who only meet the definition of “At risk of homelessness” under 24 CFR 578.3.

Question: Is it permissible to use the majority of this funding for client aid with staff time that is being funded by another contract, e.g., HHIP or County RRH?
Answer: Yes. Projects that combine funding streams should include the different streams and what they are paying for in the budget.

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