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Request for Proposals for Project-Based Vouchers

The Commission is making 100 Project-Based Vouchers available to property owners and developers through a competitive process in accordance with the requirements included within this Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP solicits the participation of owners who request Project Based Voucher assistance for either existing, rehabilitated or newly constructed units. The Commission intends to select multiple projects under this RFP so long as the total number of vouchers committed does not exceed 100.

Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. May 14, 2020, in accordance with the submission instructions included within this Request for Proposals.

Background

The Sonoma County Housing Authority (Housing Authority), a division of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission (Commission), operates the Sonoma County “Section 8” Housing Choice Voucher Program, funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The purpose of the program is to provide rental assistance to very low-income families enabling them to rent decent, safe and affordable housing. The Housing Authority administers the Housing Choice Voucher program for all of Sonoma County, excluding the incorporated city of Santa Rosa. The program receives roughly $34 million dollars in funding on an annual basis through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and has an allocation of 2,820 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV).

The shortage of available affordable rental units in the area has resulted in participants of the Housing Choice Voucher program being unable to utilize their voucher. Because of this, the Commission is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking proposals from owners and/or developers for Project-Based Vouchers (PBV) available under the Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing Choice Voucher program. Existing units, substantial rehabilitation projects and new construction projects are all eligible for consideration. Up to 100 Project Based Vouchers are available under this RFP. Proposed units must be within the jurisdiction of the Sonoma County Housing Authority. The Commission intends to award Project Based Vouchers to more than one Respondent.

Through this RFP, the Commission will offer an allocation of Project Based Vouchers to be committed for designated rental units. Successful Respondents will be offered a contract with an initial term of up to twenty (20) years and an automatic renewal term of 20 years.
This request for proposals (RFP) is established pursuant to Title 24, Chapter IX, Part 983 of the Code of Federal Regulations Project Based Voucher program Final Rule published in the Federal Register on October 13, 2003, Changes to the Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Programs Final Rule published on June 25, 2014, and the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act of 2016.

All proposals submitted in response to this solicitation must conform to all of the required specifications outlined within the document and any designated attachments in its entirety.

Contact Information

Martha Cheever
Housing Authority Manager
Community Development Commission
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