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Master Leasing and Site-Based Services for Permanent Supportive Housing

Request for Qualifications

The County of Sonoma and the Sonoma County Community Development Commission are pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Qualifications for Master Leasing Services for Permanent Supportive Housing.

Responses must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 21, 2020

Application Materials


Date Event 
January 8, 2020 Release Request for Qualifications (RFQ) 
January 13, 2020 Respondent's Questions due by 5:00 p.m.
January 15, 2020County's responses to Questions due 
January 21, 2020 Statements of Qualification Due by 2:00 p.m. 
January 23-24, 2020Statements of Qualifications Evaluated by County 
January 27, 2020 Notice of Intent to Award (subject to delay without notice to respondents)
TBD Respondents will be added to a Qualified List after the Statements of Qualification have been evaluated.
Contract negotiations may commence at County's discretion 

Potential respondents will be required to submit any and all questions in writing per the schedule in order for staff to prepare written responses to all potential respondents. Written answers will be shared with all potential respondents through an addendum on the County’s Supplier Portal, this page, and email notification. Questions should be sent via e-mail directly to Michael Gause, Ending Homelessness Program Manager at Michael.Gause@sonoma-county.org

Accessing the County Supplier Portal

In addition to the electronic and hard copy submission requirements outlined in the RFQ, respondents must submit one (1) electronic copy to the County of Sonoma’s Supplier Portal

Introduction and Purpose

Homelessness is an all-consuming crisis for those experiencing it and a societal emergency for communities battling it. Currently in Sonoma County there are approximately 3,000 individuals experiencing homelessness, including approximately 210 occupants on the Joe Rodota Trail (JRT). Since 2011, the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in Sonoma County has been reduced by 1,500. While Sonoma County has made progress, including over the last three years successfully housing more than 3,000 individuals, the homeless situation on the JRT presents a public health and safety crisis requiring immediate action.

On December 17, 2019 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors/Board of Commissioners approved a resolution declaring a Homeless Emergency on the Joe Rodota Trail due to the threat to health and safety of those experiencing homelessness and to the natural environment, public health, and well-being of the community.

On December 23, 2019, the Board directed the Department of Health Services and Community Development Commission authorized a suite of services for individuals on the Joe Rodota Trail, including resources for master leased units for permanent supportive housing.

In response to the Homeless Emergency and the Board’s direction, the Community Development Commission (CDC) and Department of Health Services (DHS) are soliciting responses from nonprofit homeless service providers (hereinafter referred to as Provider) interested in providing master leased housing opportunities.  This includes core case management services, supports, landlord interface, and housing navigation for homeless individuals, families and groups and their pets. A summary of work is contained in the Statement of Requirements section of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Interested and qualified firms/organizations, including minority; disadvantaged; women and disabled veteran owned small businesses; are invited to submit a statement of qualifications. 

Desired Goals, Objectives and Outcomes

The Community Development Commission and Department of Health Services are seeking to enter into contracts with multiple organizations to provide permanent supportive housing via master leased units in both individual units or shared living.  In addition to master leasing units, organizations will be expected to offer case management (mental health, substance abuse, economic health, independent living, etc) and landlord engagement/interface. Under a multiple site structure comprised of master-leased apartments, providers shall work to stabilize individuals in permanent housing and assist them with moving to other permanent destinations, once appropriate. 

Respondents are welcomed to submit models of services and support for specific subpopulations, including but not limited to: transition age youth ages 18-24, individuals fleeing or experiencing domestic violence, chronically homeless individuals, and individuals interested in recovery-oriented living situations. Homelessness is a complex issue and requires various solutions to serve the people effected. Responses will be reviewed and evaluated using evaluation criteria based on the organization’ stated experience with the service model and target population. 

Interested respondents may submit a single statement of qualifications with a one year budget for:

  • Provision of services and support for individuals in master-leased apartments that includes negotiation of master-leased units with individual private market landlords (housing navigation) and case management for individuals after housing placement.  

Minimum Threshold Requirements

Organization Experience and Capacity

Respondent must have been in existence for at least three years. The respondent must also show their successful experience in operating and coordinating housing and supportive services for homeless individuals with a focus on individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in low-barrier (Housing First) settings.  Respondents must demonstrate at least two years of experience with landlord engagement, housing navigation, and master leasing in scattered site locations.   In addition, the respondent must demonstrate their capacity to perform the administrative, managerial, operational and supportive service functions to oversee the work necessary to successfully operate master leasing services for permanent supportive housing. Partnerships consisting of two or more entities responsible for collaboration on service delivery are strongly encouraged. 

Respondents should also demonstrate experience with the following:

  • Experience with crisis management and resolution
  • Commitment to Housing First and Harm Reduction Practices
  • Experience with best practices such as Seeking Safety, Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Peer Support, etc.
  • Collaboration with county and nonprofit stakeholders
  • Experience with the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
  • Ability to provide support in community-based, scattered-site or single site settings to individuals with voluntary services
  • Ability to support individuals interested in recovery-oriented care
  • Landlord engagement and interface with property management services
  • Experience with master leasing in single site settings or shared living settings
  • Housing navigation

Nonprofit Organization  

Nonprofit organization must have achieved or expect to achieve IRS Section 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit status and California Revenue and Taxation Code tax-exempt nonprofit status before entering into any future contract.  

Contact Information

Michael Gause

Ending Homelessness Manager

Sonoma County Community Development Commission

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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Sonoma County Community Development Commission

1440 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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