Contracting to Provide Supportive Housing Services
Washington County is committed to transparent, equitable and accessible procurement processes to fund SHS programs and services. Using a Request for Qualifying Proposals (RFPQ), the Department of Housing Services can evaluate organizations for qualifications as potential SHS service providers based on their experience, capacity, mission alignment and commitment to the requirements of the program. In the Spring of 2021, 38 organizations were pre-qualified through the RFPQ process and many have begun to provide SHS services.
The Department of Housing Services intends to open the RFPQ process again before the end of 2021. Additional funding opportunities may be released periodically to secure additional services. Funding opportunities may be targeted for pre-qualified providers or open to all interested parties.
Current funding opportunities
New funding opportunities to create and operate supportive housing programs
The Supportive Housing Services program has an ambitious goal to achieve 500 dedicated supportive housing placements in affordable buildings throughout the county over the next few years. To achieve this goal, the Department of Housing Services program has created two funding opportunities for eligible providers with the Supportive Housing Services program.
Permanent Supportive Housing in Affordable Housing – Seeking affordable housing owners to partner with the Supportive Housing Services program with flexible resources to fund, long-term rent assistance, onsite case manager and resident services, and enhanced building operations for units dedicated to Permanent Supportive Housing in partnership with the Department of Housing Services. This funding opportunity will be available on a rolling basis to affordable housing owners over a multi-year period. Deadline: Rolling Application
Tri-County Request for Programmatic Qualifications – The Washington County Supportive Housing Services program has released a second Request for Programmatic Qualifications (RFPQ) to expand our network of service providers and qualify organizations to provide Supportive Housing Services across the region in all three counties. This procurement process was developed in partnership with Clackamas and Multnomah Counties to make it more accessible and straightforward for community-based organizations to contract with all three jurisdictions using one application. Each county will develop and manage contract allocation processes for service provision independently; however, organizations can qualify for these contracting opportunities with one universal application through the Tri-County RFPQ.
Washington County has already qualified 38 organizations to provide Supportive Housing Services through the June 2021 RFPQ process (see below) and is seeking additional organizations who wish to partner through service provision, especially culturally specific service providers and affordable housing owners who wish to designate apartment homes for Supportive Housing.
The SHS procurement process will qualify additional organizations in Washington County and organizations throughout the tri-county Supportive Housing Services area to provide a variety of services. Organizations can apply and qualify in the following service categories:
- Outreach and engagement
- Shelter and transitional housing
- Connections to stable housing
- Supportive housing stabilization services
- Wrap-around supports
To apply for the current open RFPQ, vendors need to register for an OpenGov account here. Applications are due January 31, 2022 at 4 p.m. Interested organizations should attend a pre-proposer conference on January 11, 2022 from 1 to 3 p.m. to learn more about this Tri-County SHS procurement process. Participants will be able to ask questions of the panelists and procurement teams from each of the three counties. Pre-registration is required. Click here to pre-register.
List of pre-qualified SHS organizations
|Alano Club of Portland
Boys and Girls Aid
Bridges to Change
Catholic Charities of Oregon
Centro Cultural del Condado de Washington
College Housing Northwest
Community Action Organization
Community Partners for Affordable Housing
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Family Promise of Greater Washington County
Family Promise of Tualatin Valley
Forest Grove Foundation
Friendly House Inc.
Good Neighbor Center
HomePlate Youth Services
|Immigration and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
Just Compassion of East Washington County
Open Door HousingWorks
Project Homeless Connect
The Salvation Army
Sequoia Mental Health Services, Inc.
The Commons Law Center
Urban League of Portland
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center
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