REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS (HOME) PROGRAM
COMMUNITY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION FUNDS

Request for Proposals (RFP):

The City and County of Honolulu (City), through its Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, is requesting proposals from Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) for federal funding from the City’s HOME Program for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY2017).

The City anticipates that it will award $456,651 in HOME funds to CHDOs in FY2017.  The City is seeking projects that will enable it to achieve the goals and objectives published in its Consolidated Plan for Fiscal Years 2016-2020.  The Consolidated Plan is available for viewing at:

http://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/bfs/bfs_docs/2015_Consolidated_Plan_and_First_Year_Action_Plan.pdf.

Eligible applicants are private nonprofit agencies that have been officially certified by the City as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) for FY2017 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017), or have a pending application to become a CHDO by the submission deadline of this RFP. 

Submission deadline:

All eligible applicants must submit their HOME CHDO funding application(s) to the Division of Purchasing by 4:00 p.m., Monday, June 20, 2016, as evidenced by a date and time stamp from the Division of Purchasing. The Division of Purchasing is located at Honolulu Hale, 530 South King Street, Room 115, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Subsequent Schedule:

June 2016 City staff review period.

June 2016 Selection Committee review and selection period.

June to July 2016 Amended Action Plan public comment period.

August 2016 Anticipated availability of FY2017 HOME CHDO funds.

To submit a HOME CHDO funding application:

o Obtain the RFP and CHDO funding application on the Division of Purchasing website:
http://www4.honolulu.gov/bfspurchasingbids/main/vueOpenBids.asp?sType=G
o You may also pick up these forms in person at the Division of Purchasing at the above address.
o Complete the HOME CHDO funding application, including all required attachments.
o Return the completed funding application(s) by the submission deadline.

Description of HOME program:

The HOME program is generally intended to:

o Expand the supply of decent and affordable housing, particularly rental housing, for low and very low income Americans.
o Strengthen the abilities of State and local governments to design and implement strategies for achieving adequate supplies of decent, affordable housing.
o Provide both financial and technical assistance to participating jurisdictions, including the development of model programs for affordable low-income housing.
o Extend and strengthen partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector, including for- profit and nonprofit organizations, in the production and operation of affordable housing.

In general, HOME funds may be used to pay the following eligible costs:

o Development hard costs defined as the actual cost of constructing or rehabilitating housing.
o Acquisition costs.
o Related soft costs defined as other reasonable and necessary costs incurred and associated with the financing, or development (or both) of new construction, rehabilitation or acquisition of housing assisted with HOME funds.

Activities that cannot be funded with HOME funds include, but are not limited to, the following:

o Provide a project reserve account for replacements, a project reserve account for unanticipated increases in operating costs, or operating subsidies.
o Provide tenant-based rental assistance for the special purpose of the existing Section 8 program or preventing displacement for projects assisted with rental rehabilitation grants.
o Provide non-federal matching contributions required under any other Federal program.
o Provide assistance authorized under Part 965 (PHA-Owned or Leased Projects - Maintenance and Operation).
o Carry out activities authorized under Part 968 (Public Housing Modernization).
o Provide assistance to eligible low income housing under Part 248 (Prepayment of Low Income Housing Mortgages).
o Provide assistance (other than tenant-based rental assistance or assistance to a first-time homebuyer to acquire housing previously assisted with HOME funds) to a project previously assisted with HOME funds during the period of affordability established by the City. However, additional HOME funds may be committed to a project up to one year after project completion, but the amount of HOME funds in the project may not exceed the maximum per unit subsidy amount.
o Pay impact fees.

Questions may be directed to 768-3935 or by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

                                                Nelson H. Koyanagi, Jr., Director
    Department of Budget and Fiscal Services
                                                              By order of KIRK CALDWELL, MAYOR

(SA876737 5/21/16)

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