10/28/2021

Redesigning Access by Centering Equity (RACE) Initiative QAP Analysis and Policy Recommendations

CSH Mission and Services: Founded in 1991, CSH’s mission is to advance solutions that use housing as a platform for services to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources and build healthy communities. CSH provides assistance to city, county, state, and federal governments and other mainstream systems on implementing health and social service policies benefitting homeless populations. Our work stems from our fundamental belief that supportive housing is the solution to ending homelessness for those individuals who face the most complex challenges. We offer capital, expertise, information, and innovation that allow our partners to use supportive housing to achieve stability, strength, and success for people most in need. CSH provides early-stage capital to developers of supportive housing to acquire and prepare properties for permanent financing solutions.  CSH also uses New Markets Tax Credit investments to finance heath care facilities and other mixed-use projects.

Description

CSH is embarking on a multi-year, multi-location initiative designed to further resource developers who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and build their capacity to create and operate high-quality supportive housing. Through our work to advance supportive housing in communities across the country, CSH has witnessed both the significant overrepresentation of BIPOC within the homeless system and institutional settings (e.g. prisons, nursing homes, foster care), yet a significant underrepresentation of BIPOC developers in the affordable and supportive housing industries. Today, just 2% of the real estate industry includes companies that meet the federal definition of MBE entities.

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program is the biggest driver of affordable and supportive housing in the country and can be leveraged as a resource to invest in BIPOC developers. Qualified Allocation Plans (QAPs) – which layout each jurisdiction’s plan for distributing LIHTC – may, however, present barriers that continue to limit access to this critical capital resource for BIPOC developers.

Planned Activities and Project Details

CSH seeks a consultant to conduct an analysis of 8 QAPs and present policy recommendations based on the outcome of the analysis and interviews with BIPOC developers.

Markets (subject to change)

  • New York City
  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • Georgia
  • Virginia
  • Indiana
  • Michigan

Tasks

  • Review each jurisdiction’s QAP and accompanying addendums that layout developer requirements and/or scoring incentives with a specific focus on the expected experience level of developers
  • Provide summary of findings
  • Conduct a series of interviews with at least 4 BIPOC developers in each market with a goal of gaining a better understanding of how these finding create barriers for BIPOC developers and what solutions/ changes the developers would recommend to the QAPs to ensure better access to LIHTC
  • Write a report detailing overall findings from the QAP analysis and interviews, specifically highlighting policy solutions and possible changes to QAPs

Funding Available

A total of $20,000 is available for this contract. The contract duration is expected to be 10 weeks. No travel is anticipated under this contract.

Deliverables

  • A report detailing overall findings from the QAP analysis and interviews, specifically highlighting policy solutions and possible changes to QAPs

Application Process and Vendor Requirements

  • Please submit a minimum of two pages and no more than five pages outlining the information below. The proposals will be due by December 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Please submit to shellon.fraser@csh.org. Applications received before the deadline will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Relevant project work
  • Experience and expertise
  • Expressed understanding of the scope with plans to meet deliverables
  • Rate reasonableness and overall cost of services

Minimum qualification for contractors are:

  • At least three years of experience in the field of Racial Equity advocacy, facilitation or training.
  • At least three years of experience working with organizations whose clientele are low- to moderate- income and racially and ethnically diverse.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a large, diverse population with different levels of management.
  • Strong interpersonal, facilitation and mediation skills.
  • An understanding of affordable housing policy and community development is preferred

Please note that CSH requires contractors including individuals and sole proprietors to carry worker’s compensation and commercial general liability insurance while performing work. For commercial general liability insurance CSH will consider the need for insurance given the scope of work. In some cases, the commercial general liability insurance can be waived. These include instances where the work would be done completely virtual and the risk addressed by commercial general liability coverage is deemed minimal. For contractors lacking worker’s compensation insurance CSH will charge a minimal fee to offset premiums. CSH contractors should be registered with sam.gov and cannot have existing, pending or expired debarments that preclude them from doing business with the United States government and cannot have convictions for, nor have any pending indictments for, fraud or a criminal offense in connection with a public contract or subcontract. If you have any questions please reach out to Shellon Fraser at shellon.fraser@csh.org

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