Supportive Housing Opportunity Survey for Housing Owners and Developers



Supportive Housing Opportunity Survey for Housing Owners and Developers

Joint Office seeks information from housing developers and owners interested in partnering to expand supportive housing - survey due Nov 5
In May 2020, tri-county voters approved Metro’s Supportive Housing Services Measure to address chronic homelessness and racial disparities in homelessness. Multnomah County adopted a Local Implementation Plan (LIP) for spending its share of this regional funding stream. A priority outlined in the LIP is to significantly expand the inventory of supportive housing for people who are living with serious disabilities and experiencing, or at imminent risk of experiencing, long-term homelessness outside, in shelter, in vehicles, or in places not meant for human habitation with a focus on serving Communities of Color overrepresented among this population. Take Survey

Purpose
As part of this work, the Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS) is seeking information from rental and transitional housing developers and owners who may be interested in partnering to rapidly expand the available inventory of supportive housing in Multnomah County. This could include creating new units of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) or Recovery-Oriented Transitional Housing (RTH) within existing developments as units turnover or within developments coming online in the next 24 months (by October 2023). These new units of PSH and RTH will serve households referred through Multnomah County’s Coordinated Access system, or another County-approved referral pathway. You can find definitions for PSH, RTH, Coordinated Access and other related terms attached. 
JOHS plans to make funding from the Metro Supportive Housing Services (SHS) Measure available to support this rapid expansion. These funds could be used to pay for (a) operating support for RTH units such as staffing, maintenance and utilities, (b) rental subsidies for PSH units so that households pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent, (c) housing placement and retention services, (d) enhanced resident services and operating support (e.g. 24/7 desk coverage) for buildings with at least 50 units where 25% or more of the units will operate as PSH, and (e) limited capital investments needed to convert existing inventory into PSH or RTH. JOHS expects all partnering projects to leverage other available funding sources to the degree possible to cover these costs. Projects that have already received a commitment of supportive housing funds from the JOHS are not eligible to receive additional funds at this time unless the additional funds will be used to expand the number of committed supportive housing units. 
Recognizing the unmet need among several vulnerable communities for supportive housing, and their overrepresentation with the population of people impacted by homelessness, the JOHS is prioritizing supportive housing projects with a demonstrated ability to effectively serve BIPOC households as well as Older Adults (individuals age 55 and older), LGBTQ+ households, and/or households with complex physical and/or behavioral health challenges. 

Survey Instructions
To understand the opportunities to rapidly expand PSH and RTH, the JOHS is asking interested housing developers and owners to complete a short survey by Friday, November 5, at 5:00 PM. We welcome responses from existing partners as well as from housing developers and owners who have not yet partnered with us and who may be new to supportive housing. Complete the survey to the best of your ability and leave responses blank where the information is unknown. 
The survey may be found here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/SHExpansion
Before completing the survey, please review the attached supportive housing definitions and guidelines. With questions, please reach out to Erin Pidot, Supportive Housing Senior Program Specialist, at 503-522-7037 or [email protected]

Next Steps
JOHS will review all responses. Based on this review, and available resources, we may initiate discussions about a potential partnership or solicit more detailed proposals. This survey should not be misinterpreted as an official offer to enter into a contractual agreement, nor does it guarantee funding. Instead, information received through responses may be used in preparation of a solicitation, a request for proposals, or another method for the official solicitation of services, including contracting by negotiation with a provider exhibiting the required capabilities and qualification. Alternatively, JOHS may take no further action after reviewing responses to this survey. 

Additional Information
PSH Services: Guidelines, Delivery Structure and Eligible Activities
Supportive Housing Definitions