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Request For Proposals (RFP)/Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

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OHCD has two RFPs:
1) Affordable Rental Housing (see immediately below)
2) Affordable Rental Housing Special Needs (click here)

Request for Proposals
Affordable Rental Housing Development

The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) is soliciting proposals to finance the development of rental units designed to serve low- and moderate-income households, using funding from the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund (HTF), federal HOME and Community Development Block Grant funds.  This Request for Proposals (RFP) is designed to assist in providing gap financing for rental projects that will seek Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), including Preservation Credits, from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) in its year 2015 Cycle.  PHFA’s deadline to submit LIHTC applications is January 30, 2015. The City is also soliciting proposals for affordable rental projects seeking Four Percent Tax Credits from PHFA. 

Please note that any proposal that received a commitment or conditional commitment of HTF, HOME or CDBG funds for LIHTC rental development from OHCD in the past and that has not been awarded LIHTC by PHFA MUST submit a new proposal in response to this RFP. Only proposals received in response to this RFP will be considered for City support for Four Percent Credits and for Nine Percent Credits in the 2015 PHFA tax credit round.

Please note that any development with an existing commitment of a Four Percent or Nine Percent tax credit award from PHFA is NOT eligible for financing under this RFP. 

In addition, the City has set aside CDBG resources to fund the development of the commercial/retail portion of Mixed-Use projects seeking Low Income Housing Tax Credits. To be eligible for this financing, the project must be located on or near commercial corridors. Upon completion of the project, the vacancy rate on the block may not exceed 20 percent. Eligible properties may have a vacant property on one side, but not both sides. In an effort to maximize scare affordable housing resources, the City will be coordinating this RFP with Philadelphia Housing Authority’s RFP for public housing operating subsidy under its Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) for projects seeking Four Percent and Nine Percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

Only projects that expect to submit applications for Low Income Housing Tax Credits in the January 2015 round (including Preservation Credits and Four Percent Credits) are eligible to apply to this RFP. 

Contacts
Questions regarding the content and/or requirements of this RFP should be directed to Melissa Long, Deputy Director, OHCD, at melissa.long@phila.gov

Briefing Session 
Interested parties are strongly urged to attend a briefing session:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 1 p.m.
OHCD Board Room
1234 Market St., 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Proposal Submission
Proposals must be in the format described in the RFP.  Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014 to:

            Office of Housing and Community Development
            1234 Market St., 17th Floor
            Philadelphia, PA 19107
            Attention:  Deborah McColloch, Director

Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted and will not be reviewed.

Please download and complete all of the following documents for this RFP:

1. RFP Information and Instructions

2. Exhibit A LIHTC Rental Project Summary Form

3. Exhibit B Development Budgets

4. Exhibit C Economic Opportunity Plan

5. Exhibit D M/W/DSBE Participation and Workforce Commitments

6. Exhibit E Contractors Certification of Compliance

7. Attachment C Map of City's Place-Based Strategic Neighborhoods

 

Request for Proposals
Affordable Rental Housing Development
Special Needs

The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) is soliciting proposals to finance the development of rental units designed to serve low- and moderate-income households with special needs, using funding from the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund (HTF), federal HOME and Community Development Block Grant funds.   This Request for Proposals (RFP) is designed to assist in providing gap financing for rental projects that will seek Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), including Preservation Credits, from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) in its year 2015 Cycle.  PHFA’s deadline to submit LIHTC applications is January 30, 2015.  The City is also soliciting proposals for affordable rental projects seeking Four Percent Tax Credits from PHFA. 

Please note that any proposal that received a commitment or conditional commitment of HTF, HOME or CDBG funds for LIHTC rental development from OHCD in the past and that has not been awarded LIHTC by PHFA MUST submit a new proposal in response to this RFP.  Only proposals received in response to this RFP will be considered for City support for Four Percent Credits and for Nine Percent Credits in the 2015 PHFA tax credit round.

Please note that any development with an existing commitment of a Four Percent or Nine Percent tax credit award from PHFA is NOT eligible for financing under this RFP. 

In addition, the City has set aside CDBG resources to fund the development of the commercial/retail portion of Mixed-Use projects seeking Low Income Housing Tax Credits.  To be eligible for this financing, the project must be located on or near commercial corridors.  Upon completion of the project, the vacancy rate on the block may not exceed 20 percent.  Eligible properties may have a vacant property on one side, but not both sides.
In an effort to maximize scare affordable housing resources, the City will be coordinating this RFP with Philadelphia Housing Authority’s RFP for public housing operating subsidy under its Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) for projects seeking Four Percent and Nine Percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

Special-Needs Development
This RFP for Special-Needs Development is targeted towards projects that seek to provide permanent supportive housing for those individuals and families that meet the Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) definition of homeless (see Attachment C-Definitions). Preference will be given to those projects seeking to serve those households that meet the HUD definition of chronically homeless.  The project must be willing to implement a Housing First approach (See Attachment C-Definitions) and provide all participants with the supportive services necessary to maintain their housing and live independently.

The maximum request under this RFP is $1.5 million.  Projects should request no more than 50% of their total project development financing from OHCD. Requests for funding greater than 50% of the total project financing will only be considered when the developer can document that operating funds are in place, or that the increased commitment will make it possible to secure operating funds or move the project more quickly to closing.  Preference will be given to projects that have secured other, non-City funding at the time of project submission. 

Contacts
Questions regarding the content and/or requirements of this RFP should be directed to Melissa Long, Deputy Director, OHCD, at melissa.long@phila.gov

Briefing Session 
Interested parties are strongly urged to attend a briefing session:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 1 p.m.
OHCD Board Room
1234 Market St., 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Proposal Submission
Proposals must be in the format described in the RFP.  Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014 to:

            Office of Housing and Community Development
            1234 Market St., 17th Floor
            Philadelphia, PA 19107
            Attention:  Deborah McColloch, Director

Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted and will not be reviewed.

Please download and complete all of the following documents for this RFP:

1. RFP Information and Instructions

2. Exhibit A LIHTC Special Needs Project Summary Form

3. Exhibit B Development Budgets

4. Exhibit C Economic Opportunity Plan

5. Exhibit D M/W/DSBE Participation and Workforce Commitments

6. Exhibit E Contractors Certification of Compliance

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