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Office of Housing and Community Development and the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund
Targeted Housing Preservation Program

Affordable Homeownership Housing
August 2015

The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) is soliciting proposals to finance the targeted preservation of affordable homeownership housing units that serve low- and moderate-income Philadelphia residents, using funding from the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund (HTF).   This Request for Proposals (RFP) is designed to assist citywide nonprofit organizations that provide home repair and weatherization assistance programs in targeted blocks throughout the City of Philadelphia.    

Approximately $280,000 in HTF earnings is available through this RFP.  

The City is seeking proposals for affordable homeownership housing preservation programs that demonstrate:

  1. leverage of other resources;
  2. targeted approach to achieve maximum impact; and
  3. organizational capacity to work with homeowners and other organizations to implement home improvements.

Projects that are on blocks with less than 20% vacancy will be considered more favorably.
Requirements of this RFP, which are described in more detail below, include: a proposed project scope; description of need and neighborhood impact; organizational and development team capacity; a budget; and project timeline.  Proposals will be reviewed by an interagency group that may include representatives of OHCD, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC), and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. 

Housing Trust Fund earnings are available only to nonprofit developers or a joint venture in which a nonprofit organization is the controlling partner with demonstrated capacity.  Additional HTF requirements are detailed in Attachment A (see below). 

Proposal Format
Applicants must submit an unbound original and six (6) copies of the proposal. Proposals should be limited to five (5) pages of double-spaced text, excluding the budget.  Qualified applications must include the following sections, which should be clearly identified and submitted in the following order:

1. Project Summary and Description

Describe the scope of activity being proposed, indicating:

  • Estimated number of homeownership units to be preserved
  • How the program or project will be implemented
  • Population to be served by this development, including an estimate of the number of housing units to be preserved for each of the following income groups:
    • Household income less than or equal to 30 percent of area median
    • Household income greater than 30 percent and less than or equal to 80 percent of area median
    • Household income greater than 80 percent and less than 115 percent of area median
  • Neighborhoods/blocks to be targeted
  • Green and/or sustainable elements

2. Neighborhood Context and Demonstrated Need

Is the project consistent with any existing neighborhood plan?  Does the project support past private or public investment in the community?  Describe the need for the proposed preservation activity and the impact it will have on the neighborhood. 

3) Organization/Development Team Capacity

Provide a description of the organization and development team.  Include a summary of other   homeownership preservation housing projects/programs that the development team has successfully completed.  Describe past experience working with the City.
4) Budget

Provide an estimate of project or program costs and sources of funding.  Programs that have other sources of funding will be considered more favorably.

5) Timeline

Provide an estimate for project completion.  Identify key benchmarks such as homeowner outreach, financing, and schedule for improvements.

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

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
OHCD Board Room
1234 Market St., 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This room is accessible to persons with disabilities.  If you have a disability and require an accommodation in order to participate, call James O’Toole at 215-686-9760 (TDD 215-686-9803) or email him at james.o’  Advance notice of 72 hours is required for sign-language interpreter services.

Proposal Submission
Proposals must be in the format described above.  An unbound original and six (6) copies of the proposal must be delivered no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 to:

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

Questions related to the RFP may be directed to Melissa Long, Deputy Director, at

Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted and will not be reviewed.  The City assumes no liability for costs incurred in proposal preparation.  The City reserves the right to accept or reject proposals or to seek additional information from any applicant.  The City is under no obligation to award all available funds through this RFP, and reserves the right to reallocate funds between funding categories. 
Attachment A -- Housing Trust Fund Requirements

Projects seeking HTF assistance from this RFP must meet the legal requirements of the HTF, including:

  • Development by a nonprofit organization, or a joint venture in which a nonprofit organization is the controlling partner with demonstrated capacity.  No funding will be provided for a project sponsored by a nonprofit entity that is controlled by either a for-profit or by a public entity. 
  • Adherence to the “Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Requirements and OHCD Policies” set forth in the Year 41 Consolidated Plan.  Selected developers must comply with other requirements, such as the Equal Opportunity Plan required by ordinance 060226-AA, as applicable.
  • Meeting the accessibility and visitability requirements of the HTF as defined in local ordinance and the Mayor’s Executive Order.  All new construction units must be made visitable or, alternatively, an amount equal to $3,000 multiplied by the total number of new construction units built in the project is required to be spent to make as many of the units as possible visitable.  Visitability and/or accessibility requirements may be waived or reduced for a project if such requirement(s) renders the project financially infeasible, or if site conditions are unsuitable, but any such waiver does not exempt the project from any other applicable requirements regarding visitability and/or accessibility. 
  • Meeting the requirement that households benefiting from the housing development pay no more than 30 percent of their income for housing, unless allowed by another federal or state funding source.
  • Serving households with a maximum income of 115 percent of area median income.

The HTF requires that 50 percent of all program funds, including housing production, home repair and homeless prevention, on a yearly basis be used for programs and projects that benefit households with incomes, adjusted for size, equal to or less than 30 percent of the Philadelphia area median income, and 50 percent be used to benefit households with incomes between 30 percent and 115 percent of area median income.  Serving households at or below 30 percent of the Area Median Income is not only a requirement of the HTF, but a goal of this RFP.  Proposals serving that population will be given priority in funding awards.

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