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Bernalillo County Request for Information: Independent Transitional Living Tiny Home Village

Deadline: August 8, 2017

Bernalillo County is opening a Request for Information (RFI) for nonprofit organizations interested in administering and facilitating an Independent Transitional Housing Village that serves high risk adults with a wide range of behavioral health needs who currently live on the street, providing them with additional resources to more successfully negotiate self-sufficiency.

The transitional housing model will provide housing based on individual need that could go beyond the 24-month HUD definition. The Village will: assist in the creation of and foster micro-businesses that will promote and assist residents and other un-housed individuals to learn job skills; establish resident boards; and, provide funds, or partner with the community to raise funds, to contribute to the maintenance and other expenses that might be incurred within the Village. The selected nonprofit will be instrumental in garnering broad community support to include other nonprofits, social service providers, religious and public institutions, community and private organizations, businesses, community members, and stakeholders. The Village should include micro-enterprise development and training opportunities, the coordination of transportation to and from providers, and a self-governing component for operation of the Village.

The Village would consist of 15-30 tiny homes on a one to five-acre lot and serve up to 45 individuals. The County has evaluated potential properties by their proximity to homeless services, transportation, community amenities, the cost of site preparation, and the availability of utilities. The County is in the process of site selection.

The County is seeking interest from organizations to provide conceptual community outreach and management/operational strategies to include:

  • Management and operations of the Village
  • Oversite and governance of the Village
  • Community partnerships
  • Sustainability of the Village
  • Maintaining a robust volunteer force
  • Mitigation of impact on surrounding neighborhoods
  • Annual budget

The County’s interest is to generally not be responsible for the costs of improvements to this facility or the operation of any activities within the Village. With that in mind, respondents are requested to provide its estimated cost with an emphasis on the considerations described below:

  • Basic operational support of the Village (utilities, repairs on units, equipment, etc.)
  • Management and operations of the Village
  • Micro-enterprise development
  • Provider contracts for social services
  • Other cost considerations incidental to provide service(s)

Amount: No awards will be made through this initial RFI. Respondents to the RFI will be placed on a priority recipient list for any future solicitation(s) issued by the County. The failure to respond to this RFI will not disqualify any party from being considered in future solicitations.

Eligibility: Nonprofit providers, as evidenced by designation in a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation (letter from the Internal Revenue Service and nonprofit determination letter from the state of New Mexico).

Link: http://www.bernco.gov/general-services/request-for-proposals.aspx

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