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City of Albuquerque: Landlord Tenant Legal Services

Deadline: February 19, 2019

The City of Albuquerque seeks to fund innovative and effective proposals from qualified applicants interested in providing services for populations in need of legal advice on landlord/tenant issues and information on local services to access affordable housing. The City completed a series of City-wide Community Needs Assessments in the areas of affordable housing, social services/supportive housing, fair housing, and economic development. Based on the results of these assessments, the City has identified 17 priority needs, 12 priority goals, and four priority geographic areas.

The 17 priority needs are:

  1. Location and type of affordable housing
  2. Availability of affordable units in a range of sizes
  3. Availability, type, frequency, and reliability of public transportation
  4. Availability of affordable, accessible units in a range of unit sizes
  5. Location of employment
  6. Location of proficient schools
  7. Access to safe neighborhoods
  8. Access to low poverty neighborhoods
  9. Community opposition
  10. Lack of private investment in specific neighborhoods
  11. Lack of assistance for housing accessibility modifications
  12. Private discrimination
  13. Lack of affordable integrated housing for individuals in need of supportive services
  14. Need for homeownership assistance
  15. Need for new/improved public facilities and infrastructure
  16. Need for public services
  17. Need for economic opportunity for low-income residents

The 12 priority goals are:

  1. Affordable housing development–rental
  2. Affordable housing preservation-rental
  3. Affordable housing preservation-ownership
  4. Affordable homeownership assistance
  5. Homelessness intervention and rapid rehousing
  6. Fair housing services
  7. Services for program and youth
  8. Services for senior citizens
  9. Services for low income residents including special needs populations
  10. Public facilities and infrastructure
  11. Economic opportunity programs
  12. Program administration

The four priority geographic categories are:

  1. Investment areas
  2. Reinvestment areas
  3. Investment and Reinvestment areas
  4. City wide Investment

The City has established a priority to fund projects that lead to improved outcomes to 1) Increase behavioral health stability, 2) Increase housing stability, 3) Increase public safety, and 4) Increase family resilience. This involves a focus on addressing the social determinants of health to achieve greater well-being and equity for all. Social determinants of health include access to healthcare services, availability of services to support housing and behavioral health stability, lifelong education options, public safety, and social services.

The City will allocate funding to provide services that inform and advise tenants, landlords, and property managers about their respective rights, responsibilities, and protections under laws such as the New Mexico Uniform Owner-Resident Relations Act and other regulations related to fair housing. Applicants must provide legal services to low and moderate income persons living in Albuquerque to resolve housing-related legal problems. Services for this program must include: 1) Operate a telephone helpline during user-friendly hours by providing services to resolve housing related legal issues through direct response in a timely manner; 2) Publicize and provide legal education and community outreach events at least quarterly, at no charge, to educate and inform owners, renters, and managers of publicly and privately owned/managed housing; 3) Ensure that updated public information and education documents are available on a website hosted by the offeror or a community partner; 4) Disseminate the New Mexico Renters Guide; 5) Provide affordable housing resource and referral information to helpline callers as needed, and maintain a list of affordable housing resources to facilitate referrals; and 6) Coordinate with the City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, as needed, to support access and enforcement of protections to all effected parties and/or obtain Language Access Services to housing providers and members of the public who are hearing impaired or speak languages other than English.

Amount: Up to $75,000.

Eligibility: An agency which is a unit of state or local government and/or an agency currently incorporated as a nonprofit corporation, duly registered and in good standing with the State of New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, which has not-for-profit status under 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code, and which has demonstrated capability in providing the services for which it is applying.

Link: https://www.cabq.gov/family/partner-resources/request-for-proposals

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