Supportive Housing Plan Complete! City Council and Board of County Commissioners to Hear Report Tuesday.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release Date: September 11, 2018
Contact: Denis Theriault, denis.theriault@multco.us

Supportive Housing Plan Complete! City Council and Board of County Commissioners to Hear Report Tuesday.

At a joint work session Tuesday, September 11, commissioners from Portland and Multnomah County will hear a briefing from our colleagues at Corporation of Supportive Housing (CSH), who have done excellent work to complete a full report outlining: community-wide need for supportive housing; estimated costs, potential funding sources and resource coordination that it will take to meet that need; and key next-steps to continue implementation. The work session is scheduled from 2 - 3:30 PM, at City Council chambers and will be live-streamed if you'd like to watch.

Overall, the necessary investment to achieve the supportive housing goal is estimated at $592 million to $640 million over 10 years. Operating costs after those 10 years are estimated at $43 million to $47 million a year. The report from CSH includes a plan to align those costs across all levels of government and alongside the private development, philanthropic and health care sectors.  

The report also makes clear that significant progress toward the 2,000-unit goal is already under way. Since last fall, 517 new units of supportive housing have already opened or are in development.

Those units mark important early proof that the strategies presented in CSH’s report can work to produce hundreds more housing units across the community.

Supportive housing — which combines deep affordability with intensive care, including mental health and addiction services — is essential for helping neighbors with the most barriers not only obtain homes but also keep them.

And the number of people who face those barriers is growing. People with significant disabilities and long periods of homelessness are the fastest growing population on our streets

Supportive housing is often the most effective way to serve a significant share of our neighbors experiencing homelessness. It’s a proven way to end the painful and expensive cycles that send some neighbors from hospital beds to jail beds to shelter beds to sidewalks and back again. Ending those cycles by providing supportive housing, in turn, saves lives, while also saving money spent on emergency health care, Medicaid and public safety, among other services.

The joint City/County work session will also include a brief update on community-level progress through our shared efforts under A Home for Everyone (AHFE). Nearly 6,000 people were helped from homelessness back into housing in the fiscal year that ended June 30. That’s a 21 percent increase from the number helped the year before, and a 99 percent increase, or essentially double, from what providers accomplished before A Home for Everyone launched in 2013-14.

More than 8,000 people spent at least one night in shelter, double the number served four years ago. In addition, more than 6,300 people received rent assistance for the first time so they could stay in housing, thousands more than just a few years before. That success demonstrates the strength of working closely across jurisdictions and around a common strategy.


Adult Homeless Services Request for Programmatic Qualifications is Now Open!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release Date: August 17, 2018
Contact: Tessa Paul, tessa.paul@multco.us

Adult Homeless Services Request for Programmatic Qualifications is Now Open!

 August 17, 2018 | Portland, Or. – The City of Portland/Multnomah County’s Joint Office of Homeless Services is seeking applications to qualify organizations to provide a range of services to adults unaccompanied by minor children who are experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness in Multnomah County – listed as RFPQ-26-2019 (1). This RFPQ will be comprised of two stages: Stage I will qualify applicants on organizational qualifications, while Stage II will qualify organizations to provide specific components of Adult Homeless Services.

Stage I released today, August 17, at 8:00 AM. It will be open for approximately 30 days, with a submission deadline of Monday, September 17, 2018 at 4:00 PM. Those who qualify in Stage I will be invited to apply for Stage II upon its release in mid-October.

Multnomah County Procurement Services will be holding a Stage I informational meeting for interested applicants, also known as a Pre-Proposal Conference, on Friday, August 24, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. It will be held at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 1st Floor Boardroom, Portland, OR 97214. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

To apply, applicants must be registered on MultCo Marketplace. For more information and to access this RFPQ, visit Multnomah County’s Supplier Portal.

Multnomah County, City of Portland, State of Oregon team up for first-of-its-kind supportive housing project

A first-of-its-kind funding partnership between the State of Oregon, Multnomah County and the City of Portland, announced Friday, July 27, will foster new models of supportive housing and build on the community’s ongoing response to chronic homelessness.

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), together with the Joint Office of Homeless Services, Multnomah County Mental Health & Addiction Services, and Oregon Housing and Community Services, are offering $12 million for proposals that not only combine housing and mental health services but also keep costs down by embracing the efficiency of single-room-occupancy (SRO) housing.

People experiencing mental health disabilities are the fastest growing segment of the population experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County. PHB’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) calls on the development community and service providers for housing proposals that find cost efficiencies, demonstrate innovative designs, and integrate support services in projects focused on homeless individuals experiencing mental illness.

The funding opportunity marks the first time funding to build affordable housing has been bundled with funding for the services residents will need to thrive in that housing. It also marks a first-of-its-kind partnership with the state.

FY 2019-20 Adult Homeless Services Procurement | Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS) is procuring qualified Suppliers to provide component services to adult households, including but not limited to adult singles, couples, or any other arrangements without dependent children (under age 18), and who are experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County. The procurement period will extend five (5) years, beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20 and lasting through FY 2023-24. The procurement will involve a two-stage process.

  1. Stage I will establish a qualified pool of Suppliers eligible to provide services through the JOHS. Stage I does not qualify Suppliers to provide specific services, but gathers documentation to establish Suppliers’ organizational qualifications, capabilities, experience and organizational values. Only Suppliers qualified in Stage I are eligible to respond to Stage II.
     
  2. Stage II will then invite Suppliers who qualified through Stage I to submit proposals to be considered for a contract award through the JOHS. Only Suppliers who are qualified in Stage I will be eligible to receive a contract award from the JOHS through Stage II.

Any agency, organization, service provider or other entity interested in providing contracted services with Multnomah County for adults experiencing homelessness from FY 2019-20 through FY 2023-24 MUST qualify under Stage I of this procurement process.

Suppliers interested in providing any level of contracted services must apply even if they aren’t interested in pursuing a Stage II application at this time. Any entity both currently or not currently contracted with the JOHS are strongly encouraged to attend an informational session.

Q: What is a Supplier?

A: A Supplier is any agency, organization, service provider, or other entity qualified by Multnomah County to provide contracted component services to adult households experiencing homelessness.

Q: What is a procurement?

A: The process of soliciting Suppliers to apply to become qualified providers of contracted services.

Q: What service categories are included in this procurement?

A: Supportive housing, emergency shelter services, outreach and engagement, diversion, Coordinated Access, housing placement and retention, and employment programs. For additional information, please refer to A Home for Everyone’s Community Program Guidelines.

Q: When will the application period for this procurement open, and what is the deadline for Stage I?

A: The application period for Stage I will open in mid-August and will be open for approximately thirty (30) days. All Stage I applications must be received mid-September 2018. The Stage II application period will open mid-October 2018.

Q: How and where do I submit my application for Stage I?

A: To apply for Stage I, applicants must be registered on Multco Marketplace. Multnomah County’s Department of County Management maintains a web page and video meant to assist with registration. Suppliers must complete the entire application to be considered. Electronic submission is required.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of suppliers that can qualify under Stage I?

A: No. There is no limit to the number of Suppliers that may qualify.

Q: What criteria will you use to evaluate applicants in Stage I?

A: Stage I will evaluate applicants on a series of organizational qualifying questions by an evaluation panel.

Q: What is the process for Suppliers interested in advancing from Stage I through Stage II?

A: Any entity wishing to provide contracted services through the JOHS through this procurement process must apply through Stage I. Once, and if, qualified under Stage I, qualified Suppliers must then submit service proposal(s) under Stage II to be considered for a contract award through the JOHS. Selected proposals from the pool of qualified Suppliers may be awarded a service contract.

Q: Once Suppliers are qualified, how long is the procurement period for?

A: This procurement period is for five (5) years, beginning in FY 2019-20 and lasting through FY 2023-24. If you are interested in providing any contracted services through the JOHS within this time period, you MUST at least become a qualified Supplier under Stage I.

Q: If I qualify under Stage I, why do I need to apply under Stage II?

A: Stage I qualifies Suppliers to become eligible to move forward or submit a service proposal in Stage II. Stage I may also identify Suppliers eligible to serve as sub-contractors or sub-recipients of agencies qualified under Stage II. To be considered for a contract award(s), you must participate in Stage II.

Q: If I don’t apply or qualify under Stage I, can I still be contracted as a Supplier in the near future?

A: At this point, no. If an entity wishes to provide adult homeless services in Multnomah County through a contract with the JOHS during FY 2019-20 through FY 2023-24, that entity must apply under Stage I.

Though it is possible, an additional procurement process may open during this five-year period, as needs arise, that is not guaranteed. Therefore, it is strongly encouraged that any entity interested in contracting with the JOHS in any form in FY 2019-20 through FY 2023-24 apply under Stage I.

Q: How can suppliers learn more about the application process and ask questions?

A: The JOHS has scheduled two open house meetings with potentially interested suppliers to answer questions and present information on the application process. Additionally, a pre-proposal conference will be held at a date TBD after the RFPQ opens in mid-August. For updates, visit ahomeforeveryone.net.

Tuesday, July 24
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Rosewood Initiative
16126 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97233

Monday, July 23
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Multnomah Building Board Room
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

For additional information, or to obtain a copy of this FAQ in an alternate language, please contact April Rohman at april.rohman@multco.us.

For questions related to Multco Marketplace, please contact tsmmarketplacesupport@multco.us.

Up-to-date information on the Adult Homeless Services procurement can be found at the County’s Bids and Proposal site at https://multco.us/purchasing/bids-proposal-opportunities.

2018 Portland/Gresham/Multnomah County Continuum of Care Solicitation

Apply for New or Expanded Permanent Housing and Services Projects

A Home for Everyone is seeking applications for two or more new or expanded projects to provide permanent housing and services for people experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County. Our community is eligible to apply for new renewable federal funding estimated at $1.3 million for general projects and $600,000 for projects specifically serving survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

General Projects

Priority will be given to projects that will most effectively address the housing and service needs within one or more of three populations: Native Americans and Alaskan Natives, women, and LGBTQ individuals. The primary priority will be for projects that address racial disparities in homelessness among Native Americans and Alaskan Natives, though multiple projects serving different and/or overlapping populations may be selected. Selected projects will be invited to apply for renewable federal funding estimated to total $1.3 million annually.

Domestic Violence Projects

Projects must serve survivors of domestic violence. If selected, project grantees must be state-certified victim services providers by date of award. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a strong commitment and capacity to achieving racially equitable outcomes and providing culturally-responsive and/or culturally-specific services, along with projects that leverage existing resources and advance system alignment. Selected projects will be invited to apply for renewable federal funding estimated to total $600,000. 


INFORMATION SESSION
(OPTIONAL)

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, we highly encourage attending.

Thursday, July 12, 2018
9:00am to 11:00am
Worksystems, Inc.
Columbia Conference Room
1618 SW 1st Ave, Suite 450
Portland, OR 97201

Visit the Continuum of Care (CoC) Resources page for more details about the 2018 CoC Competition.


2018 Portland/Gresham/Multnomah County Continuum of Care Solicitation

Apply for New or Expanded Permanent Housing and Services Projects

Release Date: July 03, 2018
Closing Date: July 30, 2018 at 5:00pm
Contact: Erin Pidot, (503) 988-2524, erin.pidot@multco.us

Please review the General Project and Domestic Violence Project solicitation documents for important details about the pre-applications for new or expanding permanent housing and services projects.

Pre-applications are due to erin.pidot@multco.us by Monday, July 30, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

Coordinating Board members honored during Multnomah County's 2018 Volunteer Awards ceremony

Six volunteer members of our Coordinating Board were honored during this week's ceremony for Multnomah County, Oregon's 2018 Volunteer Awards!

Sally Erickson and Rhea Graves from the Joint Office of Homeless Services presented the honors Tuesday, June 26. Here are there comments:

Alexandra Appleton: "It has been an honor to work with you on the Equity Committee. Your fearlessness and tireless dedication to social justice inspires me and everyone that knows you. You’re a powerful speaker and willing to lend your voice to represent those who are marginalized in our community. Our Coordinating Board and A Home for Everyone would not be the same without you. Thank you."

Kevin Fitts: "Thank you for your courageous compassion. You bring a wealth of experience on mental health and addictions, as well as health and social policy at the state and federal level. You remind us all of the importance of effective health policy and challenge us all to be bold... and ask for mental health supports that the most vulnerable people in our community truly need. Thank you.”

Maurice Evans: "I am eternally grateful for your mentorship and your limitless commitment to the A Home for Everyone Equity Committee and Coordinating Board. Your passionate advocacy, your never-ending compassion, and your overall realness is a breath of fresh air. I appreciate you. Thank you for sticking with us."

Susan Madar: “For years we have known you as a calm but forceful advocate for seniors and people with disabilities. You have sat through countless meetings, listening, questioning, and recommending change. You’ve brought that same steadfast commitment to representing the most vulnerable people in our community to the Coordinating Board, and we could not be more grateful for your contributions to this work.”

Art Rios Sr.: "You have long been an outspoken advocate for people experiencing homelessness. Back in 2008, you were one of the leaders of the Homeless Liberation Front, a group of homeless people who camped outside of City Hall for weeks, asking the Mayor and City Council to suspend the city’s sit-lie and camping ordinances until homeless people could find housing. You have advocated for change, while also trying to work within systems working on homelessness and poverty. Our office is grateful for your active participation on the Coordinating Board as well as several ongoing and ad-hoc work groups."

Michael Thurman: “Every month you build a critical bridge for the Coordinating Board to the experiences of low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. You were a founding member of the Ryan White Council, and your knowledge and experience is invaluable, as is your tireless advocacy for housing stability for very low-income people living with chronic illnesses. Thank you for bringing your commitment to a more just and equitable community to the Coordinating Board.”

Year-round shelter capacity in Portland, Multnomah County to increase again; dozens of new beds hosted in two County buildings

PORTLAND -- Even as several winter-only shelter beds wind down as planned this spring, the number of year-round shelter beds managed by the Joint Office of Homeless Services will increase this year.

One winter shelter set to close last month, in Multnomah County’s Mead Building, has remained open instead -- providing space for 75 neighbors downtown.

In addition, the County will open space for 125 men in the Department of Community Justice (DCJ) East Campus at 1415 SE 122nd Ave. Both sites will be operated by Transition Projects.

Those beds will maintain year-round shelter capacity after the 200-bed Hansen Shelter closes as planned this June after two years. But they will also join 50 additional new ongoing beds: 35 winter beds at Old Town’s Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter will remain open year-round; 15 winter beds have also been converted at the Do Good veterans shelter in Hollywood.

Together, the new beds at the four sites add to a total of 250, more than the 200 at Hansen currently.

King County report holds lessons for Multnomah County: Solving homelessness demands affordable housing

A consultant studying Seattle and King County's response to homelessness says high, rising rents are strongly correlated with that community's rise in homelessness -- suggesting that affordable housing, more than any other intervention, is the most important solution for helping people off the streets.

The report by McKinsey & Company was done done pro bono for King County's chamber of commerce. It says the private sector would be better served by investing in housing rather than strategies like shelter alone.

The report also found rent hikes, a measure of economic instability, were almost three times more likely to correlate with homelessness as opioid deaths. That's despite the common but mistaken assumption, often driven by visibility, that non-economic factors are more responsible for homelessness.

‘Structural racism impacts homelessness’: Community discussion kicks off year of work tackling disparities

‘Structural racism impacts homelessness’: Community discussion kicks off year of work tackling disparities

“For a community like this one that is very white, we suspect of a lot conversations about racism happen in a room of only white people," said Marc Dones of the Center for Social Innovations' SPARC initiative. "I love you. But you don’t know what you’re talking about. You need to have folks of color in those conversations. And not just one.”

Looking ahead for local rent vouchers: Gift from Meyer Memorial Trust may one day help pilot program for seniors grow

Looking ahead for local rent vouchers: Gift from Meyer Memorial Trust may one day help pilot program for seniors grow

This winter, Sharon Newell was one of the first seniors to receive a new locally funded, long-term rent voucher --through a pilot program supported by Multnomah County, Northwest Pilot Project, Meyer Memorial Trust and Home Forward. The voucher ensures Newell, along with 40 other households with a senior, can bridge the gap between their rising rents and their fixed incomes.

And thanks to fresh funding from Meyer Memorial Trust, that voucher program may one day get a chance to save hundreds more lives. The nonprofit has matched the County’s $350,000 investment with $150,000 of its own.

Meyer’s contribution will help with administrative costs and pay for a study of the pilot program by the Center for Outcomes Research and Education. That analysis will guide any improvements, and compare outcomes for voucher recipients against seniors overall. The review also will help answer how the program can grow to help potentially hundreds more people pay their rent as part of a larger plan to address chronic homelessness.