After victories for housing measures in local elections, Multnomah County and Portland's supportive housing plan is even more important

In light of Tuesday’s election results, with widespread majorities in Oregon and the Metro area supporting affordable housing measures, we’re reposting this report and release from January on supportive housing.

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.


Joint Office of Homeless Services Statement on 2017 Domicile Unknown Report

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The Multnomah County Health Department, in partnership with Street Roots, released the 7th annual Domicile Unknown report on Tuesday. The report counted at least 79 deaths in 2017 that involved someone experiencing homelessness.

The county began tracking deaths on the street starting in 2011, to help shape public policy discussions in our community on homelessness. Among the policies that emerged was the creation, with the City of Portland, of the A Home for Everyone initiative in 2014 and then the Joint Office of Homeless Services in 2017.

Marc Jolin, director of the initiative and the Joint Office, shared the following statement:

“Year after year, Domicile Unknown mourns dozens of lives stolen too soon by homelessness — showing us the deadly cost of a housing market that pushes thousands of people onto our streets, day after day, sometimes without ever offering a way back.

 “The lesson should be clear: It’s not enough to catch people after they’ve fallen into crisis. We have to stop our loved ones, friends and neighbors from ever falling into crisis in the first place.

“The Joint Office and providers in our community are leading that effort locally, pushing for thousands more units of supportive housing and building on the City and County’s unprecedented investments in rent assistance.

“But we won’t end this cycle of loss until we acknowledge — across all levels of government, and all sectors of our community — that every single one of us deserves a decent and affordable place to live and access to quality, life-saving health care.”

Planned Alternative Shelter in St. Johns: FAQ and Community Letters

READ: Oct. 12, 2018, letter delivered to next-door neighbors

READ: Oct. 29, 2018, letter from JOHS director Marc Jolin to neighbors

READ: Frequently asked questions (also copied in full below) shared with neighbors

READ: NOV. 1, 2018, LETTER FROM ROSE CITY NEIGHBORHOOD PRESCHOOL, WHICH SHARES A BUILDING WITH DO GOOD MULTNOMAH’S VETERANS SHELTER

What is planned at the North Roberts Avenue site? 

The City of Portland and Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services is negotiating with sheltering community Hazelnut Grove and a partner service provider, Do Good Multnomah, to provide alternative shelter and transitional housing services at the North Roberts Avenue site.

The Roberts Avenue site has been identified, after searching more than 400 city-owned properties, as a suitable location for providing a legal, permitted alternative shelter.

If the current discussions with Hazelnut Grove don’t work out, the City and County still believe this is a suitable site for an alternative shelter village and would instead welcome additional proposals for an alternative shelter on the Roberts site from other interested providers.

What is Hazelnut Grove?

Hazelnut Grove is a village-style alternative shelter community that’s been operating on city-owned land in the Overlook neighborhood — but without infrastructure like water, sewer and electricity, or a service provider partner— since 2015.

It currently serves roughly 15 single adults and people in couples. Hazelnut Grove has a board of advisers, including neighbors and community members who live outside the Grove. It is governed through general assembly meetings; those meetings are open to neighbors to attend.

Residents at Hazelnut Grove have been involved in community work in the Overlook neighborhood, including serving on the Overlook Neighborhood Association’s board. Hazelnut Grove also has built enduring and supportive relationships with nearby neighbors in Overlook that would continue even after a move.

Hazelnut Grove’s current site operates with donations, with some facilities and logistical support — such as trash pickup — provided by the City of Portland. Like the city’s three other alternative shelters, Hazelnut Grove’s current site is on city land. But it has been operating unsanctioned. 

An alternative shelter is not a camp or a campsite. It is simply a shelter that is not facility-based, i.e. not in a single building. Alternative shelters, structured as pod villages, have tiny homes or “pods” where guests stay. They share communal buildings that house shared services and amenities such as cooking and meeting spaces, social services office and storage.

What would happen with Hazelnut Grove and the Roberts site?

Hazelnut Grove is in talks with the City and the Joint Office to move to land in St. Johns provided by the City of Portland where it would become a legal, permitted alternative shelter community.

That site is near North Roberts Avenue and North Lombard Street (Multnomah County Tax Lot R323782).

That move would mean dramatic improvements for Hazelnut Grove. Those fixes could include upgraded sleeping pods, connections to utilities (such as water and sewer lines), and partnership with an established provider that will offer transitional services (services that help people transition to permanent housing).

Hazelnut Grove also would serve more people, and could work with outreach workers in St. Johns to bring in people in the neighborhood who are experiencing homelessness.

Hazelnut Grove would provide transitional sheltering services in partnership with Do Good Multnomah, an established shelter and transition services provider that largely works with Veterans. Details of Hazelnut Grove’s relationship with Do Good Multnomah are still being worked out.

Do Good Multnomah, besides operating a long-time Veterans shelter in Northeast Portland, also is working with Clackamas County to operate a village-style alternative shelter for Veterans. Do Good also has experience offering transition services and developing permanent housing. 

You can learn more about Do Good Multnomah at dogoodmultnomah.org/.

The closest site-design comparison is the Kenton Women’s Village, which you can learn more about at www.catholiccharitiesoregon.org/provide-shelter/kenton-womens-village/.

Who would stay at the village, assuming Hazelnut Grove is the operator, and for how long?

Hazelnut Grove serves couples and single adults 18 and older.

Pets are allowed. Guests would be able to have a bed as long as they need, with the expectation that they are engaging with Do Good Multnomah and working toward permanent housing.

Guests at Hazelnut Grove’s current site have already been making the transition back to housing.

What’s the timeline and expected capacity at the new site?

Details around the work needed to prepare the site for a village, including a timeline, have not been finalized. But we are aiming for the site to be ready for a village by April 2019.

Some things wouldn’t change no matter who operated an alternative shelter village at the site:

We expect the new site to accommodate about 20 to 25 adults. Participants will stay at the site subject to participation agreements that set expectations for how they treat each other and how they conduct themselves in the surrounding area. Anyone unwilling or unable to abide by these agreements will not be able to stay at the site.

What would happen to Hazelnut Grove’s current site in Overlook?

The City of Portland will work with Overlook Neighborhood Association to decide the future of that site. At first, a fence would stay up around the site. The idea of a community garden has been floated. The City of Portland’s Office of Management and Finance would likely coordinate any restoration work needed. 

How will a village on the Roberts Avenue site fit within the services already offered by partners in A Home for Everyone, our community’s strategy for addressing homelessness?

After leading a dramatic expansion that doubled year-round shelter capacity in our community, partners in A Home for Everyone, including the City of Portland and Multnomah County, are now working to transform those temporary, emergency spaces into enduring, purpose-designed shelter opportunities that serve our ultimate goal of helping neighbors keep or return to housing.

Although this kind of alternative shelter will be set up on open space, with common areas and movable pods, expectations are no different than for any other traditional shelter.

Hazelnut Grove or any provider must provide safe and supportive environments for their guests and help them transition to permanent housing. They also must be good neighbors to those nearby.

Alternative shelter provides a sense of community, and it’s another option for people who do not want, or struggle to succeed in, facility-based shelter and don’t have access to permanent housing options. It also empowers participants by giving them a voice in how their sites are governed, and allows participants to engage with community members.

In addition, the model provides shelter on land that otherwise would not be suitable for housing developments or other uses, and uses a relatively lower-cost portable infrastructure.

It’s not meant as a replacement for rent assistance, housing case management for facility-based shelter, all of which successfully help thousands of neighbors in our community every year.

Why was the Roberts Avenue site chosen?

The type of site sought for shelter varies depending upon the nature of the shelter. Generally, shelters must be located within communities so people can feel connected to their neighbors. They should be close to transit, so services can be accessed, along with other amenities. 

For alternative shelters, which offer service connections and a safer option for those who have yet to find housing and might not be served well in congregate shelter, the requirements are even more specific. Sites must be zoned for legal use as an alternative shelter, be vacant, have developable land, and offer enough space to accommodate a village (minimum 10,000 square feet). Sites also require bureau approval.

Out of more than 400 potential sites that meet some of those criteria, just a handful of sites, including the site on North Roberts, met all of those criteria. Many sites potential sites were ruled out immediately because of zoning and other land use prohibitions. In addition, the Roberts site also has a sewer pipe down the middle, making it unsuitable for a future housing or similar type of development.

What else does the Roberts site offer?

Beyond meeting those land-use thresholds, the Roberts site is blocks from two major bus lines, a short ride or longer walk to three other bus lines, a County health clinic, a County library, a recovery group, and amenities including grocery stores and the St. Johns Food Share.

Staff at the County health clinic, library and St. Johns Food Share have already expressed interest in working with the village.

The Roberts site is in an area with residential and industrial neighbors. The site is next to some private homes and a senior and assisted-living center that also hosts a preschool. Hazelnut Grove would be expected to contribute to its new neighborhood like any other new arrival might — including volunteering and hosting community events, co-gardening space and offering to work with volunteers. 

The Kenton Women’s Village, as an example, has successfully integrated itself into the Kenton neighborhood and beyond, winning honors during the most recent St. Johns Parade for a float built by residents.

Next-door neighbors at one of our facility-based shelters, the Wy’east Shelter on SE 122nd Avenue, recently raised money and organized a welcoming party for shelter residents.

Do Good Multnomah, which operates a men’s Veterans shelter in Northeast Portland, also has a track record of working with other tenants in the church complex it occupies, including a preschool. On Valentine’s Day, students at the school presented the Veterans with heart-shaped pizzas.

How would Hazelnut Grove interact with neighbors in St. Johns who are already experiencing homelessness?

There is an opportunity to connect with outreach providers who work in St. Johns and who can refer qualifying individuals who may be interested in obtaining shelter at Hazelnut Grove.

That’s similar to the model used by Catholic Charities of Oregon and the Kenton Women’s Village, which prioritizes women experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Kenton and North Portland. 

What kind of outreach has been done to advance this opportunity?

Letters on the decision to locate a village on the Roberts property were shared with next-door neighbors on Oct. 12. Further meetings with next-door neighbors are set.

Neighborhood partners such as the St. Johns Center for Opportunity, which has been advocating already to bring a village-style alternative shelter to St. Johns, are also supporting this project.

City officials and Joint Office staff have also are set to meet with next-door neighbors and have met with, and will meet again with, other neighborhood stakeholders, including the St. Johns Neighborhood Association.

The Center for Opportunity, which also manages St. Johns’ thriving Saturday farmer’s market, has been an increasingly visible provider of services for people experiencing homelessness, from advocacy to a clothing closet to food donations. 

The Center for Opportunity and other neighbors worked with researchers from Portland State University in 2017 to craft a Housing Action Plan for St. Johns. Among the recommendations that surfaced from those months of engagement was a commitment to advancing opportunities for a village.

Neighbors from Hazelnut Grove’s current site, in Overlook, have also have volunteered to talk with neighbors in St. Johns.

How would Hazelnut Grove and Do Good Multnomah address safety concerns?

Like any good neighbor, and like any other social services provider, a village operator must be responsible for safe and effective property management that ensures safety for the guests of the village and the village’s neighbors

A few examples that build from our experience from other sanctioned villages, such as the Kenton Women’s Village, Dignity Village and Right 2 Dream Too:

●     The village will have a fence and gate, with an office at the gate.

●     Village management will provide a liaison to the neighborhood association and a 24/7 phone number — and will facilitate meetings with neighbors as needed.

●     Weekly general assembly meetings will be open to the public.

●     Most importantly, the village will engage the surrounding neighbors in community activities, for example building pods together and tours. Meeting each other and knowing one another individually helps everyone feel comfortable, safe and a part of the neighborhood.

With respect to concerns about people with certain criminal histories receiving services at sites near residential communities, we should be clear: If an individual’s criminal history precludes them from being within a certain distance of a school, they wouldn’t be allowed to live at this shelter. Just as they wouldn’t be allowed to live in a nearby apartment, house or tent. 

Parole and probation officers, as they do throughout our community, enforce supervision terms that set those boundaries. And they will arrest those who violate them, again, whether they live in shelter, are camping outside or living in homes of their own.

As we have in other neighborhoods, we are committed to ensuring that the program that operates on this site enhances, rather than detracts from, the neighborhood. And in the unlikely event that problems arise that cannot be timely addressed, we will revisit the operator, the program model, and even the continued use of the site for this kind of village community. 

For further information: please reach out to Caitlin Burke, alternative shelter program specialist, Joint Office of Homeless Services, at Caitlin.Burke@multco.us.

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.


A Home For Everyone Coordinating Board Seeking Member Applications

The A Home for Everyone Coordinating Board is collecting applications for Coordinating Board membership, particularly from individuals who have the background or expertise in:

  • East County/Gresham services

  • Businesses and/or workforce development organizations

  • Affordable housing developers

  • Law enforcement and/or criminal justice/reentry

  • Faith-based organizations

  • Culturally-specific service providers 

The Coordinating Board of A Home for Everyone was chartered by Multnomah County, the City of Portland, the City of Gresham, and Home Forward. Its members are appointed for two year terms by the Executive Committee of the Board to oversee and advise the Executive Committee on the ongoing implementation of the community-wide strategic plan to end homelessness. Members are selected to represent the diverse constituencies with interest and expertise in ending homelessness.

The Coordinating Board is directly responsible for the allocation of federal homeless assistance dollars that are annually allocated to our continuum of care. The Coordinating Board also advises on local policy and the investment of local funds directed toward homeless services.

Please visit ahomeforeveryone.net for more information about A Home For Everyone, the Board, Executive Committee and the Charter

If you are interested in applying, please click here to fill out the Interest Form. Once completed, please send the Interest Form to A Home For Everyone, at ahfe@multco.us. The deadline to apply is end-of-business on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

If you have further questions, please contact A Home For Everyone at ahfe@multco.us.

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.”