Since 1994, MHP has been providing technical assistance and financial support to increase the housing development capacity of rural communities across the country. MHP specializes in working with rural communities and tribal entities. MHP's technical assistance strengthens the ability of organizations to build and preserve housing and community assets. From innovative community planning practices to knowledge of complex federal housing programs, our financial and technical expertise benefits national, state and local organizations.
Minnesota Housing Partnership is seeking Requests for Qualifications from qualified and experienced consultants to provide technical assistance services related to affordable housing, homelessness, community development, project financing, performance measurement, fair housing, organizational capacity building and development, and strategic planning.
In accordance with 2 CFR 200 - "Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards," MHP is providing a description of the technical requirements for the service to be performed, including the range of acceptable characteristics or minimum acceptable standards.
Minnesota Housing Partnership is the recipient of multiple HUD and USDA Technical Assistance awards. The qualifications and subject matter expertise for MHP assignments funded under these awards include statutory, regulatory and technical support that improves the capacity and skills of those government entities, rural communities, and tribal governments requesting TA.
The specific qualifications and experience required to support work plans under this agreement include:
- A minimum of five years working with community and/or economic development; and
- A minimum of three years delivering Technical Assistance; and
- Consultants must demonstrate expert level skills or competencies in areas such as (but not limited to) securing resources in affordable housing, economic development and organizational management.
All applications received will be reviewed against the following selection criteria:
- Experience and technical qualifications
- Specific assignments may require experience with programs such as with HUD formula programs, USDA, NAHASDA, HOME, etc.
- Rate reasonableness
- Geographic coverage
In order to comply with HUD’s process for acquiring goods and services, Consultants will be selected in compliance with procurement procedures addressed by the "Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards," codified by 2 CFR 200.317-200.326.
When completing the online application, please keep in mind the following HUD objectives and specify those key staff members with expertise and experience with these topics.
- Facilitate local collaboration, strategic planning, and service coordination among HUD customers and stakeholders, including jurisdictions, Continuums of Care, public housing authorities, and non-profit organizations and consultation with tribes. Planning may include input on and development of Consolidated Plans, Analyses of Impediments to Fair Housing, PHA plans, tribal plans, and other community planning processes, and should use data to inform decision-making.
- Develop and implement strategies to repair, preserve and recapitalize federally assisted rental housing, tribal housing, public housing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, and other multifamily and single family affordable housing that uses HUD grant funds such as HOME or CDBG.
- Design and implement programs for affordable housing and community and economic development, including assessing local housing markets and effectively targeting resources.
- Provide housing and supportive services for special needs populations, including homeless individuals and families and those at risk of homelessness, elderly individuals, disabled individuals, persons with HIV/AIDS, veterans, and youth. Implement evidence based practices around housing with supportive services, including targeting priority populations, leveraging a range of funds, and collaboration with federal and state funded health services and community based health care services.
- Improve management of HUD funding, including compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and resolution of HUD monitoring findings and/or audit findings. Compliance includes all applicable fair housing and civil rights laws, including, but not limited to, the Fair Housing Act of 1968, Title VI of the Civil rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Develop and implement policies and procedures that support affirmatively furthering fair housing, per applicable federal regulations, and employment, training, and contracting opportunities to low- and very low-income persons and the businesses that employ them (Section 3, Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968).
- Develop and implement strategies for improved data collection, validity, analysis and use by customers for reporting, planning, decision making, measuring performance, and tracking outcomes, including data for the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), Annual Performance Report, Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), Tribal Performance Assessments, Choice Neighborhoods reports, and other reports and analyses as assigned. Assist customers with using data to drive decision making and assess program effectiveness, and use data to identify trends and needs related to HUD’s customers.
- Effective management, use, and reporting of HMIS data, including coordination and facilitation of federal partners and HMIS vendors, maintenance and support of reporting tools, distributed reporting models, mobile applications for data collection and reporting, identifying data gaps, opportunities to use and publish data to increase transparency, usability testing and user focus groups.
- Use technology and the internet for effective knowledge management to improve access to information and resources, build skills, reduce errors, enhance data collection, and streamline processing requests for assistance via websites, mobile applications, virtual help desks, remote and virtual learning modalities, and automated tools and calculators.
Submissions to this RFQ will be accepted on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time. Submission of the application and accompanying material does not guarantee that any individual or organization will receive work. MHP reserves the right to reject any submittals received.
Accompanying materials include:
- Letter of interest
- Biography, resume, or curriculum vitae
- Work samples
- Promotional materials