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Posted on: January 6, 2020

Requests for Proposals For Affordable Housing & Homeless Housing and Assistance Funds

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners is announcing the availability of Homeless Housing and Assistance funds and Affordable Housing funds for projects and services related to low-income and very low-income shelter and housing opportunities for people experiencing homelessness, are at risk of homelessness, or are unable to obtain affordable housing.

A competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) Process will be used to select vendors to provide services or housing projects that will advance homeless housing and assistance and affordable housing priorities established by the Affordable Housing and Homeless Housing Task Force and the County and City Joint Oversight Board.

Funding for these housing projects and services comes from recording fees. One funding stream is to provide Homeless Housing and Assistance and the other is to provide Affordable Housing. In each category (Homeless Housing and Assistance and Affordable Housing) the County has two types of revenue streams:

  • Sustainable revenue that is likely to continue in future years (and will be made available each year competitively); and

  • One-time cash balances that will be exhausted once spent. This is best suited for special projects or capital needs.

The contract term for affordable housing services/projects (from Affordable Housing Funds 2060) is to cover the period of April 1 – December 31, 2020.

The contract term for shelter services/projects (From Homeless Housing and Assistance Funds 2163) is to cover the period of May 1 – December 31, 2020.

The contract term for other (non-shelter) homeless housing and assistance services/projects (from Homeless Housing and Assistance Funds 2163) is to cover the period April 1 – December 31, 2020.

Projects and service programs provided will be evaluated by contract compliance and demonstrated effectiveness of services. Responses to the RFP will include specific outcomes and the measures that will show progress leading to achieving those outcomes. Reporting on the outcomes and their measures will be required and included in contracts. Note that the awarded funds cannot supplant any other sources of funds currently available for similar services to members of the population under consideration in the RFP. These funds are not guaranteed to continue at the same rates, nor does the award of a contract guarantee future contracts.

Click on the links below to access the complete Request For Proposal (RFP); the RFP Application; and the five-year homeless plan entitled “Making Homelessness a Singular Occurrence – Homeless Crisis Response and Housing 5 Year Plan for Jefferson County, WA.” To receive an RFP packet in the mail, call 360-385-9100. 

Request for Proposal Information Packet

Request for Proposal Application

Five-Year Homeless Plan


Proposals must be RECEIVED by: MONDAY, February 3, 2020 @ 4:00 P.M.

All responses to this Request for Proposal shall be submitted on the provided application form. Complete all parts of the application form and answer all questions on the application. It is very important that your application is complete, signed, is for an eligible activity, and conforms to all program requirements. Applications that are late, incomplete or that do not meet all requirements, will not receive consideration for funding. Applicants shall use Times New Roman 12-point font. Smaller font applications will not receive consideration for funding.

Submit the following, to be received by 4:00 PM Monday, February 3, 2020:

  • one (1) completed hard copy proposal


  • one (1) electronic PDF version of the proposal.

    Hard Copy of Proposal must be sealed and clearly marked on the outside of the envelope, “Proposal – Affordable Housing and Homeless Housing and Assistance.”

    Mailing address for proposal is:

    Board of Jefferson County Commissioners
    PO BOX 1220
    Port Townsend, WA 98368

    Hand-delivered packets can be delivered to the Commissioners’ Office at the Jefferson County Courthouse; 1820 Jefferson St. Port Townsend, WA 98368.

    Electronic PDF of Proposal must be e-mailed to Vicki Kirkpatrick, Director of Jefferson County Public Health, at, with the following subject line: “Proposal – Affordable Housing and Homeless Housing and Assistance.”

Hand-Delivered Hard Copy Proposals & Electronic PDFs MUST both be received by 4:00 p.m., on MONDAY February 3, 2020. If a hard copy is mailed instead, a post mark of 2/3/2020 will be accepted. Late proposals will not be accepted.