On October 26, 2020, the City of Tucson issued a Request for Letters of Interest from eligible non-profits with capacity and experience to operate winter shelter, housing navigation, and rapid rehousing programs funded through Federal CARES Act allocations awarded through the HUD Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant programs.
The City of Tucson has planned with the community to respond to the COVID-19 virus by supporting and funding efforts to provide housing and other services to persons experiencing homelessness. The City of Tucson has received supplemental funding through the CARES Act Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) and CARES Act Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) programs to address emergent needs related to COVID-19 and homelessness. As a result of the COVID-19 health emergency, non-congregate shelter and longer-term rehousing strategies are needed to reduce risk of health complications to vulnerable people experiencing homelessness.
The City of Tucson is releasing this Request for Letters of Interest from eligible non-profit and government entities with capacity to provide winter shelter, rapid rehousing, and/or navigation services for people experiencing homelessness in the Tucson area. Project funding will include CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funds and will require full compliance with applicable Federal requirements except where waivers of regulatory requirements have been obtained by the City of Tucson.
Services Solicited Under this Request for Letters of Interest
This solicitation includes discrete scopes of service for three project components deemed essential by the City of Tucson to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic among people experiencing homelessness in the Tucson area.
Winter Shelter: The City of Tucson intends to subaward ESG-CV Emergency Shelter funds in the amount of not more than $100,000 to one or more agencies for the purpose of establishing 100 nightly winter shelter beds during the period of November 23, 2020 – February 28, 2021.
Housing Navigation: The City of Tucson intends to subaward CDBG-CV Public Services funds to one or more agencies in the amount of not more than $150,000 to one or more agencies for the purpose of providing eligible essential services that promote permanent housing placement and stability for a minimum of 125 eligible households referred by the City of Tucson during the period of November 23, 2020 – November 30, 2021.
Rapid Rehousing: The City of Tucson intends to subaward ESG-CV Rapid Rehousing funds in the amount of not more than $2,000,000 to provide eligible rental assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services for a minimum of 150 eligible households referred through the TPCH Coordinated Entry system during the period of November 23, 2020 – April 30, 2022.
Agencies may apply to provide services through one or multiple project components. If applying to provide services under more than one project component, a separate letter of interest is required for each component.
Due Date & Submission
Interested agencies must submit all required Letter of Interest documents to the City of Tucson by 12:00 pm (Noon) on Friday, November 6, 2020. Submissions must be emailed to Jodie.Barnes@tucsonaz.gov.