City Homekey RFQ

The City of Oakland Department of Housing and Community Development has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for qualified housing sponsors to own, operate, and provide services for permanent affordable housing for homeless and formerly homeless individuals and households.

About the City Homekey RFQ

With this Request for Qualifications (RFQ), the City of Oakland Department of Housing and Community Development (City) is seeking qualified housing sponsors to own, operate, and provide services for permanent affordable housing for homeless and formerly homeless individuals and households.

The City will prioritize review of qualifications received by July 30, 2021, which will be designated “Round 1” responses. Because the City will review responses on a rolling basis, the City encourages submittals in advance of July 30, 2021. Although this solicitation will remain open through September 1, 2021, any qualifications received after July 30, 2021 will be reviewed only as resources allow (“Round 2”). The City may extend the solicitation timeframe if the State Homekey NOFA is issued later than September 2021. The qualified sponsor pool will be valid for up to five years.

ALL RESPONSES TO THIS RFQ MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THIS CITY WEBSITE.
SUBMITTALS ARE FINAL. IF CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE, YOU WILL NEED TO RESUBMIT.

RFQ Details and How to Submit

Download the full RFQ for details on the City's Homekey program and this solicitation. All submittals of Expressions of Interest (Sellers and Sponsors), Qualifications, and Proposals must be submitted through this website by clicking the relevant buttons below.

Please send questions to HCDinfo@oaklandca.gov and include "Homekey RFQ" in the subject line. Responses to questions will be posted on a rolling basis on this website.

Download PDF of RFQ
View the List of City Owned Sites

RFQ Responses

In order to facilitate team building, responses to the Seller Expression of Interest form and the Sponsor Expression of Interest form will be updated here each Friday. The below responses are current as of July 29th, 2021.

Seller Expression of Interest Form Responses

Sponsor Expression of Interest Form Response

RFQ Q&A

On July 15th, the City held a public Q&A session to discuss it's Homekey Request for Qualifications (RFQ). A recording of the meeting and other materials are below:

Homekey RFQ Question & Answer List

Homekey Q&A Zoom Presentation- Password: yNe@Wi0$

Homekey RFQ Q&A Presentation Slides

Meeting Attendee List

RFQ Timeline

  • June 25, 2021

    RFQ released

  • Staff at the City of Oakland shared information about the recent release of its Homekey Request for Qualifications (RFQ), with time for questions at the end. Presentation Slides are linked.

  • July 30, 2021

    Sponsors submitting qualifications by 11:59 PM on July 30, 2021 are designated Round 1

  • September 1, 2021

    Sponsors submitting qualifications between July 31, 2021 and September 1, 2021 are designated Round 2. Qualification responses will not be accepted after September 1, 2021

  • September 2021 (TBD)

    State issues Homekey NOFA, anticipated by September 2021

  • September 2021 (TBD)

    City issues Homekey Request for Proposals (RFP) to sponsors qualified under this RFQ. Sponsors may submit new proposals or update existing proposals at this time.

  • October 2021 (TBD)

    Homekey RFP responses due to City

  • Late Fall 2021 (TBD)

    Recommended Homekey applications and funding requests presented to City Council

  • Late Fall 2021 (TBD)

    City and sponsors submit Homekey applications to State

  • Late Fall 2021 (TBD)

    State awards Homekey funding through NOFA process

  • September 1, 2026

    Qualified sponsor pool expires

Background

The May Revision to the Governor's 2021-22 proposed budget includes $3.5 billion total for the State Homekey Program. Of this amount, $1 billion will be specifically targeted to households experiencing homelessness or at risk for being homeless. Once the State budget is passed in June, the State’s 2021 Homekey NOFA is expected, sometime between July and September of 2021.

In the 2020 Homekey NOFA round, the City successfully closed three Homekey awards resulting in over 165 permanent homes for people experiencing homelessness. The 2020 Homekey round had a compressed application process and an incredibly accelerated implementation schedule. Based on the 2020 Homekey experience, the City has issued this RFQ to streamline sponsor and proposal intake in advance of the State’s 2021 Homekey NOFA.

This RFQ seeks to:

  • Simplify and Encourage Early Sponsor Engagement: Create a single point of intake for sponsor qualifications, project proposals, and expressions of interest in participating in Homekey with the City.
  • Streamline City Review: Confirm qualifications in advance of the 2021 Homekey NOFA, so that City staff can focus on evaluating Homekey project proposals.
  • Facilitate Team Building: Sponsors that submit Expression of Interest forms can let other sponsors know that they are interested in being part of a prospective Homekey team. The City will share the list of firms who expressed interest on a rolling basis, so interested sponsors can connect to form prospective teams.
  • Establish Qualified Sponsor Pool: Establish a pool of qualified teams of developers, property managers, and service providers that meet experience requirements of the City and the Homekey Program (based on the 2020 Homekey NOFA). Once the State issues the 2021 Homekey NOFA, City will issue a Homekey Request for Proposals (RFP) to sponsors qualified under this RFQ. Sponsors may submit new proposals or update existing proposals at this time.
  • Share Information on Potential Sites: Property owners interested in selling their property to sponsors under this RFQ are encouraged to submit their contact and property information through this RFQ’s Seller Expression of Interest form. The City will also post a list of city-owned parcels that may be suitable for rapid construction or installation of permanent or interim housing under this RFQ (see below for link).
  • Identify Potential Proposals: If available, sponsors are encouraged to submit information on proposed projects.