City RFP for funding for land acquisition, rehab, affordable housing and economic development

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Funding Opportunities

Each year, the City of Spokane invests over thirteen million dollars to foster economic development in services and housing to support extremely low to moderate income citizens, and to build neighborhoods through the Community Development Block Grant, HOME, Emergency Solutions Grant, McKinney Vento Homeless Grant, City of Spokane Homeless Initiatives, Housing & Essential Needs, and City of Spokane Human Services Grant. Please see the tabs above for the various currently open and past closed Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, Affordable Housing and Economic Development Funding Notice

Request for Proposals

The Community, Housing and Human Services Department (CHHS) is requesting proposals from the Spokane Community that will lead to large scale (>$250,000.00) land acquisition, Rehabilitation, Affordable Housing, and Economic Development activities. CHHS is making available approximately $1,000,000.00 through this funding notice.

About the Funding

Funding to support this request comes from the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). The CDBG Program is a federal program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG funds are intended to primarily benefit low and moderate income individuals through jobs, housing and access to services. Projects selected for funding through this RFP will be able to demonstrate how their project will address positive impacts for low and moderate income individuals.
More information about the CDBG program.

Land Acquisition: acquisition and/or rehabilitation of real property for the benefit of economic development or affordable housing. >51% of all beneficiaries must meet HUD's definition of low and moderate income (earning <80% area median income). CDBG funds cannot be used to construct new housing. Please consult with CHHS staff if requesting funds to build new housing. If a proposal is requesting funds to acquire and rehab an existing multifamily housing complex, the proposal must demonstrate that >51% of all units will be reserved for affordable housing.

Rehabilitation: rehab of existing commercial or residential structures. Proposals seeks rehabilitation funds must be aware of the time required to complete a full rehabilitation process. In some cases, a rehabilitation project may not be feasible within the timeline identified below. Please consult with CHHS staff if requesting funds for rehabilitation activities.

Affordable Housing: proposals seeking funding to support the expansion of affordable housing must be able to demonstrate financial feasibility (underwriting) and a period of affordability. Affordable housing in this RFP is limited to acquisition and rehabilitation. New construction of affordable housing is not allowable using CDBG funds. CHHS has access to other funding sources that may be able to assist with new construction. Please consult with CHHS staff regarding all affordable housing proposals.

Economic Development: any activity that leads to the creation of/or retention of existing jobs for low and moderate income individuals. There are many ways to qualify economic development activities. Please consult with CHHS staff prior to submission of proposals.


CHHS intends to prioritize and fund proposals that will expend 100% of all awarded funds no later than Monday, April 30, 2018. Successful applicants will provide a detailed timeline with milestones to meet the accelerated timeline. Proposals submitted without a clearly defined timeline will not be considered for funding.

  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017: CHHS releases funding notice
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Morning: CHHS time reserved for TA (by appointment)
  • Friday, December 15, 2017 - Afternoon: CHHS time reserved for TA (by appointment)
  • Monday, December 18, 2017 - All Day: CHHS time reserved for TA (by appointment)
  • Friday, January 5, 2018 (5:00 PM): Applications Due to CHHS
  • Week of January 8th 2018: CHHS Begins Environmental Review Process
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018: Review and Recommend Funding Awards
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018: Approve Funding Recommendations
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018: Notice Given to Applicants
  • January 19th through February 1st: CHHS Contracts with Successful Applicants
  • February 1st through March 2nd: Procurement Process
  • February 1st through April 23rd: Reimbursement of Expenditures
  • Monday, April 23, 2018: Final Invoicing
  • Monday, April 30, 2018: End of Contract terms

Technical Assistance

CHHS staff has set-aside three separate dates in the morning and afternoon to provide TA for interested applicants to discuss proposals. Please provide advanced notice so staff can plan accordingly.

Applicants may also request technical assistance from CHHS staff outside the TA time slots listed in the timeline section of this funding notice. Please allow a minimum of two working days for staff to schedule a meeting. When requesting a meeting, please provide as much information as possible prior to the meeting so staff can provide the greatest amount of assistance. CHHS reserves the right to not offer TA during the week of January 1, 2018 to applicants requesting TA for the first time.

In some cases, CHHS may want to conduct a site visit as part of the technical assistance. Please notify staff early in the application process if the proposal would benefit from a site visit.

Related Documents

CHHS Contact Information

George Dahl
CDBG Program Manager

Paul Trautman
Affordable Housing Program Manager

Invest Health - Youth & Young Adult Housing and Services Project(s)

The City of Spokane is seeking responses to a Request for Information in order to secure an owner(s) for new residential/shelter programs targeting youth and young adults (13-24 years old). Funds are not currently committed, however, the City and partners of the Invest Health Initiative (detailed below) are committing to support in acquiring funds for all aspects of desired project(s) and partnership throughout the project development and lifetime.


Action Date(s)
RFI Released November 20, 2017
Questions Accepted
Submit to:
November 20, 2017 – December 8, 2017
Response FAQ Posted December 15, 2017
RFI Responses Due:
Submit completed apps to:
City of Spokane - CHHS
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201
January 17, 2017 by 5pm PST

CHHS Funding Cycle Changes

The Community, Housing and Human Services Department (CHHS) is currently implementing funding cycle changes intended to increase the stability and performance of funded projects, to establish strong connections with strategic plans and to drive systems level change. One of the most significant features of the changes is a shift to five-year funding for service-based projects, rather than one or two-year funding. The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the five-year awards is being planned for release in the fall of 2018, with the resulting grant awards starting July 1, 2019. The development of the five-year NOFA is being informed by three community workgroups currently meeting to identify opportunities, needs and service gaps related to the following topic areas: Food Security, Housing Stability & Community Support, and Workforce Development.

Please see documents below for information related to these changes and workgroup meeting summaries. With questions, please contact us at or 509.625.6325.