Funding Opportunities

Current Procurements 

Underwriter Solicitation 

HOST is seeking to implement multi-year contracts with two to three underwriters to support HOST’s affordable housing lending activities, by augmenting staff positions as needed during peak workloads, on a project-by-project basis. These roles will be managed by the Director of Housing Development for HOST. Read the full scope of work(PDF, 174KB). In order to apply, please fill out the narrative response(PDF, 153KB) form and other required documents and send to HOSTProcurements@denvergov.org by 5:00 p.m. on August 12.


Peer Navigation Services

HOST has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking proposals from service providers interested in providing peer navigation services to support homelessness resolution.

Peer navigation is a best practice for homelessness service providers which utilizes individuals with past lived experiences of homelessness to assist those who are currently unhoused. Many service providers currently employ peer navigators, whose shared personal experience serves as evidence of pathways to housing, improved health and stability.

The RFP aims to deploy peer navigation efforts to assist Denver residents residing in shelter or unsheltered settings with supportive services through connections with benefits, identifying areas of opportunity to fill gaps, overcome barriers and assist with housing resources. In providing this level of engagement and support, peer navigators will aim to address core goals and targets to address sheltered and unsheltered homelessness and expand pathways through various systems to successful rehousing.

More information can be found in the complete RFP here. Proposals will be accepted until 3 p.m. on July 29, 2022.

A virtual pre-proposal meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. on July 15. You can join the meeting at the link below: 

https://denvergov-org.zoom.us/j/87104698904?pwd=YVd4eTZzaVgxUFVNRytVNW1uenlZdz09#success


Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) 

This 2023 HOPWA Request for Proposals (RFP) provides funding for a variety of HOPWA programs and services to provide short-and-long term rental assistance, permanent housing placement assistance, eviction/foreclosure prevention, and other supportive services to address needs of persons who are living with HIV/AIDS-related challenges. The City partners with nonprofit organizations and housing agencies to provide housing and support to beneficiaries. 

More information can be found in the complete RFP here. Proposals will be accepted until 3 p.m. on July 21.

A virtual pre-proposal meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. on July 13. You can join the meeting at the link below: 

https://denvergov-org.zoom.us/j/87955034157?pwd=UGRyOW9uTERsaFREWmVjalZ6UTExUT09


Denver Seeking Proposals for Transportation Partnership Opportunities

This HOST issued Request for Proposals (RFP) explores partnering opportunities with transportation services for people experiencing homelessness. Outcomes for proposals include:

  • Transportation for approximately 300 people from a location in Central Downtown Denver to locations in Northeast Denver (approximately five miles), within a three-hour window beginning at approximately 5 p.m. daily. 
  • Transportation for approximately 200 people from a location in Northeast Denver to a location in Central Downtown Denver (approximately five miles) within a two-hour window beginning at approximately 6 a.m. daily. 
  • Monday - Friday eight-hour circular transportation route to connect persons between shelter facilities in Northeast Denver and service locations in Central Downtown Denver as needed. 
  • Transportation Operators should have a clear understanding of the population being supported and be willing to problem solve and engage in conflicts resolution if issues or concerns arise.

More information can be found in the complete RFP(PDF, 4MB)  and this addendum(PDF, 122KB). Proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m. on August 12.

Proposals can be submitted here.

A virtual pre-proposal meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on June 30.You can join the meeting at the link below: 

https://denvergov-org.zoom.us/j/88487196869?pwd=m0QBGzJvem0hOim3qMzHmhpQBIzgKf.1


Denver Seeking Applications for Hotel/Motel Program

The City and County of Denver through the Department of Housing Stability (HOST) is seeking proposals to establish a list of qualified hotels/motels for short term shelter for households. After eliminating respondents who do not meet the criteria of the RFA, the City may issue contracts to those certified as qualified. The City intends to contract with qualified motel/hotel providers from which it may select on an on-call basis to provide such services in the future. This RFA is open-ended and will remain in effect until December 31, 2022. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until further notice, however there is a preference to receive applications as soon as possible. 

Submission of proposals for this solicitation may only be done electronically through Zengine. Proposals must be submitted at: https://webportalapp.com/sp/motelvouchers_rfa. no later than the date and time indicated in the proposal Schedule of Events. Proposers who feel they are unable to prepare and submit an electronic submittal should submit a request in writing to the Contract Administrator, no later than the Question due date, for permission and instructions for submitting a hardcopy proposal. E-Mail: HOSTProcurements@denvergov.org.


 

Past Procurements

City Seeks Proposals to Build Affordable Housing, Community Services Space in Globeville

The City and County of Denver has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify a qualified development partner(s) to provide affordable housing and community services space at 4995 Washington St., a city-owned site in Globeville. The RFP was developed based on responses from a Request for Expressions of Interest issued earlier this year. 

The City purchased the 2.68-acre property in 2019 with the intent that the land would be acquired for a mixed-use development of affordable housing and meet a need for community space in the area. The property has recently been rezoned to C-MS-5, which allows up to five stories of construction.

The Department of Housing Stability (HOST) is seeking a multifamily development with a majority of units restricted to households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income. Additional consideration will be given to projects with units for households at 30% of the area median income. The proposed project may include a range of unit sizes, however, additional consideration will be given to projects that include three-bedroom units or larger in support of HOST’s Five Year Strategic Plan goal.

The qualified development partner(s) will enter into a 99-year land lease for the property, ensuring permanent affordability of the income-restricted units.

The deadline to submit proposals is 5 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2022.


City Explores Redevelopment of Crossroads Shelter to Provide Improved Shelter, Affordable Housing

 

The Department of Finance and Department of Housing Stability (HOST) today issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) by qualified for-profit and nonprofit developers for possible redevelopment of the 1.08-acre Crossroads Shelter. Located at 1901 29th St., Crossroads serves as the primary walk-up shelter in the downtown area for men experiencing homelessness. The city-owned shelter operates 24/7 and provides a distanced capacity of approximately 300 guests. The property was purchased by the City and County of Denver in 2019. The city-owned shelter operates 24/7 and provides a distanced capacity of approximately 300 guests. The property was purchased by the City and County of Denver in 2019.

The REOI seeks the development of new shelter in the downtown Denver area, walkable and accessible to public transportation. Location boundaries for eligible off-site locations are I-70 to the north, I-25 corridor to the west, 6th Avenue to the south and York Street to the east, with a preference for locations with easy walking access to St. Francis Center and Denver Rescue Mission Lawrence Street Shelter. The proposal must include 500 shelter beds, with no more than 300 of those beds being in a congregate setting. 

The city-owned shelter operates 24/7 and provides a distanced capacity of approximately 300 guests. The property was purchased by the City and County of Denver in 2019.

The REOI seeks the development of new shelter in the downtown Denver area, walkable and accessible to public transportation. Location boundaries for eligible off-site locations are I-70 to the north, I-25 corridor to the west, 6th Avenue to the south and York Street to the east, with a preference for locations with easy walking access to St. Francis Center and Denver Rescue Mission Lawrence Street Shelter. The proposal must include 500 shelter beds, with no more than 300 of those beds being in a congregate setting. 

The REOI also seeks proposals for affordable housing on the existing site, with a percentage of income-restricted housing targeting households earning up to 30% of the area median income ($22,050 for a single-person household, or $28,350 for a family of three). Permanent affordability is sought via either a fair market land sale and 99-year restrictive deed covenant recorded on the land, or through a 99-year land lease.

The REOI supports HOST’s Five-Year Strategic Plan goals of increasing the availability of affordable housing and expanding the diversity of shelter options.

The deadline to submit expressions of interest is at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2022.


Denver Seeks Proposals for Safe Parking Program 

Denver’s Department of Housing Stability (HOST) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from service providers interested in administering a Safe Parking program for persons experiencing homelessness in their personal vehicles. The service provider will manage site operations and provide on-site services at approved City-owned or controlled sites and/or at sites with evidence of site control for this permitted use. American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds totaling $150,000 are available to pilot the program. 

In alignment with City charter and zoning, sites will temporarily allow occupancy for cars, recreational vehicles, and/or other innovative mobile housing options for temporary sheltering during the public health emergency and recovery period. Once identified, a future safe outdoor parking site would be temporary. 

Safe parking was identified in HOST’s Five-Year Strategic Plan as one of many strategies designed to help address unsheltered homelessness. The option to park in a legal, safe, and consistent place helps ensure that those residing in vehicles can place their focus on attending to concrete tasks to assist them in exiting homelessness. 

Interested parties should submit their proposal at https://webportalapp.com/sp/home/safe_parking_rfp_application. Proposals will be accepted through March 21, 2022. A virtual, informational pre-proposal meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2022. Join the meeting here.


City Seeks Development Partner(s) to Build Affordable Housing and Community Services Space

The City and County of Denver has kicked off the pre-project development stage for the development of affordable housing and a community services space at 4995 Washington St. in Globeville. The Department of Finance and Department of Housing Stability today issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) to solicit expressions of interest by qualified for profit and nonprofit developers to enter into a partnership to provide affordable housing at the city-owned site.

The proposed development of the property will include a community services space as a part of the scope of the project. Responses to this REOI must outline access, parking, ownership, maintenance, and proposed use, and scope of partnership with this community services partner. Additional commercial space could be included in this project but is not required.

The City purchased the 2.7-acre property in 2019 with the intent that the land would be acquired for a mixed-use development of affordable housing and meet a need for community space in the area.

The deadline to submit expressions of interest is February 7, 2022, 2:30 p.m.


Denver Solicits Proposals for Catalytic Homelessness Resolution Development Opportunities

November 1, 2021

Denver's Department of Housing Stability (HOST) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking proposals from teams of developers, service providers, and shelter operators that are interested in developing an innovative project to resolve homelessness, comprised of a mixture of shelter and permanent housing. The City is seeking proposals from teams with documented property ownership, either through deed, Purchase and Sale Agreement, or option agreement.

This solicitation is targeted at creating shelter and permanent housing with supportive services for those currently experiencing homelessness. Proposed projects in any Denver City Council District are encouraged to apply. Projects are encouraged to provide a thoughtful plan of how residents will access services and employment, if applicable.

Interested parties should submit their proposal at

https://webportalapp.com/sp/task_item_primary_input/ihrdo_rfp_application. Proposals will be accepted until 3 p.m. Dec. 29, 2021. A pre-bid virtual meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 8, 2021.


[Closed] Denver Solicits Proposals for Non-Congregate Shelter Operations

October 1, 2021

Denver’s Department of Housing Stability (HOST) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking proposals for service providers that are interested in providing support for operations and services for non-congregate shelter at city leased and/or acquired sites, and/or other innovative approaches to transitional shelter for persons experiencing homelessness. HOST is seeking proposals for services at current or anticipated sites for shelter operations and programs. 

HOST is accepting proposals from organizations that will provide management and oversight of shelter operations for city-owned and/or city-leased locations, including:

  • Rodeway Inn, 4765 Federal Blvd. (92 rooms)
  • An anticipated, to-be-acquired hotel property (96 rooms)

The city is also considering opportunities for operations support at additional properties for non-congregate shelter sites as identified in the RFP.

Interested parties should submit their proposal at https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/shelter_operations_programs_rfp. Proposals will be accepted until 3 p.m. on November 1, 2021. A pre-bid virtual meeting will be held on October 6, 2021 at 9 a.m.


Informal Solicitation: Facilitation of Quarterly Community Stakeholder Meetings

 May 6, 2021

The City and County of Denver Department of Housing Stability (HOST) is seeking an individual or team to facilitate four (4) quarterly meetings for community stakeholders over a twelve (12) month term. Meeting dates, times, and location will be determined at a later date. The purpose of these quarterly public meetings is for City officials to meet persons experiencing homelessness and their representatives to obtain information, input, and feedback on programs; gather unhoused attendees’ approval of or objection to proposed changes to key components of the Lyall lawsuit settlement; listen to concerns; and discuss opportunities for solutions. Each public meeting is expected to last up to 90 minutes. Read the full solicitation here.(PDF, 144KB)

 If interested, please submit the following information to Jeff.Stawicki@denvergov.org by 5:00 p.m., MST, Friday, May 28, 2021:

  • Describe your team/company overview and experience in facilitation
  • Describe personal lived expertise or experience working with those who have life experience in housing stability and/or homelessness and/or co-facilitate with someone with such experience;
  • Examples of groups facilitated
  • References
  • Fees: hourly rate and overall cost breakdown
  • Completed Diversity and Inclusiveness in City Solicitations Information Request Form

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

April 7, 2021

Denver’s Department of Housing Stability (HOST) is seeking proposal(s) for service providers that are interested in administering the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. The City and County of Denver has been allocated funds under the ERA program from the United States Department of the Treasury. HOST is seeking proposals for ERA for a period through September 30, 2022, with possible extensions.

In accordance with the requirements of the ERA program, these funds will be utilized to provide financial assistance, including rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, utilities and home energy costs arrears, and other expenses related to housing to eligible households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Service providers will utilize a centralized database to review and approve or deny ERA applications for Denver residents and issue financial assistance payments to landlords/tenants/utility providers.

Interested parties should submit their proposal at www.rockymountainbidsystem.com (title: Emergency Rental Assistance Program for the Department of Housing Stability (HOST)). Vendors must register with Bidnet to view the RFP and apply. Proposals will be accepted until 11 a.m. on April 27, 2021. A pre-bid virtual conference will be held on April 13, 2021 at 10 a.m.


Eviction Legal Defense and Prevention Services

March 24, 2021

Denver’s Department of Housing Stability (HOST) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for eviction legal defense and eviction prevention services to address the increased risk of eviction caused by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal will cover services through December 2021, with possible extensions.

HOST is seeking responses from service providers that have experience providing eviction legal defense and/or eviction prevention services such as free legal services including legal advice for residents facing an eviction and/or in-court eviction representation; community navigation and support in accessing emergency rental assistance and other eviction prevention resources; tenant/landlord mediation; coordinated call center connecting residents facing an eviction to appropriate eviction legal defense and prevention resource(s); or other innovative programs or services aimed at providing eviction legal defense or eviction prevention services to address the increased risk of eviction caused by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Proposals will be required to demonstrate a strong commitment to integrating into existing service delivery systems of eviction legal defense and prevention programs and services and willingness to participate in regular communication and coordination with such programs and services.

Interested parties should submit their proposal at www.rockymountainbidsystem.com (title: 2021 Eviction Legal Defense and Prevention Funds for the Department of Housing Stability (HOST)). Vendors must register with Bidnet to view the RFP and apply. Proposals will be accepted until 1 p.m. on April 29, 2021. A pre-bid virtual conference will be held on April 2, 2021.


Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

August 7, 2020

Denver’s Department of Housing Stability (HOST) is seeking proposals for a variety of housing programs and services utilizing both federal and local funds. Proposals are sought for housing opportunity, housing stability and homelessness resolution programs to be funded in 2021.

HOST is soliciting proposals in the following program areas:

Housing Opportunity

  • Housing Counseling (HC)
  • Down Payment Assistance (DPA)
  • Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs)

Housing Stability

  • Tenant/Landlord Counseling
  • Rental/Homeowner Access and Modification Program (RHAMP)
  • Emergency Home Repair (EHR)
  • Single Family Rehabilitation Program (SFR)
  • Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
  • Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program (TRUA)
  • Eviction Legal Defense

Homelessness Resolution

  • Shelter Operations
  • Shelter Programming
  • Outreach Programs
  • Employment Services
  • Re-housing Interventions
  • Supportive Housing
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Programs
  • Emergency Solutions Grant Coronavirus Relief Programs (ESG-CV)

Innovative Programs and Services

Professional Services

Application Information:

The HOST NOFA application is available at www.rockymountainbidsystem.com. The request for proposal number is 29220M. The deadline to submit funding applications in response to the NOFA is Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 4 p.m. Mountain time.

A general information meeting for NOFA applicants will be held Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 10 a.m. Mountain time via Microsoft Teams.