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Consolidated Request for Proposals for Affordable Housing Projects

Grants to Washington, DC, Housing Nonprofits and For-Profits
to Construct Affordable Housing for Underserved Residents

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District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA), and District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)

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09/30/19 11:59 AM


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Grants to Washington, DC, nonprofit and for-profit housing developers, owners, financial consultants, and others to construct, restore, and preserve affordable housing units for underserved residents. A preliminary Stage 1 application may be required prior to submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to support the construction of new housing projects for families and individuals at risk of homelessness, as well as the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing units for low-income households.

The RFP seeks impactful proposals to produce new affordable housing units for households earning less than half of the Median Family Income (MFI), with a special emphasis on creating Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) for individuals and families who were once homeless and continue to be at imminent risk of homelessness. (PSH includes persons with disabilities for whom self-sufficient living may be unlikely and whose care can be supported through public funds.) DHCD also seeks to fund projects that preserve existing, occupied affordable housing units reserved for low-income, very low-income, and extremely low-income households.

Funding is awarded for projects that address very specific needs, with regard to income levels served and the supportive housing models followed. For specific terms, see

Eligible project types:

a. Production - Funding for new construction projects, or projects that rehabilitate vacant buildings, that produce units reserved for households earning 0-30 percent of MFI or 31-50 percent of MFI.
b. Preservation - Funding for the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing, occupied housing with at least five units, where affordability will be preserved for existing low-income tenants at any income level no greater than 80 percent of MFI.

For further details about these project types, see

For new construction rental projects — and rental projects that rehabilitate existing, vacant buildings — at least 5 percent of the units, and no less than one unit, must provide PSH (Permanent Supportive Housing).

Financing for Development Subsidies (Gap Financing) may be used for most development finance purposes including, but not limited to: Acquisition costs, soft costs, financing costs, predevelopment costs, and hard costs (new construction and rehabilitation).

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GrantWatch ID#: 186344

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

DHCD will accept and consider eligible development proposals from all qualified applicants. The applicant must have the development team in place; at a minimum, the following team members must be identified: Owner (including all parties involved in the partnership or limited liability company, as applicable); Guarantor(s); Developer; Development or Financing Consultants (if applicable); Architect; General Contractor; Construction Manager (if applicable); Management Agent; Resident/Supportive Services Provider (if applicable). At least one of the key team members – Owner, Developer, or Development/Financial Consultant – must have prior experience completing affordable housing projects of a similar type and scope as the project being proposed.

Lead applicants and project team members may be non-profit or for-profit entities, although priority scoring points are awarded to non-profit applicants.

Applicants may be based in the District of Columbia or outside, but there are requirements about partnering with District-based enterprises and hiring District residents.

Applicant requirements: Applicants must have control of the site proposed for development. This may be in the form of:
- A current deed evidencing fee simple ownership;
- A lease option (lease term must be equal or greater than the proposed financing term);
- A land or property disposition agreement (LDA or PDA) executed with the District of Columbia; or
- A contract of sale
At the time of application, site control must extend for at least 180 days beyond the date of the application submission or be demonstrably renewable so site control can extend to the 180-day period. The applicant must demonstrate that the proposed development is matter of right or that applicable zoning approvals have been applied for.

DHCD sources cannot fund non-eligible uses, such as commercial space and HPTF funding for new units above 50 percent MFI.

Ineligible expenses for Development Subsidies (Gap Financing) may be found on

Pre-proposal Conference:

Following the release of the RFP, DHCD will host an in-person RFP Orientation session. The session will highlight new and notable features of the RFP and will be an opportunity for prospective applicants to ask questions about the RFP or the process. The RFP Orientation details are as follows:

- Date and Time: July 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
- Location:
Housing Resource Center (First Floor, Corner Entrance)
DC Department of Housing and Community Development
1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20020

Pre-Application Information:


- June 28, 2019: RFP Released
- July 25, 2019 (10AM – 12PM): RFP Orientation
- August 12, 2019: DCHFA preliminary Stage I Application due for projects using 4% LIHTCs and bonds
- September 18, 2019 (11:59 AM): Proposals Due to DHCD
- October 23, 2019: Projects that meet Threshold proceed to scoring; All Applicants will be notified of their Threshold Review results
- December 18, 2019: Project selection results announced
- June-September 2020: Reservation Letters and gap financing Letters of Commitment (if applicable) executed
- December 2020: Carryover Allocation Agreements executed (if applicable)
- October 2020-May 2021: Closing on gap financing (if applicable)

The Online Application System will be made available on or before July 19, 2019 for applications to be initiated.

The project selection and financing process has four phases and takes approximately 12 months. For a detailed description of these four phases, see the RFP.

Questions and Answers:

- During the application period, prospective applicants may submit clarification questions to DHCD about the RFP through the Online Q&A Portal, which is part of the Online Application System. DHCD will respond to all questions submitted and will distribute the responses to all registered users of the system. DHCD will establish a deadline by which all questions must be submitted, usually at least two weeks before the application deadline, to allow sufficient time for DHCD to respond to questions and for applicants to consider or incorporate the guidance in their proposals.
- Applicants should not directly contact DHCD staff with questions about a specific proposal. All questions must be submitted through the Q&A. Upon release of this RFP, DHCD staff are unable to discuss an individual project proposal with an applicant and will not respond to these inquiries.

If a new construction or rehabilitation and expansion project is in a Historic District or requires approval from the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) for any other reason, HPRB approval of the conceptual design is required before application submission.

Applicants may submit development proposals for more than one project in the same funding round if their project team’s capacity allows it. However, if the funding round is particularly competitive, DHCD may decide to limit awards to one per developer/applicant.

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Development Finance Division
DC Department of Housing and Community Development
1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, 2nd Floor
Washington DC 20020
(202) 442-7200

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