Request for Proposals: Hamilton County Housing Needs Assessment & Strategy

Background and Context

Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development, Inc. (HAND) is soliciting proposals for a Housing Needs Assessment & Strategy Study (“Study”). HAND has led this initiative every five years since 2004 on behalf of the County and eight included municipalities. This 2021 study will be part of the action plan for the Hamilton County Community Development Block Grant Program administered by the Noblesville Housing Authority, and as such, must meet those federal procurement requirements.

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Hamilton County’s population has grown by 30 percent since HAND took responsibility for the Housing Needs Assessments. In this time, towns have grown into cities and the production of housing units has kept pace; however, the variety of types and price points has not, leading to an expansive missing middle and a lack of housing for low- and moderate-income households.

Two communities in Hamilton County, the cities of Fishers and Noblesville, are conducting their own studies this year in an effort to better understand the housing gaps and excesses on a local level. The Study must include discussions with these communities’ planning staff and present their data and conclusions with the rest of the county-wide assessment. We wish to avoid duplication of effort and costs and need an integrated study for the entire county.

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Broadly, this study focuses on the housing needs of those in the 0-120% AMI range, especially addressing the needs of vulnerable populations (survivors of violence, single parents, homeless, seniors and those with physical and mental challenges or addictions). This study should include an assessment of current housing conditions, demographics, market demands, housing gaps, and strategies to mitigate these gaps. Data-based analyses, conclusions and policy recommendations for Hamilton County should also be included and provided in an easily read and digestible manner. This study should not be a regurgitation of census data.

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Timeline

RFP Published: July 19, 2021
RFP Questions Due: July 29, 2021, midnight
RFP Q&A Distributed: No later than August 2
RFP Proposals Due: August 22, 2021, midnight
Interviews (if necessary): September 6-10, 2021
Notice of Selection: (no later than) September 13, 2021
Study Commencement: September 20, 2021
Draft Deliverable: January 7, 2022
Final Deliverable: January 31, 2022

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