Tarrant County is requesting proposals for affordable housing to address a shortage of available units and an increase in demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tarrant County Commissioners Court allocated $32.5 million to increase the number of affordable housing units for people experiencing homelessness. The funding comes from the American Recuse Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF).
“By strategically deploying the County’s allocated ARPA dollars, we are poised to significantly decrease the number of people facing homelessness in Tarrant County,” said Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley. “This RFP will identify the right community partners to build out our vision for these affordable housing units, and I’m excited to see that vision become a reality.”
Each proposal will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Due to the nature of the program and the amount of funding available, this RFP will remain open until all funds are committed.
“This is a historic investment from Tarrant County that will truly transform the way our community responds to homelessness,” said Lauren King, executive director of the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition. “With the creation of this housing, we move closer to realizing our vision of a vibrant community where everyone has a place to call home.”
The first round of complete proposals will be reviewed, scored and awarded by the end of the calendar year. Completed proposals received after November 4, 2022, will be evaluated by March 31, 2023.
The goal of this RFP is to produce at least 254 affordable housing units for people who have experienced or are currently experiencing homelessness in Tarrant County. Of the 254 housing units, 175 housing units are targeted for supportive housing, 45 housing units for deeply affordable housing and 34 housing units for permanent supportive housing.
Supportive Housing is defined as medium-to-long-term rental assistance combined with case management for the same term.
Deeply Affordable Housing is defined as housing units for households that have earned income but have experienced homelessness due to the inability to pay market rent.
Permanent Supportive Housing is defined as long-term rental assistance coupled with case management for the same term. Housing is expected to be a low barrier for households that qualify, especially those experiencing chronic homelessness.
For more information, please visit tarrantcounty.com/recovery