In April 2021, the City of Independence initiated a Request for Proposals from non-profit developers and non-profit housing service providers for the development or preservation of housing opportunities affordable to low- and moderate-income households. Resources offered through this Request for Proposals (RFP) include federal HOME funds awarded to the City by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Available funding was to be allocated towards housing objectives established in the City’s 2017-21 Consolidated Plan. An Evaluation Committee reviewed proposals based on established criteria which included:
· Development Aptitude demonstrating prior success in the development of affordable housing, which may include substantial rehabilitation, reconstruction and new construction.
· Financial Capacity that shows the project is sufficiently financed through design, construction and the lease-up or sale of the units.
· Project Design, Construction and Readiness that align with design concepts found in the City’s Unified Development Ordinance, Comprehensive Plan and Consolidated Five Year Action Plan. Consideration was given to the projects’ proximity and access to transportation services, shopping, complete streets, sidewalks, and neighborhood schools.
· Community Impact that document how residential rehabilitation blends well with cultural appeals found within the community.
· Planning & Implementation with City’s Objectives that demonstrate developer’s ability to adapt City planning objectives into projects that are well defined and ready to proceed (provide an estimated timeline).
THHFH’s proposal is recommended for HOME Program project development funding in the amount of $193,611.00. It is anticipated that with this funding THHFH will be able to develop two single-family homes to provide affordable homebuyer opportunities to HOME eligible households. The single-family homes will be located in the Englewood area. CHDO Operating funds in the amount of $24,118.00 are also being recommended to support THHFH in delivery of the project. Operating funds will be used for the skilled paid staff required by HOME regulations. The total combined contract award is $217,729. Housing development for single family homebuyers for households below 80% of AMI and job training are identified as a 'High' priority in the 2017-21 Consolidated Plan.