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RFQ - Transitional Housing Center Shelter Operator

03/21/2022

INVITATION FOR REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATION

FOR THE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING CENTER SHELTER OPERATOR FOR A CITY-OWNED SITE (OPPORTUNITY HOUSE) LOCATED AT 1300 EAST 5th avenue, PINE BLUFF, AR 71601

The City of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ), for an experienced transitional housing shelter operator for a City-owned site, hereafter Opportunity House, located at 1300 E. 5th Avenue. The successful operator will operate a 25-to-50 bed transitional shelter to help individuals experiencing homelessness transition to self-sufficiency in permanent housing. The successful applicant will demonstrate overall capacity to operate 24/7, 365 days per year and provide supportive services, and facilitate access to other community-based programs and services.

The City of Pine Bluff has a growing homeless population. Still, it lacks facilities that offer a full slate of wrap-around services that helps those impacted by homelessness stabilize their lives and successfully transition to permanent and sustainable housing. The Opportunity House seeks to provide the following services needed to achieve this ultimate goal for individuals:

- Case Management

- Counseling

- Life skills/soft skills training

- Job training and placement

- Substance abuse recovery support

- Connections to supportive, community-based resources

The City of Pine is seeking an experienced shelter operator who can provide on-site management of the shelter along with development and administration of programming, policies/procedures and other operational guidelines. Additionally, the successful shelter operator will have the capacity to assist the City of Pine Bluff with fundraising efforts and establishing collaborative partnerships with community organizations, non-profits, and other key stakeholders.

PROPOSED SUBMITTAL DEADLINE DATE AND TIME:

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 1:30 pm

SUBMIT WRITTEN PROPOSALS TO:

City Clerk Office

City of Pine Bluff

200 East 8th Avenue

Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis until such time as this RFQ is closed.

Contact Information: The following City staff member is available to answer questions regarding this RFQ proposal packet. Cynthia Anderson, 870-730-2003 via telephone or email of canderson@cityofpinebluff-ar.gov.

The City of Pine Bluff does not discriminate based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, or handicaps and encourages participation by minorities and female owned and operated businesses and local firms.