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RFQ for Youth Housing

Housing for Youth and Young Adults’ Wellness at the Quarters Buildings – Request for Qualifications

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The Opportunity

Pacific Hospital Public Development Authority (PHPDA) is offering a rare opportunity for providers of youth and young adult transitional housing and services to create a supportive community for young adults ages 18 to 24 who are at risk of homelessness. PHPDA is seeking a qualified organization or team of organizations to develop and operate safe, healthy transitional housing and services for young adults at its Pacific Tower Campus, helping to build a home to support young adult residents in accessing health care, education, and job training. 

The Pacific Tower Campus is a local and national landmark, sitting on the north end of Beacon Hill. This campus is a dynamic hub for innovative nonprofits and government organizations, including healthcare, education, and job training. Behind the Pacific Tower sit the Quarters buildings, a handful of smaller, two-story buildings that were converted from living quarters to administrative offices in the late 20th century. Now, we are aiming to turn these buildings back into housing, creating a needed resource for our community that sits right alongside these other social supports.

The focus of this project is advancing health equity for young adults who are marginalized because of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation. BIPOC and LGBTQIA2+ young adults disproportionately experience housing instability and homelessness, and we are seeking a Campus partner to provide services that are affirming, accessible, and responsive to young people. 

We’re in this for the long haul – we’re seeking a long-term partner or group of organizations who can commit to being present and engaged for several decades, as a manager of the buildings and as a service provider.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible respondents include: 

  • 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations, housing authorities, local government entities, or federally recognized Tribes, or a team of collaborating organizations of the same; 
  • Licensed to do business and in good standing in the State of Washington; and 
  • Have relevant experience working with youth and young adults at risk of or exiting homelessness.  

Submittals that do not clearly meet these minimum qualifications will not be evaluated.

Desired Attributes

We’re seeking a partner who shares our commitment to community relationships, prioritizes involving young people in their approach and design of programs, and understands the value of ongoing dialogue with Campus members and neighbors as the project evolves. 

Attributes and characteristics we will be looking for in responses include:

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1. Equity in Services

How might you adequately address the unique needs of young adults of color and LGBTQIA2+ community members who are overrepresented among homeless young people? Respondents should outline their ability to address the unique needs of this population, remove barriers, and provide affirming, accessible, and responsive housing and services.

2. Youth and Young Adult Engagement and Voice

We want young people to have a genuine voice in service delivery – organizations are better equipped to meet specific and unique needs when they involve these young people as decision makers.

3. Housing Trust Fund and Funding Capacity

Respondents should have relevant experience implementing projects under the Housing Trust Fund and/or similar programs, as well as outline their capacity for seeking other capital funding and long-term operating funds.

4. Redevelopment and Property Management Capability

The Quarters Buildings require certain upgrades to meet accessibility requirements, and they must remain within the limits as required by the National Register of Historic Places. Respondents should demonstrate knowledge and ability to perform necessary rehabilitation and repurposing of the buildings consistent with such requirements.

Process Timeline

For questions, email the RFQ Coordinator, Virgil Wade, at quartersrfq@phpda.org.

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June 17, 2024

RFQ Issued

July 17 | 1:30 - 3 pm PT

Required Site Walk

Please RSVP at quartersrfq@phpda.org. Meeting point for the site walk will be at the entrance to the Pacific Tower.

July 26 | 6 pm

Deadline to Submit Questions

Aug. 7 | 6 pm

Release of Final Q&A

Sept. 6 | 6 pm

Qualifications Submittals Due

Week of Sept. 23

Oral Presentations (If any)

Oct. 8 (tentative)

Decision Regarding Selected Provider

All submittals shall be deemed public records as defined in Chapter 42.56 RCW. Any information in the submittal that a respondent desires to claim as proprietary and exempt from disclosure under the provisions of Chapter 42.56 RCW, or other state or federal law, must be clearly designated with the particular exemption from disclosure upon which the respondent is claiming cited. Each page containing information subject to a claimed exemption must be clearly identified with the words “Proprietary Information” printed on the lower right hand corner of the page. Marking the entire submittal exempt from disclosure or as Proprietary Information will not be honored. If a public records request is made for communications that the PHPDA, in its reasonable discretion, believes includes the information that the respondent has marked as “Proprietary Information,” PHPDA will notify the respondent of the request and of the date that the records will be released to the requester unless the respondent obtains a court order enjoining that disclosure. If the respondent fails to obtain the court order enjoining disclosure, PHPDA will release the requested information on the date specified. If a respondent obtains a court order from a court of competent jurisdiction enjoining disclosure pursuant to Chapter 42.56 RCW, or other state or federal law that provides for nondisclosure, PHPDA shall comply with the court order.