The Newark Housing Authority (“NHA”) invites responses to this Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals (“RFQ/P”) from private development teams to act as the Master Planning and Development Team to develop and implement, in partnership with NHA and various other stakeholders, an area redevelopment plan for the Seth Boyden Terrace public housing site and surrounding community, as part of the planned Dayton Street Neighborhood Transformation Plan.  NHA seeks responses from qualified Master Planning and Development Teams with broad experience in public housing and mixed-finance development, as well as familiarity with the most recent Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (“CNI”) Notice of Funding Availability.  Information about the CNI can be found at:


This solicitation will be conducted in two parts.  Part I shall consist of the Request for Qualifications; Part II the Request for Proposals.  The date and time for the Part I pre-meeting, and submission date are listed below.  The full solicitation schedule can be found in the solicitation document.


Pre-Meeting:  Friday, February 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

RFQ/P Due Date:  Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm

An original and five (5) copies, plus one (1) electronic version on a CD or flash drive, in MSWord or .pdf file format, of the response to this RFQ/P shall be received no later than 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, shall be submitted to:



Attn:  Shari G. Hamilton, Contracts Division

500 Broad Street, 5th Floor

Newark, New Jersey 07102




Respondents are required to comply with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 17:27 (PL 1975 c 127 Affirmative Action), and with 24 CFR 85.36.


The NHA reserves the right to accept any and all responses, or to waive any informality in the responses and the right to reject responses.  No response shall be withdrawn for a period of one hundred twenty (120) days subsequent to the due date of the response, without the prior written consent of the NHA; the period shall be ninety (90) days for a best and final offer.






Funding Opportunity – Service Coordinators in Multifamily Housing

Agency Name

Department of Housing and Urban Development


The Service Coordinator in Multifamily Housing program allows multifamily housing owners to assist elderly individuals and nonelderly people with disabilities living in HUD-assisted housing and in the surrounding area to obtain needed supportive services from the community, to enable them to continue living as independently as possible in their homes.

Link to Full Announcement

Application Download Page using CFDA number ONLY

Owners of eligible HUD-assisted multifamily housing. Eligible housing must meet the following criteria: a. Be assisted or financed through any of the following programs: (1) Section 202 Direct Loan, (2) Project-based Section 8 (including Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation), or (3) Section 221(d)(3) below-market interest rate and Section 236 (insured or assisted). b. Have frail or at-risk elderly residents and/or non-elderly residents with disabilities who together total at least 25 percent of the building’s residents. (For example, if a property has 52 total residents, at least 13 residents must be frail, at-risk, or non-elderly people with disabilities.) c. Were designed or designated for the elderly or persons with disabilities and continue to operate as such. This includes any building within a mixed-use development that was designed for occupancy by elderly persons or persons with disabilities at its inception and continues to operate as such, or consistent with title VI, subtitle D of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992 (Pub. L. 102-550). If not so designed, a property in which the owner gives preferences in tenant selection (with HUD approval) to eligible elderly persons or nonelderly persons with disabilities for all units in that property. d. If FHA insured or financed with a Section 202 Direct Loan, are current in mortgage payments or are current under a workout agreement. e. Meet HUD’s Uniform Physical Conditions Standards (codified in 24 CFR part 5, subpart G), based on the most recent physical inspection report and responses thereto, as evidenced by a score of 60 or better on the last physical inspection or by an approved plan for properties scoring less than 60. f. Are in compliance with their regulatory agreement, Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract, and any other outstanding HUD grant or contract document. g. Have no available project funds (i.e., Section 8 operating funds, residual receipts, or excess income) that could pay for a Service Coordinator. (“Available funds” are those that require HUD approval for their use and are not needed to meet critical property needs.) Field office staff will make this determination based on financial records maintained by the Department and information provided by the applicant in the grant application. 3. If your eligibility status changes during the course of the grant term, making you ineligible to receive a grant (e.g., due to prepayment of mortgage, sale of property, or opting out of a Section 8 HAP contract), HUD will terminate your grant.


If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Please contact the Multifamily Housing Service Coordinator contact person in your local office. If you have a question that the field staff are unable to answer, please call Carissa Janis, (202) 708-3000 (this is not a toll-free number). See Agency Contact




Contact: Core Synergy for grant writing assistance on this project.




Master Developer – For The Revitalization of Washington Village





The Norwalk Housing Authority (NHA) in cooperation with the City of Norwalk is requesting qualification statements from experienced developers (Master Developers). The successful party will rove through its submittal that it possesses the qualifications necessary to implement a comprehensive revitalization strategy for both the Washington Village public housing development and the surrounding South Norwalk neighborhood. The successful respondent will demonstrate its success in implementing comprehensive neighborhood multi-site development plans that include mixed-income (public housing/project-based vouchers, tax credit and market-rate units), mixed finance and mixed uses. The plan must be neighborhood focused and include the replacement of the 136 Washington Village public housing units with 136 deeply subsidized units (public housing and project-based voucher units) in mixed-income developments. The plan should also include, to the extent supported by the community and market conditions, for-sale housing, commercial/retail uses and other neighborhood improvements to be identified during the planning process.

Sealed responses to this solicitation will be received by the Norwalk Housing Authority until 4:00 p.m. local time on March 26, 2012.

Deliver eight (8) complete sets (one original clearly marked or stamped “original” and seven (7) copies) of the required submittals in a sealed envelope or box clearly marked with the words “RFQ Documents”, to the NHA Executive Director at the following address:

Mr. Curtis O. Law, Executive Director

Norwalk Housing Authority

24 ½ Monroe Street

South Norwalk, CT 06854

Place the following information in the upper, left-hand corner on the outside of the envelope when submitting qualifications:

Company Name

Company Address

RFQ Title

Date and Time responses are due


A copy of the RFQ package may be downloaded from NHA’s website at  A pre-proposal conference will be held at the Washington Village Community Center on February 2, 2012, at 11:00 am.

The Norwalk Housing Authority reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive any informalities in the submission process if it is in its best interest to do so.

The Norwalk Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Bipartisan Policy Center to Launch Housing Commission

Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) launched a bipartisan Housing Commission yesterday in Washington, D.C. After providing an overview of the Commission, former Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Henry Cisneros and Mel Martinez, also a former U.S. Senator, former Senator Kit Bond, and former Senator and BPC Founder George Mitchell, participated in a panel discussion with former U.S. Representative Rick Lazio and take questions from the audience.

The Commission will develop consensus recommendations on the most effective way to meet the future housing needs of an increasingly diverse American society. BPC’s Housing Commission will include some of the nation’s leading housing experts and will develop a comprehensive, politically viable plan for consideration by the administration and Congress.

About the Bipartisan Policy Center: Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation, and respectful dialogue. With projects in multiple issue areas, BPC combines politically-balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach. For more information, please visit our website:

About Henry Cisneros: Henry Cisneros is the former HUD Secretary and current executive Chairman of CityView. Throughout his career in politics and business, Cisneros has remained actively involved with creating housing revitalizing our nation’s cities. He has and continues to serve on corporate boards, as well as chairing and serving on several non-profit boards to promote Latinos and fair housing policies. He has authored, edited and collaborated on several books, and is an in-demand public speaker. As executive chairman of CityView, he devotes his efforts to improving the urban environment through CityView’s investment funds. Prior to establishing CityView, he served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Clinton and was the four-term Mayor of San Antonio, Texas. Cisneros is the only former HUD secretary to remain working in housing.

Cisneros has built up CityView to be one of the nation’s top institutional investment firms focused on urban real estate, in-city housing, and metropolitan infrastructure, working with both residential housing and commercial real estate developers. His vast knowledge of cities and government, in addition to his numerous relationships built over a lengthy career, have been crucial to CityView’s development and success. Today, CityView is one of the nation’s premier institutional investment firms focused on urban real estate, in-city housing, and metropolitan infrastructure. Founded in 2000 by Cisneros, the company has generated more than $2 billion in urban investment in 45 communities across the United States. CityView currently manages multiple funds, all focused on urban solutions. Among its largest investors are pension systems for employees of the State of California (CalPERS), the City of Los Angeles (LACERS), the County of Los Angeles (LACERA), and the Los Angeles Fire and Police Plan (LAFPP). Combined, CityView’s three funds have invested in more than 20 metropolitan areas in 13 states across the country.

Before he was the Executive Chairman at CityView, Cisneros served as the 10th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Cisneros was credited with initiating the revitalization of many of the nation’s public housing developments and with formulating policies that contributed to achieving the nation’s highest ever homeownership rate. In his role as the President’s chief representative to the nation’s cities, Cisneros personally worked in more than 200 U.S. cities in every one of the 50 states. With his position, he inherited the massive undertaking to oversee the implementation of the HOPE VI program, which represented a dramatic turnaround in public housing policy and one of the most ambitious urban redevelopment efforts in the nation’s history. Cisneros also seized the goal of the Clinton administration to widen homeownership opportunities among the country’s most under-represented groups — young adults, minorities and low- to moderate-income families. Policies set in motion by Cisneros’ administration allowed homeownership to soar to more than 67 percent.

City of New York Human Resources Administration, Job Opportunities

Promoting Work in Public Housing

Can a multicomponent employment initiative that is located in public housing developments help residents work, earn more money, and improve their quality of life? The Jobs-Plus Community Revitalization Initiative for Public Housing Families (Jobs-Plus, for short) sought to achieve these ambitious goals in difficult environments. Operated as a special demonstration project in selected
housing developments in six U.S. cities, Jobs-Plus was sponsored by a consortium of public and private funders led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Rockefeller Foundation. MDRC, a nonprofit social policy
research firm, managed the demonstration and evaluated the program. This final MDRC report on the initiative assesses the program’s success in achieving key outcomes for residents and their housing developments. It analyzes the program’s effects — or “impacts” — on residents’ employment rates, average  earnings, and welfare receipt by comparing the outcomes for residents of the
Jobs-Plus developments with the outcomes for their counterparts in similar “comparison” developments that did not implement the program. (Because housing developments were allocated randomly to the Jobs-Plus or comparison group, their  outcomes provide an especially rigorous basis for estimating program impacts.) The report also examines changes in social and material conditions at the developments. In summary, the findings show that:  Read more at:



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Public Housing Website Launched

Washington, DC – With the launch of Public Housing, public housing agencies now have a single, comprehensive resource that connects them with job candidates who have experience and credentials in an increasingly important part of the overall labor market. Public Housing website audience is geared towards housing and community development professionals, entry level public housing job seekers, housing agency executives, HR professionals, urban planners, housing commissioners, developers, architects, grant writers, public housing contractors, and public housing policy makers.  Leon Rock, CEO of Public Housing, said, “Our growing number of devoted readers includes HR professionals, grant managers, HUD officials, and many HR directors. You’ll find Public Housing,on a growing number of Public and Indian housing agencies HR department desktops.”   Rock went on to say, “Public Housing, is the best way to recruit high-quality planning-related professionals, while at the same time meeting your minority contracting and section 3 contracting goals”  Job listings start at only $189.00 for a 2 month posting. Public Housing is a minority owned and operated, section 3 business.

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