Through a Request For Proposal (RFP) process, the CHF directs funding to local agencies in support of the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in Calgary. Funding is awarded based on the quality of proposals received, with the overarching goal of contributing to a system of care that ensures Calgarians at risk of or experiencing homelessness have the support they need to achieve and maintain housing stability.
On July 30, 2013, the CHF issued a RFP seeking proponents to apply for $890,000 in federal funding (Homelessness Partnering Strategy) for a project(s) that will provide deep-subsidy housing units ($350 to $500 per month rent) for those experiencing chronic and episodic homelessness. The capital project(s) will focus on harm reduction, Housing First and provide permanent housing. This funding cannot exceed 50% of the total capital project cost. The capital project can be either a construction project or acquire/renovate project, but all conditions must be waived on the property or land purchase by March 31, 2014 and all vendors must be under contract by March 31, 2014.
The panel decided to split the funding between two Proponents in order to maximize the available resources. The Calgary John Howard Society was allocated $525,000 and the Calgary Dream Centre was allocated approximately $434,000. The CHF has begun the contract negotiation process with both agencies.
In May 2013, the CHF issued a RFP to fund a program that will serve individuals experiencing homelessness who have mobility limitations. This PSH program will use a CHF-owned property (Kootenay Lodge) under a Master Lease Agreement. The successful proponent will serve those with a mid- to high-acuity and will prioritize those residing in emergency shelters or rough sleeping, and Aboriginal People.
The CHF received one proposal and chose that agency as the successful proponent due to their extensive experience with the target population and ability to meet all of the identified requirements. The CHF has begun the contract negotiation process with Accessible Housing Society.