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  • REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR:

    DEVELOPMENT OF AFFORDABLE SENIORS HOUSING

    RFP #: HDB2014-001

    Issued By: Manitoba Housing Issue Date: February 20, 2014 Submission Deadline: May 27, 2014 4:00 p.m. Central Time

    Proposals should be enclosed in a sealed envelope addressed to:

    Manitoba Housing Housing Delivery Branch 200 – 352 Donald Street Winnipeg, MB R3B 2H8 Attn: Rental and Cooperative 55+ Housing Program RFP Coordinator

    The RFP #, Submission Deadline, and the Proponent’s name and

    return address should appear on the face of the envelope.

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    PAGE

    1.0 INTRODUCTION .......................................................................................... 1

    1.1 BACKGROUND ............................................................................................................... 1 1.2 DEFINITIONS .................................................................................................................. 1

    2.0 SPECIFICATIONS ........................................................................................ 3

    3.0 PROPONENT’S INSTRUCTIONS ................................................................ 3

    3.1 SUBMISSION ADDRESS AND DEADLINE ............................................................................ 3 3.2 PROPOSAL INQUIRIES .................................................................................................... 4 3.3 PROPOSAL FORMAT ....................................................................................................... 4 3.4 PROPOSAL CONTENT ..................................................................................................... 4 3.5 PROPOSAL CONDITIONS ................................................................................................. 7 3.6 AMENDMENT OR WITHDRAWAL OF PROPOSAL ................................................................. 8

    4.0 PROPOSAL EVALUATION AND SELECTION ........................................... 9

    4.1 EVALUATION COMMITTEE ............................................................................................... 9 4.2 EVALUATION PROCESS .................................................................................................. 9 4.3 MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS ......................................................................................... 9 4.4 EVALUATION CRITERIA ..................................................................................................10 4.5 ACCEPTANCE OF PROPOSAL .........................................................................................11 4.6 ESTIMATED TIMETABLE .................................................................................................12 4.7 CLARIFICATIONS ...........................................................................................................12

    APPENDIX “A” – SPECIFICATIONS................................................................. 13

    APPENDIX “B” – FORM OF AGREEMENT ...................................................... 17

    APPENDIX “C” – ELIGIBLE PROJECT CAPITAL COSTS .............................. 38

    APPENDIX “D” – AFFORDABLE RENTS ......................................................... 39

    APPENDIX “E” – AFFORDABLE RENT CATCHMENT AREAS........................40

    APPENDIX “F” – MODESTY ASSURANCE ..................................................... 42

    APPENDIX “G” – ZONE 2 NORTHERN COMMUNITIES ................................. 43

    APPENDIX “H” – ACCESSIBLE DESIGN CRITERIA ....................................... 44

    APPENDIX “I” – PROCUREMENT GUIDELINES ............................................. 45

    APPENDIX “J” – APPLICATION FOR CONDITIONAL ALLOCATION ............ 47

  • RFP for Development of Affordable Seniors Housing Page 1

    1.0 INTRODUCTION

    1.1 Background Affordable housing is a key priority for the Province of Manitoba. As part of its current three year Housing Plan, the Province of Manitoba has made a public commitment to add 500 new affordable housing units and 500 new social housing. To assist in achieving this goal and, by way of its long-term strategic document “Strong Communities – An Action Plan”, Manitoba Housing is directing new housing investment under its Rental and Cooperative 55+ Housing Program to help meet the continued need and demand for additional affordable housing for seniors throughout the province. Further information on Manitoba Housing’s Strong Communities – An action Plan can be found online at http://www.gov.mb.ca/housing/pubs/hcd_strategicframework_web.pdf Manitoba Housing’s Rental and Cooperative 55+ Housing Program is intended to assist development of new rental and cooperative housing for low- to moderate-income seniors across Manitoba. With funding support from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the intent of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit proposals from qualified Proponents for the development of Affordable Seniors Housing and for Manitoba Housing to subsequently enter into a Financial Assistance Agreement (FAA) with Accepted Proponents for such projects. The amount of potential Financial Assistance through this RFP includes the lesser of either (a) 35 percent of total Eligible Project Capital Costs, or (b) $65,000 per residential unit in southern communities or $75,000 per residential unit in northern communities. In addition, a limited amount of rent-geared-to- income (RGI) assistance will be available to help further decrease rents so that they are affordable to lower-income households. Further detailed specifications are outlined in Appendix “A”. In addition, the Manitoba Government recently announced the creation of the Rental Housing Construction (RHC) Tax Credit. The RHC Tax Credit is a new financial incentive offered to private and non-profit housing developers (including non-profit co-operatives) to help address the persistent shortage of rental housing in Manitoba communities. The RHC Tax Credit is equal to eight percent (8%) of the capital cost of the rental housing project, to a maximum of $12,000 per residential unit. To receive the tax credit, a minimum of ten percent (10%) of units constructed must have affordable rents. Further information on the RHC Tax Credit can be found at: http://www.gov.mb.ca/housing/rental_housing_tax_credit.html Manitoba Housing is using a competitive project selection process to ensure that the most appropriate, sound and cost-effective Projects proceed to commitment.

    1.2 Definitions

    For the purpose of this RFP:

     “Accepted Proponent” means a Proponent whose Proposal provides high value in meeting the

    Evaluation Criteria and is selected to receive a Conditional Allocation from Manitoba Housing.

     “Affordable Rents” mean the maximum monthly rent, inclusive of essential utilities (heat, hydro, and

    water), that can be charged as part of a Project to a tenant household, with such rents being at or

    below those set out in Appendix “D”.

     “Affordable Seniors Housing” means permanent rental and/or cooperative housing units

    developed under this RFP for low- to moderate-income seniors (aged 55 years or older) which are

    modest in terms of floor area and amenities, and are initially leased at Affordable Rents and where

    rents will increase in accordance with the Financial Assistance Agreement for a period of fifteen (15)

    years or more.

    https://www.gov.mb.ca/housing/pubs/hcd_strategicframework_web.pdf https://www.gov.mb.ca/housing/rental_housing_tax_credit.html

  • RFP for Development of Affordable Seniors Housing Page 2

     “Conditional Allocation” means a specified amount of Rental and Cooperative 55+ Housing

    Program funding reserved by Manitoba Housing on a conditional basis for an Accepted Proponent.

     “Coordinator” means the individual who on Manitoba Housing’s behalf is responsible for the

    administration of the RFP process, and as of the date on which this RFP is issued, is the individual

    named in Section 3.2.

     “Eligible Project Capital Costs” means the capital costs of a Project eligible for Financial

    Assistance, as set out in Appendix “C”.

     “Evaluation Committee” means the group of individuals brought together by Manitoba Housing for

    the purpose of assessing how well the Proposals meet the Evaluation Criteria.

     “Evaluation Criteria” means those criteria against which Proposals will be assessed to determine

    how well they meet Manitoba Housing’s requirements.

     “Financial Assistance” means a one time capital contribution through a forgivable loan that will be

    provided by Manitoba Housing to an Accepted Proponent towards the Eligible Project Capital Costs

    of their Project.

     “Financial Assistance Agreement” or “FAA” means the contract to be entered into between an

    Accepted Proponent and Manitoba Housing setting out the terms and conditions under which any

    Financial Assistance will be provided to the Accepted Proponent, substantially in the form of the

    agreement attached as Appendix “B”.

     “Mandatory Requirements” means the minimum elements that a Proposal must contain in order to

    receive further consideration, as set out in Section 4.3.

     “National Occupancy S