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City of Lorain Fair Housing- Request for Proposals
The City of Lorain, Ohio is soliciting proposals from qualified organizations for the development, implementation, and administration of a Fair Housing Program. The program shall include a Fair Housing educational element, a Fair Housing outreach element, a Fair Housing Testing component, and a Fair Housing referral element. The program will be funded through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and is required to be operated in compliance with all pertinent federal regulations, including but not limited to 24 CFR Part 570 and OMB Circular A-122 and A-133.

Open to all agencies, non-profit and for-profit. The applicant must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of fair housing laws and regulations, as well as experience in implementing fair housing programs. A hardcopy is available at:

DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING, HOUSING AND PLANNING, 200 W. ERIE AVENEUE, 5TH FLOOR, LORAIN, OHIO 44052.
Proposal Due Date – JANUARY 9, 2015 @ 4:00 P.M.

(Bids due 1/9/15)
2015-2019 CONSOLIDATED PLAN & ANNUAL ACTION PLAN RFQ
The City of Lorain is seeking qualified individuals and firms able to work with City staff and neighborhood stakeholders to develop Lorain’s 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan in accordance with requirements and regulations defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 24 CFR, Part 91. The selected vendor shall comply with Lorain’s Citizen Participation Plan and complete all components of the Consolidated Plan including: a housing and homeless needs assessment; housing market analysis; strategic plan; action plan; required certifications, and a description of monitoring requirements.
Respondents should have experience in HUD planning activities and community engagement. Preference will be given to respondents with strong writing skills, oral communication skills, and the ability to access and analyze data. In addition, strong preference will also be given to respondents that have completed eCon Planning Suite Training provided by HUD.
The City will manage the contract with the selected vendor to ensure responsibilities are completed in a timely and satisfactory manner and in line with applicable federal regulations. The Consolidated Plan background information and the selection criteria are described below.
(Bids due 1/22/15)
Community Housing Development OrganizationCertification Application
A Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) is a private non-profit, community-based organization with the mission, experience, and capacity to develop affordable housing. Certified CHDOs for the City of Lorain must own, develop, and/or sponsor affordable housing within the city limits of Lorain.

As a certified CHDO through the City of Lorain, a non-profit organization is afforded priority opportunities to apply and receive Federal HOME Investment Partnership Program Funding for operating costs and affordable housing development costs.

If your organization desires to seek CHDO certification from the City of Lorain, you should complete and submit the provided application along with all of the required supporting documentation

(Bids due 1/22/15)