Technical Assistance (TA) for Equitable Housing Production Strategies

  • Overview

    The California Community Foundation (CCF), in partnership with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), is seeking firms to provide technical assistance to about 16 grantees that are advancing community-centered strategies that grow the supply of housing in a sustainable and equitable way.

    For detailed instructions on how to register, please click here. Username and password is required to access the online portal.

    Francisco Covarrubias
    Program Manager, Housing
    fcovarrubias [@] calfund [.] org

  • Background & Problem Statement

    California faces a tremendous challenge in meeting our collective housing needs. As a state, we have failed to create enough housing to meet our growing demand, which in turn has led to price increases that everyone feels. When we do create housing, it is too often targeted to higher-income households, leaving the bulk of our workforce competing for an aging housing stock. This production imbalance most likely leads to unnecessary real estate speculation and displacement in communities of color. Addressing these systemic issues not only requires bold action in Sacramento that reforms our complex land-use system, it underscores the need for local voices that are not always plugged into the decision-making process to champion new ways to grow our housing supply.

    The California Community Foundation (CCF) is partnering with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and other foundations on an exciting new project that will fund the development of community-based policies and plans through a “Call for Collaboration” that help cities and counties reach aggressive new housing targets set by the administration of Governor Gavin Newsom. These targets call for 1,341,827 new housing units across the 6-county SCAG region to meet current and expected demand, of which more than 40% should be affordable to households earning less than 80% of the Area Median Income. That’s a 25% increase in the region’s housing stock.

  • “Call for Collaboration” Initiative Description

    In July 2020, the SCAG Regional Council voted on a resolution to work in partnership with others to close the gap of racial injustice. In a parallel move the Regional Council also unanimously agreed to set aside $1 million towards this “Call for Collaboration” program from their allocation of the Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) grant from the State of California to develop activities and programs that accelerate housing production throughout the SCAG region. There is a wide range of activities that are eligible for funding under the REAP planning grant. Generally, those activities must focus on programs and plans designed to promote pro-housing policies, streamline the housing approval process, and remove barriers to development.

    Building from the ideas and successes of housing innovation challenges across the region, the Southern California Call for Collaboration focuses on making ideas into reality through strategic partnerships. This initiative will fund innovative and strategic models, diverse community-driven approaches, and new partnerships and coalitions to shape and execute a vision for growing our housing supply in a sustainable and equitable way that promotes racial equity in the marketplace and advances development practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from unsustainable development patterns.

    The program will fund about 16 grantees through two grant opportunities:

    Partnership Programs: Awards of up to $125,000 to support the expansion and/or implementation of existing plans, initiatives, and/or partnerships that promote equitable growth strategies.

    Spark Grants: Smaller, capacity-building grants of around $50,000 to seed new models of collaboration and engagement to support community-driven approaches and partnerships that promote equitable growth strategies.

    Selected grantees will also benefit from a team of housing, planning, and legal experts that will advise them on the development of their plans, provide unique data analysis, advice on legal contracts and other documents (like by-laws, etc.), or other organizational support as needed. As such, this RFP is soliciting proposals and qualifications from technical assistance providers to provide a broad range of support and technical assistance to the cohort of grantees.

    Examples of specific initiatives and partnerships to be funded through the Call for Collaboration are:

    • Support for CBOs to engage in local cities’ housing element updates, or to develop community-based frameworks for new specific plans and overlays for traditional downtowns and transitioning industrial zones to facilitate sustainable infill development by providing infrastructure financing tools, right-sizing parking requirements, and visualizing context sensitive multi-story developments.
    • Helping CBOs develop a neighborhood plan that upzones commercial corridors or low-density neighborhoods with value-capture strategies and assist with the implementation of their local advocacy agenda.
    • Develop a city-wide streamlining ordinance for the affordable/supportive housing entitlement and permitting process.
    • Create and implement framework and advocacy agenda for an Affordable Housing Trust Fund or Community Land Trust.

    Eligible activities for this grant program should align with the State’s REAP program, which prohibits funding for project-specific development activities. All activities funded under this Program must be policy-related in nature and demonstrate a nexus to increasing and accelerating housing production in a sustainable and equitable way that promotes racial equity and justice in the marketplace and less greenhouse gas emissions.

    Examples of specific activities that this program could fund are:

    • Education, outreach, community organizing, research, and policy development activities related to the development of equitable growth strategies and housing streamlining measures;
    • Technical assistance for local planning activities that promote equitable growth strategies (e.g. fellowships, internships, consultants, for EIRs, local ordinances, community plans, housing elements, etc.);
    • Infrastructure / community improvements that will accelerate housing production; and
    • Technical assistance for establishing regional or countywide housing trust funds for affordable housing or community land trusts (e.g. planning activities and processes, guidelines, charters).


  • Scope of Work (SOW) for TA Providers & Initiative Timeline

    This RFP is seeking bids for a private firm or nonprofit organization to provide technical assistance and capacity building to about 16 grantees selected for funding under the SCAG Call for Collaboration initiative. This SOW is a general guide to the work CCF expects to be performed and is not a complete listing of all services that may be required or desired.

    • Total Budget Available: $150,000 (additional funds may become available in the future)
    • Contract Performance Period: 3/1/2021 to 9/1/2022
    • Draft Initiative Timeline:

    Scope of Work (SOW) for technical assistance provider sought through this RFP:

    • Provide trainings to grantees on basic planning and affordable housing development policies and practices, unique to the regulatory environment in the State of California;
    • Provide (or subcontract to provide) specific services to grantees such as:
      • market research for urban planning activities, including mapping support and data analysis
      • guidance on best practices for implementation of equitable growth strategies
      • racial bias trainings
      • basic legal services for by-law development and development of draft local ordinances/planning activities (specific plans, general plan amendments, etc. )
  • Proposal Guidelines

    Interested parties should submit the following information for consideration:

    1. Proposal

    a. Statement of Interest. (2 pages max) Describe why you or your organization is best suited to carry out the tasks of this RFP that you are applying for, and why you think it is important to support community-based equitable development strategies to solve the region’s housing crisis.
    b. Proposed approach. (3 pages max) Describe in detail the exact type of technical assistance and capacity building that your organization would prioritize for this initiative. Describe the steps, timing, and coordination with other consultants and/or subcontractors that you would propose to work with.
    c. Staffing. (2 pages max) Who would work on this initiative from your organization (and/or with whom you would partner)? Describe their qualifications and prior experience. Be sure to submit resumes of key staff, and/or proposed subcontractors that you are planning to work with. If you have not yet identified potential subcontractors for this work, be sure to list the organizations/consultants from which you will likely seek bids.
    d. Challenges. (1 page max) Describe what challenges you foresee in the overall implementation of this SOW, and ways in which we can mitigate those challenges.
    e. Modifications. (2 page max) Describe any additional modifications you would propose to the SOW to be successful.

    2. Budget and Timeline Attachment. This SOW provides a high-level, draft timeline and budget. Provide a more detailed timeline and budget for which you think would be necessary for this SOW. Also, provide a detailed expansion plan for additional services your organization can provide should more resources become available beyond the $150,000 budgeted.

    3. Supporting Organizational Attachments.

    a. Agency Operating Budget (current fiscal year)
    b. Organizational Chart
    c. List of Board Members with Demographics
    d. Bios and Resumes of Key Staff
    e. Organization’s Strategic Plan (most current)
    f. Financial Projections (2 – 5 years)
    g. Most recent Audited Financial Statements
    h. Other documents/narratives as deemed appropriate

    See “Apply” below for link to application.

  • Evaluation and Selection Process

    Proposals will be evaluated by a small panel comprised of representatives from CCF and other funders participating in this initiative. We will evaluate proposals based on the following rubric:

  • Apply Now

    To apply, please login in via Nonprofit Connect and select the Technical Assistance (TA) for Equitable Housing Production Strategies application.

    Apply Now

    Note: Username and password is required to access the online portal. For detailed instructions on how to register, please click here.

    For questions, please contact Francisco Covarrubias program manager, housing, at
    fcovarrubias [@] calfund [.] org


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