Housing Element Update (2023 ? 2031)

Agency: American Planning Association
State: Federal
Type of Government: State & Local
Posted Date: Aug 17, 2021
Due Date: Aug 26, 2021
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Housing Element Update (2023 – 2031) Valley Vision

Sacramento, CA


Valley Vision, Inc., a private non-profit organization, has contracted with the County of Stanislaus to serve as a master-vendor to support the County in visioning a housing policy framework, establishing an affordable housing strategy, and developing the 6th Cycle Housing Element. In serving as a master vendor, Valley Vision will select vendors to complete required tasks, and ensure that these distinct but related activities are completed cohesively.

In its role as master vendor, Valley Vision is issuing this Request for Proposals to solicit responses from firms, consultants, or other entities well qualified to develop the 6th Cycle Housing Element for the County of Stanislaus. The selected party must fulfill all requirements necessary to achieve certification from the California Department of Housing and Community Development by December 15, 2023.


Stanislaus County is located in California's central valley. It contains urban and rural development. It is comprised of 1,521 square miles and is home to nine incorporated cities and twelve unincorporated communities. The total population of the county is 555,968 (California Dept. of Finance, 2021). 442,954 residents live in incorporated cities; 113,014 live in unincorporated areas. The County's population is projected to increase to 610,672 by 2031 (a 9.8% increase) by 2031 (California Dept. of Finance, March 2021).


Development of the 6th Cycle Housing Element for the County of Stanislaus. The Housing Element will be data and community informed and prepared in alignment with Valley Vision and the County efforts to define a housing policy framework and affordable housing strategy. The selected party will work in partnership with the County of Stanislaus, Valley Vision, and other contracted vendors to share information across these connected processes. The selected partner will also incorporate strategies to ensure broad community input and consideration in the development of the Housing Element. The final product will fulfill all steps and requirements established by California housing-element law, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and be certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

Key activities shall include, but are not limited to:

  1. Review of the Stanislaus County 5th Cycle Housing Element and other relevant documents and reports
  2. Conduct a housing needs assessment, including an inventory of housing conditions and infrastructure needs, constraints, and possible resources. The selected consultant will prepare a Housing Condition Assessment report of findings, which will appear as an appendix to the Housing Element.
  3. Collect or compile data to quantify needs
  4. Conduct sites inventory and analysis
  5. Assess existing housing policies, ordinances, codes, regulations, etc. for impact
  6. Pursue varied strategies to inform and engage stakeholders to better understand needs and priorities
  7. Prepare the 2023-2031 Housing Element, including specific objectives and programs to address housing needs for all populations and affirmatively further fair housing, and provide for multiple rounds of edits from County. The Housing Element must fulfill all requirements prescribed by California housing element law. Final, certified document will be delivered in electronic as well as printed formats
  8. Conducting, preparing, and coordinating environmental assessment
  9. Assist in developing staff reports or other communications associated with the project


The selected party will demonstrate strong expertise and prior experience in the following areas:

  1. California Housing-Element law and CEQA analysis and review
  2. Preparation of prior Housing Elements (successfully certified) that are genuinely reflective of, and customized to local circumstances
  3. Knowledge of innovative housing strategies, programs, and policies
  4. Community engagement and facilitation
  5. Data research and analysis
  6. Familiarity with the issues impacting housing in the California Central Valley/Stanislaus County region
  7. Project management and meeting defined milestones


Work will begin in mid-September 2021 and the Housing Element must be certified by California Housing and Community Development by December 15, 2023. All intermediary milestones will be determined in partnership with the selected vendor and County of Stanislaus.


Interested applicants must submit a proposal that provides the following information:

  1. Description of firm(s). In no more than three pages, describes the experience of the firm(s), emphasizing past and current experience and success in preparing Housing Elements. Include evidence of experience with 6th-cycle housing element requirements, and familiarity with housing issues in the central valley/Stanislaus County region, if applicable.
  2. Qualifications of staff. In no more than two pages, describe the experience and qualifications of the key staff who would support the project.
  3. Description of approach. In no more than six pages, describes the strategic approach you would take to fulfill the services required. Include key activities and how they would be fulfilled, deliverables that will be produced, and projected timelines and milestones.
  4. Project budget. Provide a proposed budget, itemized by task or deliverable. Include a written justification for the costs.
  5. Related projects. Links to three related projects completed by you/your firm.
  6. References. Provide three references to related projects your firm has completed. Include the reference's name, email, and phone number, as well as a brief (less than five sentence) description of the project.


RFP responses will be evaluated using a 5 point scale (5 points: fully meets to 1 point: does not meet) applied to each of the following scoring categories:

  • To what degree does the applicant demonstrate that it has practical, successful experience fulfilling all the activities and approaches needed to proficiently deliver this project?
  • To what degree does the staff that the applicant will use for this project have the skills required to successfully deliver this project?
  • To what degree does the bidder offer a comprehensive and superior approach to completing this work?
  • To what degree is the budget competitive with other proposals?

At Valley Vision's discretion, a limited number of applicants may be contacted for follow up interviews prior to making final selection.


Proposals are due by 11:59pm on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Submit proposal via email to Natalie Garcia at natalie.garcia@valleyvision.org . In the subject field, write, "Proposal: Housing Element — [Insert your organization's name]". Submit proposal as a single PDF document.

Individual's/Organization's considering submitting an application are encouraged to share their contact with natalie.garcia@valleyvision.org as soon as possible. Sharing your contact will allow Valley Vision to provide you with any updates or clarifications related to the RFP that emerge between now and the proposal submittal due date.


Questions regarding the RFP shall be submitted in writing to Natalie Garcia via email at natalie.garcia@valleyvision.org . Written responses to submitted questions will be sent to all parties who have expressed an interest in applying. Questions will not be accepted by phone. Questions received after 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 23, 2021, will not be accepted.

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