Mobile Home Parks Preservation Policy Recommendations

Agency: City of Kent
State: Washington
Type of Government: State & Local
NAICS Category:
  • 238990 - All Other Specialty Trade Contractors
Posted Date: Aug 20, 2020
Due Date: Sep 7, 2020
Solicitation No: 171920
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Mobile Home Parks Preservation Policy Recommendations
  • Department: Economic & Community Dev
  • Category: Economic Development RFPs
  • RFP Number: 171920
  • Start Date: 08/19/2020 4:00 pm
  • Close Date: 09/07/2020 5:00 pm

City of Kent
Request for Proposals to
Study Mobile Home Parks in Kent and Develop Preservation Policy Recommendations

(Proposals due by 5 p.m. September 7, 2020)

Project Description
The City of Kent Washington is seeking proposals from qualified firms for consulting services to perform a high-level assessment of mobile home parks in Kent from a land use and public health perspective and develop mobile home park preservation policy recommendations. This work will help the City determine how mobile home parks fit into the City’s long term housing strategy, and how land use policy can best serve their residents over time.

As community input will play a key role in this effort, the consultant will engage with mobile home park owners, residents, as well as regional housing policy experts to develop knowledge that will support policy recommendations. Key areas of interest include secure affordable housing for park residents,physical risks to residents due to poor conditions in the parks, as well as possible economic exploitation of vulnerable residents.

Policy development should take into account high-level land use context including TOD potential, displacement minimization strategies, and balancing the rights of residents with the long-term community impacts of preservation or transformation.

Other questions:
Are there similarly affordable alternatives to mobile home park housing?
What preservation programs and resources exist today, and how could those be most strategically deployed in Kent?
If mobile home parks are not preserved, how can Kent minimize hardships to low income residents?

Elements of the work will generally include:

Discover and describe resident/owner dynamics: By conducting meetings, interviews or other outreach with stakeholders in Kent’s mobile home parks, the consultant will gather, document and synthesize feedback to understand the unique issues that affect mobile home park residents, including potential impacts of park redevelopment, as well as the relationships between tenants and owners, especially concerning economically vulnerable residents.

Assess physical conditions: Create an inventory and assessment system for Kent’s mobile home parks. Count units and develop a rating system to assess the condition individual parks, including public health and safety risks and conformance with Kent’s mobile home park regulations. City staff will be available to assist with assessment work.

Policy recommendation: Once the above steps are complete, the consultant will develop criteria for evaluating the fitness/appropriateness of parks for preservation. Consultant will also identify conditions or criteria for future rezoning efforts in alignment with the City’s broader housing goals, and strategies for mitigating resident displacement in those circumstances where preservation is not recommended.

Qualifications
Consultant must have extensive experience working with community data collection and analysis, policy development, community engagement, and outreach. Good interpersonal skills, and the demonstrated ability to work with Kent residents whose primary language is not English and those who may be apprehensive interacting with government officials will be important to success.

Submittal Requirements
Submittals should be typed using a 12 point font and submitted electronically, in .pdf format, not to exceed 10 pages. Submittals shall be signed by the consultant’s contractually binding authority and include the following information:

1) Firm name, phone number and email address
2) Name of Principal-in-Charge
3) Project Manager
4) Number of employees proposed to work on the project.
5) Resumes of principals and key personnel who will perform the work and information regarding their availability for the duration of the contract.
6) Consultant’s plan of action and recommendation of deliverables including key milestones
7) Challenges associated with delivering a final report to the City by April 16, 2021
8) References of clients from similar work projects. References should include contact information and a brief description of the project.
9) Examples of consultant’s experience working with individuals whose primary language is not English.

Budget
Total project budget shall not exceed $75,000

Submitting a Proposal
Proposals shall be emailed to Hayley Bonsteel, Long Range Planning Manager, Economic and Community Development office ( hbonsteel@KentWA.gov ) by September 7, 2020, no later than 5 p.m. No submittals will be accepted after that date and time.

Within one week, the City will notify each firm in writing whether or not they have been selected. Any questions regarding this project should be directed to Mx. Bonsteel .

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