The MWHN is seeking a contract communications professional to assist in the development of a Housing Strategy for the Regional District of Mount Waddington. Please review this RFP for more information.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
PROJECT: Addendum And Update To The 2013 Housing Needs Assessment
ORGANIZATION: Mount Waddington Health Network
ADDRESS: PO Box 709 Port McNeill, B.C. V0N 2P0
CONTACT: Angela Smith, Coordinator
Pat Corbett-Labbatt, Co- Chair
PHONE: Please email the coordinator to schedule a call
BACKGROUND - ORGANIZATIONAL
The Mount Waddington Health Network (MWHN) is Vancouver Island’s oldest health network. We are funded by Island Health to engage with the community to improve the health status of Mount Waddington resident by advocating for better programs and services, strengthening the health capacity of local communities, and influencing public policy. Please visit www.mwhn.cafor more information.
In 2018 the Wellness Committee of the MWHN, constituted of health industry and community professionals, passed a motion to support the development of a housing strategy for the Mount Waddington region.
BACKGROUND –RFP NEEDS
The MWHN is seeking to engage in a contract with a communications professional, preferably with experience and/or knowledge in the health and/or housing sectors.
The successful proponent will create an addendum to the 2013 Housing Needs Assessment and help formulate a comprehensive strategy for housing in the RDMW. A sample of a similar project is available for reference in the 2012 Mount Waddington Addictions and Recovery Strategy. .
BACKGROUND - PROJECT
A fulsome housing and homelessness needs assessment was completed in 2013 - this was identified as the first step in being able to support long term interest and support from BC Housing.
A MWHN forum was held in 2015 to identify priority areas for housing in the Mt Waddington area including keynote speakers, world café and group discussions. Key areas for housing priority were: persons with multiple barriers related to substance use, trauma and mental health, families with children and seniors.
The ‘Housing First’ program was developed by Sacred Wolf with support from the Health Network (via proposal writing and process development) in 2016
There are existing units that are “off the market” in the region which owners and landlords are struggling to find viable solutions to use
BC Housing has an increased presence and interest in Mt Waddington and an apparent interest to invest
Currently there are several proposals by different groups under different funding streams to BC Housing and other funding sources. Documentation and engagement with these groups is required through this engagement. These projects include but are not limited to:
Women’s focused housing
Affordable rental housing
Youth housing and homelessness
Transitional housing and supportive care
First Nations led housing initiatives
PROJECT GOALS AND SCOPE OF SERVICES
There is an emergent opportunity to capitalize on funding from the B.C. Provincial Government and the Canadian Federal Government. To obtain this goal, the MWHN and its partners are looking to:
Review the Housing Needs Assessment and subsequent work, adding a focused housing strategy component to the document
Communicate with organizations who are working on proposals, encouraging links between projects as part of a strategy. This may include enabling pathways/ references between the proposals
Support increased capacity in the region through liaising and creating connections with housing providers from outside the region.
Link with local government and local landlords to support potential solutions to bring “off market” units back into rental stock.
The selected proponent will have active support of the following:
Mt Waddington Health Coordinator and Table of partners
Local and First Nations government
Housing First Working Group
ELEMETS OF THE PROPOSAL
The following are considered deliverables of the project. In formulating the strategy, the MWHN is open to the suggestions and best practice recommendations of the contractor.
A housing strategy document with action recommendations based on available information
Support existing EOIs to BC housing
Increased connection with housing providers outside the region
Provide caveats for the integration of community needs into the strategy, including but not limited to: youth, seniors, First Nations, social and low-income housing, and sub-sets of our community facing housing challenges
TIME AND PLACE OF SUMBISSION OF PROPOSALS
Submissions must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org midnight December 3rd, 2018
Selection of successful proposal: December 10 though 15, 2018.
The Housing Assessment Update and Strategy are due to the MWHN within a timeline of approximately 6 months, and no later than August 1, 2019.
ELEMENTS OF PROPOSAL
Include a brief description indicating methodology, expectations, relevant experience and expected timelines.
EVALUATION OF CRITERIA
Proponents with the following will be given additional considers:
Experience in writing strategy & plans
Experience in health, housing or social sectors
Experience in public administration
A history of successful grant applications
A history of facilitating collaborative partnerships
Local knowledge and/or residency in the RDWM
The proponent will represent an impartial 3rdparty voice capable of communicating with all stakeholders in an unbiased manner
The initial proposal should be in the magnitude of $26,000
Link: 2013 Housing Needs Assessment
Link: 2012 Addictions and Recovery Strategy
Note: RFP Application Deadline December 3rd.