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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-1554



Request for Qualifications from Developers; Senior Housing with Supportive Services Program

[27 Pa.B. 4978]

   The Housing Finance Agency (Agency) is seeking indications of interest from qualified developers to develop, construct, operate and maintain housing with supportive services for elderly individuals. The Agency has identified a need for the development of facilities to provide housing and services for lower income elderly individuals who need or want such services as dressing, personal hygiene, food preparation and service, financial management, hospice services, home health care services, and the like, but who do not require the medical services in or of a long-term nursing facility and may live independently. To this end, the Agency has set aside $4,000,000 to provide funding for developments in a pilot ''Senior Housing with Supportive Services Program'' (Program).

   The goal of the Agency is to select several knowledgeable, financially secure and experienced providers of elderly housing with services to work with the Agency in the creation of models of affordable housing that will meet the current and future needs of seniors to live independently in an atmosphere that will allow aging with dignity and encourage self-sufficiency, produced at a cost that is affordable to the greatest number of low to middle income persons. Under the Program, the Agency expects to provide construction and permanent financing to qualified developers of senior housing with services in connection with other funding sources and programs.

General Requirements for Interested Developers

   The Agency will review and evaluate resumes submitted by interested developers based upon the following criteria:

   1.  Experience: The developer must have direct experience in the provision of senior housing with services for a significant period of time. The Agency is seeking developers who have an established portfolio of successful senior housing facilities. The developer's current portfolio must include seniors' living units managed and operated by the developer. The developer may be an individual, corporation or partnership (general or limited) and must be authorized to conduct business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

   The Agency anticipates that successful developers will not be traditional housing developers unless they have significant demonstrable experience serving this client population through existing facilities in their portfolio. The Agency expects rather that the selected developers will be directly specialized, experienced and committed to the long term provision of both housing and related services within the elderly community. The Agency does not expect that successful applicants will be through the formation of partnerships between traditional housing providers and service providers.

   2.  Financial Capacity: The developer must be able to adequately demonstrate that it has the financial capacity to construct, operate and maintain a financially viable long term affordable housing facility for seniors.

   3.  Philosophy: The developer should have an articulated operating philosophy and policy focusing on senior life communities. The developer should describe its basic philosophy relating to constructing, operating and maintaining affordable facilities for the elderly with supportive services to enable senior adults to achieve and maintain independent life choices.

   4.  Supportive Services: The developer must have established a supportive services program to provide a continuum of housing and health care services to the elderly residents. Successful service program operation for a time period which reasonably evidences organizational capacity and commitment to the target population must be demonstrated to the Agency. The services program should be designed to provide assistance with activities of routine health care and nonmedical assistance. Program elements should include personal care, meal programs, housekeeping and maintenance, laundry service, resident assessments to determine service levels, assistance with medication, assistance with social and activities programs, transportation, 24-hour emergency response and service coordination and case management.

   5.  Network of Community Based Support: The developer must have a network of community based financial and social support services to maximize leveraging of funding with available public and private community services programs. In its submission to the Agency, the developer should provide an outline of how it has approached the development and implementation of networking system and should specifically identify those agencies and entities through which it has established social as well as financial relationships in the communities where it has operating properties. The developer should also outline any community based support relationships with local community programs and providers derived through contract or partnership.

Resume Submission

   Resumes should be submitted with the following information:

   1.  The developer's experience in constructing, operating and maintaining senior housing facilities. The developer's portfolio of senior housing facilities should be attached to the resume. The developer should present evidence of its organizational structure and provide certification that there are no impediments to its ability to conduct business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

   2.  The developer should submit evidence of its financial capacity by attaching a copy of the developer's (or the general partner's) most recent audited financial statement as well as audited financial statements for each of its senior housing facilities.

   3.  The developer should include a statement regarding its basic philosophy regarding the construction, operation and maintenance of a senior housing facility.

   4.  The developer should provide a detailed description of its supportive services programs and include any and all material relating to said supportive services programs.

   5.  The developer should identify and explain the networking system that it has established and all funds that may be derived therefrom.

   Resumes must be received not later than 5 p.m. on October 3, 1997 at the following address: Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Attn: David Evans, 2101 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

   Questions may be directed to David Evans in writing at the above address or by telecopier to (717) 780-1865. (Please note the Agency is not requesting or accepting specific project applications at this time.)

   The Agency reserves the right to amend or modify any of its requirements or deadlines or discontinue this program or any of its programs at any time with or without notice. Nothing herein shall be construed to be a commitment to provide funds to any person or entity by the Agency and the Agency may terminate this invitation at any time.

Executive Director

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-1554. Filed for public inspection September 26, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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