College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) RFP

College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) RFP

The Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) is soliciting proposals from professional individuals or firms to assist with identifying non-housing related barriers experienced by students participating in the College Housing Assistance Program that impacts students' ability to meet program requirements and/or remain enrolled in a post-secondary program. Additionally, we request an environmental scan of supports available to address the challenges students identify and if students face any real or perceived barriers accessing the support services.

Proposals in response to this RFP are due no later than May 29, 2020, at 3:00 PM (local time) and should be sent electronically to Please include “Proposal: CHAP Evaluation and Environmental Scan” in the subject line. We suggest that you use a read receipt when submitting your proposal.

Questions regarding this RFP should be directed in writing prior to 3:00 PM (local time) on May 15, 2020 to Jess Thompson at THA will accept these questions by email only.


View RFP (PDF)


Questions & Answers 

Added 5.12.2020

What is the anticipated role of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University (the program’s third-party evaluator) in this scope of work? 

The Hope Center's evaluation is looking at students who received tenant-based vouchers during 2017 - 2019. The scope of their evaluation does not include students using property-based subsidies. This second subsidy model was introduced in early 2019. The disenrollment rates associated with the new subsidy model sparked interest in this research.

Pg 11 lists “The following describes the project scope overall..” Who is responsible for this work and what is the timeframe?

The post-secondary education Project Manager will be leading the larger scope of work in partnership with the colleges. The larger timeline is difficult to define at this time as it is contingent on what the research uncovers and the accessibility of any supports that may be identified as benefiting CHAP students. There is also a great likelihood of impacts from COVID limiting the education partners' capacity, yet we hope this project may help identify additional supports. If the project does indeed identify the need for additional supports that are in the community, implementation would likely not begin until the 2021-2022 academic year. 

What is the total # of students ever enrolled across the CHAP program?  Is this available disaggregated across housing support types (property-based, tenant-based) and institution (TCC/UWT)? 

THA's internal records indicate that roughly 300 students at TCC and 50 at UW Tacoma have at least applied to the College Housing Assistance Program and have been approved to apply for a voucher or property based subsidy. Approximately 250 have been housed. The disaggregated data is available, however, it is our intent to only focus on students from TCC. THA currently has a data-sharing agreement in place with TCC, but not UW Tacoma. 


Added 5.18.2020
Does the consultant need to be local/in Tacoma? (Are virtual interviews/focus groups acceptable? Is it beneficial for the consultant to be in or from the area?)
No, the consultant does not need to be in Tacoma. Given the shift to online communication and virtual meetings as a result of COVID, we anticipate for most, if not all, of the communication and research to be conducted virtually. Familiarity with the services and community-based organizations in Tacoma will be beneficial to anyone doing the research and environmental scan of resources/support services. However, the consultant does not need to be physically present in order to identify resources within the local network. If there is a gap in specific supports, knowledge of other areas/regions and programs that fill this gap elsewhere may be beneficial. 
Can the consultant integrate this research into other projects in order to help fund the cost of the project?
Yes. If the consultant has other research projects that are aligned with the questions we seek to answer, we welcome them to submit a proposal. We understand that other funding sources may help supplement the project budget. We are eager to learn from other programs and see value in being part of a larger network of evaluation. However, data and information from this study cannot be used for another study without THA's consent. Likewise, deliverables related to this RFP are the ownership of THA. THA must give written consent prior to any publication of the research related to this RFP. See Section 4.1 (pg 4) of THA's Sample Service Contract that is attached to the RFP.