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RFP:  Farmwork Housing Study and Action Plan for Salinas Valley and Pajaro Valley

July 13, 2016​​​

The City of Salinas is coordinating a collaborative study of farmworker housing needs and development of an Action Plan to address the needs in the Salinas Valley and Pajaro Valley. The purpose of this request is to solicit proposals from qualified consultants to prepare the Farmworker Housing Study and Action Plan.  

Expertise needed: The City seeks a consultant team with expertise in:

  • Survey design, administration, analysis
  • Understanding of agriculture business and farmworker trends and issues
  • Affordable housing development and finance
  • Land use and zoning regulations, building codes, and public policies affecting housing
  • Conducting community meetings in Spanish

Note: Consultants may choose to submit a proposal only for particular tasks instead of the entire scope of work.

Main tasks for this project are:

  • Consensus Building Meeting
  • Research and Analysis: Surveys: farmworkers (inside/outside of Salinas Valley/Pajaro Valley laborshed) and agricultural employers (farming operations, labor contractors, agricultural processing)
  • Research and Analysis: Needs, Best Practices, Solutions: analysis of surveys and data such as H2A certification applications about housing needs; inventory of existing farmworker housing resources; review of regionally specific (distinctions between Salinas valley and Pajaro valley) land use and development regulations/policies as constraints or advantages; research and preparation of case studies and best practices in farmworker housing development, financing, and management.
  • Development of Action Plan: prepare range of solutions in the short/medium/long term with public, private, and non-profit implementation roles, and sources of financing.
  • Summit Meeting: convene to review/prioritize Action Plan; engage partners in implementation.

Collaboration:  Funding partners include: Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, and the cities of Gonzales, Greenfield, King and Soledad.

Other stakeholders/interested parties collaborating in the Study include: Monterey County Health in All Policies Initiative (HiAP); affordable housing developers e.g. CHISPA, Eden Housing, and Mid-Pen Housing; farmworker housing managers e.g. Monterey County Housing Authority; farmworker housing advocates e.g. Center for Community Advocacy (CCA); Communities in Relational Power for Action (COPA); Monterey County Community Action Partnership; City of Watsonville; homeless services managers; and agriculture businesses/groups e.g. County Farm Bureaus, California Strawberry Commission, and the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California.

Proposal due dates: All submittals shall be received at the City of Salinas Community Development Department no later than Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm.  There will be no pre-bid meeting for this proposal. Any questions regarding this RFP may be emailed to Jennifer Coile, Project Manager, at jennifer.coile@ci.salinas.ca.us or faxed to (831) 775-4258 by 4 pm on July 28, 2016.  All submitted questions and responses will be posted on the City website http://www.ci.salinas.ca.us after the close of the question period.  

Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds - 10 Soledad Street

June 7, 2016

Alisal Community Vibrancy Plan

April 27, 2016

The City of Salinas is embarking upon an exciting planning process to revitalize and enhance the economic, social, and cultural fabric of the City’s Alisal/East Salinas neighborhoods with the goal of creating a vibrant, mixed-use, cultural district.  This area represents one of the City’s primary nodes of activity and an area of great opportunity. The purpose of this request is to solicit proposals from qualified consultants to prepare a Community Vibrancy Plan.  The City seeks a consultant team with expertise working in distressed, culturally diverse, rural/urban communities to develop innovative, community-driven plans that build off of the community’s cultural assets and character.  

The Community Vibrancy Plan will communicate the collective vision of the residents, community stakeholders, and the specific strategies to achieve that vision to the general public, stakeholders and potential funders and partners.  The Plan is intended to promote an arrangement of land use, circulation, and services which will encourage and contribute to the economic, social and physical health, safety, welfare and convenience of the people who live in the Community; guide the development, betterment and change of the area to meet existing and anticipated needs and conditions; contribute to the improvement of the quality of the environment and balance growth; reflect economic potentialities and limitations; and protect investment to the extent reasonable and feasible.  A series of strategic steps and expected outcomes are to be outlined in the Community Vibrancy Plan to aid the community in realizing its potential and to serve as a blueprint for actions steps to be taken.  

All submittals shall be received at the City of Salinas Community Development Department no later than Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm.  There will be no pre-bid meeting for this proposal.  Proponents are strongly encouraged to visit the site on their own as part of proposal preparation.  Any questions regarding this RFP may be emailed to Lisa Brinton, Senior Planner at lisab@ci.salinas.ca.us or faxed to (831) 775-4258 by 5pm on May 11, 2016.  All submitted questions and responses will be posted on the City website http://www.ci.salinas.ca.us after the close of the question period.  

Downtown Vibrancy Plan Target Market Analyses

March 21, 2016

The City of Salinas is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to prepare three Target Market Analyses (TMA) focused on the Downtown, Chinatown and the Alisal/East Salinas areas.  The City is looking for a consultant with experience preparing target market analyses in California communities, and with particular knowledge of best practices pertaining to mixed-use and multi-family housing development and financing in and around primary commercial districts and corridors.

The study is to inform community stakeholders regarding local market potential based on lifestyle and housing preference and will be used to identify market opportunities within the Downtown, Chinatown and Alisal/East Salinas target areas.  The TMA outcomes will assist the city, private developers, and community to focus and diversify their approach to community development, target funding to increase impact, and focus efforts to where the data supports housing development.   This includes amending City land use designations and regulations to allow for and incentivize the recommended type(s) of housing development.  Although the primary focus is the housing market, it is expected that the study will also inform the City as to what services, amenities, and nearby businesses will not only attract, but also help to retain, those target market households.  

All submittals shall be received at the City of Salinas Community Development Department no later than April 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm.  There will be no pre-bid meeting for this proposal. Any questions regarding this RFP should be emailed to Lisa Brinton, Senior Planner at lisab@ci.salinas.ca.us or faxed to (831) 775-4258 by 5pm on March 31, 2016.  All submitted questions and responses will be posted on the City website http://www.ci.salinas.ca.us after the close of the question period.  

 

Inclusionary Housing Program Amendment - Nexus Study

March 14, 2016

The City of Salinas is in the process of amending its Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, which may include a housing impact fee on residential or possibly commercial development.  A housing impact fee would help pay for affordable housing.  To demonstrate an essential nexus (connection) between new housing/commercial development and the impact to affordable housing, it is necessary to undertake a Housing Impact Fee Nexus Study in order to justify a new fee.  This study is still at the discussion level and any proposed amendments to the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be presented to the City Council via a public hearing sometime in  the summer of 2016.

RFQ for City Surveying Services

January 22, 2016

The City of Salinas seeks qualification submittals from firms for providing City Surveyor (Consultant) services.​

Public Notice: Request for Proposals (RFP) for FY2016/17 CDBG, HOME, ESG Funding - Deadline February 1, 2016

December 10, 2015

The City of Salinas is preparing its annual application to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Act (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding.  The grant amount that the City may receive from HUD is uncertain, but in recent years averages $1.9 million in CDBG funds to address community development needs, $549,000 in HOME funds for affordable housing activities and $163,000 for homeless services

Applications will be accepted for a two-year funding cycle. Please note that 2016-17 is the first year of the City of Salinas’ first two-year funding cycle. The City will NOT solicit applications for CDBG, ESG or HOME funding for the program year 2017-18. Instead, the City will automatically extend annual awards for Public Services made in 2016-17 on the condition that recipients are exhibiting satisfactory performance. Request for housing and capital improvement projects that will require funding in either the 2016-17 or 2017-18 program years must request funding through this RFP for either a single year or consecutive years of funding.

The City will consider funding requests from non-profit and for-profit organizations for qualifying activities. The deadline for submitting proposals is 4 p.m., Monday, February 1, 2016. 

Applicants must attend one of two workshops or applications will not be accepted. Please attend one of the following two workshops. A workshop will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the City Hall Rotunda (200 Lincoln Avenue) to assist applicants with the RFP and on-line application process. A follow-up workshop will be held Thursday, January 7, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the City Hall Rotunda (200 Lincoln Avenue).

The RFP will be available online by December 21, 2015, at www.citydataservices.net (login and password SAL2016 for new applicants). For information on the RFP process, please contact Anastacia Wyatt (831) 758-7489 or email: Anastacia.wyatt@ci.salinas.ca.us. Hablamos Espanol. TDD users may contact the City through the California Relay Service at 711.

NOP of Draft Program EIR for ED Element

November 9, 2015

​Proposed General Plan Economic Development Element

June 1, 2015

The proposed City of Salinas General Plan Economic Development Element is an economic development strategy to achieve a vision of a united and sustained economic prosperity for Salinas. The strategy will identify policies, goals and objectives necessary to guide future public sector and private sector actions, and will contain a vision map, and list of recommended actions to ensure the vision becomes a reality. The Element is also a tool to better understand and define the baseline economic conditions and identify opportunities for cultivating a more prosperous and healthy Salinas.​ 

Emergency Food Distribution Program at the Bread Box and Hebbron Family Center

Ongoing

The Bread Box and Hebbron Family Center, in collaboration with the Monterey County Food Bank, are implementing the Emergency Food Distribution Program.  The Bread Box distributes food on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at 11:00 AM and Hebbron distributes on the 2nd & 4th Thursday at 5:00 PM.  Providing increased access to food for families, specifically in East Salinas, is important and the Library and Community Services Department is pleased to support this effort.  For more information regarding the Emergency Food Distribution Program at the Bread Box or Hebbron7306.