RFP for CHIP grant

JACKSON COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

GRANT PLANNING AND ADMINISTRATIVE RELATED SERVICES

 

Date:    November 6, 2020

 

Statements of qualifications and proposals are being requested from consultants with a strong record in successfully assisting non-profit and/or local governments with grant writing for and implementation of the HUD HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) programs.  Responding firms should be qualified to provide grant planning and administration related services including, but not limited to: Preparation of the grant application; Preparation of the Environmental Review Record; Preparation of draw/disbursement requests; Assistance with financial administration of grant funds and record keeping; Assistance with public hearings, if applicable; Assistance with Homeowner Selection Criteria; Assistance with Contractor Procurement; Preparation of Project Pre-Set Up and Set-Up Documents; Assistance with Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Requirements; and Preparation of close-out documents.

Jackson County Habitat for Humanity plans to contract with a reputable consulting firm for grant writing, and, if funded, for administration services for a 2021 CHIP project.  The purpose of the project is to propose the construction of affordable housing units to be sold to low income Habitat families.

Information which should be submitted for our evaluation is as follows:

  • History of firm and resources
  • CHIP experience, including other DCA grant programs
  • Capacity to complete scope of work
  • Current workload
  • Scope and level of service proposed
  • Experience with similar projects and list of references
  • Fees associated with grant writing and administration
  • Statement of Qualifications Form
  • Applicable Section 3 Certification forms, if claiming Section 3 Status

 

All contracts are subject to Federal and State contract provisions prescribed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. This project is covered under the requirements of Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968, as amended and Section 3 Business Concerns are encouraged to apply.

Jackson County Habitat for Humanity also abides by the following laws as they pertain to HUD Assisted Projects: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Title 1; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act); Section 104(b)(2) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968.

Interested parties should request copies of the Statement of Qualifications Form and Section 3 Solicitation Package prior to preparing and submitting their proposal.  Proposals should be received no later than 2:00 PM on December 6, 2020.  Proposals received after the above date and time may not be considered. We reserve the right to accept or reject any and all proposals and to waive informalities in the proposal process.  Questions, Statement of Qualifications and Section 3 Certification form requests (i.e., request for Section 3 preference), and proposal packages should be submitted to the name and email address listed below:

Jackson County Habitat for Humanity

Ms. Anne Auer, Executive Director director@jacksoncountyhfh.org

 

 

Home Sweet Home – Building Prosperity Raffle

Home Sweet Home – Building Prosperity Raffle Begins October 5

Building Prosperity begins with you.  Without your contributions, we cannot provide the much needed decent housing for Jackson County.  We use donations to build homes, complete critical home repairs, and provide better accessibility for those over the age of 60.  This year our Ante Up Casino Night had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

We invite you to enter our raffle to win packaged prizes.  There is a grilling package great for game days, an entertainment package for a room in your home, and other great packages to help you kick back and relax!

One ticket cost $25.00 and you get to choose which package drawing you would like to enter.  You can get five tickets for $100 and you can enter in five different drawings or divide them up as you like.  Go to our site jacksoncountyhabitat.ourraffle.org.  The raffle is open for entries from October 5 until November 29.  Good luck and thank you for your contributions!

 

What a Wonderful Dedication!

Butts Family Home Dedication

 

August 29, 2020 was a glorious day!  Even in the light wind and some rain from a hurricane during a pandemic couldn’t stop our Butts Family Home Dedication.  So many people put so much effort into getting this home ready for such a deserving family.  We couldn’t have done this without our sponsors, donors, and volunteers.  Thank you to each and every one of you!  House 17 is finally a home.

 

 

 

Butts Family House Dedication

 

 

“Jesus Said: Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come to you and eat with you, and you with me.” (Rev. 3:20 NRSV)

 

House 17 is no longer just a house under construction.  It is a place of love, new beginnings, and new memories.  It is now a home, the Butts Family Home.  We will be having the dedication on Saturday, August 29.  We are excited to share this day with the public live on our Facebook page at 10:30 am.  Please join us as we celebrate this momentous occasion as we bless the home and give the Butts Family the keys to their new home.

We could not have completed this house without our dedicated volunteers, sponsors, and donors.  Our volunteers worked tirelessly over the last year to get this home completed.  Our contractors safely worked in small numbers on different schedules through COVID-19 in order to get the roofing, electric, plumbing, and siding completed so that this home would be a reality this month. Please visit each of the sponsor and volunteer group websites by clicking on each logo.  We send each individual volunteer and donor a heart-felt Thank You and wish we could tag all of you in our post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New ReStore Hours

Good news!  The ReStore is open for business.  We have adjusted our hours for shopping and donations to ensure the safety of our customers, donors, and staff.  Shopping in the store is open to the public on Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Donations are accepted by appointment and/or during store hours.  Currently, we are unable to provide pick-up services.  At this time we cannot accept books, cloth furniture, and clothes.  You may also shop online on our Facebook page.   To schedule a donation appointment or to inquire about an item on our Facebook page, please call the store at 706-336-8515.

Ante Up for Habitat 2020 – Sponsorship Levels

Presenting $5000 (Jackpot) One Available

–         One Employee Build Day

–         Opening remarks to guests

–          Space in the monthly emails sent to 500+ contacts for the calendar year 2020

–          Social media recognition pre and post event (2,000+ FB followers, 230+ IG followers)

–          Name and logo recognition on all event signage and information

–          Ten tickets to the event

 

$2500 (High Roller)

–         Closing remarks to guests

–          Space in monthly emails sent to 500+ contacts for the calendar year 2020

–          Social media recognition pre and post event (2,000+ FB followers, 230+ IG followers)

–          Name and logo recognition on all event signage and information

–          Six tickets to the event

 

$1000 (Wild Card)

–          Social media/Email recognition pre and post-event (2,000+ FB followers, 230+ IG followers, 500+ email contacts)

–          Name and logo recognition on all event signage and information

–          Four tickets to the event

 

$500 (Ace)

  • Two tickets
  • Table Signage (2 Poker, Roulette, Craps, 2 Blackjack)
    • Choose one table (blackjack is 4 total tables)

Letter from our ED

This letter is hard to write. Leaving Jackson County Habitat for Humanity is hard to do. The conversation around housing is hard to have. Hard things have to happen, sometimes.

I have formally resigned from my position as the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Jackson County, effective Dec. 31, 2019. The year 2020 will be new for all of us. As I planned this letter I thought about how I could say thank you a million times and brag a little bit about all of the good work that JCHFH has done in my tenure, but I’ll only do a little of both. What I want to convey is the importance of action, the importance of inclusivity, diversity, growth, and all the other words that signal change. So, I’d like this letter to be a conversation starter, a conversation that hopefully will ruffle some feathers and might possibly hurt some feelings.  My intent is not to hurt but to help facilitate the change that needs to happen.

Housing. We all deserve a decent place to call home. That is a slogan that we use at Habitat and it’s one that should evoke emotion for you.  Some people don’t have decent housing and it isn’t necessarily their fault. Did you catch that? It’s not their fault. We should and need to be more intentional when talking about those people who don’t have decent housing. It cannot be “those people” but “us”. People in Jackson County do not have access to decent, affordable housing and it is a social construct. We created this. Our decisions, over time, have created a community that lacks inclusivity. You should not have to be from here, or work a certain job, or have a certain income to enjoy a healthy community in Jackson County. As someone who did grow up here, we can be better than that, we have to.

This conversation, around balanced housing, is important for so many reasons. Support your people and they will support you back. Too many conversations and too many decisions are being made without community input. We cannot keep telling citizens to come to council or commission meetings to have their voices heard, we need to go to them! People don’t have time to go to the meetings, they’re busy working, feeding their families, going to school, etc. We need to have real conversations that represent real people that solve real problems. In no way will it be easy but it is absolutely necessary.

If you made it this far give yourself a pat on the back. Somewhere inside you, you care about the subject. Now, I would like to say a genuine thank you to this community. To each and every person that supported me in my role as ED, but more importantly supported the mission of Jackson County Habitat for Humanity. Our community is LUCKY to have a thriving affiliate right here in the backyard. Some communities don’t have an organization like this one. The leadership of JCHFH has worked tirelessly for years to grow an organization that will support the community. Trust them to do good work, give accurate information and lead the conversation on balanced housing. Support your local Habitat affiliate by giving monthly, annually, anytime the mood strikes! This organization is unique and I promise your dollars go farther and wider than you can imagine. I’m grateful for my time here and the critical work we have done. There is so much more to happen and I firmly believe that the next Executive Director will be equipped to lead the way.

-Kelly

Building Prosperity

Habitat for Humanity affiliates can often carry a negative connotation as the free housing provider. Or working with only “those” people. The goal of this blog is to do two things. One is to educate the reader about who we serve and the impact it has. The second thing is to highlight our upcoming luncheon titled, “Building Prosperity.” You will get a better picture of why we chose the title toward the end. 

First, our partner families MUST have income. In order to qualify for our services, a person(s) has to have proof of stable income. The reason for this is primarily because none of our programs are free. Each program has a mandatory down payment and no interest payments thereafter. It’s very similar to a microloan system. We are the upfront cash and the partner family pays back according to their ability all while be charged no interest. This fact leads directly to the impact of our services. Habitat for Humanity is a wealth-building organization. Yes, you read that right. We are in the business of wealth building. Allowing an individual who already has a tight budget to purchase a home with no interest or repair their current home with no interest, we have created the scary word, affordability. People don’t like hearing the term affordable, it sends off too many alert signals but it’s a reality. Our goal is to create a financial margin in the lives of those we serve. What does the margin do? It allows them to save more, spend more (locally), pay down debts, etc. Margin is safety, plain and simple. And that’s what we aim to do for our partner families. 

There is more than one way to find a margin for people. Too many of us are spending more than the recommended 30% on housing. In fact, roughly a quarter of the population spends more than 50% of their income on housing. If that’s the case then how do you save? How do you spend money downtown? How do you feel secure? The answer, you don’t. This outlines the housing crisis that we face in our country, state, and county. It exists here, people. We at Jackson County Habitat cannot solve the problem. We can be but a small part of the real development of physical structures. What we can do is bring people together. We can facilitate the conversation. We can advocate for quality, balanced housing that supports our community. Our event in October, Building Prosperity, aims to do just that, start a conversation. The goal is not to attack any person or group of people. It is not to simply promote Habitat building more Habitat homes. The goal is to get as many people as we can in ONE room and start a dialogue. We can build a prosperous community but it will be just that, built. It will not happen by accident. 

Let’s figure this thing called housing out and support the folks that live, work, and play in Jackson County. Join us.

NOW HIRING: Construction Manager (part-time)

Job Description: Construction Manager

Reports to: Executive Director

FSLA Status:  Nonexempt (Part-time 20-32hrs/wk.)

Function:  To manage Jackson County Habitat for Humanity (JCHFH)’s new house construction and repair programs that utilizes volunteer labor, and produces quality homes for low-income families in a safe, affordable manner.

Qualifications:

  1. Education/Formal Training:  Degree in Construction Management OR equivalent work experience; general contractor’s license preferred but not required.
  2. Work Experience:  3 years of experience in single-family construction management, or equivalent experience.
  3. Aptitudes: Ability to coordinate the construction of single family dwellings with volunteers and contractors; ability to supervise and manage staff/volunteers/contractors; ability to lift 80 lbs. or more; ability to operate company vehicles, construction tools and equipment; interest in working with disadvantaged families.
  4. Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Coordinate activities of new house construction, including but not limited to:

1) Purchase construction materials, tools and equipment, 2) hire subcontractors where needed, 3) pull appropriate permits and call for inspections, and 4) oversee new house construction.

  1. Serve as liaison for Construction Committee, attends board and executive committee meetings when necessary.
  2. Ability to work Saturday’s
  3. Prepare sites for construction.
  4. Assist homeowners in the following activities, including but not limited to:

1) monitor sweat equity hours when on site, 2) educating homeowners in routine house maintenance, 3) conducting punch list for closing, 4) conducting warranty work.

  1. Coordinate volunteers ranging from beginner to skilled in construction tasks.
  2. Organize experienced volunteers to lead work groups.
  3. Responsible for quality control, including review of contractor and volunteer work.
  4. Responsible for safety at construction site, including but not limited to:

1) implementation of emergency plan, 2) ensure that equipment and tools are in good working condition, 3) train volunteers in safety practices, and 4) monitor volunteers, including minors, to ensure safe use of tools and equipment according to age, skill and OSHA and HFHI regulations.

  1. Work with ED to set project budgets for houses and make adjustments accordingly.
  2. Review billing statements and authorize payment accordingly.
  3. Executes pertinent responsibilities of fiscal policies, i.e. credit card.
  4. Work with ED to obtain in-kind donations of material and services.
  5. Maintain order and upkeep of construction storage.
  6. Represent JCHFH at events, and attend conferences/trainings as needed with associated travel.
  7. Supports the mission and programs of JCHFH.
  8. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
  1. Physical Demands: Strenuous activity requiring ability to sit, walk, carry, push, pull, lift 80 lbs., climb, and bend.
  2. Working Conditions: Exposure to extreme temperatures, loud noises, and other various adverse working conditions associated with outdoor work.

 

 

Please reach out to us for more information!

Send resume: admin@jacksoncountyhfh.org

706-387-0242