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Project Turnkey - COVID

The Oregon Legislature allocated $35 million for Project Turnkey, for the purpose of acquiring motels/hotels for use as non-congregate shelter for people experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. Oregon Community Foundation is administering the Fund through an application and selection process, with guidance from an Advisory Committee of state, local, and community stakeholders.  

Eligibility 

Eligible Regions

This application is open to the following 28 Oregon counties and non-fire affected tribal communities: Baker, Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Josephine, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, Yamhill.

Note: A separate RFA is available for fire-impacted counties including Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Linn, Lincoln, and Marion counties and tribal communities impacted by wildfire.

Eligible Entities

Eligible applicants include local government entities such as cities, counties, housing authorities, or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Co-applicants comprised of two entities are allowed. In cases of co-applicants (one as owner/one as operator), the intended owner of the proposed property should serve as the primary applicant on the RFA.  

In order to qualify for a grant an organization must:

  1. Be physically located in and serve populations in Oregon;
  2. Intend to acquire a property located in the Eligible Regions defined above;
  3. Have been in operation since at least October of 2019;
  4. Have registered government or not-for-profit status (501c3) or have a fiscal agent: a. Demonstrate ability and experience in working and providing housing related services to underserved populations including people from communities of color;
  5. Agree to utilize the State’s funding for non-congregate shelter; and
  6. Complete the Application.

Priority Populations

Mirroring the Statewide Housing Plan strategies and responding the urgency of the multiple crises our state is facing, the following are priority populations for this project: unsheltered and high-needs populations, including veterans, people with disabilities, families, communities of color, people with serious mental illness, people experiencing chronic homelessness, people vulnerable to COVID or diagnosed with COVID who need to quarantine or isolate. 

Expected Impact

Approximately 9-12 properties are expected to be acquired by local communities through this project. The goal is to provide up to 500 units of non-congregate shelter for the winter 2020-2021 season and beyond. The Advisory Committee aims for an equitable geographic distribution.

Fund Amount

A total of $35 million has been allocated for this Fund. Up to $5 million of the Fund may be spent on operational costs for acquired properties.

Eligible Uses of Grant Funds

  1. With pre-approval by OCF on a transaction-by-transaction basis: pre-acquisition costs related to the due diligence of properties and real-estate related transactions.
  2. Acquisition costs and/or funds for minor retrofitting, rehab, or renovation of properties to make property operational as non-congregate shelter. Funds for retrofitting, rehab, or renovation will be primarily for safety and accessibility purposes. (Note: If a non-congregate property is already owned by an eligible entity, funds could support the renovation or retrofitting of the property.)
  3. Operational costs for acquired property (if applicant has applied for and received approval) such as utilities, laundry equipment, grounds maintenance, staffing, food.

Application Process

Applications are accepted through MyOCF.  You must be a registered user to access OCF’s Grants Portal.  If you don’t have an account, you can create one by following the instructions on the MyOCF login screen.

The application process will be phased.

Phase 1 will evaluate base requirements, including: operator/owner expertise and readiness, priority populations to be served, demonstrated community support, defined partnerships with culturally-specific organizations for supportive services, coordination with local Continuum of Care and/or Community Action Agency, Housing Authority, Public Health teams, provision of housing navigators and pathways out of shelter to address barriers to housing, identification of property (if known), operational plan including local contributions for acquisition or operation (if applicable), and other basic organization information.

If an application meets base requirements, the applicant will receive notification to enter into Phase 2.

Phase 2 will focus on a collaborative, consultative process of property identification and subsequent due diligence including acquisition cost negotiations, appraisal, environmental & physical inspection reports, city or county considerations, soil report, surveying, legal fees, exiting of flag contract (if applicable), leases, and other pre-acquisition due diligence necessary to ensure suitability and quality of property. If a property is already owned by the applicant, Phase 2 may involve assessment and due diligence of necessary retrofitting or rehab to make the property operational as non-congregate shelter and/or temporary housing. 

If an application meets Phase 2 requirements, the applicant will receive notification of grant award recommendation for the acquisition of the identified property, pending approval of the OCF Board.

Phase 3 includes a grant award for acquisition of the property and/or expenses related to minor post-acquisition rehab/retrofitting as identified and approved in Phase 2. Grant awards may also include operational funds, if requested and approved in Phase 2.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. An Advisory Committee, comprised of state, local, and community stakeholders, will participate in the review and recommendation process for grants.

See the RFA for additional details about the selection process, evaluation of applicants, and reporting details.

Questions

Questions about eligibility or qualification for this grant program can be directed to Megan Loeb, Associate Program Officer at mloeb@oregoncf.org

Questions about technical help with the application process can be directed to grants@oregoncf.org 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?
Are 501(c)(3)s the only organizations eligible to apply?
Are co-applicants acceptable?
Can we ask for funding for operating support of the property?
Does our community need to have a property identified to apply?
How many motels/hotels will be purchased through this grant fund?
Which populations will be prioritized?
How will funds be allocated among eligible regions?
How will potential properties be vetted?
Who will be responsible for ongoing operation costs and maintenance of properties?
Are you engaging communities in this effort?
Our organization recently received or applied for a different grant from OCF. Are we eligible for a grant from this fund?
I’m having trouble with the online application system. Who do I contact for assistance?
What else should we know?