2023 RFQ: 1979 Mission Street

Deadline for Submission September 29, 2023 at 4:00 PM PT

RFQ Information

MOHCD has published a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the development of new affordable housing and associated infrastructure on a City-owned property generally located near the southwest corner of the intersection of 16th Street, Mission Street, and Capp Street, known as 1979 Mission (Assessor’s Parcel: Block 3553, Lot 052).

Interested parties should read the RFQ and note the Key Dates below:

  • Pre-Submission Conference via Zoom: August 15, 3-4pm
  • Due Date to Submit Questions and Registration Forms:  September 13, 4pm
  • Due Date for Submissions: September 29, 4pm

Please see the attached RFQ document for details.

Questions and request for information

All questions and requests for additional information regarding this RFQ must be submitted by e-mail to mohcdHFOpps@sfgov.org. Questions received after the deadline may not be answered. All addenda, responses, and additional information will be distributed to all parties who have submitted a registration form in accordance with Section IIB.

1979 Mission RFP Questions and Answers (posted 9/19/2023)

RFQ timeline

Dates are subject to change

RFQ available
Thursday, August 3, 2023

Pre-submission conference via Zoom
Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 3:00 PM
Join the conference on Zoom

Deadline for questions and requests for additional information
and submission of registration form

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 by 4:00 PM

Deadline for submitting qualifications
Friday, September 29, 2023 by 4:00 PM

Notification to development teams who met submission requirements
Friday, October 20, 2023

Development team interviews, if necessary
Week of November 6 or 13, 2023

Announcement of selection of development team
Week of December 18, 2023

Deadline for objections
7 days from announcement

RFQ Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Request for Qualifications? 

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is a contracting process by which the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) identifies and selects a qualified developer to develop 100% affordable housing on a pre-determined site that is already owned, or will be acquired, by the City and County of San Francisco. 

This open and competitive process is utilized throughout the City and County of San Francisco for the procurement of qualified partners to contract with the City for various projects and purposes. 

What is the difference between a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)? 

MOHCD issues an RFQ to solicit qualified developers to develop 100% affordable housing for sites that are already owned, or will be acquired, by the City. MOHCD issues a NOFA to provide funding to qualified developers to acquire or develop sites specifically for 100% affordable housing. 

For the purposes of the RFQ submittal, Respondents assemble a development team that typically includes a project developer, project owner, property manager, and services provider. The RFQ submittal does not typically include design proposals, nor does it require the applicant to identify its design team.  

What does the RFQ selection process look like? 

After the application deadline has passed, MOHCD staff reviews all applications for completeness and satisfaction of minimum experience and capacity requirements.   

A Selection Panel is then appointed by the Director of MOHCD composed of persons with expertise in the areas of development, affordable housing financing, property management, and resident supportive services. The Selection Panel may also include asset management, construction management, Arts Commission staff, and community representatives.     

The Selection Panel reviews all qualified applications and interviews top-scoring applicants, at which time applicants are asked to present and explain the major characteristics of their application, particularly as they relate to the Scoring Criteria, and respond to questions from the Selection Panel.  

After all interviews have been completed, the Selection Panel meets to determine the final ranking of all applications and present this ranking to the Director. The Selection Panel’s scoring of each proposal is done by consensus and is final.  

Upon the issuance of an RFQ, MOHCD provides a timeline of important dates and a summary of the evaluation and selection process. The entire process from issuance of the RFQ to announcing selected development teams can take 4-5 months.  

How are applications scored? 

Eligibility and qualification requirements are described in detail in the formal RFQ document, but generally, eligible development team members must possess work experience in the development of housing and/or the provision of housing or services to low-income and formerly homeless households within an affordable housing setting. Applications are scored for their experience with comparable projects, financial and staff capacity, alignment with City racial equity goals, alignment with the implementation of City policies on anti-displacement, and their ability to deliver and maintain an excellent project.    

Can applicants who were not selected appeal the decision? 

Yes, if an application does not meet minimum experience and capacity requirements, the applicant may submit an appeal to MOHCD staff on technical grounds only. An applicant may also object to the selected Development Team and the MOHCD Director’s authorization to proceed with exclusive negotiations. 

Respondents must submit objections in writing via email to MOHCDHFOpps@sfgov.org between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by dates specified in the RFQ document in order to be considered (generally within 7 business days after minimum qualification results and/or announcement of selected development teams). 

Last updated September 19, 2023