Important note: the following recommendation was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Nov. 15, 2016:

To:              Honorable Board of Supervisors

From:          Iliana Rodriguez, Director, Human Services Agency

Subject:      Measure A: Agreement with Abode Services for Rapid Re-Housing Services


Measure A: Adopt a resolution authorizing an agreement with Abode Services to provide Rapid Re-Housing services, for the term of November 15, 2016 through June 30, 2018, in an amount not to exceed $1,500,000.


On March 29, 2016 the Human Services Agency presented to the Board of Supervisors a strategic plan to end homelessness by 2020. The Strategic Plan promotes the creation of a unified system, investment in best practices, and reorientation of the current homeless system towards housing crisis response. The plan addresses homelessness as a housing crisis and sets the path to develop a systematic approach targeted at helping people maintain their housing, returning unsheltered homeless people to housing as quickly as possible, and prioritizing existing system capacity for those who face the highest barriers and longest history of homelessness. The County and its stakeholders are currently focusing on system changes and implementing strategies identified in the strategic plan.

Rapid Re-Housing was the first in a series of Request for Proposals to implement a systems change effort and to procure services to implement all components of a housing crisis resolution system as identified in the County’s strategic plan to end homelessness.

The Human Services Agency (HSA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) on May 9, 2016 for Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) services. Abode Services was selected based on its ideal systems and infrastructures in place to support RRH service delivery and a strong history of providing RRH services with documented successful outcomes.


The agreement with Abode Services will provide Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) services for target populations that includes unsheltered, disabled, low-income, evictions, criminal convictions, and have barriers to housing. RRH will provide temporary financial assistance and services to return individuals and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing. Households will be prioritized for RRH based on who has a high vulnerability and significant barriers to housing.

The agreement and resolution have been reviewed and approved by County Counsel as to form. The resolution contains the County’s standard provision allowing amendments of the County’s fiscal obligation by a maximum of $25,000 (in aggregate).

This agreement contributes to the Shared Vision 2025 outcome of a Prosperous Community by providing housing location services, temporary financial assistance, and temporary case management and services to return people experiencing homelessness to permanent housing. Under this agreement, it is anticipated that 90 households will be enrolled in RRH services, of which 80% will exit the program into permanent housing and less than 10% will return to homelessness after exiting the program into permanent housing. The 10% that remain homeless will be referred to intensive case management and housing services in an effort to provide stable housing.



FY 2016-17 Projected

FY 2017-18 Projected

Percentage of households who exit the program into permanent housing.



Percentage of households who return to homelessness after exiting the program into permanent housing.

Less than 10%

Less than 10%


The term of this agreement is November 15, 2016 through June 30, 2018. The fiscal obligation under this agreement is $1,500,000. This agreement is funded using Measure A Sales and Use tax revenue allocated to Homeless Services and will be claimed under Measure A initiative tracking code HSALA. Budgetary appropriation for this agreement is included in the FY 2016-17 Approved Budget and will be included in the FY 2017-18 Recommended Budget. There is no General Fund Net County Cost associated with this agreement.

Request for Proposals – Matrix


Where was the RFP advertised?

The RFP was advertised on the County of San Mateo RFP website (


In addition to any advertisement, list others to whom the RFP announcement

An e-mail announcing the RFP and proposal process was sent to the entire Safety Net and Homeless Service Provider list.


State the total number of RFP’s sent to prospective proposers:

An e-mail about the RFP process was sent to prospective proposers, which explained how to obtain the RFP on the San Mateo County website and to register on


How many proposals did you receive?



List in alphabetical order the names of the proposers (or finalists, if applicable) and the location:

Abode Services – Fremont, CA LifeMoves – Menlo Park, CA

Important note: this is a copy of the official report -- item 39 on the Board's agenda.