Funding for Tenant Services

The Code Compliance Division of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) is pleased to announce the Tenant Services Request for Proposal (RFP).  A total of $486,586 is available in 2019.  This RFP is expected to fund multiple proposals.  SDCI is seeking proposals from organizations with experience and/or expertise in providing services to tenants. 

Goals and Action Areas

Proposals should focus on one or more of the following goals and action areas:

Goal 1: Eviction Prevention and Legal Defense

  • Legal advice and representation for tenants facing eviction.
  • Connecting tenants to financial or other assistance to help prevent eviction.  Proposals should not include direct cash assistance to tenants.
  • Assistance with documentation and interpretation to tenants going through relocation processes such the City's Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance.

Goal 2: Assist and Support Tenants in the Rental Relationship

  • Guidance on how to deal with common issues facing renters, including such things as counseling, written guidance, and example correspondence.
  • Legal advice.
  • Conflict Mediation.
  • Subsidy defense.
  • Connection to services such as financial counseling, aging and disability services, and debt defense.

Goal 3: Increase Awareness and Connect the Renting Community to Resources

  • Door-to-door and other proactive outreach, education, and assistance with accessing City or other services.
  • Advice and assistance with tenant organizing. 
  • Assisting and advocating for tenants facing problems with housing conditions or rental regulation violations.
  • Partnerships with organizations serving tenants in focus communities who are less likely to access City and other services.
  • Community events and trainings that educate tenants about renter protections and resources and help connect tenants to services.

Application Materials

Timeline for Funding Proposals

Funding Opportunity Released March 8, 2019
Information and Help Session

March 18, 2019
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave
Floor 19 - Room 1940
Seattle, WA

Application Deadline March 29, 4:00 p.m.
Planned Award Notification April 5, 2019
Anticipated Contract Start Date May 1, 2019