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DGS-SFO-2017-01 SFO for Leasing of Bridge Housing Sites for DC Department of Human Services (DHS) Documentation

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Department of General Services (DGS), on behalf of the District of Columbia’s Department of Human Services (DHS), is seeking multifamily properties to lease in order to provide bridge housing to meet the needs of families experiencing housing emergency. DHS seeks to identify sites in the Washington, DC area which can immediately provide 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and/or 3 bedroom apartment style living units that are in “move-in-ready” condition for families experiencing an episode of homelessness. Innovative solutions such as renovation, restoration or transformation of an existing space which will address the critical needs are welcomed.

Property Requirement: A multifamily building or complex that has a minimum of 15 units and a maximum of 50 units on one site.

Proposals that include entire buildings with 25-50 units will be given the highest consideration. However, opportunities which allow for less than 15 units may also be suitable in certain locations. The District will consider any 1, 2 and 3- bedroom units and in some cases studio units. Ideally, the District would like to secure sites that already function and operate as residential/multifamily buildings; however the District is open to the possibility of alternative uses that can be converted to residential units as well as new construction.


  • Property location(s) can be dispersed throughout the District of Columbia. All Wards within the District will be considered.


  • Property owners will deliver a completed turn-key project to the District, and will be responsible for the repair, maintenance and turnover of the units. Improvements are to include: Security Specifications, Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment, and will be negotiated based on each property, with proposals that include these items given the highest consideration


  • Property location(s) should be within 1 to 2 blocks of a Metro Subway Station, but sites within 3 to 4 blocks of a Metro Bus Stop or Circulator Stop which connects directly to a Metro Subway Station will also be considered.


  • On-site parking for Administrative Staff and Service Providers who will manage the daily needs of the residents is preferred (Bonus)


  • The District will enter into a 2 to 3 year lease (with lease extension options).


  • Property owners will provide on-site management of residence.


  • The District will require 24-hour access to the property during the duration of the lease.

Rental Rate

  • The rental rate for the property should be reflective of the competitive market value.


  • The District of Columbia will enter into master leases for the selected properties as soon as practically possible.