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Significant Milestones in 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness

11/12/2013
The City of Gainesville is pleased to announce three new developments in areas that directly address issues which affect our community’s homeless population. After months of close coordination and negotiations with several State of Florida agencies, the City of Gainesville is entering the final stages of a process to transfer ownership of the former Gainesville Correctional Institution to the city. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the city is preparing to take ownership of the property on or about Nov. 19, 2013. In exchange for a one-time payment of $1.3 million, the city will assume ownership of the facility, including all buildings, roadways and land totaling 30.85-acres, excluding the adjacent access road, which also transfers to city ownership. The city will also acquire 98-acres of state conservation land that abuts the northeastern boundary of Morningside Nature Center in east Gainesville.

Additionally, the City of Gainesville has closed the application period for individuals who have applied for a temporary project coordinator position. The successful candidate will assume responsibility for managing startup operations at the soon-to-be acquired city facility. More than 30 applications have been received and are under review by the city’s Human Resources Department. The city plans to identify a successful candidate for the position by December 2013.

On Thursday, Oct. 31, the City of Gainesville issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) bid process "... to administer and implement services for homeless persons..." at the anticipated site of the city’s new empowerment assistance center. The property and its improvements, located at 2845 NE 39th Ave. in Gainesville, will require renovation to provide homeless and community services. As a result, the city anticipates that the site and its buildings will be available for use in phases as renovations are completed.

For RFP details, the City of Gainesville invites interested parties to download the RFP package from the Onvia DemandStar website at http://www.demandstar.com. A non-mandatory, pre-bid proposal conference is scheduled at 8 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 at the facility site. A blackout period now exists for the RFP for homeless services which requires city staff to direct all calls or email requests for information about the city bid process to the city’s Purchasing Division at 352-334-5021.

These developments are part of the 10-year plan to end homelessness process initiated eight years ago by the City of Gainesville and Alachua County and represent significant milestones in the implementation of that plan.