City solicits proposals for Operator of Safe Outdoor Space

August 23, 2021

Pilot site serves as a temporary, outdoor shelter for unsheltered residents

Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS) has issued a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the operation and management of a Safe Outdoor Space for individuals experiencing homelessness.

On August 20, Louisville Metro Government announced it has agreed to purchase property at 212 E. College St. to provide unsheltered residents a safe, outdoor space to live temporarily, secure their belongings and access supportive wrap-around services.  Read more.

The Operating Partner (OP) must establish 24/7 staffing capacity for a population size of 40-60 residents while offering flexible, voluntary, and individualized supportive services.  The OP assumes all responsibilities including maintenance for operational use and access to campsite, personal tents, amenities, and power installation and connections for Wi-Fi, lighting and facilities i.e., restrooms, showers, sinks, food prep quarters, guest storage and/or debris and trash removals service, to avoid clutter or nuisances.

Once the purchase is complete and an OP is in place, residents will be allowed to set up tents, while the city works on constructing semipermanent shelter and shared bathrooms, including showers. Portable toilet and shower facilities will be on-site until a permanent structure is built. Residents will be allowed to have pets at the site.

Non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations, may apply for grant funds.  Organizations must be registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) entity to be eligible for this funding opportunity.

Available funds for this purpose are $1,000,000 for operation and $400,000 for amenities.  Applicants may request all or part of the available funds.

Interested parties should visit for a full listing of details including the Safe Outdoor Space Application, Budget Template Application Guide, click here.


Proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021. A virtual orientation will be held on Friday, August 27, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  See information on how to join below.

Key Facts

  1. Applications are submitted online through a web-based software. Link is available here
  2. The Application Guidelines may be downloaded here.
  3. See Budget Template here.
  4. There will be a virtual orientation via Webex on Fri., Aug. 27, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please join the WebEx here:
  • Meeting number (access code): 1809 68 2765
  • Meeting password: 9HMdeEMPs43
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  1. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, Sept. 10 by 5:00 p.m. No late submissions will be accepted.
  2. Please review the informational session video below to learn more. 

Tips:

  1. Applicants are encouraged to review the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Specifically, the sections discussing the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. See https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1319/text
  2. Applications are submitted using SurveyMonkey. SurveyMonkey will NOT save partial responses. Applicants cannot return to incomplete applications if they exit before completing the entire application. Therefore, applicants are advised to draft responses in a separate program (i.e. Word) then copy/paste each answer into the SurveyMonkey application. If you exit the application before you have completed it, you will need start a new application.
  3. This grant funding initiative is a competitive process. Applications will initially be reviewed by an external panel.
  4. Any applicants representing persons of low and moderate incomes may request technical assistance from Louisville Metro to help resolve issues in their preparation of an application for funding. Applicants seeking technical assistance are asked to either send a message to [email protected]  or call 502-574-6967.

The Safe Outdoor Space is part of a multipronged approach announced in July for creating shelter and housing for individuals experiencing homelessness. In the future, the property could become a site for affordable housing.  In addition to the outdoor space, Louisville Metro is working to identify transitional indoor housing and more permanent supportive housing options, as well as increasing funding for affordable housing.

Please submit all questions for the NOFA for Safe Outdoor Space manager in writing to Kiffany McAfee, Project Manager, Office of Resilience and Community Services, (502) 574.6967, [email protected].

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