Notice to Interested General and Specialty Contractors

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz requests responses from qualified General Contractors and Specialty Contractors, including but not limited to: Concrete, Electrical, Painting, Plumbing, Roofing and similar specialty classifications. The Housing Authority is developing a list of pre-qualified contractors to provide construction services for a variety of on-going facility maintenance and modification projects – including vacant unit turnovers, service work and similar. Contractors will be evaluated based on the nature of services required and the qualifications of the Contractor. Depending on nature and location of work, select prevailing wage rates will apply to jobs.

Interested Contractors must complete a “Contractor Information” form – available here or from the Housing Authority office. Contractors must submit completed forms to the Housing Authority office located at:

Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz
2160 41st Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010
ATT: Amy Gear

This Notice will remain open – there is no deadline for submitting a written “Contractor Information” forms.

Please contact Amy Gear at 831-454-5928 with questions.



Notice of Intent to Award

December 2, 2022

The RFP evaluation committee for this solicitation has completed its review, evaluation, and scoring of all proposals received based on the evaluation criteria published in this Request for Proposals.  With the completion of the evaluation process, the proposal received by Goldfarb & Lipman LLP has been selected for recommendation to the Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners for their approval to award the contract for General Counsel Legal Services to Goldfarb & Lipman LLP.

Upon approval by the Board of Commissioners, the award will be made and final terms of the contract will be established and executed.

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz (HACSC), and its affiliate New Horizons Affordable Housing and Development Corporation (New Horizons) – collectively referred to as HACSC are requesting proposals from qualified firms to provide General Counsel Legal Services. HACSC provides rental subsidies, manages, and operates affordable housing units, and develops affordable housing to assist low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities living in Santa Cruz County and the unincorporated areas of Hollister and San Juan Bautista. HACSC administers approximately 5,600 vouchers and owns and manages 326 rental units across 20 housing developments.

HACSC is soliciting proposals from law firms qualified to provide General Counsel Legal Services. The scope of work includes providing a wide range of legal services to the Housing Authority, New Horizons and the Board of Commissioners. This includes but is not limited to, research, interpreting laws, proposed legislation, case laws and statutes related to housing, affordable housing programs, affordable housing finance, real estate development, procurement, and contracts. The scope of work will also include ensuring compliance with public records laws, civil rights, fair housing, and labor compliance laws such as prevailing wages and Davis Bacon.  The Housing Authority anticipates the terms of the contract will be for a period of 3 years, with an option to extend the term for up to 2 additional one-year periods with a maximum compensation of $250,000.

To view/download the full Request for Proposals document or participate in this solicitation, please visit  All aspects of this procurement will be managed via the BidNet Direct e-procurement platform, vendor registration may be required.  If you need assistance creating your free BidNet Direct Vendor account, please contact 1-800-835-4603 and select menu option 2.


Request for Qualifications for General Contractor Services for Construction of 20 Unit Affordable Housing Property

New Horizons Affordable Housing & Development (New Horizons), a nonprofit affiliate to the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz is soliciting for General Contracting Services for the construction of Natural Bridges Apartments, a 20-unit, 3-story affordable housing property located in westside Santa Cruz at 415 Natural Bridges.

New Horizons concluded Phase I of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ)on September 26, 2022 and notified selected short-list contractors on October 7, 2022.

Phase II:

The following information is for the selected short-list of contractors to complete Phase II process of the RFQ. Phase II consists of three components, submission of contract sum, an interview, and review of references. Contractors should refer to the letter sent on November 18, 2022, Subject 415 Natural Bridges Apartments RFQ Phase II for information on due dates and how to submit responses.

Responses must use the updated drawings and documents posted below in Section Phase II:

The links for Phase II of the RFQ bid packet with instructions, exhibits and attachments can be found below:

AIA Documents:

  1. A101 Stipulated Sum
  2. A201 General Conditions


  1. Architectural
  2. Structural (released through addenda on 11/21/22)
  3. Mechanical
  4. Plumbing
  5. Electrical
  6. Solar (released through addenda on 12/9/22)
  7. Civil
  8. Landscape


  1. Exhibit A – AIA Document 101 2017 Insurance and Bonds
  2. Exhibit B – Schedule of Values
  3. Exhibit C – Schedule
  4. Exhibit D – Drawings
  5. Exhibit E – Federal Labor Standards Provisions
  6. Exhibit F – Special Conditions
  7. Exhibit G – Davis Bacon Wage Determination


  1. Addenda No. 1 (released 12/7/22)
  2. Addenda No. 2 (released 12/13/22)

Phase I: (Closed on September 26, 2022)

The links for the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) bid packet with instructions, exhibits and attachments can be found below

RFQ: General Contracting Services: (updated September 14, 2022 to clarify the RFQ submission date of Monday, September 26, 2022 by 10:00 AM)
     Natural Bridges RFQ 9.14.22

Exhibit A – Construction Documents:

    1. Construction Drawings_Thatcher & Thompson 9/20/21 
    2. Construction Contract_AIA Document A101 – 2017 
    3. Construction General Conditions Document_AIA-A201 – 2017
    4. Insurance and Bonds_AIA Document A101 – 2017 Exhibit A
    5. Geotechnical Investigation_Rock Solid Engineering, Inc., 2/8/22
    6. Exhibit “A” Conditions of Approval_CP21-0059 City of Santa Cruz
    7. Signed resolution NS-29971 – City of Santa Cruz, 4/26/22 
    8. Tree Resource Evaluation_Project Impact Analysis Maureen Hamb certified arborist, June 2021

Responses to the RFQ must be submitted by email to [email protected] no later than Monday, September 26, 2022, by 10:00AM. Please indicate “GC RFQ response” in the Subject Line of your email.

Mandatory Bidders Conference:
Interested General Contractors must attend the mandatory bidder’s conference.
The conference will be held virtually on Zoom on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 10:00AM
Below is the link to register for the mandatory bidders conference:

Second Bidder’s Conference:
New Horizons Affordable Housing and Development has elected to conduct a second bidder’s conference for general contractors who were unable to attend our first conference.

The next conference will be held virtually on Zoom on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 10:00am. Pre-Registration is required.  This meeting is mandatory for general contractors that are interested in responding to the RFQ who were unable to attend the first bidder’s conference and is optional to any general contractor who attended the first bidder’s conference.

Below is the link to register for the second bidder’s conference:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

RFQ Questions:
Questions concerning this RFQ may be sent by email to [email protected] no later than Thursday, September 15, 2022, by 10:00AM. Please indicate “GC RFQ Question” in the Subject Line of your email.

New Horizons will post responses to questions on this webpage for review by all prospective General Contractors. Questions will be treated anonymously, and responses will not include details to disclose any prospective General Contractor.

RFQ Questions and Answers

It is recommended that prospective General Contractors periodically check this webpage, as information is subject to change, which may include but not be limited to key dates, New Horizons’ responses to questions, and other information on RFQ response submission.


Request For Proposals for Project-Based Voucher Program

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz (“HACSC”) has published a Request for Proposals for project-based vouchers (“PBV”) under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) and is currently accepting applications from property owners and developers. Applications may be submitted at any time.

The Housing Authority has also published “HACSC FY 2022-23 Project Based Voucher Program Guidance for Owner/Developers.” Applicants are encouraged to utilize the guide to familiarize themselves with the PBV program and applicable regulations.

Click through to the Project Based Voucher Request for Proposals webpage, where you will find program guidance, application materials, and scoring criteria.



In accordance with HUD Section 3 regulations, the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz directs employment opportunities generated by Section 3-covered assistance towards: residents of low-rent public housing; low-income residents in areas where Section 3 construction projects are underway; and business employing such persons. Available employment and contracts are primarily in the areas of construction and clerical work. For more information and to be placed on a solicitation list in case such positions become available, contact the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz at 454-9455. EOE


De acuerdo con las reglamentaciones de la Sección 3 de HUD, la Autoridad de Viviendas del Condado de Santa Cruz dirige las oportunidades de empleo derivadas de la ayuda especificada en la Sección 3 hacia: los residentes de viviendas gubernamentales de alquiler reducido; los residentes de bajos ingresos en áreas donde se está llevando a cabo la construcción de proyectos de la Sección 3; y los negocios que emplean a estas personas. Existen empleos y contratos principalmente en la construcción y en trabajo de oficina. Para más información y para anotarse en la lista de solicitud en caso de que se ofrecieran tales puestos, comuniquese con la Autoridad de Viviendas del Condado de Santa Cruz, llamando al 454-9455. EOE

Si desea una traducción en español, por favor llame al (831) 454-9455.