Implementing robust anti-displacement strategies and maximizing community benefits of the Blue Line Extension is fundamental to the success of the project and will take time, trust, and collaboration from a wide variety of agency and community partners, including: cities, developers, Hennepin County, Metropolitan Council, community leaders, business leaders, philanthropy, nonprofits, and more.
To advance this work, BLRT partners released a request for proposals for an individual or organization to convene and coordinate work of an anti-displacement workgroup.
The purpose of the Anti-Displacement Workgroup is to provide the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, corridor cities, agency partners and community partners with:
- An understanding of existing community assets, communities at risk of displacement in the corridor, and existing policy/programmatic resources already available to guide the strategic recommendations of the Anti-Displacement Working Group
- Implementable recommendations that serve to prevent multiple forms of displacement and promote equitable development, during the construction phase of the project and beyond; and
- Implementable strategies that will provide opportunities for existing corridor residents and businesses to build wealth in place
The work will prioritize racial equity — ensuring that reducing racial disparities in the region is at the forefront of each of the recommendations of the Anti-Displacement Working Group.
The selected consultant will be responsible for convening, facilitating, and managing the work plan of the Anti-Displacement Working Group. The consultant will be responsible for a number of key deliverables.
This will include a workplan with timeline, milestones and scope, and monthly status reports and regular meeting summaries.
Anti-displacement workgroup facilitation
This will include an Anti-Displacement Working Group work plan defining goals, group principles, membership process and charter; Anti-Displacement Working Group development process and list of members; and Project definitions including the types of displacement and gentrification the group will consider. Meeting summaries and status reports will help document the work of this group and create transparency to community and stakeholders.
Market analysis and vulnerability assessment
This will include a summary of community assets and those at risk of displacement, and a list of metrics that measure the baseline, scale of potential displacement, and the success of anti-displacement strategies.
Policy audit and case study review
This process documents the evaluation of existing policies and relevant case studies of anti-displacement programs.
Community consultation summary
Provide information on how broader community input is gathered and the results of community consultation efforts.
Recommendations and implementation plan
The plan identifies the responsible agency, implementation timeline, scale of impact, recommended funding, baseline measurements, metrics for success, and targets for each policy recommendation.
Materials must be social media compliant, ADA compliant, web-ready, and translated into four languages.
- July 1: Request for proposals published by Hennepin County
- July 12: Pre-bid meeting (view video recording (YouTube))
- July 27: Proposals due
- July 29-30: Proposal evaluation and decision
- August 17: Hennepin County Board approval
- August 26: Final contract execution
- Early September: Consultant onboarding and work begins
Dates are subject to change.
All proposals must be submitted through the Hennepin County Supplier Portal.
To learn more about the supplier portal, register, review the full RFP, and submit a proposal, please visit the Supplier Portal web page.