The Housing Innovation Challenge awards new, scalable housing solutions for those experiencing homelessness in LA County with up to $4.5 million in funding at the $500,000 or $1 million level.
Share your creative development or financial model to expand permanent housing options for our most vulnerable residents.
Learn more about joining the Housing Innovation Challenge.
Once a registrant has completed an application, a minimum of five Evaluation Panel members (judges) will be assigned to score each valid submission. Judges will offer both scores and comments for each of four distinct traits. Each of the four traits will be scored on a 0-5 point scale, in increments of 0.1. Those scores will combine to produce a total score. Examples of possible scores for a trait are: 0.4, 3.7, 5.0, etc.
The most straightforward way to ensure that everyone is treated by the same set of standards would be to have the same judges score every application; unfortunately, due to the number of applications, that is not possible.
Since the same judges will not score every application, the question of fairness needs to be carefully explained. One judge scoring an application may take a more critical view, giving every assigned submission a range of scores only between 1.0 and 2.0, as an example; meanwhile, another judge may be more generous and score every submission between 4.0 and 5.0.
For illustrative purposes, let’s look at the scores from two hypothetical judges:
The first judge is far more generous in scoring than the second judge, who gives much lower scores. If your application was rated by the first judge, it would earn a much higher total score than if it was assigned to the second judge.
We have a way to address this issue. We ensure that no matter which judges are assigned to you, each application will be treated fairly. To do this, we utilize a mathematical technique relying on two measures of distribution, the mean and the standard deviation.
The mean takes all the scores assigned by a judge, adds them up, and divides them by the number of scores assigned, giving an average score.
Formally, we denote the mean like this:
The standard deviation measures the “spread” of a judge’s scores. As an example, imagine that two judges both give the same mean (average) score, but one gives many zeros and fives, while the other gives more ones and fours. It wouldn't be fair, if we didn’t consider this difference.
Formally, we denote the standard deviation like this:
To ensure that the judging process is fair, we rescale all the scores to match the judging population. In order to do this, we measure the mean and the standard deviation of all scores across all judges. Then, we change the mean score and the standard deviation of each judge to match.
We rescale the standard deviation like this:
Then, we rescale mean like this:
Basically, we are finding the difference between both distributions for a single judge and those for all of the judges combined, then adjusting each score so that no one is treated unfairly according to which judges they are assigned.
If we apply this rescaling process to the same two judges in the example above, we can see the outcome of the final resolved scores. They appear more similar, because they are now aligned with typical distributions across the total judging population.
We are pleased to answer any questions you have about the scoring process. Please feel free to ask any questions on the discussion board. Register today to begin developing your application.
Thank you for your interest in the Housing Innovation Challenge (the “Competition”). The Competition is sponsored by the County of Los Angeles, with support provided by RAMPIT. Please know that by participating in this Competition and in accordance with these Rules you are eligible to receive various forms of recognition and a possible Award of either $500,000 or $1 million in the form of a forgivable loan. So, it is important to define the conditions of your participation. The Rules governing this Competition ("Rules") are stated here as an extension of the Terms & Conditions ("Terms") for use of this website. The full Terms are available for your review by accessing them on this website. Also, please note that other language contained on this website is an extension of these Rules and the Terms. The Rules constitute "Competition Terms and Conditions" under Clause 2.3 of the Terms. Capitalized words used but not defined in the Rules have meanings given to them in the Terms.
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We welcome applications from Entities that have a recognized legal structure under applicable law and in good standing in the jurisdiction in which they are organized. Eligible organizations may include either nonprofit, government, or for-profit Entities. Universities and colleges, including those that may have been organized under State or federal charter, are eligible to apply.
Individuals are not eligible to submit applications. Individuals who submit applications on behalf of an eligible organization and are also government officials or employees will be responsible for ensuring that their participation in the Competition is permitted by the rules and regulations relevant to their position and that they have obtained any authorization that may be required by virtue of their government position. Entities are also ineligible to submit applications if they are suspended, debarred, ineligible, or excluded or whose principals are suspended, debarred, ineligible, or excluded from securing federally funded contracts. RAMPIT and/or the Competition Sponsor may terminate your participation at any time based on their discretion alone.
Organizations may join together in a single application subject to these Rules. However, any Award must be distributed to a single legal entity that will maintain the responsibility and authority for the use of (and reporting on) any funds and that will exercise in fact direction, control and supervision of the proposed project (“Principal Organization”).
Any Winner will be expected to enter into a separate agreement with the Competition Sponsor, containing key terms and conditions which are separate from these Rules and Terms posted on this website for this Competition. The Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles (Commission) will be administering the County of Los Angeles Housing Innovation Challenge Agreements on behalf of the County. The Commission will execute a Promissory Note and Loan Agreement Secured by Deed of Trust as well as any other related documents (Agreements) which will outline the terms of the loan provided to the Awardee. The loan, together with any outstanding interest and any other sums payable under the Agreements, shall be due and payable on the tenth (10th) anniversary of the date of the Agreements. The Commission will also monitor the project. Provided Awardee does not default in its obligations under the Agreements, as of each anniversary of the date of the Agreement, an amount equal to one tenth (1/10) of the initial loan amount shall be considered conditionally forgiven so that by the tenth (10th) anniversary of the date of the Agreements the initial loan balance shall be considered forgiven in full. However, if there is a default under the Agreements this loan forgiveness may be revoked by the County.
Any applicant organizations may be required to submit additional documents or materials before final consideration of any Award, in addition to the application requirements published on this website; those documents or materials may include but are not limited to:
All applicants must demonstrate their financial and organizational capacity to carry out the proposed project and to appropriately manage any Award, should they be designated as a Winner.
The Competition Sponsor reserves the right to perform any background checks on key individuals associated with any proposed project, and the refusal by the key individuals to provide necessary authorizations may be a reason to reject any application for further consideration. The Competition Sponsor also may request official or audited financial statements from any organization scheduled to receive any funds.
Competitors permit RAMPIT, the Competition Sponsor, and/or any entity designated by the Competition Sponsor, to publish any Entry, Entry Content, or Content to other Competitors, Judges, the public, or other designees, as necessary, to promote greater transparency, collaboration, and follow-on investment for Competitors during and after the Competition. RAMPIT, the Competition Sponsor, and/or any entity designated by the Competition Sponsor may use content submitted by any Competitor in any way in order to promote the Housing Innovation Challenge, including publishing any such content to the public (including but not limited to posting such content on this website or other websites), to increase interest in any Application (and related content) to other potential funders, and to more broadly expose such content to the press and the general public for any purpose.
Any Winner who enters into a separate agreement to receive funding will be required to report progress towards milestone and other goals. Those reporting requirements will vary, based on the proposed project.
We look forward to receiving your most thoughtful and creative Entry.
You may contact us with any questions or comments about these Rules. Please enter Housing Innovation Challenge in the subject line of your email. You may reach us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discovering permanent housing solutions for those experiencing homelessness.
The Housing Innovation Challenge will award $4.5 million to new, creative, and scalable housing solutions for those experiencing homelessness in LA County. The Housing Innovation Challenge is offered by the LA County Homeless Initiative, created by the LA County Board of Supervisors and charged with combatting and preventing homelessness throughout the County.
On March 7, 2017, the voters of LA County passed Measure H, a 1/4-cent sales tax generating an estimated $355 million annually for ten years exclusively for homeless services and programs. On June 13, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved funding for 21 Measure H-funded strategies, including a one-time Housing Innovation Fund to spur creative, scalable permanent housing solutions for those experiencing homelessnes.
The Housing Innovation Challenge will award $4.5 million to the best and brightest proposals aimed at achieving the goal of creating permanent housing faster and more cost effectively than is currently possible.
Seeking creative housing solutions to combat homelessness in LA County – join the movement!
Awarded proposals will receive $500,000 or
$1 million and up to 24 months to implement the proposed project. Awardees will enter into a contractual agreement with the County of Los Angeles that will include specific terms and conditions regarding the timeline, deliverables, and compliance. Most importantly, your proposed project must result in the creation of one or more units of permanent housing for homeless families or individuals in LA County. Please see the application and the rules for more information on requirements and additional information that may be collected.
We are excited by the opportunity to make real, measurable impact on communities throughout LA County, and to help our fellow Angelenos have a place to call home. Be part of the movement to combat and prevent homelessness in LA County.
Welcome to the County of LA’s Housing Innovation Challenge application! We are excited to award a total of $4.5 million to transformational, scalable solutions building or financing cost-effective housing for families, youth, and individuals experiencing homelessness throughout LA County.
We want the best and brightest proposals that can deliver the most promising results for those facing homelessness in LA County. Applications will be accepted at either the $500,000 or $1 million level. All awardees will have up to 24 months to complete their proposed projects. You may only submit one application per organization (as a principal lead or as part of the team). Most importantly, your proposed project must result in the creation of one or more units of housing for homeless families or individuals in LA County.
Please take time to read all application requirements before starting your submission. We encourage you to review the Rules, the Review Process, and the Trait Scoring Rubric to emphasize how your approach aligns with the four traits used to assess each valid application. Applications must be submitted in English. Portions of your application may be published on this website (such as Organization Name, Proposal Title, Executive Summary, Video Pitch, and Connection to Homelessness).
Before submitting, be sure to review your application and confirm your changes have been saved. When you have completed all of the required questions, a message will be displayed on the screen. At that point, you can submit your final application. Once you have submitted the application, you will no longer be able to make changes.
Applications are due no later than Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 5:00 PM Pacific.
All fields are required unless indicated otherwise.
Here is your opportunity to establish a strong first impression. Any summary of your proposal should stand-alone—please avoid jargon and assume that the reader is not yet versed in the technical aspects of your strategy. Convince any reader that you’re confident in your solution and persuade them to want to read more.
Provide a single statement that describes your overall proposal.
Provide a concise summary of the most powerful aspects of your proposal. Keep your summary to one paragraph. We may use this content to describe the most promising solutions on our website.
Help us capture a basic understanding of the structure, capacity, and leadership of your organization. If applying as a Team, please provide information specifically for the principal organization responsible for entering into a contractual agreement for the Housing Innovation Challenge.
Provide your organization’s total annual operating budget by selecting from the options below.
Describe your organization’s prior success, achievements, and/or specific experience indicating you are well-positioned to implement your proposed solution. Include endorsements and other examples of support that speak to your ability to deliver results. Emphasize credibility of your team members and any specific front-line experience, specifically as it relates to addressing homelessness in LA County.
Describe your management structure with name/title for each team member and the key roles to oversee delivery of the proposal. Explain how team members share responsibilities and hold one another accountable.
List key partners integral to your project’s success. If participating as a Team of two or more organizations, list partner organization(s) and specific roles in the direction, control, and/or supervision for implementation. Teams may include one or more nonprofit organizations, for-profit ventures, and/or government entities, and the principal organization must be authorized to represent all relevant partner(s), disclose information on behalf of any partner(s), and propose any operational or financial information that is binding to any partner(s).
In order to be effective, your approach will need support from the impacted community including decision-makers, funders, local leaders, residents, media, and others. Exhibit an understanding of your stakeholders and your plans to engage and work with them.
This is your opportunity to share any context for your engagement in this movement. While we understand some applicants may not have specific experience in the homelessness sector, please share your rationale for committing talent and resources to support this proposal.
Showcase your plan, tactics and other technical aspects to create one or more units of housing for a homeless family or individual in LA County. Please note: You may submit one application at either the $500,000 or $1 million level and you will have up to 24 months to implement and complete your proposed project.
Please select one:
Please select one of the following ways you can demonstrate the feasibility of siting your unit(s):
Set the stage and describe the specific need you aim to address. Include data to demonstrate this need, as well as information to describe your understanding of local conditions. While you may offer general context for the problem of homelessness, focus on any discrete issues your solution is specifically designed to overcome.
Introduce and detail your approach and proposed solution. If applicable, be sure to describe your pathway to site control, demonstrate clear understanding of building code and land use regulations for your selected jurisdiction, and if the project does not conform to any codes or regulations applicable to permit approval, indicate what actions are needed in order to obtain a building permit and how the actions will fit within the overall 24-month completion requirement.
Share how your approach will more quickly and/or more cost effectively lead to more affordable housing, and how it differs from, improves upon, and/or bolsters existing methods/practices to build housing for those experiencing homelessness in LA County. Highlight any unique features of the housing you will develop, and any other information demonstrating creativity and innovation in your approach and projected solution.
Provide a detailed implementation plan and timeline (up to 24 months) leading to development of housing units. Describe the chronological sequence of key tasks, identify important milestones, highlight efficiencies, and specify deliverables essential to achieving measurable results.
Identify any specific operational or tactical hurdles, principal risks or challenges to the short- and long-term success of the project and your plans to address them.
Housing units developed as part of the Housing Innovation Challenge are required to have a Certificate of Occupancy or include specific features of habitability. Please indicate that your unit(s) will include the following features (select more than one).
Illustrate what success looks like. Be sure to emphasize how your project aligns with the four traits used to assess all applications (see Trait Scoring Rubric).
Please select one primary community/population experiencing homelessness who will be served by the proposal:
Demonstrate an understanding of who you are serving. If you’ve chosen a priority population or demographic within the larger homelessness community, please describe them, their needs, and the aspects of your service solution that are responsive to these needs.
Geographic Area Served
All projects, in their entirety, must be delivered and impact communities within the boundaries of LA County. Please select the service planning area(s) (SPA) where your project will be located (may select more than one).
Define success, including measurable results and outcomes such as number of housing units, cost per unit, efficiencies/time savings, number of beneficiaries (i.e. individuals, households), specific impact on beneficiaries, and long-term effects. Explain how this project complements existing efforts, partnerships, and initiatives in LA County. Include other intended outcomes, such as neighbor perception or regard for your residents, or impact of onsite support, such as access to transit and clinics. Offer any relevant data to back up claims of effectiveness.
Identify your projected goals and objectives, and the methodology you’ll use to track results and measure overall impact. Include how precisely your methodologies will produce meaningful outcomes and how closely your metrics are linked to a realistic assessment of your performance.
Share your vision and explain how your solution is prepared to expand after completion of the proposed project for the Housing Innovation Challenge. Describe plans to scale your solution as a model that can be applied or adapted to meet diverse needs of LA County’s many communities. Include any internal or external information or data that helps indicate that your plan to scale will deliver concrete results. With Measure H and various new capital funding streams for affordable and/or homeless housing, LA County will address homelessness at an unprecedented scale. The Housing Innovation Challenge is seeking solutions designed to grow as more resources are deployed to expand available housing.
This is your final opportunity to raise any other considerations. Here, you may emphasize or expand upon a previous point or provide new information, as necessary.
Please provide a detailed budget at either the $500,000 or $1 million funding request level. Use language that is consistent across your application, so that any cost categories or line-item descriptions are referenced elsewhere. Your application should read as one unified narrative, and the budget must explain and/or clarify the efficiency with which you intend to use resources.
Select one of two award sizes.
Using the following table, please list and describe all line item and administrative costs to implement your proposal within your specified duration (up to 24 months). This budget should not exceed your selected award amount – you will have opportunity in Budget Narrative to identify and describe any additional costs and funding sources secured by the time of the award.
It is incumbent upon each applicant to deliver a clear and compelling budget, identifying cost categories that are described in your previous project plan. While administrative expenditures are eligible, please note: we do not accept general line item descriptions, like “Overhead” – you must specifically describe what costs are incurred as part of each line item.
Please enter the calculated unit cost of development or rehabilitation (in US dollars).
Offer a narrative description of your budget. If applicable, provide information on the amount and type of costs required above the selected funding request amount in order to complete your project within the 24-month timeline, as well as the secured and/or potential resources to allocate towards these expenses (including name of funder, status of request, amount, and type – cash or in-kind). Explain your contingency plan should you not secure these additional resources. If additional resources have already been secured, please reference those sources of funding. Please also include the potential to leverage additional resources to scale your project once it has been completed as part of the Housing Innovation Challenge (including name of funding prospect, amount, and type – cash or in-kind).
Make a personal connection by offering an overview of your proposal in a 90-second video. It is not our intention to solicit highly produced or expensive video content. In our experience, the most effective videos are the most authentic. Capture your commitment with a clear, compelling explanation that anyone can understand and appreciate. Please don’t hesitate to send us an email for guidance on your video pitch.
Your Video Pitch must follow these guidelines:
Here are some logistical and technical suggestions:
Here are general suggestions for delivering a high-quality video pitch:
Hone your content:
You will record your video and upload to YouTube; then, you will enter your YouTube Video ID.
The County of Los Angeles has designated the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles (Commission) to administer the Housing Innovation Challenge under a forgivable loan structure. The Commission will execute agreements which will outline the terms of the loan provided to the Winner, and will also monitor the project. Please review our Rules and Terms & Conditions for more details.
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3.8 Your User Account is personal to You and may not be sold, assigned or transferred to another party. If You attempt to sell, assign or transfer Your User Account to another party, RAMPIT may suspend or terminate Your participation at its sole discretion.
3.9 RAMPIT may communicate with You through the username/email that You provide at registration. You agree to notify RAMPIT immediately if there are any changes to Your details. If You fail to notify RAMPIT of any changes to Your details, You agree to waive any objection, claim, defense or recourse You might have had as a consequence of RAMPIT failing to communicate with You. If You change Your email address and fail to notify RAMPIT of the change, RAMPIT will be deemed to have communicated with You on the date on which it communicated with the email address most recently provided by You.
3.10 You warrant that any Content provided or posted by You (through registration or otherwise):
3.11 If RAMPIT believes that any Content contravenes Clause 3.10 (or any other provision of this Agreement), it may remove that Content and/or take any other steps as it deems necessary to protect itself or other parties against any Loss. To the maximum extent permitted by law, RAMPIT will not be liable for any Loss to any person arising from the removal of Content under this Section.
4.1 Subject to Clause 4.2, You may terminate Your participation at any time and without cause by notifying RAMPIT through this Website.
4.2 If You terminate Your participation, this Agreement and any other applicable terms and conditions will continue to apply to any Postings made by You prior to giving the notice described in Clause 4.1 above.
4.3 RAMPIT may, in its absolute discretion, terminate or suspend Your participation at any time and without notice if it believes that:
4.4 If RAMPIT terminates Your participation, RAMPIT may in its absolute discretion withdraw any Postings submitted or made by You. If RAMPIT terminates Your participation, RAMPIT may, at its sole discretion, immediately withdraw Your Entry or Entries, which will have no force and effect from the date on which Your participation was terminated.
4.5 Subject to Clause 4.4, if RAMPIT suspends Your participation, any entries or other Postings submitted or made by You may be suspended for the period in which Your participation is suspended.
4.6 If Your participation is terminated, either by You or by RAMPIT:
5.1 You must not use the Website to facilitate or participate in any illegal activity or engage in any activity which RAMPIT, in its absolute discretion, considers inappropriate. RAMPIT reserves the right to terminate or restrict Your access to this Website immediately and indefinitely if it suspects that You are engaging in any such behavior or are in breach of any terms of this Agreement. You agree that You will only use Your User Account and this Website for the purposes of using the Services and for no other purpose. Without limiting the foregoing, in using Your User Account and accessing the Website, You agree not to:
6.1 If You are registered as a Competitor, You agree and acknowledge that:
6.2 RAMPIT and any Competition Sponsor reserves the right to conduct an administrative review of any Entry or any Competitor in order to screen for completeness and other Entry Content requirements (as described in the Competition Terms and Conditions) before distributing approved Entries to Judges.
6.3 Competitors permit RAMPIT, any Competition Sponsor, and/or any entity designated by a Competition Sponsor, to publish any Entry, Entry Content, or Content to the public, other Competitors, Judges or other designees, as necessary, to promote greater transparency, collaboration, and follow-on investment for Competitors during and after the Competition.
7.1 RAMPIT is not involved in any way in the formation of any contract between any Competitor and the Competition Sponsor. RAMPIT at no time acts as an agent for any Competitor.
7.2 RAMPIT will not be liable to You in any respect if the Competition Sponsor or any Competitor fails to perform its obligations under this Agreement or the Competition.
7.3 The Competition Sponsor will at all times be responsible for the bestowal of any Award(s) in accordance with the Agreement and the Competition Terms and Conditions. RAMPIT will have no liability whatsoever in respect to the failure of the Competition Sponsor to bestow any Award(s), and You acknowledge and agree that You will not take action of any kind against RAMPIT in respect to any claim for any Award(s) that You may or may not have or wish to make.
8.1 Any Winner agrees that any Award is conditional upon receipt by the Competition Sponsor of any Entry Content used or consulted by that Winner in generating the winning Entry and that any Award will not be bestowed until this condition has been satisfied.
8.2 Any Winner and the Competition Sponsor acknowledge and agree that, once any Winner has been chosen and notified, the Competition Sponsors will elect to enter into a separate agreement (a “Separate Agreement”) with the Entity represented by that Winner. The Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles (Commission) will be administering the County of Los Angeles Housing Innovation Challenge Agreements on behalf of the County. The Commission will execute a Promissory Note and Loan Agreement Secured by Deed of Trust as well as any other related documents (Agreements) which will outline the terms of the loan provided to the Awardee. The loan, together with any outstanding interest and any other sums payable under the Agreements, shall be due and payable on the tenth (10th) anniversary of the date of the Agreements. The Commission will also monitor the project. Provided Awardee does not default in its obligations under the Agreements, as of each anniversary of the date of the Agreement, an amount equal to one tenth (1/10) of the initial loan amount shall be considered conditionally forgiven so that by the tenth (10th) anniversary of the date of the Agreements the initial loan balance shall be considered forgiven in full. However, if there is a default under the Agreements this loan forgiveness may be revoked by the County.
RAMPIT and its third-party providers will not be a party to any such Separate Agreement and will have no responsibility or liability whatsoever in relation to the performance or failure to perform under any such Separate Agreement.
8.3 The Competition Sponsor acknowledges that RAMPIT does not make any warranties or representations as to the accuracy or utility of any Entry or associated Entry Content from a Winner.
9.1 You will be responsible for any tax, levy, or other charge that may arise under any applicable law from the use of this website, including from receiving any Award(s). You acknowledge that You will not be entitled to demand any additional payment by reason of any Award(s) being subject to any tax, levy, or other charge in any jurisdiction.
10.1 THIS WEBSITE AND SERVICES, AND ALL CONTENT ASSOCIATED THEREWITH, ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITH ALL FAULTS AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, RAMPIT AND THE COMPETITION SPONSOR AND THE OWNERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS AND SUPPLIERS OF EACH EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. RAMPIT DOES NOT WARRANT THIS WEBSITE AND RELATED SERVICES AND THE CONTENT PROVIDED THROUGH IT, INCLUDING THE ENTRIES AND ASSOCIATED ENTRY CONTENT, TO BE AVAILABLE, ACCURATE, USEFUL, OR FREE OF ERRORS, VIRUSES, OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE, LOSS OF DATA, OR OTHER HARM THAT RESULTS FROM YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE (INCLUDING THE SERVICES).
10.2 UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL RAMPIT OR THE COMPETITION SPONSOR OR THE OWNERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS OF EITHER BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OR RELATED TO THIS WEBSITE, INCLUDING LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR ANTICIPATED SAVINGS, EVEN IF RAMPIT OR THE COMPETITION SPONSOR OR THE AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF EITHER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THESE LIMITATIONS WILL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, You agree that neither RAMPIT NOR THE COMPETITION SPONSOR is responsible for any Loss arising out of, or in any way connected with:
10.3 For the avoidance of doubt, You acknowledge that RAMPIT is a provider of an interactive computer service and that neither RAMPIT nor the COMPETITION SPONSOR are a publisher under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, and therefore not responsible for any of the Users' Postings. If, notwithstanding the provisions of this Clause 10.3, a court of competent jurisdiction holds RAMPIT or the COMPETITION SPONSOR liable in respect of any matters arising under or incidental to this Agreement, RAMPIT'S AND THE COMPETITION SPONSOR’S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE OR RELATED SERVICES (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WARRANTY, OR OTHERWISE) WILL IN NO EVENT EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU FOR USING THIS WEBSITE DURING THE 12 MONTHS PRECEDING YOUR CLAIM, OR, IF NO AMOUNT WAS PAID, SUCH LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO $100.
10.4 You agree that neither RAMPIT nor the COMPETITION SPONSOR nor the third-party providers of either will be liable or responsible for any failure in, or delay to, the provision of the Services or in RAMPIT nor the COMPETITION SPONSOR complying with its obligations under this Agreement where such failure or delay has arisen as a direct or indirect result of:
11.1 You agree to indemnify and hold RAMPIT and the COMPETITION SPONSOR, its owners, officers, employees, agents and suppliers, harmless from all claims and Losses (including legal fees) due to or arising out of or in connection with Your Postings, Competition, Competition Information and other Content (as applicable), Your use of this Website, or Your breach of this Agreement.
12.1 Neither RAMPIT nor the COMPETITION SPONSOR represent or warrant that the content on this Website complies with the laws of any country outside of the United States. If You access this Website from outside the United States, You do so at Your own risk.
13.1 You acknowledge that, as between the parties, RAMPIT is the owner of all Intellectual Property Rights in and to this Website. You acknowledge that You have no Intellectual Property Rights in or to this Website or to any Postings except for a limited license to use this Website as necessary to participate in a Competition or evaluate the possibility of such participation.
13.2 You acknowledge that all text, graphics, user interfaces, photographs, trademarks, logos and artwork, including the design, structure, selection, coordination, expression, 'look and feel' and arrangement of such Content, provided by RAMPIT or its licensors on this Website is owned or licensed by or to RAMPIT and is protected by applicable copyright, patent and trademark laws and various other intellectual property rights and unfair competition laws. No such Content can be copied, publicly displayed, modified, sold, licensed or distributed in any way by You without RAMPIT's prior written consent. You shall not use the name of any Competition Sponsor (for example, “County of Los Angeles” or “Los Angeles County”) or any variation, adaptation, or abbreviation thereof, or the name of the Competition Sponsor’s Board members, officers, employees, or agents, or any trademark owned by the Competition Sponsor, in any promotional material or other public announcement or disclosure, nor copied, publicly displayed, modified, sold, licensed or distributed in any way by You without the prior written consent of the relevant party, which consent the Competition Sponsor may withhold in its sole discretion.
14.1 From time to time, RAMPIT may provide, or any Content may contain, links to Third Party Sites and resources. You acknowledge that:
14.2 You acknowledge and agree that neither RAMPIT nor the Competition Sponsor will be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any Loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with Your use of or reliance on any Content or material available on or through any Third Party Sites or resource.
15.1 In the interest of resolving disputes between You and RAMPIT in the most expedient and cost effective manner, You and RAMPIT agree that any and all disputes arising in connection with this Agreement shall be resolved by binding arbitration. Arbitration is more informal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, may allow for more limited discovery than in court, and can be subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award. Our agreement to arbitrate disputes includes, but is not limited to all claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of this Agreement, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory, and regardless of whether the claims arise during or after the termination of these Terms. You understand and agree that, by entering into these Terms, You and RAMPIT are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action.
15.2 You and RAMPIT or the Competition Sponsor each agree that nothing herein shall be deemed to waive, preclude, or otherwise limit any rights to (i) bring an individual action in small claims court, (ii) pursue enforcement actions through applicable federal, state, or local agencies where such actions are available, (iii) seek injunctive relief in a court of law, or (iv) to file suit in a court of law to address intellectual property infringement claims.
15.3 Any arbitration between You and RAMPIT will be governed by the Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, "AAA Rules") of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), as modified by these Terms, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules and filing forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879.
15.4 A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send a written notice of the dispute to the other, by certified mail or Federal Express (signature required), or in the event that we do not have a physical address on file for You, by electronic mail ("Notice"). RAMPIT's address for Notice is: RAMPIT, LLC, 805 2nd Avenue South, #3, Nashville, TN 37210 or email@example.com. The Notice must: (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and, (b) set forth the specific relief sought. We agree to use good faith efforts to resolve the claim directly, but if we do not reach an agreement to do so within 30 calendar days after the Notice is received, You may commence arbitration proceedings.
15.5 Any arbitration hearings will take place at a location to be agreed upon by the parties to the arbitration or, if a location cannot be agreed upon, then it will be agreed upon by the arbitrator(s), provided that if the claim is for $10,000 or less, You may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a non-appearance based telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the decision and award, if any, are based. The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees or expenses at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 calendar days of the arbitrator's ruling on the merits.
15.6 YOU AND RAMPIT OR THE COMPETITION SPONSOR AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both You and RAMPIT agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
15.7 If only Clause 15.6 is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this Section 15 shall be null and void and, in such case, the parties agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue described in Section 17 shall govern any action arising out of or related to the Agreement.
16.1 If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any Content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing RAMPIT's copyright agent (the "Copyright Agent") with the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C 512(c)(3) for further detail):
16.2 RAMPIT's designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement is Copyright Agent, RAMPIT, LLC, 805 2nd Avenue South, #3, Nashville, TN 37210, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section 17, your DMCA notice may not be valid.
16.3 If you believe that your Content that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner's agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the material in your Content, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Copyright Agent:
16.4 If a counter-notice is received by the Copyright Agent, RAMPIT may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed Content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the Content provider, member or user, the removed Content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at RAMPIT's sole discretion.
17.1 As defined in Clause 1.1, this Agreement is the entire agreement between You and RAMPIT relating to the subject matter herein, and supersedes all previous communications, representations, understandings and agreements, either oral or written, between You and RAMPIT with respect to said subject matter. This Agreement shall not be modified except in a writing signed by both parties, or by a change made as provided in Clause 2.2. If any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability will not affect the remainder of this Agreement, which is severable from said provision and will remain in full force and effect.
17.2 If You breach any provision of this Agreement and RAMPIT has knowledge (either actual or constructive) of that breach, a failure to pursue legal action or to enforce any remedy against You will not constitute a waiver of its legal rights. Any waiver of rights under this Agreement must be in writing and signed by RAMPIT.
17.3 All matters relating to this Website and this Agreement are governed by and are to be construed according to the laws applicable in the state of California, United States (without regard to any rules governing choice of law). If one or more of the exceptions from arbitration expressly set forth in Section 15 above apply, You agree unconditionally to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in Los Angeles County, California, in relation to all matters arising out of or in any way connected with this Agreement or this Website.
17.4 RAMPIT may assign its rights and novate or transfer obligations which arise under this Agreement. You must not assign, novate or otherwise transfer Your rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of RAMPIT. Competitors must also obtain the prior written consent of the Competition Sponsor. Any assignment attempted in violation of this Clause shall be void.
17.5 The parties agree that no rule of construction applies to the disadvantage of a party because that party was responsible for the preparation of this Agreement or part of it.
17.6 Unless otherwise requested in writing by You, RAMPIT may refer to You and Your corporate identity (if applicable) as part of promoting this Website and RAMPIT in the marketplace.
17.7 RAMPIT accepts content uploaded from Users in good faith and on the basis of warranties provided by Users. It is Your responsibility at all times to investigate and become satisfied as to the accuracy of the information provided by any other party (including all Users) on this Website. RAMPIT at no time makes any representations as to the accuracy of any information provided on this Website.
17.8 You acknowledge and agree that to the extent that this Agreement relates to a Competition, a prospective Competition or any Posting, this Agreement is intended also to be for the benefit of the Competition Sponsor, the Competitors and other Users, who are entitled to enforce the provisions of this Agreement against You.
17.9 All notices, requests, demands, consents, approvals, offers, agreements or other communications given by You to RAMPIT must be emailed to RAMPIT at email@example.com
17.10 In the interpretation of this Agreement, unless the contrary intention appears:
17.11 This Competition is a skills-based challenge to resolve bona fide requirements and not, for clarity, any game(s) of chance.