City Council Regular Meeting - Includes Action Taken
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Leila Demaree, Community Development Manager
Finance Director Review:
City Attorney Review:
Type of Action Requested:
Authorization to Submit Application to Arizona State Housing Fund-HOME grant for Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Activities to benefit low to moderate income families or persons; Authorization for staff to take all actions necessary to implement and complete activities in said application; Authorization for the City Manager to accept grant funds; Authorization for the City Finance Director to accept and disburse funds as necessary; Authorization to transfer budget; Authorization to use $30,000 of unrestricted Housing Development Fees in Fund 252; Adoption of a Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan; Adoption of 2016 Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Guidelines (HRG).
It is recommended that Mayor and Council adopt a Resolution:
1) Authorizing submission of application to Arizona State Housing Fund-HOME grant for Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation activities, to benefit low-to moderate-income persons or households;
2) Authorizing staff to take all actions necessary to implement and complete the activities submitted in said application;
3) Authorizing the City Manager to accept grant funds;
4) Authorizing the City Finance Director to accept and disburse funds as necessary;
5) Authorizing the transfer of budget authority;
6) Authorizing the use of $30,000 of unrestricted building permit fees in Fund 252 as cash match to grant funds;
7) Adopting the Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan; and
8) Adopting the 2016 Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Guidelines (HRG).
Historically, the City of Casa Grande has applied for various grants to fund the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program. This housing program has been in place for almost 40 years, assisting low to moderate income families with their housing needs that are related to health and safety issues, compliance with current building codes, overcrowding, ADA accessibility, etc. The City's success in obtaining funding under these various grant programs is significantly enhanced if the City can show that other funds are being used to leverage the program activities to supplement the grant money. Previously, staff has used Program Income, Gila River Indian Community Proposition 202 funding, and funding from the Community Action Human Resource Agency to provide additional financial sources for residential rehabilitation activities. One of the grant programs that the City has historically applied for funding housing rehabilitation activities, is the State Housing Fund (STF) HOME administered by the Arizona Department of Housing. If awarded, the STF HOME grant will be used to rehabilitate nine (9) homes with priority given to the elderly, disabled individuals, and families with children. For the current HOME grant application, staff is proposing to use approximately $30,000 from the unrestricted Housing Development Fees in Fund 252 as a City contribution to enhance our success of having our HOME application selected for funding. This City contribution will assist with staff salary which can not be paid for out of the General Funds.
In conjunction with our submittal of HOME grant applications, staff regularly updates the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Guidelines (HRG), which also includes the Standard Specifications with Weatherization Requirements and the Temporary Housing Policy of the program.
Authorizing application for, and accepting funding from, the STF-HOME grant program for the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation program, will only impact the unrestricted Housing Development Fees (Acct. 252). Applying for the HOME funds will have no fiscal impact upon the General Fund.
No Action - This will result to no additional funds for the OOHR program.
Res Application for HOME Funds
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