Applicants must commit to providing public benefits to the community. PHB will score applications based on the level of commitment made and select applications providing the most benefits. Projects must achieve a minimum score to reach a “medium” level in the scoring in order to be competitive. The possible public benefits include but are not limited to the following:
- Affordability: Affordability in addition to threshold requirement, balanced with market rents (rental projects) or sale prices (for-sale units) in the area;
- Equity: Applicant’s demonstration in the MWESB and Affirmative Marketing Plans of how the project will help PHB achieve the vision contained in PHB’s “Guiding Principles on Equity and Social Justice” through partnerships with community based organizations, the use of any commercial space, etc.; and
- Accessibility: Units accessible to persons with special needs, such as the mentally or physically disabled or other categories of persons as defined by the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 in addition to ADA and Fair Housing minimum requirements (i.e. all units “accessible ready,” a portion of or all units fully “accessible,” and incorporation of established accessible design features, such as Universal Design, at both unit and site level.)
- Family Housing: Family sized units (2+ bedrooms) in areas lacking housing units with two or more bedrooms (defined as high deficiency areas in the Deficiency Levels in Family-Sized Units map) with appropriate family friendly amenities (family oriented recreational facilities for the children of project residents such as secure on-site play area, on-site garden area, etc.);
- Access to grocery stores, schools, day care, etc. (within ¼ mile);
- Quality gathering space (exterior or interior) available to the community at large (on-going or by reservation) such as permanent dedications for public use including open space, community gardens, or pedestrian and bicycle connections to public trails and adjoining neighborhood areas; and
- A portion of units reserved for and an established partnership with an agency to provide services to vulnerable populations (i.e., youth who have transitioned or are transitioning out of foster care, women fleeing domestic violence, veterans).