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HOU-1.08 - Authorize Action Plan for FY 2017-18 - Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Solutions Grant, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program

AUTHORIZE ACTION PLAN FOR FY 2017-18 - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT, HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP, EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT, AND HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS PROGRAM

Binding City Policy

BCP-HOU-1.08


PURPOSE

Section 1. The Council finds:

1.  The City of Portland, as a local government, is eligible to receive four federal housing and community development entitlement grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

a.  Community Development Block Grant, pursuant to Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended;

b.  HOME Investment Partnership grant, for the development of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households, as authorized by The HOME Investment Partnership Act, as amended;

c.  Emergency Solutions Act grant, pursuant to Title VI of McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (P.L.100‑71, 416 (b)), as amended; and

d.  Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grant, pursuant to the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act [42 U.S.C. 12901], as amended.

2.  Since 1995, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has required a single consolidated submission for the planning and applications aspects of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnerships, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) formula programs. The multi-year Consolidated Plan and annual Action Plans have replaced the Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS), the HOME program description, the Community Development plan and CDBG final statement, and the ESG and HOPWA applications.

3.  The CDBG program regulations provide that jurisdictions may create a consortium for the purpose of applying for formula grants through the submission of a multi-year Consolidated Plan and annual Action Plans. The City of Portland has formed a Consolidated Plan Consortium with the City of Gresham and Multnomah County, Oregon, for this purpose each year since 1991. The City of Portland is the lead jurisdiction in the Consolidated Plan Consortium. The most recent Consortium agreements were executed for FY16-17 and will be renewed for FY 17-18.

4.  The HOME program regulations provide that jurisdictions may create a consortium for the purpose of receiving and administering their HOME grants. The City of Portland has formed a HOME Consortium with the City of Gresham and Multnomah County, Oregon, for this purpose each year since 1991. The City of Portland is the lead jurisdiction in the HOME Consortium. The most recent HOME Consortium agreements are in place through FY 2016-2017 and new agreements will be executed by June 2017.

5.  The City of Portland has been designated by HUD as the lead applicant for the HOPWA grant on behalf of Clackamas, Clark, Columbia, Multnomah, Skamania, Washington, and Yamhill Counties. These counties make up the Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area (EMSA). City staff plans for the allocation of these funds with representatives from the seven counties.

6.  Matching funds estimated to equal $ 772,522 are required for the HOME program. The members of the HOME consortium will each contribute their pro rata share of match. Key sources of match are expected to include local Tax Increment funds; local General Funds; grant funds from the State Housing Trust Fund, value of below market financing using the Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit; value of donated property and donated labor; the value of property tax exemptions for low- and moderate-income home ownership properties developed in distressed neighborhoods; the value of property tax exemptions for low‑ and moderate-income rental housing owned by charitable non‑profits and rented to income-qualified tenants; the value of property tax exemptions for low- and moderate-income housing developed under the New Multi-Unit Housing program; the value of building permit fee waivers and system development charge waivers; and the value of contributions from charitable and corporate sources. Although General Fund match may be available, federal regulations do not require a General Fund match for the HOME grant.

8.  Dollar-for-dollar matching funds are required for the ESG program. The source for the $698,443 match is expected to be General Fund allocated in the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) FY 17-18 budget to Housing Access and Stabilization programs benefitting people experiencing homelessness.

9.  Federal regulations do not require a local match for the CDBG and HOPWA grants.

10.  HUD has notified the City of Portland that, with its partners in the Consolidated Plan Consortium, the HOME Consortium and the HOPWA EMSA, it is entitled to funding for FY17-18 in the following amounts:

Grant

Amount

Entitlement Area

Community Development Block Grant

 

$7,788,876

 

City of Portland

 

HOME Investment Partnership Program

 

$3,090,086

Portland HOME Consortium

Emergency Shelter/Solutions Grant

 

$698,443

City of Portland

 

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS

 

$1,244,058

City of Portland EMSA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. The City of Portland, as the lead jurisdiction in the Consolidated Plan Consortium, has complied with public notice and hearing requirements set forth in the Consolidated Plan regulations and the Consortium’s duly adopted Citizen Participation Plan.

12.  Council has been fully apprised of the Portland Housing Bureau budget, and the federal funding projected for PHB program and projects.

13.  The annual Action Plan for FY 2017-18, and the applications and the certifications for the aforementioned plans should be submitted to HUD within 45 days of the beginning of the jurisdictions plan year. HUD guidelines allow for Action Plans to be submitted no later than August 16th, when there is good cause. This year the entitlement amounts have not been announced prior to the 45-day window, therefore the City has cause to delay submission to on or before August 16, 2017.

14.  It is appropriate and in the public interest that the Mayor be authorized to apply for and receive these formula grant funds from HUD for the City of Portland and its inter-jurisdictional partners.

15.  HUD requires each local government to submit a certification with its annual Action Plan that it is Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) (24 CFR 91).

16.  The City of Portland has complied with public notice and hearing requirements set forth in the Consolidated Plan regulations, the Consortium’s duly adopted Citizen Participation Plan. Signed certifications that the City of Portland, City of Gresham, and Multnomah County are Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and other certifications are submitted with the annual one-year Action Plan 2017-18 grant application.


POLICY

NOW, THEREFORE, the Council directs:

a.  That the City adopt the Portland Action Plan FY 2017-18 as outlined in a form substantially in conformance with the document attached as Exhibit A;

b.  The Mayor is authorized to apply to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the formula grants in the amounts specified Section 1.10 and on behalf of the City of Portland and all other participating jurisdictions.

c.  The Mayor is authorized to provide such assurances and information to the Department of Housing and Urban Development as may be required for application and orderly management of the grants.

d.  This ordinance is binding City policy.

Section 2. The Council declares that an emergency exists because the program funds must be obligated within required timeframes; therefore, this ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage by Council.

Link to Exhibit A (PDF Document, 30 MB)


HISTORY

Emergency Ordinance No. 188492, passed by City Council and effective June 21, 2017.