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File #: 3028-2019    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/12/2019 In control: Housing Committee
On agenda: 12/9/2019 Final action: 12/12/2019
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Development to enter into two contracts with the Community Development Collaborative of Greater Columbus to provide administrative and CHDO operating support; to authorize the appropriation and expenditure of $107,500.00 of 2020 HOME funds; to authorize the expenditure of $107,500.00 from the general fund; and to declare an emergency. ($215,000.00)
Attachments: 1. ORD3028-2019 2019-11-05 Housing 2020 CD Collab + 2020 CHDO operating
Explanation
BACKGROUND: The City is a participating jurisdiction receiving federal funds under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The regulations of the program provide that up to five percent of the annual allocation may be granted to Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) to pay operating costs of the agencies. CHDOs are nonprofit organizations that work in neighborhoods to develop affordable housing through rehabilitation of existing housing stock and new in-fill construction.

Historically, the City’s CHDO operating budget has been greater than $170,000 annually (the amount fluctuates each year) and the department had sought authority to appropriate and expend the funds after the grant has been executed. Starting with the 2019 grant, the department has sought approval to appropriate and expend a portion of the grant before the grant agreement is executed and then execute a planned, contract modification for the remaining amount after the grant amount is known (usually mid-year).

Additionally, the department will use general fund dollars to support the CHDO efforts due to timing constraints regarding the usage of grant funds. These changes are a result of changing accounting procedures for HUD grants.

This legislation authorizes the appropriation and expenditure of $215,000 of HOME funds and 2019 general fund dollars and authorizes the Director of Development to enter into two contracts with the Community Development Collaborative of Greater Columbus (Collaborative) to administer the City’s CHDO operating funds.

Under one contract ($45,000.00), the Collaborative will serve in the role as a funding intermediary, facilitator of training, and builder of organizational capacity. These funds leverage additional public and private funds for operating support of CHDOs. The City and the Collaborative have collectively developed a process for distribution of the funds. ...

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