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File #: 1544-2022    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Council Office for Signature
File created: 5/24/2022 In control: Health & Human Services Committee
On agenda: 6/13/2022 Final action: 6/16/2022
Title: To authorize the Director of Development to modify a subaward agreement with Somali Community Link, Inc. in an amount up to $800,000.00 to continue to provide rental and utility assistance using federal Emergency Rental Assistance 2 funds; to modify the terms and conditions of the Subaward agreement without seeking additional Council Approval in order to align with the most current version of the laws, regulations, and guidance; to authorize an expenditure of up to $800,000.00 of Emergency Rental Assistance 2 funds; and to declare an emergency ($800,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 1544-2022 Housing Somali Community Link Mod ERA2
Explanation
BACKGROUND: This legislation authorizes the Director of Development to modify a subaward agreement with Somali Community Link, Inc. in an amount up to $800,000.00 to continue to provide rental and utility assistance using federal Emergency Rental Assistance 2 funds.

Original subaward amount $500,000.00 Ord. 2306-2021 PO293480
Mod. 1 subaward amount $500,000.00 Ord. 3245-2021 PO306560
Mod 2 subaward amount $1,000,000.00 Ord. 0266-2022 PO313290
Mod 3 subaward amount $800,000.00
Total subaward amount $2,800,000.00

Ordinance 2275-2021 authorizes the City of Columbus to accept and appropriate $22,355,562.60 of federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA2) program funds, as passed by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Of this amount, $800,000.00 will be used to provide rental and utility assistance (as defined by U.S. Treasury) to qualifying residents of the local community to ensure housing stability.

In this agreement, at least 60% of the funding will support households with an AMI at 50% or below and/or have a member of the household who has been unemployed for 90 days; up to 40% of the funding can be used for households with an AMI at 80% or below; and up to 15% of the funding will be utilized for Administrative costs.

Somali Community Link. Inc. will manage a program to provide rental and utility assistance to residents in the local area who qualify for the assistance as provided in the laws regulations and other current guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

It is expected that the guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury will be modified while this Subaward is in effect and it is requested that the Director of Development be given the authority to modify the terms and conditions of the Subaward agreement without seeking additional Council Approval in order to align with the most current version of the laws, regulations, and guidance.

The terms of this Subaward agreement modification shall be the...

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