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File #: 1552-2022    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
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 the Department of Development to modify a subaward agreement with YMCA of Central Ohio in an amount up to $500,000.00 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 $500,000.00 of Emergency Rental Assistance 2 funds; and to declare an emergency ($500,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 1552-2022 Housing YMCA Mod ERA2

Explanation

BACKGROUND:  This legislation authorizes the Director of the Department of Development to modify a subaward agreement with YMCA of Central Ohio in an amount up to $500,000.00 to continue to provide rental and utility assistance using federal Emergency Rental Assistance 2 funds.

 

Original subaward amount  $500,000.00                     Ord. 2306-2021   PO293482

Mod. 1 subaward amount   $500,000.00                     

Total subaward amount      $1,000,000.00

 

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, $500,000.00 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.

 

YMCA of Central Ohio 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 the subaward agreement modification shall be the same as that of the original subaward agreement.

 

Emergency action is requested in order to continue to provide services without interruption.

 

FISCAL IMPACT: Funding is provided to the City of Columbus from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 passed by Congress and signed into law December 27, 2020, and contingent upon passage of Ordinance 2275-2021.

 

CONTRACT COMPLIANCE: the vendor number is 006085 and expires 2/23/2024

 

 

Title

 

To authorize the Director of the Department of Development to modify a subaward agreement with YMCA of Central Ohio in an amount up to $500,000.00 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 $500,000.00 of Emergency Rental Assistance 2 funds; and to declare an emergency ($500,000.00)

 

 

Body

 

WHEREAS, the Director of the Department of Development has identified a need to modify a subaward agreement with YMCA of Central Ohio in an amount up to $500,000.00 to continue to provide rental and utility assistance using federal Emergency Rental Assistance 2 funds; and

 

WHEREAS, YMCA of Central Ohio 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; and

 

WHEREAS, 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 to15% of the funding may be utilized for Administrative costs; and

 

WHEREAS, 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; and

 

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in much needed assistance when low income households have seen significant decreases in personal income during COVID-19 and the public health emergency; and

 

WHEREAS, expenditure of ERA funding to provide low income households with financial assistance is necessary to address reduced income needed to pay rent and utility expenses during the COVID-19 public health emergency; and

 

WHEREAS, such expenditure of funds has not been previously accounted for in the 2022 Budget; and

 

WHEREAS, an emergency exists in the usual daily operation of the Department of Development in that it is immediately necessary to authorize the Director to modify a subaward agreement with the YMCA of Central Ohio in order to continue to services without interruption, all for the preservation of the public health, peace, property, safety and welfare; NOW THEREFORE,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS:

 

SECTION 1. That the Director of the Department of Development is hereby authorized to modify a subaward agreement with YMCA of Central Ohio in an amount up to $500,000.00 to continue to provide rental and utility assistance using federal Emergency Rental Assistance 2 funds and 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.

 

SECTION 2. That the expenditure of $500,000.00, or so much thereof as may be needed, is hereby authorized in Fund 2208 (ERA Fund), Dept-Div 44-10 (Housing Division), in object class 03 (Services) per the accounting codes in the attachment to this ordinance.

 

SECTION 3:  Funds are hereby deemed appropriated and expenditures and transfers authorized to carry out the purposes of this ordinance and the City Auditor shall establish such accounting codes as necessary.

 

SECTION 4: That the City Auditor is authorized to make any accounting changes to revise the funding source for all subaward agreements or subaward agreements modifications associated with this legislation.

 

SECTION 5: That for reasons stated in the preamble hereto, which is hereby made a part hereof, this ordinance is declared to be an emergency measure and shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and approval by the Mayor, or ten days after passage if the Mayor neither approves nor vetoes the same.