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File #: 1569-2022    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Council Office for Signature
File created: 5/25/2022 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 enter into a subaward agreement with Community Mediation Services in an amount up to $300,000.00 to provide housing stability services (as defined by U.S. Treasury) to qualifying residents of the local community to ensure housing stability; to authorize the Director of Development to modify the terms and conditions of the subaward agreement as needed without seeking further City Council approval; to authorize payment of expenses starting January 1, 2021; to authorize the expenditure of up to $300,000.00 from the Emergency Rental Assistance 2 Funds; and to declare an emergency ($300,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 1569-2022 Housing Community Mediation Services ERA2
Explanation
BACKGROUND: This legislation authorizes the Director of the Department of Development to enter into a subaward agreement with Community Mediation Services in an amount up to $300,000.00 of federal Emergency Rental Assistance 2 funds to provide housing stability services for qualified residents and providing for expenses starting January 1, 2021. Community Mediation Services shall be a “subrecipient” as defined under federal guidelines.

Ordinance 2275-2021 authorized the City of Columbus to accept and appropriate $22,355,652.60 of federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA 2) program funds, as passed by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Of this amount, up to $300,000.00 will be used for a subaward agreement with Community Mediation Services to provide housing stability services (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 10% of the funding will be utilized for Administrative costs.

Community Mediation Services will work on site at eviction court and its office to help address the many needs of tenants experiencing multiple barriers to achieving lasting housing stability
Community Mediation Services successfully provided services as a partner in an ERA1 agreement and has access to additional eligible tenants and landlords for providing services with ERA2 funds.

It is expected that the guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury will be modified while this agreement 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, reg...

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