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File #: 1658-2022    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/3/2022 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 The Healing Empowering Loving Preparing (HELP) Center in an amount up to $20,000.00 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 $20,000.00 from the Emergency Rental Assistance 2 Funds; and to declare an emergency ($20,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 1658-2022 Housing HELP Center ERA2

Explanation

BACKGROUND:  This legislation authorizes the Director of Development to enter into a subaward agreement with The Healing Empowering Loving Preparing (HELP) Center in an amount up to $20,000.00 of federal Emergency Rental Assistance 2 funds to provide housing stability services for qualified residents and providing for expenses starting January 1, 2021.  The H.E.L.P. Center 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 $20,000.00 will be used for a subaward agreement with The H.E.L.P. Center to provide housing stability services (as defined by U.S. Treasury) to qualifying residents of the local community to ensure housing stability.

 

In this subaward 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.

 

The H.E.L.P. Center will be piloting an expansion of its current work with restored citizens in need of housing stability. This work will be implemented with and through the Central Ohio Restored Citizens Collaborative (CORCC). The Central Ohio Restored Citizens' Collaborative is a coalition dedicated to supporting those touched by the justice system. Its network of community resource providers, justice-involved citizens, and supportive stakeholders help to ease the transition from conviction to restoration. In addition, two ERA partners will be providing rental and utility assistance to eligible tenants referred by The H.E.L.P. Center (Broad St. Presbyterian Church and Physicians CareConnection). This one year pilot will provide enhanced services to restored citizens who are need of stable housing. These services will help address the many needs of tenants experiencing multiple barriers to achieving lasting housing stability. The H.E.L.P. Center and CORCC have access to eligible tenants and landlords for providing effective and efficient 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 grant agreement without seeking additional Council Approval in order to align with the most current version of the laws, regulations, and guidance.

 

Emergency action is requested to prevent as many evictions as possible.

 

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’s vendor number is 041172 and expires 12/31/2023.

 

Title

To authorize the Director of the Department of Development to enter into a subaward agreement with The Healing Empowering Loving Preparing (HELP) Center in an amount up to $20,000.00 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 $20,000.00 from the Emergency Rental Assistance 2 Funds; and to declare an emergency ($20,000.00)

 

 

Body

WHEREAS, the Director of the Department of Development desires to enter into a subaward agreement with The Healing Empowering Loving Preparing (HELP) Center and authorize payment of expenses beginning January 1, 2021, to provide housing stability services (as defined by U.S. Treasury) to qualifying residents of the local community to ensure housing stability; 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 10% of the funding will 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 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, 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 enter into a subaward agreement with The H.E.L.P. Center to prevent as many evictions as possible, 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 enter into a subaward agreement with The Healing Empowering Loving Preparing (HELP) Center in an amount up to $20,000.00; is authorized to make payment for expenses starting January 1, 2021, for the purpose of providing housing stability services (as defined by U.S. Treasury) to qualifying residents under the guidance of the Emergency Rental Assistance program authorized under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 passed by Congress and signed into law December 27, 2020; and is authorized to modify the scope of services of the subaward agreement as needed without further City Council approval in order to align with the evolving federal guidance. 

 

SECTION 2.  That the expenditure of $20,000.00, 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.  That this agreement is awarded pursuant to the relevant provisions of the Columbus City Codes related to awarding subaward agreements.

 

SECTION 4:  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 5:  That the City Auditor is authorized to make any accounting changes to revise the funding source for all subaward agreement or subaward agreement modifications associated with this legislation.

 

SECTION 6:  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.