COUNTY OF SAN MATEO
Department of Housing
April 7, 2009
BOARD MEETING DATE:
May 5, 2009
10-Day Publication, Public Hearing
Honorable Board of Supervisors
Duane Bay, Director, Department of Housing
Amendment to 5-Year Consolidated Plan (FY2008/09 – 2012/13) for the use of Federal Stimulus Funds utilized in Department of Housing for the Housing Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) funds, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and required certifications to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Adopt a Resolution:
Approving the Amendment to 5-Year Consolidated Plan (FY2008/09 – 2012/13) for the use of Federal Stimulus Funds utilized in Department of Housing for the Housing Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) funds, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and required certifications to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Commitment: Ensure basic health and safety for all; Offer a full range of housing choices.
Goal 8 and 9: Help vulnerable people – the aged, disabled mentally ill, at-risk youth and others – achieve a better quality of life; and Housing exists for people at all income levels and for all generations of families.
The action contributes to this commitment and goal in that the programs and projects recommended for funding in the Action Plan will improve the quality of life for County residents, particularly those with the least resources by offering them access to quality affordable housing, enhanced community facilities, and meaningful programs that effectively address residents’ issues that impede them from fuller participation in prosperity-building activities in the County.
On March 19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a Notice on guidelines for using the Homelessness Prevention Fund that was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Notice stated that HUD would call the new fund the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). HUD requires the County of San Mateo to submit a “substantial amendment” to its current 5-Year Consolidated Plan by May 18, 2009. After HUD approves it no later than July 2, 2009, the County of San Mateo will enter into a grant agreement with HUD.
The County of San Mateo must select and sign agreements with sub-grantees (providers) by September 30, 2009. The Board of Supervisors will need to approve the agreements no later than September 15, 2009 to meet the deadline. HUD is encouraging grantees to submit their plans early and begin spending the funds as soon as possible. Given the expedited timeline, the Department of Housing is proposing to use an accelerated competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process to select one Lead Agency for both the Homeless Prevention and rapid Re-Housing categories which will have the capacity to coordinate services countywide. To aid grantees in meeting this submission deadline, the HPRP Notice reduces the requirement for a 30-day public comment period to no less than 12 calendar days for this substantial amendment.
The total HUD HPRP budget allocation to the County of San Mateo is $1,166,526. The two main Program categories in which the funds will be divided are Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing. Eligible activities under the two main categories are specific to Financial Assistance, Housing Relocation and Stabilization Services, Data Collection and Administrative Costs.
Total Amount Budgeted
Housing Relocation and Stabilization Services2
Data Collection and Evaluation3
Administration (up to 5% of allocation)
Total HPRP Amount Budgeted4
1Financial assistance includes the following activities as detailed in the HPRP Notice: short-term rental assistance, medium-term rental assistance, security deposits, utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, and motel or hotel vouchers.
A public notice was posted in the local newspaper, on the Department of Housing website and by email distribution on April 8, 2009 and the comment period will close by April 20, 2009. The notice stated the availability of the Consolidated Plan Amendment, which describes the allocation process and categories. This schedule complies with the HUD requirement of a public comment period for 12 calendar days.
The Annual Action Plan projects are included in the Department of Housing Budget for FY 2009-10. There is no net County Cost.