Agenda Item # 4

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

02/11/2014

Agenda Report # 68


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Grant Application - HOME Investment Partnership Grant Program

INITIATED BY: David Arrington, Deputy City Manager


Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit an application, in partnership with NeighborWorks Columbus, to the Department of Community Affairs for grant funding, with no local match, through the HOME Investment Partnership Program in an amount up to $1,000,000 for homeownership development and small rental housing development and amend the HOME fund by the amount of the grant.

Background: The Department of Community Affairs issued a Notice of Funding Availability in the HOME Investment Partnership Program to promote homeownership development and small rental housing development. NeighborWorks Columbus has expressed an interest in partnering with the City to obtain funding to implement a program in the Winterfield area. The program would specifically target 55+ yr. old, low income veterans. NeighborWorks would donate the land for the project and would fund a consultant to assist with preparing the application for the City to obtain the funding. Funding for the program is limited and the process is competitive. The initial focus will be to develop 10 housing units but more could be developed based on the actual award amount of the grant.

Analysis: The City has an established working relationship with NeighborWorks Columbus. They have a proven track record of administering housing programs and delivering a quality product to enhance the quality of life for our citizens. There is a community need for additional low income rental housing. The target group of this program is 55+ yr. old, low income veterans, a group very deserving of this type of assistance. The City would not incur an expense associated with applying for this grant. The City would function as a pass through for funding but be required to maintain compliance with all grant requirements.

Financial Considerations: The City would not incur an expense associated with applying for this grant. There is no match required for this grant.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: None

Legal Considerations: Council must approve all grant applications.

Recommendations/ Actions: Authorize the City Manager to submit an application and to accept the funding is awarded, in partnership with Neighborworks Columbus, to the Department of Community Affairs for grant funding through the HOME Investment Partnership Program in an amount up to $1,000,000 for homeownership development and small rental housing development, and amend the HOME fund by the award amount. The City Manager is further authorized to execute any and all documents necessary to apply for funding through this program, accept funding, and to administer the program in compliance with the grant requirements.



HomeOwnershipSmallHousingDevelopmentNOFAAnnouncement.pdf


A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NEIGHBORWORKS COLUMBUS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS FOR GRANT FUNDING THROUGH THE HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM IN AN AMOUNT UP TO $1,000,000 FOR HOMEOWNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND SMALL RENTAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

WHEREAS, the Department of Community Affairs issued a Notice of Funding Availability through the HOME Investment Partnership Program for homeownership development and small rental housing development; and,

WHEREAS, NeighborWorks Columbus desires to partner with the City of Columbus to purse funding through this program to develop rental housing for low income veteran in the Winterfield area; and,

WHEREAS, NeighborWorks has agreed to provide consultant assistance in making application for this grant and will donate the land necessary to develop the rental housing units if the grant funds are awarded to the City; and,

WHEREAS, there is a community need for additional low income rental housing in our community and the partnership with NeighborWorks provides the City the best opportunity to obtain the grant funding and provide rental housing assistance to those in need.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:


I.

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to submit an application , in partnership with Neighborworks Columbus, to the Department of Community Affairs for grant funding, with no local match, through the HOME Investment Partnership Program in an amount up to $1,000,000 for homeownership development and small rental housing development; and,

II.

That the City Manager is further authorized to accept funding if awarded, amend the HOME fund by the award amount, fund for the award amount, execute any and all documents necessary to apply for funding through this program, and to administer the program in compliance with the grant requirements.

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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2014, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor McDaniel voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.

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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor