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File #: 19-7269   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Planning and Community Development Committee
On agenda: 10/14/2019
Posting Language: Consideration of the proposed Program Policies for HUD-Funded Affordable Housing Activities as required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. [Lori Houston, Assistant City Manager; VerĂ³nica R. Soto, Director, Neighborhood and Housing Services]
Attachments: 1. Program Policies for HUD-Funded Affordable Housing Activities (2019 Update), 2. Program Policies Q and A
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DEPARTMENT: Neighborhood and Housing Services

 

 

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Verónica R. Soto, AICP, Director                     

                     

 

COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: City-Wide

 

 

SUBJECT:

Program Policies for HUD-Funded Affordable Housing Activities

 

 

SUMMARY:

Consideration of the proposed Program Policies for HUD-Funded Affordable Housing Activities as required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

 

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The City of San Antonio (the City) receives federal entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to include the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Program and Neighborhood Stabilization Program (one time award).  As such, the City is required to develop policies that will dictate programmatic requirements for activities funded with the following:

 

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The Community Development Block Grant has been in existence since 1974.  The primary objective of the CDBG program is to improve communities by providing decent housing, providing a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities.  The primary beneficiary of CDBG funds must benefit low to moderate-income persons, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or meet an urgent need. 

 

HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)

The HOME Investment Partnership Program has been in existence since 1990. The goals of the HOME program are to provide decent affordable housing to lower-income households, expand the capacity of nonprofit housing providers, strengthen the ability of state and local governments to provide housing, and leverage private sector participation.  HOME funds may be utilized for rental activities, homebuyer activities, and homeowner rehabilitation activities.  All HOME funds must benefit persons of low and moderate income. 

 

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program was authorized under Division B, Title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) to help communities recover from the effects of foreclosures, abandoned properties, and declining property values. 

 

 

ISSUE:

The existing Program Policies for HUD-Funded Affordable Housing Activities (Program Policies) were approved by the City Council on January 18, 2018.  Utilizing HUD guidance, national best practices and stakeholder input, the City initiated a review and update of the Program Policies in order to:

 

                     Ensure that the City’s policies are comprehensive and in compliance with HUD regulations;

                     Provide streamlined, consistent guidelines for federally-funded affordable housing activities;

                     Align with the needs of our community.

 

The proposed Program Policies are attached to this agenda memo and include the following significant changes:

Section:  Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation/Reconstruction Program & Minor Repair Program

Page:  2

1. Addition of the CDBG-Funded Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation/Reconstruction Program (OORRP) requirements. 2. The maximum assistance limits increased to $100,000 for rehabilitation and $130,000 for reconstruction. 3. The covenant period term is on a sliding scale for Minor Repair Program. 4. Homeowner insurance will be required for the Minor Repair Program for assistance amounts of $15,000 and above.  5. Given the significant amount of funds involved for OORRP, the City requires the homeowner to carry homeowner’s insurance and be current on real estate taxes to protect the home and ensure that it remains available to the program participant (and their eligible heirs).  It is important to note that the Minor Repair Program, Under One Roof Program and the Let’s Paint Program allow approved payment plans for property taxes. 6. Homebuyers that participate in the Homebuyer Incentive Program will be eligible for the Community Development Block Grant-funded Minor Repair Program, but not the OORRP.

 

Section:  Homebuyer Activities

Page:  5

1. The amount of assistance for acquisition only increased from $12,000 to $15,000. 2. The terms of assistance changed and will be provided as a loan forgiven over a 5 year period. 3. The maximum sales price increased to align with HUD HOME Homeownership Value Limits. 4. Property standards for home buying activities were added. 5. A homebuyer agreement between the City and the homebuyer for Homeownership Housing Development activities was added. 6. The qualifying debt ratios increased to 33% front end ratio and 45% total debt ratio. 7. The loan fee caps were updated. 8. The Program Policies clarify the Homebuyer Education Class requirement.

 

Section:  Rental Housing Development Activities

Page: 12

1. The definition of surplus cash was updated to align with HUD FHA definition. 2. The CDBG program will now utilize High HOME rents and assist households at or below 60% of Area Median Income.

 

Section:  Loan Servicing Policy

Page: 32

This section is new in its entirety.

 

Section:  Appendix A: Other Federal Requirements

Page: 35

This section was reformatted for ease of use.

 

Section:  Appendix F: Lead Based Pain Requirements

Page: 52

This section was taken directly from federal guidelines.

 

Section:  Appendix G: Environmental Requirements

Page: 55

This section includes a provision that all Environmental Reviews must be prepared by a City-retained environmental consultant. Consultants must have HEROS access and must have completed HUD HEROS training.

 

Section:  Appendix I: Underwriting and Subsidy Layering Policy for Affordable Housing Development Activities

Page: 60

This section includes a provision that for homeownership housing development, a developer fee ranging from 10% to 15% of the Fair Market Value of the residential property will be negotiated during the underwriting process. 

 

The City initiated a public input campaign on August 26, 2019 thru September 10, 2019.  In addition, the City met with held stakeholder input sessions on September 3 and 4, 2019.  The questions/comments received during the Stakeholder public input campaign are attached to this agenda memo.  Staff considered the input, provided responses and made edits to the Program Policies where necessary. 

 

The proposed Program Policies were presented to the Housing Commission on September 25, 2019 and will be considered by the City Council on October 31, 2019. 

ALTERNATIVES:

The City could retain its existing Program Policies for HUD-Funded Affordable Housing Activities but they are currently outdated. 

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

This item will have no impact to the City’s General Fund.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Staff recommends forwarding to the full City Council for Consideration approval of the proposed Program Policies for HUD-Funded Affordable Housing Activities.