Due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, City Council held a Consolidated Session
this morning. Guidelines
remain in place for speakers to participate remotely during Public Session. Here were some of the notable Agenda items
from the Agenda Session:
- Item #6 – ORDINANCE approving and authorizing a Subrecipient Agreement between City of Houston and BAKER RIPLEY, INC to provide $2,499,887.00 in Hurricane Harvey Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds for the administration and operation of a program to provide Disaster Case Management, Temporary Relocation Assistance, Workforce Development, and Financial Education, and Financial Coaching Services to low-to-moderate income individuals who were affected by Hurricane Harvey
- The Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) is requesting Council approval of an ordinance authorizing a contract between the City of Houston and BakerRipley, providing up to $2,499,887.00 in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery 2017 (CDBG-DR17) funds for the following services: Disaster case management services; Workforce development services such as career counseling and coaching; Financial coaching and education services; and Temporary relocation assistance, including moving and storage costs to individuals currently participating in HCDD’s Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program (HoAP).
- BakerRipley will provide services to a minimum of 800 low-to-moderate income households/individuals residing within the City of Houston who were affected directly by Hurricane Harvey. CDBG-DR funds will support case management services, career coaching, and Temporary Relocation Assistance.
- Item #7 – ORDINANCE approving and authorizing first amendment to contract between City of Houston and COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS OF HOUSTON/HARRIS COUNTY, extending the term of the contract and providing additional Emergency Solutions Grant Funds and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Funds for the continuing operation and maintenance of a Homeless Management Information System – 1 Year – $148,302.94 – Grant Fund
- The Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) recommends approval of a First Contract Amendment between the City of Houston and the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, providing $82,297.94 of Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds and $66,005.00 in Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds for the operation and maintenance of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which is used to track services received by homeless or near-homeless recipients.
- HMIS is a software application designed to record and store individual client data, including the types of services needed by Houston’s homeless community. HMIS was developed in response to Congress’ request for information on how appropriated federal homeless funds are spent. Congress is not only interested in fiscal responsibility, but also who the homeless are as a group, and what are the outcomes of the programs assisting them. All agencies receiving federal funds for homeless services are required to participate in the HMIS. The City is contracting with the Coalition to comply with this requirement.
- Item #8 – ORDINANCE appropriating $1,000,000.00 in TIRZ Affordable Housing Funds to provide Down Payment and Closing Costs Assistance to income-eligible first-time homebuyers through the Homebuyer Assistance Program
- The Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) recommends Council approval of an Ordinance appropriating $1,000,000.00 of previously de-appropriated TIRZ Affordable Housing funds pursuant to Ordinance No. 2020-406, for the Homebuyer Assistance Program (HAP).
- HAP provides financial assistance to income-eligible first-time homebuyers to purchase a home within incorporated areas of the city of Houston. In order to allow the applicants to close on their homes within contract deadlines, HAP works with participating lenders to deliver up to $30,000.00 per applicant for the down payment and closing costs to purchase the home.
- The goal of the program is to increase homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income applicants, within the incorporated areas of Houston. HAP is also designed to expand the supply of quality, safe, affordable housing within Houston, and to continue to improve homeownership affordability by facilitating the movement of individuals into new or existing homes.