Bradenton Area Convention Center One Haben Boulevard, Palmetto - Longboat Key Room 9:00 a.m. - August 11, 2020
August 11, 2020 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #29

Adoption of Resolution R-20-120 Approving Manatee CARES: Housing Assistance Program Round 3; Execution of Funding Agreement with Florida Housing Finance Corporation; and Adoption of Budget Resolution B-20-088

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Geraldine C. Lopez, Director, Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department, ext. 3937

Denise Thomas, Housing and Community Development Manager, x3474

Action Requested
Adoption of Resolution R-20-120 approving the Manatee CARES Housing Assistance Program Round 3, form of Award Letter, Program Guidelines, and Execution of Funding Agreement.

Adoption of Budget Resolution B-20-088 amending the annual budget for Manatee County, FL, for fiscal year 2020.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statute 125.01 authorizes the County to exercise home rule powers for the health, safety and welfare of the general public.

Background Discussion
Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) was awarded $250 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) for allocation to communities impacted by COVID -19. Of the total allocation, $120 million was allocated to provide rent and mortgage assistance administered by the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP).

On July 17, 2020, Manatee County was notified that they were eligible for a distribution award of $997,668.00 pursuant to the County executing a Subrecipient Funding Agreement (“Funding Agreement”) between the COUNTY and the Florida Housing Finance Corporation for administration of the funding to meet community needs.

As a subrecipient, Manatee County will follow guidelines and technical assistance in accordance with FHFC requirements. The agreement has an effective date of March 1, 2020 and holds a termination date of December 30, 2020.

The purpose of Manatee CARES HAP Round 3 is to provide funds to renters and homeowners residing in Manatee County and its municipalities, excluding the City of Bradenton, who are in need of rent or mortgage and associated utility payment assistance due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Program Guidelines have been developed to qualify individuals for a grant award up to $10,000 or assistance, if needed, through the end of December 2020, whichever is greater to pay for rent or mortgage and associated utilities. The program guidelines outline eligibility requirements, eligible use of funds and documentation required for the program.

Resolution R-20-120 provides for approval of the CARES Housing Assistance Program (HAP) Round 3 and guidelines, the form of grant award letter, and the authorization for the Chair to execute the funding agreement.

Resolution B-20-088 provides for the amendment to the annual budget for the funding.

County Attorney Review
Formal Written Review (Opinion memo must be attached)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Approved, signed copies to Denise Thomas, denise.thomas@mymanatee.org.

Copy of Budget Resolution B-20-088 to budget@mymanatee.org.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
Coronavirus Relief Fund – Florida Housing Finance Corporation $997,668.00

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
Through 12/30/2020

Attachment:  Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Subrecipient Agreement.pdf
Attachment:  Manatee Cares HAP Round 3 Program Guidelines.pdf
Attachment:  HAP Round 3 Grant Award Letter.pdf
Attachment:  Resolution 20-120 CARES HAP Round 3 Program Guidelines FINAL.pdf
Attachment:  B-20-088 Resolution.pdf
Attachment:  County Attorney Response to CAO Matter 2020-0349.pdf