Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - December 13, 2016
REVISED - December 13, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #53

Assessment of Fair Housing Plan


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Geraldine C. Lopez, Director -  extension 3937

Denise Thomas, Housing and Community Development Manager -  extension 3474

Jason Smith, Wade Trim

Action Requested
Public Hearing to receive citizen comments on the Assessment of Fair Housing Plan, and adoption of Resolution R-16-173 approving the plan and authorizing staff to finalize the plan and submit it to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by the deadline.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Sections 8 & 9 of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937

Background Discussion
  • Manatee County is eligible to receive federal funds through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and Emergency Solutions (ESG) programs as an entitlement community given its population.
  • In July 2015, HUD issued the final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, which requires all entitlement communities to affirmatively further fair housing through the approval of an Assessment of Fair Housing Plan (AFH).  To be eligible for future federal funding, the AFH must be completed and submitted to HUD 270 days before the County's new five year Consolidated Plan, or by January 4, 2017.   In addition, the AFH is a required component of the 2017-2022 Consolidated Plan. As background, the County must have a 5-Year Consolidated Plan approved by HUD that identifies general goals and objectives, and an Annual Action Plan for each year of the consolidated plan that identifies specific projects, services, and budgets that are consistent with the 5-Year Consolidated Plan.
  • The AFH includes an analysis of fair housing data, identifies fair housing issues and contributing factors, and identifies achievable priorities and goals that the County must report progress in their annual reports.
  • The AFH is a joint effort between Manatee County Government and the Manatee County Housing Authority.
  • Staff and consultants from Wade Trim held a work session with the BCC on October 18, 2016, to discuss preliminary findings of citizen surveys, data analysis, and fair housing issues.
    • Public outreach findings
      • Citizens are unclear on how to file a Fair Housing complaint
      • Additional code enforcement is needed (especially for rentals) as the quality of rental units seems to be an issue
      • Landlord accountability needs to be stronger to address sub-standard rental units
      • There is a general lack of quality affordable units given a high demand for existing rental units
      • Housing for persons released from the criminal justice system is difficult to obtain
      • Additional Fair Housing education to residents and outreach to landlords/lenders/realtors is needed
    • Fair Housing issues identified
      • Lack of education on Fair Housing issues
      • Lack of local enforcement of Fair Housing laws
      • Financing requirements for loans are strict
      • Inadequate financial literacy education
      • Limited income to afford quality housing
      • Lack of Affordable Housing
      • Lack of code enforcement on substandard rental units
      • Segregation
      • Blighted structures in and around Racially and Ethnically Concentrated Areas of Poverty (R/ECAP)
  • The following AFH goals were developed from our public outreach findings, the fair housing issues identified, and feedback from the Board during the work session:
    • Goal 1: Identify Opportunities to Reinvest in R/ECAPs to Eliminate Blighted Conditions and Spur Redevelopment – High Priority
    • Goal 2: Address Contributing Factors of Poverty and Segregation – High Priority
    • Goal 3: Strengthen Code Enforcement on Substandard Rental Units – High Priority
    • Goal 4: Increase Availability of Affordable Housing in Manatee County – High Priority
    • Goal 5: Expand Fair Housing Education within Manatee County – High Priority
    • Goal 6: Provide Services that Improve Financial Literacy and Access to Financing for Minority and Low-Income Populations – High Priority
    • Goal 7: Improve the Enforcement of Fair Housing Laws and Ordinances – High Priority
    • Goal 8: Provide Better Access to Opportunity for Protected Classes through Public Services – Medium Priority

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please return one original and two certified copies of Resolution R-16-173 to Denise Thomas, Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department (ext. 3474)

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Resolution R-16-173 - AFH Plan.pdf
Attachment:  MC_AFH_CombinedReport_120216.pdf
Attachment:  REOD Affordable Housing update 2016.pdf
Attachment:  Fair Housing BOCC Adoption Dec 2016.pdf
Attachment:  Proof of Publication - AFH.pdf