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Bradenton Area Convention Center One Haben Boulevard, Palmetto - Longboat Key Room 9:00 a.m. - October 13, 2020
REVISED - October 13, 2020 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #49


Subject
Execution of Amendment 1 to the Funding Agreement with Florida Housing Finance Corporation, Adoption of Budget resolution and Approve Revised Program Guidelines for Manatee CARES: Housing Assistance Program Round 3

Briefings
Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information
Geri Lopez, Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Director, x3937

Denise Thomas, Housing and Community Development Manager, x3474

Action Requested
Adoption of Resolution R-20-159, approving the Execution of Amendment 1 to Florida Housing Finance Corporation Agreement #074-2020.

Adoption of Budget Resolution B-21-008 amending the annual budget for Manatee County, FL, for fiscal year 2021.

Approve Revised Manatee CARES Housing Assistance Program (HAP) Round 3 Program Guidelines

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statute 125.01 authorize 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.

On August 11, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution R-20-120 which provided 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 # 074-2020.

On September 15, 2020, Manatee County was notified of Amendment #1 for an additional distribution award of $646,276.00 for a total award of $1,643,944.00.

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 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. HAP Round 3 guidelines originally envisioned providing assistance of up to $10,000 of assistance, if needed, through the end of December 2020, whichever is greater to pay for delinquent rent or mortgage and associated utilities.
  • Given the amount of funds available, the ability to provide more than $10,000 in assistance is not possible.
  • HAP Round 2 Program Guidelines were approved with assistance award of up to $10,000 of assistance, if needed, through the end of December 2020, whichever is less.
Staff is requesting approval of the revised Manatee CARES: Housing Assistance Program Round 3 Program Guidelines to establish the maximum assistance at $10,000 of assistance, if needed, through the end of December 2020, whichever is less to pay for delinquent rent or mortgage and associated utilities. This change in guidelines keeps consistency between the program rounds.

Resolution R-20-159 provides for authorization for the Chair to execute Amendment 1 of the funding agreement.

Resolution B-21-008 provides for the amendment to the annual budget for the funding.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (Utilizes exact document or procedure approved within the last 18 months)

Explanation of Other


Reviewing Attorney
N/A

Instructions to Board Records

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

Copy of Budget Resolution B-21-008 to budget@mymanatee.org



Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
1159003833 Florida Housing Finance Corporation Coronavirus Relief Fund – $646,276.00

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


Attachment:  Resolution R-20-159-FHFC CRF Agreement Amend 1.pdf
Attachment:  074-2020 - Amendment 1.pdf
Attachment:  Manatee Cares HAP Round 3 Revised Program Guidelines 10-13-20.FINAL.pdf
Attachment:  Budget Resolution B-21-008.pdf