Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - April 21, 2015
REVISED April 21, 2015 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #14

Adoption of FY 2015-2018 Local Housing Assistance Plan


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Denise Thomas/Extension 3474

Action Requested

Adoption of Resolution R-15-043 and authorization for the Chairman to execute the Certification to Florida Housing Finance Corporation for approval of Manatee County's FY 2015-2018 Local Housing Assistance Plan for the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) program.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Comprehensive Plan 6.1.1-6.1.5 (Housing Element Objectives)

Ordinance 08-44 (State Housing Initiative Partnership [SHIP] Program)

Florida Statute 420.9072(2)(a) (State Housing Initiative Partnership Program)

Administrative Rule 67-37.005 (Local Housing Assistance Plans)

Administrative Rule 67-37.006 (Review of Local Housing Assistance Plans and Amendments)

Background Discussion

On March 30, 1993, the Board of County Commissioners (the "Board") adopted Ordinance No. 93-22, which was codified as Article IV of Chapter 2-17 of the Manatee County Code of Laws and which implemented the provisions of Part VII of Chapter 420, Florida Statutes.  On August 26, 1993, the Board adopted Ordinance No. 93-44, adopting minor textual amendments to Ordinance No. 93-22.  In the time since the adoption of the 1993 ordinances, the Florida legislature enacted numerous amendments to Part VII of Chapter 420, Florida Statutes.  Additionally, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation has promulgated administrative rules for the implementation of the statutory provisions.

On April 22, 2008, Ordinance No. 08-44 was adopted by the Board to ensure the ordinance conforms to the County's Code of Ordinances, to that amended statute, and those administrative regulations.

The William E. Sadowski Act created the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) program for the purpose of providing a dedicated funding source to local governments as an incentive to create local housing partnerships to expand production of and preserve affordable housing, and to further the housing element of the local government comprehensive plan specific to affordable housing.

Pursuant to 420.9075(1)(a), each County participating in the SHIP program shall develop and implement a Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) created to make affordable residential units available to persons of very low income, low income, or moderate income and to persons who have special housing needs, including, but not limited to, homeless people, the elderly, migrant farmworkers, and persons with disabilities. Counties or eligible municipalities may include strategies to assist persons and households having annual incomes of not more than 140 percent of area median income.  The intent of the plan is to increase the availability of affordable residential units by combining local resources and cost-saving measures into a local housing partnership and using private and public funds to reduce the cost of housing.

Administrative Rule 67-37.005 requires the Board to adopt a resolution consistent with Ordinance 08-44 implementing the County's Local Housing Assistance Plan prior to transmittal of the plan to Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) for review and approval for receipt of funding.

During the year, public input was received through Affordable Housing surveys, community meetings, meetings with housing advocates and meetings with Lenders, Realtors, and Builders relative to the needs of the community and housing concerns.

On February 17, 2015, Neighborhood Services Department staff held a worksession with the Board to review the program guidelines and to set priorities for the new three year plan.  The board supported homeownership rehabilitation/replacement and down payment assistance to continue with the addition of a rental assistance element for local support to multifamily projects with a focus on multi-generational housing.  Staff has included these items in the new plan. 

Based on comments and recommendations received, staff has developed Manatee County's FY 2015-2018 Local Housing Assistance Plan.

The Board's adoption of Resolution R-15-043 and execution of the Certification page to FHFC is required prior to transmittal of the Local Housing Assistance Plan to the State for review and approval by the May 2, 2015, deadline.

Upon FHFC review and approval of the Local Housing Assistance Plan, Manatee County will be eligible to receive funds for implementation of the SHIP program activities effective July 1, 2015.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please return two certified copies of Resolution R-15-43 and one signed original of the LHAP's Certification page to Denise Thomas, ext. 3474, for forwarding to Florida Housing Finance Corporation. 

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Resolution R-15-043.pdf
Attachment:  SHIP Certification Form.pdf
Attachment:  SHIP FY 2015-2018 LHAP.pdf