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1 2014 One-Year Action Plan for Housing and Community Development (Draft) and to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing Public Hearing Meetings March 25-27, 2014

2 AGENDA 1) Welcome/Overview 2) Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing 3) 2014 One Year Action Plan Compliance HOPWA CDBG HOME ESG 4) Public Comments 5) Adjourn

3 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

4 MDA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). With this funding allocation, MDA administers the CDBG, ESG and HOME federal programs. MDA is required to submit certification of affirmatively furthering fair housing to HUD. This certification has three elements:

5 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing 1. Complete an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI); 2. Take actions to overcome the effects of any impediments identified; and 3. Maintain records reflecting the actions taken in response to the analysis.

6 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing To achieve a condition which persons of similar income in the same housing market area have like housing choice.

7 Fair Housing Act The Fair Housing Act protects citizens from housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status or disability. Federal laws prohibit discrimination and encourages individuals to learn more about their fair housing rights and to report any violation of their rights.

8 Fair Housing Act Mortgage Lending A potential lender cannot: Refuse to make a mortgage loan. Refuse to provide information regarding loans. Impose different terms or conditions on a loan. Discriminate in appraising property. Refuse to purchase a loan. Set different terms or conditions for purchasing a loan based on your race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status or disability.

9 Fair Housing Act Reasonable Accommodation for Disabilities Your landlord cannot: Refuse to let you make reasonable modifications to your housing or common areas at your expense. Refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if necessary for a person with a disability to use the housing on an equal basis. Make inquiries into your disability beyond documentation of a connection between your disability and the requested accommodation or modification.

10 Fair Housing Act Rental and Sale of Housing A landlord or seller cannot: Refuse to rent, sell, or negotiate for housing. Refuse to provide rental repair and maintenance. Set different terms, conditions or privileges for the rental or sale of housing. Provide different housing services or facilities. Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale or rent. Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the rental or sale of housing.

11 Familial Status If you are the parent, a person who has legal custody (including guardianship) or are the designee of a parent or legal custodian living in a household with one or more children under 18 years of age, you are covered by familial status protection. This protection also extends to pregnant women and any person in the process of securing legal custody of a minor child, including adoptive or foster parents.

12 Fair Housing Complaints Contact HUD Online Complaint Form at Write the HUD Regional Office in Atlanta, Georgia at: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Five Point Plaza 40 Marietta Street, 16 th Floor Atlanta, GA 30303-2806 Call the HUD Regional Office in Atlanta at: 1-800-440-8091

13 Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity SECTION 3 Economic Opportunities for Low Income Persons

14 Section 3 WHAT IS SECTION 3 Section 3 of the Housing and Development Act of 1968, is a statutory provision which requires that to the greatest extent feasible, opportunities for training, employment, contracting and other economic opportunities be given to low and very-low income residents that reside in the project area where HUD funds are expended.

15 Section 3 of the HUD act is race and gender neutral. A minority business or women-owned business enterprise shall be required to present Section 3 certification to receive preference. The preference provided by this federal act is based on income and location. Race and Gender Neutrality

16 Section 3 regulations do not require hiring or subcontracting unless it is necessary to complete the project. Section 3 is triggered when covered projects require new hires or sub-contracting. Section 3 is not an entitlement, it is an opportunity. Triggering The Regulation

17 WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR EMPLOYMENT AND CONTRACTING? Section 3 Residents Section 3 Business Concerns Employment and Contracting

18 Section 3 Residents Residents that live in public housing or receiving public assistance. Live in proximity to where funds are expended. Those that meet the income level set by HUD. A Section 3 resident must meet the qualifications of the position to be filled.

19 Section 3 Business Concerns Businesses that are 51 percent or more owned by Section 3 residents; Businesses whose permanent, full-time employees include persons, at least 30 percent of whom are currently Section 3 residents, or within three years of the date of first employment with the firm were Section 3 residents; or Businesses that provide evidence of a commitment to subcontract in excess of 25 percent of the dollar amount of all subcontracts to be awarded to businesses that meet the qualifications described above. A Section 3 business concern must have the ability and capacity to perform.

20 Section 3 Numerical Goals 30% of all employment and training opportunities to be awarded to Section 3 residents. 10% of all construction contracting opportunities to be awarded to Section 3 businesses. 3% of all non-construction contracting opportunities to be awarded to Section 3 businesses.

21 Section 3 Compliance Sub-Recipients that fail to meet the minimum numerical goals bear the burden of demonstrating why it was not possible to do so. Failure to comply with the requirements of Section 3 may result in a monitoring finding or sanctions that may include: debarment, suspension of funds, or limited denial of participation in CSD programs pursuant to 24 CFR Part 24.

22 Section 3 Compliance Direct Recipients of HUD covered funds are ultimately responsible for program implementation and reporting responsibilities. Notify Section 3 residents and business concerns about economic opportunities. Notify covered contractors and incorporate the Section 3 clause into contracts. Facilitate training and employment of residents. Award contracts to Section 3 Businesses.

23 Section 3 Compliance Meet annual numerical goals. Facilitate compliance among contractors. Document other actions taken to achieve compliance. Submit annual HUD report to MDA.

24 Section 3 Compliance MDA will monitor all Sub-recipients for Section 3 compliance. MDA will provide Section 3 technical assistance and guidance to Sub-recipients. MDA will comply with the Section 3 reporting requirements and submit to HUD a comprehensive report annually, as part of the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).

25 PURPOSE Public CommentsPlan Draft30-Day Comment Period




29 COMPLIANCE MDA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). With this funding allocation, MDA administers the CDBG, ESG and HOME federal programs. The State must ensure that the allocated federal funds are used for eligible activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons and homeless prevention. MDA is responsible for: * Developing the Five-Year Consolidated Plan and the One-Year Action Plan; * Designing the federal funded programs within statutory and regulatory parameters; * Setting priorities and deciding what activities to fund: * Distributing funding according to the method of distribution established; * Establishing financial management, recordkeeping, reporting, monitoring, audit and closeout systems for the specific programs; and * Ensuring compliance by state sub-recipients (Local Units of Government and Non-Profit Organizations).

30 COMPLIANCE HUD is responsible for: * Monitoring MDA to ensure compliance with CDBG, ESG and HOME program requirements. * MDA must ensure that all state recipients implement their funded grant programs within the program guidelines and follow all regulatory requirements and MDA Policies. To further ensure compliance: 1. MDA will monitor all sub-recipients by using a combination of desk review monitoring and on-site monitoring; 2. Where deficiencies are found and non-compliance noted, MDA will provide the necessary technical assistance and corrective measures. 3. Where continued non-compliance is noted, MDA may be more stringent with the requirements to ensure compliance and may impose sanctions that may include limited program participation, de-obligation of funds and a withholding of current grant funds.

31 HOPWA Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)


33 State of Mississippi HOPW A State of Mississippi received grant funding in the amount of $940,452 for Program Year 2013 (July 2013 – June 2014) which is a decrease in funding of the prior year award in the amount of $977,731. The HOPWA Program staff continues to receive technical assistance from Collaborative Solutions and HUD. Enhance and strengthen emergency short-term assistance (STRMU), expand long term assistance (TBRA) and release Request for Proposals (RFP). Implement new services such as Permanent Housing Placement, Short-Term Supported Housing and Master Leasing in the state through the HOPWA grant. Opportunity to deliver services through case management to provide linkage to other supportive services, housing information and resources. HOPWA

34 HOPWA Grant Accomplishments During Program Year 2012, grant funding amount $977, 731 was allocated for July 2012 through June 2013. During the Program Year, HOPWA assisted 311 persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families with short-term rental assistance for up to 21 weeks through the Short-Term Rental Mortgage and Utility (STRMU). Assisted 1client through the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program, which did not meet its goal of 15 clients. In the future, this number may increase with more clients enrolled in case management and other supportive services. Due to clients maintaining communications with Case Managers and attending scheduled doctor appointments, medication adherence has increased. HOPWA

35 State of Mississippi HOPWA MSDH is planning to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) that will provide the opportunity for local HIV/AIDS Community Based Organizations to present proposals to receive HOPWA funding through sub-grants. Implement HOPWA activities, such as Permanent Housing Placement, which include assistance with application fees, credit checks and security deposits and for first months rent (total assistance costs should not exceed two months rent). Implement Master Leasing and Short-Term Supported Housing which may assist clients with temporary shelters or hotel vouchers. Provide all clients with supportive services and linkage to access health care services through case management. Strengthen collaboration with CBOs, COCs and other agencies to enhance the quality of housing services throughout the state. HOPWA Program Year Goals for 2014 Provide clients Short-Term Rent, Mortgage and Utility (STRMU) assistance 320 clients Provide clients who have chronic, on-going financial crisis with enrollment in Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) 20 clients

36 CDBG ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2013 CDBG Program Categories Allocation Projects Funded Public Facilities$12,393,753 Regular$ 4,808,34616 Small Government$ 7,585,40723 Emergency$ 0 0 Economic Development$11,310,902 As of 3/24/14 8 Public Improvements$11,310,902 State Administration$ 800,000 Total Allocation$24,504,655

37 CDBG Proposed 2014 CDBG Budget Proposed CategoriesAllocation Public Facilities$11,706,071 Regular$ 4,750,000 Small Government$ 6,956,071 Emergency$ 0 Economic Development$11,000,000 Public Improvements$11,000,000 State Administration$ 780,000 Total Allocation$23,486,071 Public Facilities : Applications for Regular and Small Government are May 12-16, 2014 Applications for Emergency may be invited throughout the year Economic Development: Applications will be accepted throughout the year

38 ESG FY 2013 Accomplishments 13 Projects Awarded $1,872,259 Emergency Shelter Rapid Re-Housing Homeless Prevention HMIS Funds Commitment

39 ESG FY 2014 Proposed Allocation The State of Mississippi proposes for the 2014 ESG Program Year to allocate and distribute funds statewide in accordance with the national objectives through the five program components and/or activities: Street Outreach Emergency Shelter Homeless Prevention Rapid Re-Housing Assistance Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Funds used for street outreach and emergency shelter activities will be limited to 60% of the total award.

40 ESG National and State Objectives National The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program is authorized by the McKinney-Vento Act, as amended by the HEARTH Act. The program is designed to be the first step in a continuum of assistance to enable homeless individuals and families to move toward independent living as well as to prevent homelessness. State The State has designed the ESG Program to be consistent with the National Objectives and to address the needs of homeless individuals in Mississippi.

41 ESG Match Requirements Pursuant to CFR Part 576 and 42 U.S.C. 113775 Match must be an equal amount of funds from other sources; Match amount may include the fair rental value of any donated material or building; May include any salary paid to staff to carry out the program; and The value of the time and services contributed by volunteers to carry out the program. Grant Size Maximum grant size: $100,000 For Emergency Shelters No minimum grant size State reserves the right to adjust the amount awarded based on the amount of funds available and grantees capacity.

42 ESG ESG 2014 Proposed Funds Proposed CategoriesAllocation Emergency Shelter$ 700,000 Street Outreach$ 80,000 Rapid Re-Housing$ 700,000 Homeless Prevention$ 401,038 HMIS$ 100,000 State Administration$ 150,000 TOTAL ALLOCATION$2,131,038

43 HOME HOME Accomplishments for 2013 Homebuyer Assistance Homeowner Rehabilitation CHDO Funding08 Households 0 – 30% Area Median Income 46 Households 31 – 50% Area Median Income 59 Households 51 – 80% Area Median Income206 Households

44 HOME HOME 2014 Proposed Funds PROGRAM CATEGORIESALLOCATION Homebuyer Assistance Non-Competitive$1,000,000 Homeowner Rehabilitation$4,042,375 Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Set-Aside$1,120,000 CHDO Operating Expense$ 150,000 Disabled Housing Initiative: Home of Your Own (HOYO) Homebuyer Assistance$ 450,000 State Administration$ 700,000 TOTAL ALLOCATION$7,462,375

45 HOME HOME 2014 Proposed Funds Continued: Program CategoriesTentative Submission Dates Homeowner RehabilitationJuly 31, 2014 CHDO Set-AsideOpen University of Southern Mississippi (Disabled Housing Initiative – HOYO)Non-Competitive Mississippi Home Corporation (MHC) Home Loan Plus ProgramNon-Competitive

46 HOME HOME Information CHDOs expected to be committed during Program Year 2014 include the following: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church; Tunica County Community Development Corp.; and Ester Stewart Buford Foundation Interested non-profits may submit proposals throughout the year. Invitations will be issued to those proposals that will move forward into the application process. Applications will be funded based on availability of funds; however, applications may be held until receipt of future funding. Homeowner Rehabilitation - Currently under review are 63 applications for 2013 funding submitted on February 2014. After review, those that do not fall within funding may be ranked for funding for the 2014 allocation along with the possibility of new submissions expected to be submitted on July 31, 2014.

47 PUBLIC COMMENTS Draft Plan Availability April 1, 2014 Public Comments Period April 1, 2014 - April 30, 2014 Public Comments should be written to: Mississippi Development Authority Community Services Division P. O. Box 849 Jackson, MS 39205


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