MONTEREY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS by sofiaie

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									                    MONTEREY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MEETING: August 25, 2009 – Consent                          AGENDA NO.:
SUBJECT: Approve a resolution to:
         a. Approve the submittal of a 2009 Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-
            Housing Program (HPRP) grant application in the amount of $1,600,000 to the
            California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD);
         b. Authorize the County Administrative Officer to sign the Applicant
            Certifications for the grant application;
         c. Authorize the Redevelopment and Housing Office (RHO) Director to make
            minor revisions to the grant application to meet State requirements, execute the
            grant application, accept and execute all grant related documents and
            amendments including the Standard Agreement and any subsequent
            amendments thereto, perform any and all responsibilities in relationship to
            such contract; and act on the County’s behalf in all matters pertaining to this
            application;
         d. Approve Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between the County of
            Monterey (County) and five non-profit partners to undertake the work and
            provide the services as required by the grant; and
         e. Certify that, if the County of Monterey receives a grant from the Homelessness
            Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, all uses of the funds will be in
            compliance with the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
            Regulations and Contract.
DEPARTMENT: Redevelopment and Housing Office


RECOMMENDATION:

It is recommended that the Board of Supervisors approve a resolution to:
      a. Approve the submittal of a 2009 Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing
          Program (HPRP) grant application in the amount of $1,600,000 to the California
          Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD);
      b. Authorize the County Administrative Officer to sign the Applicant Certifications for the
          grant application;
      c. Authorize the Redevelopment and Housing Office (RHO) Director to make minor
          revisions to the grant application to meet State requirements, execute the grant
          application, accept and execute all grant related documents and amendments including
          the Standard Agreement and any subsequent amendments thereto, perform any and all
          responsibilities in relationship to such contract; and act on the County’s behalf in all
          matters pertaining to this application;
      d. Approve Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between the County of Monterey
          (County)and five non-profit partners to undertake the work and provide the services as
          required by the grant; and
      e. Certify that, if the County receives a grant from the Homelessness Prevention Re-Housing
          Program, all uses of the funds will be in compliance with the Homelessness Prevention
          Re-Housing Program Regulations and Contract.
SUMMARY:

On July 8, 2009, HCD issued a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) under the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act - Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
(HPRP). The recommended grant application requests funds to be used for rental assistance and
supportive services related to homeless prevention and the needs of the homeless population in
the County. The recommended MOUs with the non-profits provide for program implementation
consistent with the grant application requirements.

DISCUSSION:

There is a significant need for housing services for the homeless and those at risk of
homelessness in Monterey County. In an effort to address this need, the RHO has been working
in collaboration with the County’s Departments of Social and Employment Services and
Building Services as well as five non-profit service provider partners: the Housing Resource
Center, Coalition of Homeless Service Providers, Shelter Outreach Plus, South County Crisis
Center, and the YWCA, to plan for and provide a comprehensive program of financial assistance
and supportive services. These entities, together with the County, have formed a Tenant
Housing Relocation and Rental Assistance Consortium (THRRAC), whose primary purpose is to
prevent or alleviate homelessness in Monterey County.

On June 23, 2009, the County of Monterey received a report recommending establishment of a
Tenant Relocation and Homeless Assistance Program and authorized the RHO Director to
submit an HPRP Grant Application to HCD for program implementation. The State issued a
NOFA on July 8, 2009 with a due date for applications of August 6, 2009. The State has already
complied with Federal citizen participation requirements and no further action is required for this
grant application. The RHO prepared and submitted the HPRP grant application within the
required timeframe. In light of the short time frame for submittal of the application, HCD
allowed for the resolution, certifications and MOUs to be submitted by August 27, 2009. Thirty
percent of the grant funding will be targeted to assist those affected by code enforcement actions.
The grant will provide funding for the following services to homeless or those at risk of
homelessness: case management; direct financial assistance; legal services; credit repair; and/or
housing inspections and stabilization services. Based upon the proposed services to be funded
by the grant, the Board’s action today does not constitute a “project” under CEQA Guidelines,
Section 15378 (funding mechanisms that do not involve a specific project which may result in a
potentially significant physical impact on the environment).

OTHER AGENCY INVOLVEMENT:

The recommended grant application requests funding in the amount of $1,600,000. If approved,
the RHO will collaborate with the Departments of Social and Employment Services and Building
Services in the provision of the program services to be described in a subsequent
interdepartmental agreement. The cities of Carmel, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina,
Monterey, Pacific Grove, Sand City, Seaside, and Soledad have agreed to participate in the
HPRP Program.
FINANCING:

An increase to revenues and appropriations will be requested in the appropriate funds and budget
units if the grant is awarded. There is no impact on the General Fund.



Prepared by:                                Approved by:

_______________________                     ____________________
Jane Royer Barr, Program Manager            Jim Cook, Director
Redevelopment and Housing Office            Redevelopment and Housing Office


Attachments: Copies of the Draft Grant Application, Certifications, and MOUs are on file with
the Clerk to the Board’s Office.

								
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