Housing and Community Development

CDBG Disaster Recovery Round 1 Program


The following guidelines apply strictly to Hurricane Ike Round 1.  Please follow this link (http://www.houstontx.gov/housing/ikerecovery.html) for information on Hurricane Ike Round 2 Phase 2.

 

HCDD is requesting a 5th amendment to its Hurricane Ike Round 1 contract with the State of Texas, administered by the General Land Office (GLO). Click here to read the text of the public notice (.pdf, 03.02.2012)


The City of Houston (City), through the State of Texas, has applied for funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for disaster recovery to address the effects of Hurricanes Ike. The Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) was designated by Governor Rick Perry as the entity responsible to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the grant administration of the CDBG disaster recovery funding.  The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) partners with TDRA, and originally administered the disaster recovery funding associated with housing.  In July 2011, Governor Perry reassigned responsibility for the CDBG Program for disaster recovery to the General Land Office (GLO) under the leadership of Commissioner Jerry Patterson.  The City, through its Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) received $87,256,565 for housing activities from the total of $1,314,990,193 in funding allocated to the State of Texas.  Through the CDBG program for disaster recovery, HCDD distributed the housing funds among the various budget categories, including reallocation of funds through its amendments:

 


Contract Line Item

Original Budget

Proposed Changes for Amendment #1

Proposed Changes for Amendment #3

Proposed Change for Amendment #5

Revised Budget

%

Administration

$  4,362,828.00

 

 

 

$  4,362,828.00

5.0%

Project Delivery

$  1,947,858.00

$(160,000.00)

 

 

$  1,787,858.00

2.0%

Multifamily

$60,522,445.00

 

$   (449,481.00)

$(2,390,040.00)

$57,682,924.00

66.1%

HAP

$11,000,000.00

 

$   (891,500.00)

 

$10,108,500.00

11.6%

SFHR

$  9,423,434.00

$  160,000.00

$ 1,340,981.00

$  2,390,040.00

$13,314,455.00

15.3%

Contract Total

$87,256,565.00

$            ----   

$              ----    

$                ----  

$87,256,565.00

100.0%

 

HCDD has a threefold approach - Single Family Home Repair, Homebuyer Assistance Program, and Multifamily Rehabilitation - to helping Houstonians recover from the after-effects of the September 13, 2008 landfall of Hurricane Ike.  This approach will increase the habitable housing stock available to the public and assist those eligible participants whose homes were damaged because of the impacts of Hurricane Ike.  The first program (Single Family Home Repair or SFHR) provides direct assistance to Houston homeowners with low-to-moderate incomes are at or below 80% of the Area Median Family Income (AMFI)), whose primary residence was damaged because of Hurricane Ike, to repair or reconstruct their home.  The second program (Homebuyer Assistance Program or HAP) provides direct assistance to residents of Houston to enable them to become homeowners where the household income is up to 120% AMFI.  The third program (Multifamily Rehabilitation or Multifamily) is directed toward the repair, reconstruction, or new construction of apartment buildings in areas affected by Hurricane Ike.  Upon completion, a minimum of 51% of the units will be restricted for five years to low- to moderate-income individuals earning 80% or less of the AMFI.  Follow the links to the program guidelines to find further details about each specific program, its rules, and how to qualify and apply.

 

 

HCDD, as a recipient of funds from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is active in the City of Houston community and follows many general guidelines to ensure that all services provided are accessible, transparent, and equally available to the public.  Follow these links to find out additional information:

  • The City and HCDD encourage participation from its citizens.  Follow this link (http://www.houstontx.gov/housing/consolidated.html) to the Citizen Participation and Consolidated Plans.
  • HCDD requires all participating vendors / contractors to follow certain rules for participation in its programs.  Follow this link (http://www.houstontx.gov/housing/rfp.html to find forms and documents covering vendor participation and rules for various programs.  Follow this link for the specific City Procurement Policy (http://www.houstontx.gov/adminpolicies/5-2.html).
  • HCDD maintains information about fair housing for all eligible persons from all racial, ethnic, national origin, religious, familial status, the disabled, “special needs,” and gender groups.  Follow this link (http://www.houstontx.gov/housing/tenantlaw5.html) for more information on Fair Housing.
  • The City requires all its vendors to comply with affirmative action and contract compliance.  Follow this link (http://www.houstontx.gov/aacc/index.html) to the City’s Affirmative Action and Contract Compliance Office.
  • Duplication of Benefits:  In accordance with the Stafford Act, CDBG Disaster Recovery funds may not be used for any costs for which other assistance was previously provided.

AFFIRMATIVE MARKETING HOUSING PROGRAM


The City of Houston is committed to affirmatively furthering fair housing through established affirmative marketing policies.  The Affirmative Marketing Plan requirements are part of every Consolidated Plan (see pages 35 and 36 of the 2009 Consolidated Plan for the latest iteration:  http://www.houstontx.gov/housing/pdf/2009consolidatedactionplan.pdf).

 

For your convenience, the Affirmative Marketing Plan is also excerpted below:

The City of Houston (City) has adopted the Affirmative Marketing Plan, based on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations, which outline the policies and procedures covering rental, homeowner, and homebuyer projects.  The procedures cover dissemination of information, technical assistance to applicants, project management, reporting requirements, and project review.


The City has established procedures to affirmatively market units financed through City-funded housing programs, including those projects assisted with HOME and CDBG Disaster Recovery funds.  These procedures are intended to further the objectives of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and Executive Order 11063, as amended.

The goal is to ensure that, in the case of City-funded housing projects, eligible persons from all racial, ethnic, national origin, religious, familial status, the disabled, “special needs,” and gender groups are:
a. Fully informed of vacant units available for sale and / or rent.
b. Encouraged to apply for purchase, rehabilitation, and / or rent.
c. Given the opportunity to buy and / or rent the unit of their choice.
d. Given the opportunity to rehabilitate their primary residence, which sustained damages due to the September 13, 2008 landfall of Hurricane Ike and / or its after-effects.

Dissemination of Information
In accordance to the affirmative marketing policies and procedures, HCDD will inform program participants about available opportunities and supporting requirements via the City’s website, publications, workshops / seminars, and through the placement of flyers / posters at City facilities.  Particular emphasis will be on low- and moderate-income areas and those communities with minority concentrations.


Technical Assistance to Applicants
This section applies to the Multifamily program only.  Once HCDD issues a “conditional commitment” to fund a project, staff will share with the applicant the City’s Affirmative Marketing Plan requirements.  Staff will assist the applicant to develop an Affirmative Marketing Plan for insertion into the contract’s scope of work.  The plan, pursuant to federal regulations, will outline strategies to inform the public about the housing opportunities, requirements / practices that the owner must adhere to in executing the Affirmative Marketing Plan, the procedures that will be followed in soliciting applications, followed by a description of records that will be maintained and made available for review as needed.  Following City Council approval, the applicant / contractor will be required to implement the Affirmative Marketing Plan, promoting the affordable housing project in low- and moderate-income communities and in areas of minority concentration.


Management of Projects
This section applies to the Multifamily program only.  HCDD will assign a staff member to each project funded by the City.  Immediately following City Council approval, the Relationship Manager (RM) assigned to the project will coordinate a meeting with the contractor to review all pertinent requirements related to execution of the agreement and satisfaction of federal requirements.  The assigned RM will have primary responsibility for ensuring execution of the Affirmative Marketing Plan as outlined in the contract’s scope of work.  The contractor will have the responsibility for submitting quarterly reports detailing how affirmative marketing procedures have been met.  The City will carry out assessment activities and complete a written assessment of affirmative marketing efforts for inclusion in its annual performance report to HUD.  The City will disqualify contractors who consistently fail to comply with procedures and fail to meet affirmative marketing goals from future participation in the HOME, CDBG, and / or CDBG Disaster Recovery programs.


REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
HCDD complies with the reporting requirements required under GLO’s Disaster Recovery Hurricane Ike and Dolly program.  This includes all reports, as requested in the contract between HCDD and GLO.


RECORDS RETENTION
HCDD maintains all its official records on programs and individual activities for a general period of 5 (five) years.


COMPLAINT PROCESS
If you have a complaint about services received, please use the following complaint process:


A. HCDD’s Complaint Process.  Any resident or business may file a written complaint alleging non-compliance with CDBG Disaster Recovery Hurricane Ike Program.  Complaints will be investigated through HCDD’s Public Information Office (PIO).  A written complaintmustcontain:

 

  • Name and address of the person filing the complaint;
  • Subject of complaint
  • Description of acts or omissions in alleged violation of CDBG Disaster Recovery guidelines.

Written complaints should be filed with:


Department of Housing and Community Development
Complaint Coordinator, Public Information Officer
601 Sawyer Street, Suite 400
Houston, Texas  77007


Upon receipt of a written complaint the HCDD Complaint Coordinator will send a written acknowledgement to the complainant within two (2) days of receipt of the complaint.  HCDD’s PIO will work through respective product areas to investigate the specific allegations of the complaint by coordinating with the Product Managers to render a finding.  If it is determined that the Contractor/Sub-Contractor has functioned in such a manner as to breach the contractual obligations, the Complaint Coordinator will notify the appropriate administrator of such findings to determine the corrective measures that will be required.  A written response will be given to the complainant within 15 business days, where practical.


B.  If not satisfied with the findings from HCDD, complainants may also file their complaint with GLO utilizing the following process.  The complainant may submit a letter to the TDHCA at the address below:

Texas General Land Office
Disaster Recovery
1700 North Congress Avenue, Suite 935
Austin, TX 78701-1495


C.  If a complainant is not satisfied with the findings from GLO Disaster Recovery, they may also file their complaint with the GLO Commissioner using the information listed above under B.  In addition, any person may seek judicial relief.


HCDD EMPLOYEES NOT TO BE HELD LIABLE


A.  No member, officer, agent or employee of HCDD shall be personally liable concerning any matters arising out of, or in relation to, the commitment of CDBG-DR program funds with regard to feasibility or viability of the proposed project.


B.  Changes, Waivers, and/or Conflicts

 

  • HCDD shall have the right to change, modify, waive, or revoke all or any part of these guidelines, with the approval of the State of Texas, General Land Office.
  • No member of the governing body of HCDD and no other official, employee, or agent of the City of Houston who exercises policy or decision-making functions or responsibilities in connection with the planning and implementation of this program shall be eligible for rehabilitation assistance, in accordance with 24 CFR §570.489(h), Conflict of Interest.

 

Initial assistance was listed for the residents of Houston as follows:

 

 

Page updated November 5, 2013