COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Housing Choice Voucher Program Annual Plan

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Public Hearing for Submission of Annual Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”)

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, and White

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

April 2, 2008

 

ACTION:     X          INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:              INFORMATION:   

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Albemarle County Office of Housing (“Office”) is the designated local agency for the administration of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (“Program”), formerly known as the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program.  The Office is considered a part of the executive branch of local government and not a public housing authority.  Although not a housing authority, the Office must comply with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) requirements for Public Housing Agency (“PHA”) activities, including the development and implementation of annual and 5-Year PHA Plans. In 2005, the Office obtained HUD approval for its current 5-Year Plan and has also received approval from this federal agency for its annual FY2005-2007 plans.  In accordance with HUD guidelines, the Office is required to prepare and present it FY2008 plan at this time; however, prior to submission, the Plan must be made available for a 45-day public review period and also be the subject of a public hearing.

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Objective 1.2:  By June 30, 2010, working in partnership with others, increase affordable housing opportunities for those who work and/or live in Albemarle County.

 

DISCUSSION:

Pursuant to HUD guidelines, the County is authorized to administer a total of 429 vouchers through its Program which is currently operating at approximately 95% of its authorized budget providing assistance to approximately 370 families.  Forty-six of the authorized vouchers have been designated as project-based vouchers that are designated to specific units rather than individuals. Twenty-four of these vouchers are reserved for Park’s Edge Apartments while twenty-two are designated for Park View Apartments on South Pantops.  In addition, up to twenty-nine project-based vouchers have been committed to proposed developments at Treesdale Park (21) and Crozet Meadow (8). 

 

HUD regulations allow a PHA to set aside a maximum of twenty percent (20%) of authorized vouchers as project-based.  Albemarle County previously set fifteen percent (15%) as the maximum with its allocations to Park’s Edge and Park View comprising 10.7% of total vouchers.  With commitments for Treesdale and Crozet Meadows, the Office is allocating 17.5% of its total to specific identified complexes/developments. It should be noted that the commitment of these twenty-nine additional project-based vouchers is the only proposed change in the Annual Plan.

 

As required by HUD, the proposed FY08 Annual Plan (Attachment A) has been made available to a Resident Advisory Board (RAB) consisting of families participating in the Program for review and comment.  One member of the RAB has responded with a request that more housing choices be made available.  This input and any other input during the public review period and public hearing will be considered in the final Annual Plan, as appropriate.  The 45-day public review period commenced on February 19, 2008.  

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

There are no additional budget impacts beyond current FY08 and proposed FY09 appropriations for staffing and operations of the Office of Housing.  Administrative fees from HUD cover most of the operations for this Program.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that after the Board receives public comment on the proposed FY08 Annual Plan, it authorize the Office of Housing to submit the FY08 Annual Plan to HUD and authorize the County Executive to execute the PHA Certifications

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A -  Proposed Annual Plan   

Attachment B -  Certification of Compliance

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