COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Housing Choice Voucher Program Annual Plan

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Public Hearing and Approval of the Housing Choice Voucher Program FY09 Annual Plan

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, and White

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

May 6, 2009

 

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 for its annual FY2005-2007 plans.  In accordance with HUD guidelines revised in 2008, the Office is required to prepare and present its FY2009 plan at this time, make it available for a 45-day public review period, and hold a public hearing.  HUD no longer requires submission of the Plan for its approval if the PHA has fewer than 550 vouchers and is not a troubled agency.  Accordingly, the County’s program does not require HUD approval.

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.  The Program is currently operating at approximately 98% of its authorized budget, providing assistance to approximately 390 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 and twenty-two are designated for Park View Apartments on South Pantops.  In addition, up to thirty project-based vouchers have been committed to proposed developments at Treesdale Park (22) and Crozet Meadow (8). 

 

HUD regulations allow a PHA to set aside a maximum of twenty percent (20%) of authorized vouchers as project-based.   Counting the commitments for Treesdale Park and Crozet Meadows, the Office is allocating 17.7% of its total to specific identified complexes/developments.

 

As required by HUD, the proposed FY09 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.  No comments have been received to date. The Plan’s availability was advertised on March 18, 2009 with the 45-day public review period commencing on March 25, 2009 and ending May 9, 2009.   

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

There are no additional budget impacts beyond current FY09 and proposed FY10 appropriations for staffing and operations of the Office of Housing.  Administrative fees from HUD cover most of the operations for this Program.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

After the Board receives public comment on the proposed FY09 Annual Plan, staff recommends approval of the FY09 Annual Plan without any changes.  In addition, staff requests that the Board authorize the County Executive to execute the required Civil Rights Certification and the PHA Certifications of Compliance, attached hereto.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

A -  2009 Annual Plan

B – Civil Rights Certification

C – PHA Certifications of Compliance

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