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File #: 19-1735    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 11/14/2019 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 12/10/2019 Final action: 12/10/2019
Title: Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) recommending the Board, acting as the governing body for the Public Housing Authority: 1) Authorize the submission of a funding application to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Public and Indian Housing, for the Family Unification Program; 2) Delegate authority to the Director of Health and Human Services to sign the Family Unification Program funding application as the Housing Authority Representative; and 3) Direct HHSA to return to the Board with the agreement and related Budget Amendment, if awarded. FUNDING: Federal Funding.
Attachments: 1. A - 2019 FUP NOFA - 12-10-19
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Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) recommending the Board, acting as the governing body for the Public Housing Authority:
1) Authorize the submission of a funding application to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Public and Indian Housing, for the Family Unification Program;
2) Delegate authority to the Director of Health and Human Services to sign the Family Unification Program funding application as the Housing Authority Representative; and
3) Direct HHSA to return to the Board with the agreement and related Budget Amendment, if awarded.

FUNDING: Federal Funding.
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
On October 18, 2019, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a Notice of Funding Availability for the Family Unification Program. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 made approximately $20 million available for voucher assistance through the Family Unification Program. From the funds available HUD anticipates making approximately 40 awards, for the purpose of providing Housing Choice Vouchers to families who lack adequate housing as well as Transition Age Youth (ages 18 to 24) who have left or will leave foster care.

Public Housing Authorities (PHA) of comparable size to El Dorado County’s PHA may apply for up to twenty-five (25) vouchers, or as few as three (3) vouchers. The value of each voucher is determined by a Per Unit Cost identified by HUD for each PHA.

As a part of the application process, HUD requires the signature of a Housing Authority Representative to certify the PHA will meet the Equal Opportunity requirements, certify to the abstention from using funding for Lobbying purposes, and certify the County will comply with all Drug Free Workplace Requirements. HHSA is recommending the Director of the Health and Human Services Agency be delegated authority to serve in this capacity.

ALTERNATIVES
Should the Board decline to approve this recommendation, the HHSA Public Housing Authority...

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