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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 17

Meeting Date: February 27, 2007

Subject/Title: Adopt a Resolution approving and authorizing submittal of an application to the State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development Workforce Housing Reward Program and authorizing the City Manager to execute and submit all documents which may be necessary

Prepared by: Karen Wahl, Grant Program Manager

Submitted by: Pamela Ehler, Director of Finance and Information Systems
Howard Sword, Director of Community Development

RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution approving and authorizing the application for the State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development Workforce Housing Reward Program and authorizing the City Manager to execute and submit all documents which may be necessary.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On March 28, 2006 Council adopted Resolution No. 2006-63 approving and authorizing submittal of an application for the State Housing and Community Development Workforce Housing Reward Program and Authorizing the City Manager to execute and submit all documents which may be necessary.

BACKGROUND
The Workforce Housing Reward Program (WFH) is an innovative program designed to encourage cities and counties to develop new residential housing while rewarding those jurisdictions that approve housing affordable to lower-income households and are in compliance with State housing element law with funds that can be used for public safety, infrastructure and parks. The WFH program was established pursuant to Chapter 482, Statutes of 2002 and funded through Proposition 46, the Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2002. This grant program does not use a competitive process to award funds; all cities and counties who meet the following threshold eligibility requirements will be funded:

◦ Housing Element Compliance
All applicants must have an adopted housing element that the State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) has determined to be in substantial compliance with Housing Element Law. The element must have been adopted by December 31, 2005 and found in compliance by HCD without further amendment.

◦ Annual Progress Report Submittal
The Annual Progress Report for either calendar year 2005 or fiscal year 2005/2006 must have been submitted to HCD by December 31, 2006. State law requires that communities annually evaluate the status of their Housing Element and progress in meeting its share of regional housing needs

◦ Affordable Housing Production (Building Permit Issuance Date)
All newly constructed rental or ownership housing units affordable to lower income households must have building permits issued during calendar year 2006 to be eligible for WFH funds. The occupancy of all housing units eligible for WFH Program funds must be for households whose incomes are within the published income limits for very low- or low-income households, pursuant to Health and Safety Code Sections 50079.5 and 50105, respectively.

◦ Final Land Use Approval Date
Final Land Use Approval for all newly constructed rental or ownership housing units affordable to lower income households must have been issued on or after January 1, 2004.

Funds available for the 2006 program year total $23 million; $20 million for the WFH Program and $3 million Jobs Housing Balance in bonus funds for jurisdictions that received a Jobs Housing Balance Incentive Grant Program (JHBIP) award in 2003. The City of Brentwood is eligible for the bonus funds as a previous grant recipient of JHBIP funds in 2006 in the amount of $251, 686. These funds were allocated to the Lone Tree Way Union Pacific Undercrossing Project, CIP 336-3134.

The WFH Program awards grant funds on a per-bedroom basis for each newly constructed residential unit affordable to very low- and low-income households. The funds are to be used for capital asset projects that benefit the community and add to the community’s quality of life. To develop a livable and vibrant community, WFH Program funds can be used for a variety of projects including, for example, those related to public safety, infrastructure and parks.

An analysis of City projects has resulted in a staff recommendation that the WFH Program funds be allocated to the Brentwood Boulevard Widening North – Phase II Project, CIP 336-31620. This is an essential City infrastructure project in need of funding to augment the project budget.

FISCAL IMPACT
This action will have a positive fiscal impact in that it will secure approximately $350,000 for this vital City capital improvement project with no matching funds requirement.

Attachments:
Resolution

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING SUBMITTAL OF AN APPLICATION FOR THE STATE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORKFORCE HOUSING REWARD PROGRAM AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AND SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTS WHICH MAY BE NECESSARY

WHEREAS, the State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has issued a Notice of funding Availability dated May 2006 (the NOFA), under its Workforce Housing Reward (WFH) Program; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood is eligible to submit an application for WFH grant funding; and
WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood desires to apply for a WFH grant and submit the Application Package released in December 2006 by HCD for the WFH Program; and

WHEREAS, the State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development is authorized to approve funding allocations for the Workforce Housing Reward Program, subject to the terms and conditions of the NOFA, Program Guidelines, Application Package and Standard Agreement.

WHEREAS, a resolution is necessary to approve the application submittal and authorize the City Manager to execute all documents which may be necessary.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood that

1. The City Council of the City of Brentwood hereby approves and authorizes submittal of the application package (released December 2006) to HCD.

2. If the application is approved, the City Council of the City of Brentwood hereby authorizes and directs that a State of California Standard Agreement (the “Standard Agreement”), and any and all other documents required or deemed necessary or appropriate to secure a WFH grant from HCD, and all amendments thereto (collectively, the “WFH Grant Documents”) be entered into, executed and delivered.

3. The City of Brentwood shall be subject to the terms and conditions as specified in the Standard Agreement.

4. Funds are to be used for allowable capital asset project expenditures to be identified in Exhibit A of the Standard Agreement. The application in full is incorporated as part of the Standard Agreement.

5. Any and all activities funded, information provided and timelines represented in the application are enforceable through the Standard Agreement.

6. The City of Brentwood hereby agrees to use the funds for an eligible capital asset in the manner presented in the application as approved by HCD and in accordance with the NOFA and Program Guidelines and application package.

7. The City Manager is authorized to execute in the name of the City of Brentwood the application package and the WFH grant documents as required by the State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development Workforce Housing Reward Program grant documents as required by HCD for participation in the WFH Program.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 27th day of February 2007 by the following vote:
 

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