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HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Grant

Grants to Arlington, Texas Nonprofits, Developers, Property
Owners, and Sponsors to Increase Affordable Housing

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Arlington

Deadline Date:

12/04/17 11:59 PM Emailed, faxed, or hand-delivered

Description:

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Grants to Arlington, Texas nonprofit organizations, housing developers, property owners, and sponsors to increase affordable housing for low- and moderate income individuals. Preference will be given to projects that are located in certain key areas, incorporate energy efficiency measures, and offer improved amenities to local neighborhoods.

HOME is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively for creating affordable housing to low- to moderate-income households. HOME provides formula grants to states and Participating Jurisdictions (local governments) to use in partnership with local nonprofit organizations, owners, sponsors, and/or developers to fund a wide range of allowable activities located at 24 CFR Part 92.

Projects must primarily benefit low- to moderate-income residents and households of the city of Arlington. Activities that are provided city-wide include but not limited to public services, homebuyers’ assistance, housing rehabilitation, homeless prevention and assistance, and tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA).

In the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, funds are targeted to provide assistance primarily in the Central Arlington Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA), an area which includes 57 percent low- to moderate-income (LMI) individuals, a 26 percent poverty rate, and a high concentration of minority citizens. In general, the NRSA boundaries are Sanford/Randol Mill on the North, Collins on the East, Abram on the South and Crowley Road on the West.

Another target area listed in the Consolidated Plan is the East Arlington Target area, an area which includes 67 percent low- to moderate-income (LMI) individuals, a 32 percent poverty rate and is also targeted for concentrated improvements. The East Arlington Target area is generally bounded by Cooper on the West, Mitchell on the North, Great Southwest on the East and Arkansas on the South.

Geographical Targeting:

For purposes of proposals, housing units must be located within the city limits of Arlington. Bonus points will be given to projects located in the Central Arlington Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA), the East Arlington Promise Zone target area, or other low- to moderate- income target areas. Proposals should state which target area/s, if any, will be utilized for the proposed project/s.

Area Amenities:

The City will award points to Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO’s) that can clearly show within the RFP projects that will make a substantial impact in neighborhoods. For example, a substantial difference might be projects that includes activities such as acquisition, demolition and new constructing and/or re-constructing multiple homes in close proximity to each other and adjacent to other grant-funded projects such as parks, sidewalks, and street improvements.

Energy Efficiency:

Bonus points will be awarded to projects that can clearly show energy efficient design including but not limited to the use of sustainable construction materials such as insulated concrete forms (ICF), reduced water usage, solar panels, effective storm water management, and/or creation of green space.

Innovative Partnerships:

Bonus points will be awarded to projects that demonstrate innovative partnerships with organizations that can contribute lasting resources such as partners who can assist with HOME match and/or other contributions towards the proposed project/s.

2015-2019 Consolidated Plan Measurable Objectives:

By regulation, HUD grant funds must be used to meet the measurable objectives of the City of Arlington Consolidated Plan. Measurable objectives are developed after an analysis of existing conditions, community needs, and an extensive citizen participation process. City Council priorities and the United Way community assessments provide additional, ongoing direction for community development projects.

The listing below illustrates the priority community development needs outlined in the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan. A priority classification was assigned to each activity type based on the extent of community need. High priority indicates activities to address this need will be targeted for funding by the City of Arlington during the five-year strategic planning period. Medium priority indicates that activities to address this need may be funded by the City of Arlington during the five-year strategic planning period, if funds are available. The City will also take action to help groups locate other sources of funds for high and medium priority activities. Low priority indicates that the City of Arlington will not fund activities to address this need during the five-year strategic planning period.

High Priority Needs:

Economic Development
1) Business and Job Development
2) Infrastructure Improvements
3) Public Facility Development/Improvement
4) Neighborhood Development and Revitalization

Quality Housing Opportunities
1) Housing Rehabilitation
2) Homebuyer Program
3) Tenant-Based Rental Assistance
4) Housing Development

Neighborhood Development and Revitalization
1) Infrastructure Improvements
2) Public Facility Development/Improvement
3) Neighborhood Development and Revitalization

Social Service Support:
1) Identify and fund collaborative projects that increase efficiency or effectiveness of social service providers by consolidating programs and services.
2) Fund nonprofit agencies providing Social Services to eligible Arlington residents to the maximum allowed under the 15% cap. 
3) Enhance the effectiveness of social service resources by encouraging partnerships with other Consolidated Plan goals and activities.

Homeless Services:
1) Support the Tarrant County Continuum of Care Strategic Plan Goals to Reduce Homelessness in Arlington.
2) Support the ”Housing First” strategy by partnering with non-profits, government agencies and other funding sources to prevent homelessness and rapidly-rehouse newly homeless families.
3) Continue to support Shelter Services to the maximum allowed by ESG. Encourage shelter providers to implement programs that target economic self-sufficiency to minimize the shelter stay.

Eligible activities in order of priority include:
-Homebuyer housing:
-Acquisition, Demolition, and Reconstruction of properties for sale to low- to moderate- income homebuyers
-Acquisition and New construction of properties for sale to low- to moderate- income homebuyers.
-Acquisition and Rehabilitation of homebuyer properties for sale to low- to moderate- income homebuyers

Minimum Criteria for Receipt of Funding - The proposed project must:
-Provide services that primarily benefit low- to moderate-income households residing in the City of Arlington;
-Meet at least one of the Consolidated Plan Measurable Objectives; and

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137807

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$131,000

Term of Contract:

The contract year begins July 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations, owners, developers, and sponsors who deliver services to low- to moderate- income households within the City of Arlington’s service area may apply for funding.

All nonprofit organizations must have their nonprofit status with supporting documentation from the IRS at the time of application to receive funding through the City of Arlington.

Organizations must be in good standing with the City of Arlington, (i.e. have no outstanding reporting delinquencies, outstanding monitoring findings, or program/project capacity issues) in order to be considered for funding.

Organizations must demonstrate the financial viability to operate a federally-funded project strictly on a reimbursement basis. A financially viable organization is one that is able to:
-Operate for a minimum of 90 days pending reimbursement without financial hardship;
-Demonstrate an existing and consistent cash flow; and
-Have a separation of duties for internal controls, etc.

Pre-Application Information:

City of Arlington funds are awarded to organizations on a reimbursement basis only. This means that funds will be available to the organization after it has paid for eligible project costs. However, no costs incurred prior to contract approval may be reimbursed.

All HOME proposals must be emailed, faxed, or hand delivered before the 11:59 p.m. deadline on Monday, December 4, 2017.

Timeline:
-December 4, 2017: Deadline for submission of RFP applications (11:59 PM)
-Dec. 2017 - Jan. 2018: City Staff & United Way Grant Review Committee review proposals
-Feb. - March 2018: City Council Community and Neighborhood Development Committee Review
-Feb. - March 2018: Applicants notified regarding preliminary awards
-March - April 2018: 30-day public comment period and public hearings
-March - April 2018: Technical assistance for Exhibits & Reporting
-April - May 2018: City Council Review of Action Plan
-May 2018: Applicants noti ed regarding awards
-June 2018: HUD review and approval
-June 22, 2018: Sub recipient Workshop Arlington City Hall, Council Briefing Room, 3rd floor (10:00 AM)
-July 1, 2018: Contract Year Begins

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For electronic submission, mail-in, fax or questions:
Darwin Wade, Grants Supervisor - Programs and Planning
City of Arlington Grants Management
PO Box 90231, Mail Stop 01-0330
Arlington, TX 76004-3231
Darwin.Wade@arlingtontx.gov
Office: 817-459- 6221/Fax: 817-459- 6669

For Hand-Delivery:
Arlington City Hall
One Start Center, 2 nd Floor
101 W. Abram Street
Arlington, TX 76010

GrantManagement@Arlingtontx.gov

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USA: Texas: City of Arlington