Grant awarded by Wells Fargo to the Orlando Regional Realtor® Foundation (ORRF).

October 17th, 2019

JPH & Associates, Inc. successfully authored and will be the project manager for a $10,000 grant awarded by Wells Fargo to the Orlando Regional Realtor® Foundation (ORRF). Grant funds will be used to create a Review Council in order to explore ways to improve the single family building permit review process. Initial efforts will be centered on Orange, Seminole and Osceola County, as well as the City of Orlando. One of the initial ideas set forth to be explored will be the establishment of an external Building Plan and Permit Review Council. This independent party will be used to help review program changes identified by the Review Council. Four potential areas of concentration for such a Review Council could be as follows:

Area One – Regulation Stress Test: As municipalities consider changes in regulations which impact the development of single family housing, the Review Council will make themselves available to analyze these changes and make suggestions of changes.

Area Two – Plan Review Assistance: Developers and/or architects will have the option of meeting with the Review Council prior to their building permit meeting with the municipality. The goal will be to review the plans and submission packet for such items as missing documents, incorrect plans etc. and advise the applicant of suggested changes.

Area Three – Permit Process Evaluation: The Review Council will seek to monitor the permit process and suggest changes that will improve the process. Suggested changes could involve both the municipal plan review process, as well as documentation submitted by applicants.

Area Four – Financing Review: The Review Council will make recommendations of potential funding which they deem applicable to the development proposed. To address this area of concentration, the Review Council will call on such entities as the Central Florida Community Foundation, Community Loan Fund and/or local government. Developers utilizing this process will have elevated chances of securing funding.

William Booth Garden Apartments Seeking Funding for Renovations

June 29th, 2018

JPH & Associates is assisting the Salvation Army who currently owns William Booth Garden Apartments in San Antonio, Texas. This 192 unit project was constructed in 1982 and the Salvation Army is now considering major renovations which are projected to be range from $3 to $5 million. JPH Associates is working with Walker and Dunlop who is located in California and is one of the largest commercial real estate lenders in the country. JPH and Associates role is to oversee the project and procure a rent increase from the US Department of HUD. It is anticipated that the financing generated from the rent increase will pay for all the renovations.

Campus Towers Pursing Funding for Renovations

June 29th, 2018

Campus Towers is a 192 unit affordable housing complex located in Jacksonville, Florida. The facility was constructed in the early 1980s and is in need of major renovations. JPH & Associates is providing co-consulting services which will involve the procurement of funding through grants and rent increases. The total projected renovation budget will be over $9.3 million. The largest portion of funding will originate from the US Department of HUD in the form refinancing generated by a rent increase. To do this, JPH and Associates is preparing a request to prepay the existing HUD mortgage, terminate the existing Housing Assistance Plan Rental contract, and enter into a new contract whose proceeds will be the foundation for the refinancing. Renovations are slated to commence in 2019 and the remainder of 2018 will continue to see the consulting team pursue a variety of other funding opportunities.

Renovations Continue at Goodwill Housing Facilities

June 29th, 2018

JPH & Associates procured over $292,000 in funding from both Lee County and the City of Cape Coral to make needed renovations on three affordable housing facilities serving special need residents. Residents at Park Villas, Glendale Village, and Laurel Oaks will soon enjoy new roofs, kitchen cabinets, hurricane resistant doors, and appliances.

Nonprofit Housing Roundtable Membership Continues to Grow

June 29th, 2018

JPH Associates has been providing administrative support to the Nonprofit Housing Roundtable of Central Florida, at the direction of the Orlando Realtor Foundation for the past 18 months. In this period, membership has grown from 45 to 155 and a number of events have been hosted to encourage dialogue and action in the area of affordable housing which featured speakers from Florida Housing Coalition, Florida Housing Finance Corporation, FDIC, Office of Comptroller and the Currency, Orange County, GAI consultants, college professors and state legislators. The final meeting of the year will be held this fall and the speaker will be Tiffany Manuel from the Enterprise Institute. For more information go the Roundtable’s website at www.housingroundtable.org.

More Funding Recommendations for IDignity

June 29th, 2018

JPH & Associates has been assisting IDignity with the submission of selected grants. IDignity was created to help the disadvantaged in Central Florida through the complex steps of getting personal identification. Documents like birth certificates, Florida ID cards, and Social Security cards are essential for anyone to fully take part in society. Recently JPH & Associates assisted in preparing two applications for grant funding from the City of Orlando (Community Development Block Grant Public Services and the Emergency Shelter Grant programs). The City Grant Committee recommended funding IDignity for $71,478 between the two programs. Over the past year and one-half, JPH & Associates has assisted IDignity with the writing of $1,044,000 worth of grant applications, of which $335,032 of grant funding has been awarded for an award rate of 32 percent.

Nonprofit Housing Roundtable Listening Session Report Finalized

October 17th, 2017

JPH Associates provides administrative support to the Nonprofit Housing Roundtable of Central Florida, at the direction of the Orlando Realtor Foundation. Over the past four months, these two nonprofits have worked together on a major outreach to the Central Florida community. The outreach effort included a series of listening sessions. These sessions accounted for over eleven hours of community input/feedback and involved over 80 stakeholders. Participants included representatives from the development, banking and governmental communities, as well as homeowners and renters. A copy of the final report from this initiative can be found on the Roundtable’s website at www.housingroundtable.org.

More Grant Award Announcements for Local Nonprofits

October 17th, 2017

JPH & Associates continues to be involved in successful grant applications for two local nonprofits. JPH & Associates helped to procure $10,000 in grant funds from Wells Fargo Bank for the Florida Real Estate Foundation. Of this total, $5,000 will be used for preliminary planning for an affordable single family development in the Holden Heights area of Orange County. The second $5,000 will be used to support ongoing activities of the Nonprofit Housing Roundtable of Central Florida, which is now supported by the Florida Real Estate Foundation. The Roundtable is a membership association that is committed to strengthening inclusive affordable communities through the production and preservation of quality housing.

The second local nonprofit is IDignity, which JPH & Associates has been assisting staff with selected grant applications over the past year. Recently, three new grants were awarded totaling $18,500. This brings the total grant awards, which JPH & Associates was involved, to over $234,000. These new grants and previous awards will help IDignity continue to do their good work in the area of identification procurement for the poor in our community.

Grant Awards to IDignity

July 6th, 2017

Grant Awards to IDignity

In the Summer of 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and a major national bank came to a $16.65 billion settlement agreement whereby the bank agreed to resolve federal and state claims against themselves and their subsidiaries. As part of the settlement, the bank agreed to make donations to state-based organizations that provide funds to nonprofits. Funds are to be used for foreclosure prevention legal assistance and community redevelopment legal assistance. JPH Associates, Inc. assisted in preparing a grant application for this funding for IDignity. Subsequently, IDignity was awarded $142,857 to help cover the expenses of assisting approximately 600 clients in obtaining crucial identification documents. Once procured, these documents are critical for clients to obtain employment, housing, health care, and other important benefits.

A second grant involved JPH & Associates, Inc. co-authoring a funding application to the City of Orlando’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Service program. The Grant Committee has recommended $38,447 be allocated to IDignity. This is the first CDBG grant recommendation for IDignity and it will be used to pay for costs associated with procuring critical identification for 154 clients.

IDignity, Inc. Grant

March 7th, 2017

JPH & Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce the award of $5,000 grant from a local foundation in Central Florida to IDignity, Inc. IDignity is a local nonprofit which was created to assist the disadvantaged in Central Florida to navigate the complexities and financial burden of obtaining the legal documentation. The documents IDignity obtains, on behalf of their clients, enable clients to apply for employment or school, obtain access to shelters, seek help from social service programs, open a bank account or cash a check, secure housing, or overcome many other obstacles to becoming self-sufficient. Since 2008, IDignity Orlando has assisted over 17,000 unduplicated clients in obtaining their legal identification documents through monthly events that bring together a plethora of government agencies, attorneys, and volunteers to streamline the often difficult process.