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Goodwill Industries of SW Florida Receives Grant for Glendale Village

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida will receive over $241,000 to make improvements at Glendale Village, which is a 14-unit subsidized apartment complex built in 1999 and located in Lehigh Acres. This project serves physically disabled. JPH & Associates wrote the grant and will coordinate grant management. Improvements to include:

· Replace carpet with tile (reduce operation costs and improve health of residents).
· Replace HVAC units with newer/more efficient units (reduce energy costs).
· Install gutters with covers on all buildings (protect landscaping and roof edges).
· Increase attic insulation to R-32 (reduce energy costs).
· Replace all windows with hurricane glass (resident safety and hurricane resistant).
· Generator to power sewer lift station/community room (resident safety and hurricane resistant)
· Replace the roof (long term maintenance)
· Install fence at back side of property abutting single family homes (resident security).

JPH & Associates Writes Grant for Goodwill Project-Ohio Place

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida will receive over $276,000 to make improvements at Ohio Place, which is a 15-unit subsidized apartment complex built in 2002 and located in Ft. Myers. This project serves physically disabled. JPH & Associates wrote the grant and will coordinate grant management. Improvements to include:

• Replace carpet with tile (reduce operation costs and improve health of residents).
• Replace 12 HVAC units with newer/more efficient units (reduce energy costs).
• Install gutters with covers on all buildings (protect landscaping and roof edges).
• Increase attic insulation to R-32 (reduce energy costs).
• Replace all windows with hurricane glass (resident safety and hurricane resistant).
• Generator to power sewer lift station/community room (resident safety and hurricane resistant)
• Replace the roof (long term maintenance)
• Install fence at back side of property abutting single family homes (resident security).

St. Anthony Garden Courts – Grant Announcement

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

St. Anthony Garden Courts
Catholic Charities of Central Florida
Grant Announcement

Catholic Charities of Central Florida was awarded $6 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funding for Osceola County to construct affordable housing for the elderly. JPH & Associates assisted in preparing the funding application and will coordinate contract management through initial occupancy.

The project will be located in St. Cloud, Florida and will consist of 51 one and two-bedroom units. The site is a townhouse platted development in which only four townhouse units were constructed before the developer declared bankruptcy. Catholic Charities will utilize NSP funding from Osceola County to construct a series of one-story villas and centralized community center. Catholic Charities will be working with local service providers to coordinate important support services for the residents to enable residents to age in place. Residents will pay no more than 30 percent of their adjusted gross income for rent plus utilities. Twenty units will be set aside for residents whose household income is defined as “very low”, and the remaining units will be set aside for residents whose household income is defined as moderate. Construction is projected to in 2010 with occupancy occurring in late 2011.

House and Senate Make Progress on FY11 Appropriations for HUD Section 811 and 202 Programs

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Congress had a productive week of appropriations work, with both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees passing FY11 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) spending bills. The Senate Appropriations Committee also marked up its Department of Agriculture bill, which includes funding for rural housing programs (see article below on rural bills).

The House Appropriations Committee’s T-HUD mark up took place on July 20, following passage of the bill through the Subcommittee earlier in July (see Memo, 7/2). At the full committee mark up, T-HUD Subcommittee Chairman John Olver (D-MA) addressed committee members, saying that the subcommittee bill as passed would ensure that affordable housing opportunities are available to families recovering from the economic downturn.

Mainstream vouchers for the Section 811 Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities program were also included in the Senate’s bill, at the $114 million level requested by the Administration and included in the House bill. These funds were formerly included in the Section 811 line item but were moved by the Administration in an attempt to streamline voucher funding requests.

The Senate bill funds the Section 811 program at $200 million, below the House level of $300 million. The Administration requested only $90 million for the capital advance portion of the program, instead of its FY10 level of $186 million. Members of both the House and Senate expressed their intent to continue funding the Section 811 program despite the Administration’s proposed cut. The Senate level of $200 million, along with the $114 million in rental assistance, would boost the program by $14 million above FY10 levels. The House bill would increase the program by $114 million.

The Senate would also fund the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program at the FY10 level of $825 million, again disregarding the Administration’s proposed cuts.

JPH & Associates Awarded 811 Project

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

The US Department of HUD recently announced the awardees for the Section 811 Program. Jph & Associates is pleased to announce the award of the following project:

Project Name: Abilities at Morningside II, Clearwater, FL
Non-profit Sponsor: Abilities of Florida Inc
Capital Advance: $1,083,600; Three-year rental subsidy is $72,000.
The funds will be used to acquire and rehabilitate 8 units for very low-income persons with disabilities. The project consists of seven (7) one-bedroom units, and one (1) two-bedroom unit scattered throughout an existing condominium complex. The location is in close proximity to required services, such as medical, shopping, and public transprotation. This integrated model allows the residents to blend in the surrounding community yet provides the accessibility features that allow them to live as independently as possible.

JPH & Associates Awarded 202 Projects

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

The US Department of HUD recently announced the awardees for the Section 202 Program. Jph & Associates is pleased to announce the award of the following projects:

Project Name: Blessed Pope XXIII Manor, Fort Myers, FL
Non-profit Sponsor: Diocese of Venice
Capital Advance: $9,724,600; Three-year rental subsidy: $691,200
The funds will be used to construct 68 units for very low-income elderly persons. The project design features a three-story building with 68 one-bedroom units. The construction will incorporate energy efficient features, as well as, visitability and universal design standards. The project will include a community room for social activities and a common laundry area. Residents will have access to a wide variety of supportive services that will allow them to live as independently as possible. In addition to the HUD financing, Lee County is contributing $600,000 in HOME funding and over $250,000 in impact fee reductions.

Project Name: DGN III, Pembroke Pines, FL
Non-profit Sponsor: Miami Jewish Home & Hospital
Capital Advance: $10,634,700; Three-year rental subsidy: $762,300
The funds will be used to construct 75 units for very low-income elderly persons. The project design features a three-story building with 75 one-bedroom units. The construction will incorporate visitability and universal design standards. The project will include a community room for social activities and a common laundry area. The site is in close proximity to medical services, shopping, banking, etc. Residents will have access to a wide variety of supportive services that will allow them to live as independently as possible. The site is being leased from the State of Florida for 75 years at $1 per year. This represents the third phase of the previously successful two Section 202 projects which account for 147 units.

Project Name: Glen East II, Dothan, AL
Non-profit Sponsor: Bnai Brith Housing Inc
Capital Advance: $4,007,200; Three-year rental subsidy: $354,600
The funds will be used to construct 37 units for very low-income elderly persons. The project represents a second phase and when built will provide a total of 76 units adjacent to another senior center. The residents will be within walking distance of a number of shopping, medical facilities, as well as other service facilities. Public transportation is also available to the site.

The House Subcommittee Budget for 2011

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

The House Subcommittee would also fully fund mainstream vouchers for people with disabilities at $114 million, the same as the President’s request. The Administration separated the rental assistance from the Section 811 Housing for Persons with Disabilities program in its FY11 request, transferring the funds in full to the Tenant Based Rental Assistance line item as mainstream vouchers. The House Subcommittee bill would provide these requested funds within the tenant-based line item.

The House bill also funds the Section 811 program at the FY10 level of $300 million, effectively providing an increase of $114 million to the program with the additional funds within the tenant-based line item. The President’s budget request would fully fund the Section 811 tenant-based vouchers, but would cut the production side of the Section 811 program by $96 million.

The Administration also proposed cutting the production portion of the Section 202 Housing for the Elderly program, and the Subcommittee’s bill would include funding for the program at the FY10 level of $825 million.

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Demographics of Homelessness Series: The Rising Elderly Population

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Report | 1 Apr 2010
Author: National Alliance to End Homelessness

There is some troubling evidence that homelessness is beginning to increase among elderly adults. In addition, there are demographic factors — such as the anticipated growth of the elderly population as baby boomers turn 65 years of age and recent reports of increases in the number of homeless adults ages 50 to 64—that suggest a dramatic increase in the elderly homeless population between 2010 and 2020. While the country’s changing demographics may make this finding unsurprising, it has serious implications for providers of homeless services and should be deeply troubling to the policymakers that aim to prevent poverty and homelessness among the elderly through local and federal social welfare programs.

This paper provides an assessment of the recent and projected changes in homelessness among the elderly and assesses the ability of public affordable housing programs to handle the projected growth in elderly persons at-risk of housing instability and homelessness.

[This is a small excerpt of the report. For more information and to read the full publication, please download the PDF files provided below. ]

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This article discusses the same topic of homelessness rising among the elderly:

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The report, Demographics of Homelessness Series: The Rising Elderly Population, is also available online at www.endhomelessness.org/content/general/detail/2698

Source:
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Memo to Members

Changes to Multi-Family Rent Subsidies

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan will testify before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on April 15 on the legislative proposals HUD has made within its FY11 budget request. Scheduled for discussion are HUD’s Transforming Rental Assistance (TRA) initiative as well as a plan for new housing choice vouchers to be administered with cooperation from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Education.

As envisioned, TRA would allow public housing agencies and some multifamily properties to convert their current operating subsidies into a new form of rent subsidy. PHAs and owners would receive higher operating subsidies under the new rent subsidy, allowing them to seek capital from the private market to rehabilitate their units. TRA also includes incentives for PHAs to consolidate the administration of their voucher programs. Also importantly, there is a resident choice component to TRA that would allow residents in converted units to have the ability to move with a housing choice voucher, while the new operating subsidy remains with the unit. HUD released a discussion draft of TRA on March 31and is expected to release a more detailed legislative proposal soon (Memo from 4/2) .

The 10,000 new vouchers HUD has requested in its FY11 request would be distributed nationally through two new competitive demonstration programs to address the needs of families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. One of the demonstration programs would make funds available to PHAs that partnered with state or local entities responsible for distributing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other HHS services. The other demonstration would provide funds to PHAs that partner with school homelessness liaisons funded through the Department of Education’s Education for Homeless Children and Youths program.

Feedback on Reform to Section 202 & 811 Programs Sought

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs is seeking input on a range of possible reforms to Section 811 and Section 202 Programs. Feedback-811-202-Programs