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File Number: 062746
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File Number: 062746 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1344-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: STATUS OF COUNTY'S RELATIONSHIP W/MDHA DEVELOPMENT COPR Introduced: 9/28/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/28/2006
Agenda Date: 11/28/2006 Agenda Item Number: 11A17
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO REVIEW AND REPORT TO THE BOARD ON THE STATUS OF THE COUNTY'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MDHA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND REVIEW THE STATUS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS CONVEYED BY OR LEASED TO THE MDHA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Indexes: HOUSING
  ASSISTED LIVING
  HOPE VI PROGRAM
  MDHA
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 11/28/2006 11A17 Adopted P

Community Empowerment & Econ. Revitalization Cmte. 10/17/2006 2B Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Jess McCarty read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Ms. Cynthia Curry, Senior Advisor to the County Manager noted this proposed resolution was sponsored by Commissioner Sosa and directed the County Manager to review and report to the Board on the status of the County’s relationship with the Miami-Dade Housing Agency Development Corporation (MDHADC). Ms. Curry pointed out that the County Manager was in the process to complying with the resolution. She noted meetings had occurred with MDHADC over the last month and the were in the process of finalizing this issue. She noted all commissioners were aware that the Department of Audit and Management Services was auditing the MDHADC. She noted the results of the audit should be available within the next three weeks. She noted once the audit report was released a comprehensive report would be presented to the County Commission. Ms. Curry pointed out that the information she just provided was relative to this item. Commissioner Jordan noted this proposed resolution was similar to a proposal she sponsored; however, this resolution contained stronger language. She said she decided not to move forward with her proposal because she was concerned that it would jeopardize the County’s standing in terms of Ward Towers. Commissioner Jordan said she supported this resolution, but wanted to ensure the County Administration made every effort to recapture all resources as expeditiously as possible. Following further comments by Commissioner Jordan regarding the intent of this resolution, the Committee by motion duly made, seconded and carried, proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution. Ms. Curry noted, for the record, that the County Manager’s findings/recommendations regarding the housing agency would not necessarily impact the proposed resolution. She noted this proposal was actually something that the Administration was working on with the County Attorney’s Office. Chairman Rolle reiterated his concern that the Committee should defer any action of housing related items, pending the County Manager’s report. Ms. Curry noted the audit report would be the basis for the recommendation for the County Commission’s consideration. Commissioner Sorenson spoke in support of the foregoing proposed resolution. Responding to Commissioner Diaz’ request for clarification regarding the intent of resolution, Ms. Curry stated that the MDHADC was a not-for-profit group created by the County Commission to facilitate the County in applying for tax credits to develop Ward Towers II. Ms. Curry discussed the composition of the Board of Directors for the MDHADC’s membership, which she noted originially included County employees. She noted in addition to Ward Towers, the MDHADC had taken on several other projects that included housing development lands that had been conveyed by the County along with County funding (primarily Documentary Surtax funding) to support that development. Ms. Curry noted in some instances, the Administration was concerned with the progress of some projects. The Audit and Management Services was currently reviewing the organization in its entirety and would issue a report in approximately three weeks providing more information and guidance on how to process each of those projects. Concerning comments made by Commissioner Diaz, Ms. Curry noted she attempted to meet with each commissioner to discuss their concerns regarding housing development projects within their respective districts; that she met with Commissioner Sosa to discuss a $12 million appropriation by the County for a housing development within her district, and that money was disbursed to the MDHADC. Ms. Curry noted Commissioner Sosa expressed concern with the disbursement and asked the County Administration to expedite efforts to recapture the $12 million. She said the County Manager was working with the County Attorney’s Office to recapture those dollars. Ms. Curry responded to Commissioner Diaz and noted the MDHADC received appropriations in excess of $30 million from the County for a variety of projects. She said since the County Manager was made aware of this issue, he had been working with Audit and Management Services and an audit was being conducted, with the exception of Ward Towers' project. She noted although the processes and policy issues needed to be addressed, the Administration had initiated efforts to address the issue outlined in the proposed resolution, and the report requested pursuant to this resolution, would be available before the prescribed 60-days period. Commissioner Diaz spoke in support of the foregoing proposed resolution. Ms. Curry informed the Committee that the MDHADC had several critical elderly housing projects and that commissioners had expressed major concerns regarding the lack of progress on projects within their respective districts. She explained that this item involved a number of complicated issues which could be addressed in the audit to be completed within the next three weeks. Chairman Rolle expressed concern that this Committee should not act on this proposed resolutions until the County Manger’s report was released. Ms. Curry stated the Administration would defer any recommendations on items pertaining to the MDHADC, pending the County Manager's report. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 9/28/2006 Assigned Community Empowerment & Econ. Revitalization Cmte. 10/17/2006

County Attorney 9/28/2006 Assigned Terrence A. Smith

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO REVIEW AND REPORT TO THE BOARD ON THE STATUS OF THE COUNTY'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MDHA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND REVIEW THE STATUS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS CONVEYED BY OR LEASED TO THE MDHA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

BODY
WHEREAS, Resolution R-903-00 authorized the County Manager to form the Miami-Dade Housing Agency (MDHA) Development Corporation ("Development Corporation") and its subsidiaries for the purpose of constructing and financing of the HOPE VI project known as Ward Towers Assisted Living Facility and other affordable housing projects; and
WHEREAS, the Board adopted additional resolutions which authorized the allocation of public funds and conveyances and/or leases of County property to the Development Corporation for the construction, rehabilitation and financing of affordable housing throughout the County; and
WHEREAS, the County Manager's Office, in consultation with the County Attorney, has met and is meeting with the Development Corporation to discuss outstanding issues between the County and the corporation, including the Development Corporation moving forward with various projects or returning certain projects to the County and repaying funding for projects that are not moving forward,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that

Section 1. this Board directs the County Manager, in consultation with the County Attorney's Office, to review and report to the County Commission on the status of the County's relationship with the MDHA Development Corporation, following discussions with the Development Corporation. This review and report should explore the options of repayment or recapture of County funding for projects which are not moving forward; return of land to the County and termination of lease agreements between the County and the Development Corporation; and any possible actions of the Board of Directors of the Development Corporation, including corporate dissolution or restructuring and the potential impact of those activities on the County and County affordable housing projects.
Section 2. The County Manager shall present a report to this Board on or before sixty (60) days from the date of this resolution.



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