Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 111296
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File Number: 111296 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-498-11 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: SECTION 8 VOUCHER PROGRAM Introduced: 6/9/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 6/21/2011
Agenda Date: 6/21/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A5
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS THROUGH THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT TO FUND THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM AT THE FULLY AUTHORIZED LEVEL
Indexes: HUD
  LEGISLATURE
  U.S. CONGRESS
  URGING
Sponsors: Barbara J. Jordan, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Jean Monestime, 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 6/21/2011 11A5 Adopted P

County Attorney 6/9/2011 Assigned Martin W. Sybblis 6/13/2011

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS THROUGH THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT TO FUND THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM AT THE FULLY AUTHORIZED LEVEL

BODY
WHEREAS, Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as repeatedly amended, authorizes the payment of rental housing assistance to private landlords on behalf of approximately 3.1 million low-income households throughout the United States; and
WHEREAS, federal housing programs are regulated and administered by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”); and
WHEREAS, the largest Section 8 program, the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, is a valuable resource used by over 2 million low-income households to provide decent safe and affordable housing opportunities for an extremely vulnerable population in the United States; and
WHEREAS, affordable housing has reached a crisis in our community and communities around the nation; and
WHEREAS, two-thirds of Section 8 housing vouchers issued in any year go to families with children, with the remainder predominantly going to people with disabilities and the elderly; and
WHEREAS, nearly one million families with children are currently served by the voucher program, almost twice the number of families with children in the public housing program; and
WHEREAS, Section 8 provides one way to help low and moderate income individuals and families obtain adequate housing; and
WHEREAS, public housing authorities (“PHA” or “PHAs”) are required to enter into Consolidated Annual Contributions Contract (“ACC”) in order to receive funding from HUD to administer the HCV program within their locales; and
WHEREAS, the County is a PHA in this jurisdiction and as such has entered into a ACC with HUD to administer and operate its HCV program; and
WHEREAS, the County’s HCV program is administered and operated through its housing department, Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency (“MDPHA”); and
WHEREAS, the federal Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (“Act”) required HUD to reduce renewal funding eligibility for housing agencies that have “excess” reserve balances (i.e., Net Restricted Assets), with the understanding that agencies will spend down those balances to make up for the reduction in renewal funding; and
WHEREAS, HUD was required to recapture $750 million in unspent HCV funds from approximately 2,400 Public Housing Authorities (“PHA”) administering the HCV program across the country; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to the Act, HUD recaptured approximately $43 million (“Recaptured Funds”) from the County’s HCV program; and
WHEREAS, the Recaptured Funds represents the second largest recapture amount taken from the ten largest PHAs’ HCV programs in the country; and
WHEREAS, the County’s HCV program is not one of the ten largest HCV programs in the country; and
WHEREAS,, the amount of Recaptured Funds is disproportionate in relation to the size of the other large PHAs’ respective HCV programs and is fundamentally unfair since MDPHA’s excess reserve balances were accumulated, in part, while HUD was in temporary possession of MDPHA’s programs and projects from October 2007 through December 2008; and
WHEREAS, HUD subsequently placed MDPHA under an enhanced HUD oversight by way of a Memorandum of Understanding between HUD and the County from January 2009 through December 2010; and
WHEREAS, loss of the Recaptured Funds has placed an undue programmatic and financial burden on the County’s resources; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County and the residents of this County have been severely and adversely impacted by the apparent inequitable execution by HUD of the aforementioned recapture,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the United States Congress through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to identify any PHA in HUD administrative receivership during fiscal year 2008 (and at the time of passage of the Omnibus Appropriation Act of 2009) that was subject to recapture of unspent Section 8 net restricted assets funds, and fully fund these agencies in fiscal year 2012 up to the full level of Section 8 HCVs authorized for these agencies for no less than 24 months beginning October 1, 2011.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Members of the Miami-Dade Congressional Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County’s federal lobbyists to advocate for the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and that same be included in the 2012 Federal Legislative Package.



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