Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 112414
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File Number: 112414 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1093-11 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: SEC 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRM NEGOTIATE REDUCTION RENT Introduced: 11/15/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/6/2011
Agenda Date: 12/6/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A14
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING OWNERS PARTICIPATING IN THE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM TO NEGOTIATE REDUCTION IN RENTS WITH SECTION 8 PARTICIPANTS TO RELIEVE TENANT RENT BURDEN; AND DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR THE MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO DISTRIBUTE THIS RESOLUTION TO ALL OWNERS AND PARTICIPANTS IN THE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
  SECTION 8
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, 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 12/6/2011 11A14 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Diaz asked to be added as a co-sponsor to this resolution.

County Attorney 11/15/2011 Assigned Terrence A. Smith 11/29/2011

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING OWNERS PARTICIPATING IN THE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM TO NEGOTIATE REDUCTION IN RENTS WITH SECTION 8 PARTICIPANTS TO RELIEVE TENANT RENT BURDEN; AND DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR THE MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO DISTRIBUTE THIS RESOLUTION TO ALL OWNERS AND PARTICIPANTS IN THE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM

BODY
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County (“County”) is one of the public housing authorities (“PHA”) in this jurisdiction and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners (“Board”) serves as the PHA’s board of commissioners; and
WHEREAS, the County has entered into a Section 8 Consolidated Annual Contribution Contract (“ACC”) with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) to administer the County’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (“Section 8 Program”); and
WHEREAS, the County, as a PHA, has the primary responsibility for administering the Section 8 Program subject to the laws, rules and regulations implemented by HUD and the ACC; and
WHEREAS, the purpose of the Section 8 Program is to provide subsidized rental housing assistance to eligible low-income families, the elderly and disabled (“Section 8 Participants”), who rent dwelling units from private owners (“Section 8 Owners”); and

WHEREAS, the County is required to enter into a housing assistance payment contract (hereinafter the “HAP”) with each Section 8 Owner before any rental payments are issued by the County to the Section 8 Owner; and
WHEREAS, prior to entering into each HAP, the County must ensure that (1) the Section 8 Owner’s dwelling unit meets and passes HUD’s housing quality standards; (2) a rent determination is made by the County; and (3) a lease is executed between the Section 8 Participant and the Section 8 Owner detailing the tenant portion of the contract rent; and
WHEREAS, the County’s rent determinations are based on the fair market rents (“FMR”) published by HUD for each market area in the United States as well as by the payment standard schedule adopted by the County; and
WHEREAS, the County’s payment standard amounts are based on unit size, which must be at a level between 90 percent 110 percent of HUD’s published FMR, unless approved by HUD to be below 90 percent or higher than 110 percent; and
WHEREAS, in recent years the County’s payment standard schedule ranged from 97 to 110 percent of HUD’s published FMR; and
WHEREAS, based on proposed federal budgets for fiscal year 2012, the County currently faces a potential reduction in funding to the Section 8 Program up to $12 million; and
WHEREAS, beginning November 2011, the County, through its housing department, Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development (“PHCD”) lowered the voucher payment standard to 90 percent of the FMRs published by HUD effective October 1, 2011; and
WHEREAS, this reduction to the payment standard will allow PHCD to serve the same number of residents rather than terminate assistance to as many as 2,000 Section 8 Participants; and
WHEREAS, although the County will be able to serve the same amount of Section 8 Participants, the reduction in the payment standard will have a significant impact upon Section 8 Participants’ ability to pay their portion of the contract rent; and
WHEREAS, this increased rent burden may force many Section 8 Participants, who cannot afford the higher rental payment, to move and search for another dwelling unit with a lower rent; and
WHEREAS, the burden of this reduction in the payment standard is a condition outside the control of the Section 8 Participants; and
WHEREAS, Section 8 Owners have benefitted in previous years with a payment standard that exceeded the FMRs by as much as 10 percent,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. The matters contained in the foregoing recitals are incorporated in this resolution by reference.
Section 2. The Board urges each Section 8 Owner to negotiate with their Section 8 Participant to lower the rents of their subsidized dwelling unit(s) to ensure that the tenant portion of the contract rent remains affordable for the Section 8 Participant.
Section 3. The Board directs the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee to distribute copies of this resolution to Section 8 Participants and Section 8 Owners and to post said resolution on the PHCD’s website.



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