Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 121100
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File Number: 121100 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-596-12 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: CDBG TARGETED FOR NRSA Introduced: 5/30/2012
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 7/3/2012
Agenda Date: 7/3/2012 Agenda Item Number: 11A16
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR THE MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO TARGET COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS TO NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION STRATEGY AREAS AND TO REVISE THE COUNTY’S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND POLICY PAPERS TO REQUIRE SUCH TARGETING OF FUNDS
Indexes: CDBG FUNDS
Sponsors: Jean Monestime, Co-Prime Sponsor
  Lynda Bell, Co-Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, 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 7/3/2012 11A16 Adopted P

Economic Development & Social Services Committee 6/13/2012 2E Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Cynthia Johnson-Stacks read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Bell proceeded to provide an overview of the intent of this proposed resolution. She noted because of the concerns in connection with decreasing levels of funding, she participated in a Sunshine Meeting with Commissioner Monestime regarding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocations. She pointed out that this year the County saw a 74 percent decrease in the CDBG funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (USHUD) and that Congress continued to have discussions regarding budget reductions. Commissioner Bell noted this item was intended to focus the shrinking amount of funding and use it in the most effective and targeted manner to yield positive results for the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategic Areas (NRSA). She stressed that splitting the funds among all districts diluted their effectiveness. She stated that she and Commissioner Monestime were proposing that each NRSA develop a strategic plan in accordance with the needs of the area and which met the CDBG primary objectives. She said that the Board could then approve and prioritize plans rather than splitting the funds and not having much to show for it. Chairwoman Sosa asked Deputy Mayor Russell Benford along with the Public Housing and Community Development Department Director Gregg Fortner to provide a presentation at the next Committee meeting regarding the effect the new 2010 Census data would have on the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategic Areas (NRSAs). In addition, Commissioner Barreiro asked Deputy Mayor Russell Benford along with the Public Housing and Community Development Department Director Gregg Fortner to include in their report data not only on Unincorporated Municipal Service Areas (UMSA) but also on countywide areas, in order to identify the pockets with the most needs. Chairwoman Sosa expressed her intent to have a light agenda for the next Committee meeting to allow time to review the information requested. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 5/30/2012 Referred Economic Development & Social Services Committee 6/13/2012

County Attorney 5/30/2012 Assigned Shannon D. Summerset

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR THE MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO TARGET COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS TO NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION STRATEGY AREAS AND TO REVISE THE COUNTY’S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND POLICY PAPERS TO REQUIRE SUCH TARGETING OF FUNDS

BODY

WHEREAS, the Community Development Block Grant program has as its primary objective the development of viable urban communities, by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income; and
WHEREAS, the amount of Community Development Block Grant funds received by the County is based on its low and moderate income populations; and
WHEREAS, on January 5, 1995, the Federal Register, which is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, published the authorization for entitlement grantees to develop comprehensive approaches to address economic development needs in a designated neighborhood within their community. These areas are referred to as Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas or NRSAs; and
WHEREAS, the focus of the strategy for NRSAs must be economic empowerment of the low- and moderate-income population of the NRSA; and
WHEREAS, Community Development Block Grant funds should be targeted to the NRSAs as areas determined by the County to have high need; and
WHEREAS, there are currently eight (8) areas designated as NRSAs within Miami-Dade County (the “County”); and
WHEREAS, NRSAs were established pursuant to the County’s submission of its Consolidated Plan to HUD,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Directs the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee to target Community Development Block Grant funds to Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas by doing the following with respect to the forty percent (40%) of Community Development Block Grant funds not allocated to County departments or the administration of the program: requiring a minimum of fifty percent (50%) of those Community Development Block Grant funds to be used for economic development. Economic development shall mean an activity or project that creates jobs and includes, but is not limited to, technical assistance, microenterprise activities, commercial rehabilitation, commercial façade improvement, and job training; requiring that any allocation to Parks, Public Works or other infrastructure projects go to Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas and that Community Development Block Grant funds compose no more than fifty percent (50%) of the total project cost, except that Community Development Block Grant funds awarded to any infrastructure project that has been previously approved by the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Community Advisory Committee as part of that NRSA’s Strategic Plan shall not be subject to this fifty percent (50%) limitation; any allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds allocated to infrastructure projects outside of the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of County Commissioners and the allocation may not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the total project cost.
Section 2. The Mayor or the Mayor’s Designee is further directed to include in the County’s consolidated plan, policy paper, and other necessary documents or legislation language to effectuate the targeting of Community Development Block Grant funds to Neighborhood Revitalization Areas as directed herein.
Section 3. The requirements of this resolution shall apply to recaptured and re-allocated Community Development Block Grant funds as well as new allocations of Community Development Block Grant funds. Recaptured and reallocated Community Development Block Grant funds shall be allocated in the manner provided herein and shall be awarded to projects and activities which have been designated a priority.



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