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2012-101-1696 - Miami Gardens Housing Authority  1515  NW  167  Street, Building  5  Suite  200    Miami  Gardens, Florida  33169    City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: July 11, 2012 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading:(Enter X in box) 1 st Reading 2 nd Reading X Public Hearing:(Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No X Funding Source: N/A Advertising Requirement:(Enter X in box) Yes No X Contract/P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #:N/A X Strategic Plan Related (Enter X in box) Yes No Strategic Plan Priority Area: Enhance Organizational Bus. & Economic Dev Public Safety Quality of Education Qual. of Life & City Image Communication Strategic Plan Obj./Strategy: (list the specific objective/strategy this item will address) X Sponsor Name Mayor Shirley Gibson Department:Mayor and Council  Short  Title:  A  RESOLUTION  OF  THE  CITY  COUNCIL  OF  THE  CITY  OF  MIAMI  GARDENS, FLORIDA, DIRECTING  THE  CITY  MANAGER  AND  THE  CITY   ATTORNEY  TO  INVESTIGATE  AND  TAKE  STEPS  TOWARDS  THE  CREATION  OF  A  MIAMI  GARDENS  HOUSING  AGENCY; PROVIDING  FOR  THE  ADOPTION  OF  REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING  FOR  AN  EFFECTIVE  DATE   Staff  Summary:  Background  Since  the  City  became  an  U.S. Department  of  Housing  and  Urban  Development  Entitlement  in  2006, it  has  focused  its  attention  on  programs  that  benefit  low ‐to ‐moderate  income  residents  and  areas  of  the  City  such  as  housing  rehabilitation  and  homeownership  assistance, economic  development, public  services, and  improvements  to  public  facilities  like  parks  an d  infrastructure.  Unfortunately  in  the  past  ITEM K-6) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION Housing Authority   1515  NW  167  Street, Building  5  Suite  200    Miami  Gardens, Florida  33169   two  years, the  City  has  seen  a  significant  decline  in  its  funding  from  the  US  Department  of  Housing  and  Urban  Development  (HUD) as  well  as  from  the  State  of  Florida.  As  the  City’s  housing  stock  continues  to  age  and  funding  resources  become  more  and  more  limited, the  need  for  a  dedicated  housing  entity  in  Miami  Gardens  becomes  increasingly  critical.  Over  the  past  year, City  staff  and  I  have  had  numerous  discussions  about  the  City’s  housing  situation.  Specifically, the  issues  of  defaulted  mortgages, increases  in  investor ‐owned  properties, and  the  lack  of  proper  management  of  the  Section  8  Voucher  program  are  just  a  few  of  the  salient  issues  with  which  the  City  must  contend.  I  have  asked  staff  to  research   various  approaches  to  addressing  some  of  these  housing  concerns.  Current  Situation  Addressing  the  specific  housing  needs  in  a  community  is  a  tall  order.  While  the  Department  of  Community  Development  has  been  funcitioning  in  the  capacity  of  the  City’s  lead  agency  to  provide  residents  with  housing, economic  development  and  public  services  programs, its  reach  is  limited  to  the  amount  of  funding  the  City  receives  through  what  has  already  been  concluded  are  declining  revenue  streams.  To  combat  this  circumstance, the  proposed  resolution  seeks  Council  approval  in  the  creation  of  a  dedicated  Miami  Gardens  Housing  Agency. Currently, the  City  of  Miami  Gardens  does  not  have  a  dedicated  housing  agency ‐style  organization.  Similar  organizations  exist  in  other  communities.  Some  examples  are  Miami  Beach  Community  Development  Corporation, Little  Haiti  Housing  Association, Opa  Locka  Community  Development  Corporation, and   Miami ‐Dade  Housing   Agency.  Review  of  the  core  mission  of  these  organizations  reveals  that  while  similar  in  purpose, their  focus  is  primarily  limited  to  a  particular  community.  Nevertheless, the  challenges  and  experiences  endured  in  the  City’s  first  8  years  of  incorporation  confirms  the  need  for  a  dedicated  focus  of  helping  Miami  Gardens  residents  in  housing  related  needs.  Data  from  the  City’s  HUD  5 ‐Year  Consolidated  Plan  (2011 ‐2016) and  the  2010  US  Census  clearly  demonstrates  the  need  for  housing  related  assistance  for  Miami  Gardens  residents, especially  in  the  low ‐to ‐moderate  income  categories.  The  City  has  approximately  36,043  housing  units, just  3.7% of  the  total  housing  stock  in  Miami ‐Dade  County.  Agencies  with  a  countywide  mission  do  not  focus  sufficiently  on  the  relatively  small  percentage  of  Miami  Gardens  housing  stock.  52.7% of  the  housing  stock  in  the  City  was  built  before  1970. As  the  City’s  housing  stock  continues  to  age, more  and  more  structures  will  be  in  need  of  rehabilitation.  81% of  both  renters  and  homeowners  in  the  low ‐to ‐moderate  income  categories  are  experiencing  housing  problems; these  range  from  overcrowded  conditions  to  deteriorated  structures.  In  the  low ‐to ‐moderate  income  population, the  homeownership  rate  is  57% which  is  significantly  below  the  City’s  average  homeownership  rate  of  69.1%  The  average  persons  per  household  in  Miami  Gardens  is  3.25, whereas  the  County’s  is  2.88   In  addition  to  the  data, the  City  has  attempted  to  identify  and  engage  local  non ‐profit  organizations  to  fulfill  the  need  to  address  significant, and  far  reaching  housing  issues.  Unfortunately, what  has  been     1515  NW  167  Street, Building  5  Suite  200    Miami  Gardens, Florida  33169   discovered  is  organizations  with  limited  capacity  in  these  endeavors  and  a  mission  different  than  what  is  intended  with  this  resolution.  Through  the  creation  of  a  Miami  Gardens  Housing  Agency, the  entity  will  have  the  ability  to  assist  low ‐ and  moderate ‐income  families  in  Miami  Gardens  to  attain  the  City’s  goal  of  homeownership  by  providing  affordable  mortgage  financing, support  community  and  economic  development  in  the  area  of  housing, and  lessen  the  impact  of  the  demand  for  affordable  housing  on  local  governmental  resources. The  benefits  of  a  Miami  Gardens  Housing  Agency  are  several:   The  Miami  Gardens  Housing  Agency  will  be  a  501(c)3  (not  for  profit), and  can  solicit  and  accept  grants, donations, gifts  and  other  financial  awards  that  a  local  government  cannot.   The  Agency  will  be  able  to  operate  with  less  restrictions  than  are  imposed  on  entitlement  cities   Housing  programs  carried  out  by  the  agency  would  reduce  or  eliminate  certain  risks  and  liabilities  from  the  City   The  Agency  would  be  able  to  negotiate  and  procure  services  and  goods  in  a  more  economic  manner  which  will  make  the  funds  go  farther    The  Miami  Gardens  Housing  Agency  will  operate  in  concert  with  the  City’s  overall  mission  for  neighborhood  and  community  development, and  will  work  closely  with  City  staff  to  ensure  leveraging  of  resources  The  Miami  Gardens  Housing  Agency  adds  value  to  the  City  and  its  residents  by  creating  its  own  brand, programs  and  initiatives  that  will  have  a  direct  benefit  to  local  residents  and  meet  their  housing  needs  that  have  gone  unmet  by  other  established  organizations.  This  resolution  seeks  Council’s  approval  to  direct  the  City  Manager  and  the  City  Attorney  to  investigate  and  take  any  and  all  necessary  steps  to  assist  in  the  creation  of  aMiami  Gardens  Housing  Agency.   Proposed  Action:  That  the  City  Council  approve  the  attached  resolution. Attachment: