PALM BEACH COUNTY

DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

NOTICE OF FY 2020-2024 CONSOLIDATED PLAN, FY 2020-2021 ACTION PLAN, AND PUBLIC MEETINGS

Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability (DHES) has completed the Draft FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, the FY 2020-2021 Action Plan, the County's Citizen Participation Plan, the County's Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan, and the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choices and will present these plans to the Board of County Commissioners for approval at a public meeting.  These plans are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order for the County to receive Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program funds. 

 FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan
The Consolidated Plan identifies priority needs related to affordable housing, homelessness, public services, special needs populations, public facilities and infrastructure and economic development based on a local market analysis, needs assessments, and public input via the citizen participation process.  The Consolidated Plan sets forth a strategic plan with goals and objectives for the use of funds received by the County through applicable HUD Community Planning and Development Programs through September 2025.

The objectives of the Strategic Plan is as follows:

  • Affordable Rental Housing – increase the supply of affordable rental housing
  • Affordable Homeownership – Support affordable homeownership
  • Homeless Assistance – assist persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Non-Homeless Special Needs- assist persons with special needs services or housing
  • Non-Housing Community Development Needs
    • Public facilities and infrastructure Improvements
    • Public Services – support services that will address identified needs
    • Special Needs Housing and Services
    • Code Enforcement – support municipal code enforcement activities
    • Demolition and Clearance – demolish unsafe and dilapidated structures

Additionally, the Consolidated Plan includes the following plans and analysis:

The Citizen Participation Plan is required by HUD per 24 CFR Part 91 et al, and serves to provide for and encourage citizen participation in the development of the Consolidated Plan, the Action Plan, any substantial amendments to either plan and performance reports.  It delinieates the County's policies and procedures for citizen participation related to the Consolidated Planning Process.

The Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocatin Assistance Plan is required by HUD per 24 CFR Part 42, subpart C, which specifies further requirements established under Section 104(d) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 concering residential ant-displacement and relocation.

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choices meets HUD's requirement for the County to affirm its commitment to conduct an analysis to identify impediments to fair housing choice whithin the jurisdiction, take appropriate action to overcome the effects of any impediments identified through that analysis, and maintain records reflecting the analysis and actions in that regard.

FY 2020-2021 Action Plan
The Action Plan includes the following proposed projects for FY 2020-2021:

CDBG Program: This program provides grant funds to Palm Beach County to support the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and to expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons.  Funded activities must serve one of the three CDBG National Objectives: 1) to benefit low-and moderate-income persons; 2) to aid in the prevention or elimination of slum or blight; and 3) to meet a community development need of particular urgency.  The County's CDBG entitlement for FY 2020-2021 is $6,689,932.  It is estimated that CDBG program income in the amount of $10,000 will be available for use during the program year.  Proposed CDBG allocations are as follows:  1) Code Enforcement - $253,364; 2) Public Facilities - $1,534,827; 3) Public Infrastructure - $1,782,447; 4) Economic Development - $777,818; 5) Public Services - $1,003,490; 6) Program Administration - $1,337,986; and 7) Contingency Reserve - $10,000. 
ESG Program:  This program provides grant funds to Palm Beach County for direct intervention and support services for homeless persons/families and persons/families who are at risk of becoming homeless. The County's ESG entitlement for FY 2020-2021 of $562,941 is proposed to fund the following eligible categories: 1) Rapid Re-housing - $270,808; 2) Emergency Shelter - $180,538; Client Management Information System - $75,000; and Program Administration - $36,595.  
HOME Program:  This program provides grant funds to Palm Beach County to provide affordable housing for households at 80% or below the area median income.  The County's HOME entitlement for FY 2020-2021 is $2,391,052.  Proposed use of HOME funds are as follows: 1) Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Administered Program - $358,657; 2) CHDO Operating Expenses - $119,553; 3) Rental Housing Development - $800,000; 4) Homebuyer Assistance Program - $623,737; 5) Tenant Based Rental Assistance - $250,000; and 6) Program Administration - $239,105.     

The Draft FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, the FY 2020-2021 Action Plan, the County's Citizen Participation Plan, the County's Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan, and the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choices are now available for review on DHES's website (see links below) and at the Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability, 100 Australian Avenue, Suite 500, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406 (for additional information and business hours, please call (561) 233-3600).  

All interested parties are invited to submit written comments to DHES's Strategic Planning Section at either hescomments@pbcgov.org or in writing to the SPO Director at 100 Australian Avenue, Suite 500, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 no later than Monday, July 13, 2020.

Virtual Public Meeting
Purpose:         To obtain public input on the Consolidated and Action Plans
Date:                June 23, 2020
Time:                2:00pm
Place:               Interested parties can request a meeting ID at HEScomments@pbcgov.org

BCC Public Meeting
Purpose:         To approve the Consolidated and Action Plans
Date:                Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - No time certain (BCC meetings begin at 9:30 a.m.)
Place:               PBC Governmental Center, 6th Floor Commission Chambers,
                         301 North Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Please visit our website at pbcgov.com/hes for notification of any possible changes of meeting dates/times.  If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the BCC with respect to any matter considered at the meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that for such purpose he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.  Following final approval by the BCC, all documents will be available on DHES's website at pbcgov.com/hes.
 
SI TIENE PREGUNTAS O COMENTARIOS, POR FAVOR LLAME A HES AL (561) 233-3689.
 
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DRAFT FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and FY 2020-2021 Action Plan (revised 6.22.2020)

DRAFT Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choices

DRAFT Citizen Participation Plan

DRAFT Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan