o Staff can’t run both federal and local programs – so what do we need to implement? What approaches do we need? • NDD staffing changes and recommendations – what are peer cities in terms of staffing? o Charlotte, Wake County? Others? o City of Durham – Affordable Housing Dept. o Metropolitan Mayors Council o What will be useful to City: org chart and staffing levels, direction on what programs/functions are kept in house vs. contracted out, definition on division between NDD and Planning
Partnership with Greensboro Housing Authority •
City wants to be more collaborative with GHA o GHA focused on RAD, now they want to be seen as affordable housing developer o GHA wants to do comprehensive redevelopment of Smith Homes site, but may be difficult to collaborate o GHA also owns land they want to develop May 29, 2019 Meeting with Cynthia Blue, NDD Program Discussion
• Code Compliance : $3M for forced repairs, MF or SF – City fixes property, then places lien – money should revolve. No current geographic targeting. Public pressure to date is driving – complaint driven. We do not have internal staff capacity to implement this. o Need staff capacity to identify properties, then staff to do construction and repairs o Most effective – where 1 st mortgages exist, they don’t want lien ahead of them o City can take properties if lien not paid – City ramping up foreclosure activity o CHS has most capacity and skills to do MF repairs but they don’t have steady funding • East Greensboro Revolving Loan Fund: Bond money to do new development in E Greensboro without federal constraints, goal is neighborhood revitalization in targeted way. o 2 projects funded: 1 tax credit rehab, other was 24 units new construction by local minority developer (80% AMI and below). • Handicapped Accessibility Improvements: Not launched yet. Could be folded into other programs. It is critical need, so need to invest in this area. • Supportive Housing Units for Homeless/Disabled/Veterans: Approach to supportive housing: primarily all supportive housing development – small rental projects, not tax credits, not integrated into other low-income developments. • Nonprofit Homebuyer Lending Revolving Loan Fund: Goal is to help Habitat operate, program is not targeted. Will be set up as pool and you can get chunk of funds – modeled on NCHFA’s pool. Habitat submits plans, get funds per house from this revolving loan fund. Self Help could also apply, not many others who are self-funding mortgages – has to be person willing to do co-first position mortgage and pay City – banks won’t be willing to do this.