Neighborhood & Housing Services Department

GMA In Action

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (rfa) IN aFFORDABLE hOUSING dEVELOPMENT

The City of San Antonio’s Neighborhood and Housing Services Department (NHSD) is requesting applications from nonprofit and for-profit developers for the following types of affordable housing projects:

  • Rental Housing Development: includes new construction or rental rehabilitation development projects. The City has allocated a minimum of $3,250,000.00 in Community Development Grant Funds (CDBG) funding and $1,250,000.00 in HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds specifically for these activities in the FY 2020 Annual Action Plan.
  • Homeownership Development: includes new construction or rehabilitation of affordable single-family houses to be sold to persons who have an are median income (AMI) at 80% or below. The City has allocated a minimum of $1,750,000.00 in Community Development Grant Funds (CDBG) funding and $1,250,000.00 in HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds specifically for these activities in the FY 2020 Annual Action Plan

At the time of application, the developer should have secured site control, and have secured, at least conditionally, all non-federal funding. The City is not obligated under this process to fully award these funds and retains the option, in is sole discretion to reject all proposals.

This RFA is available through the City of San Antonio website, under Bidding and Contracting Opportunities at: http://www.sanantonio.gov/purchasing/biddingcontract/opportunities

 

COMMUNITY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department (NHSD) is seeking applications for Operating Expense Funding in the amount of $150,000 from qualified Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO).  CHDO Operating Expense funds can be utilized for salaries, benefits, employee training and travel, rent, equipment and other operating expenses. A pre-submittal conference will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 and the completed applications are due on September 13, 2019. 

For more information, please visit https://www.sanantonio.gov/GMA/How-to-Apply


PROGRAM POLICIES FOR HUD-FUNDED AFFORDABLE HOUSING ACTIVITIES

As recipients of federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of San Antonio (the City) is required to develop policies that will dictate programmatic requirements.  The current Program Policies for HUD-Funded Affordable Housing Activities (Program Policies) were approved by the City Council on January 18, 2018 and apply to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).  Utilizing HUD guidance, national best practices and stakeholder input, the City is initiating a review and update to the current Program Policies in order to ensure that the City’s policies are comprehensive and in compliance with HUD regulations; provide streamlined, consistent guidelines for federally-funded affordable housing activities; and align with the needs of our community.  The Program Policies do not provide a funding strategy nor do they allocate funding.

PUBLIC INPUT

The public comment period will be initiated on August 26, 2019 and will continue through September 10, 2019. To leave a comment click here. The City will hold two public meetings to provide an overview of the Program Policies. To register for the public input session click the flyer below. 

  • September 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm – Neighborhood & Housing Services Department
                             Main Conference Room A
                                                 1400 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX 78204
  • September 4, 2019 at 9:00 am – Neighborhood & Housing Services Department
                        Main Conference Room A
                                                 1400 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX 78204

REFERENCE dOCUMENTS

Assessment of Fair Housing

The City of San Antonio (the City) is the recipient of federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As such, the City has an obligation to affirmatively further fair housing as required by the Fair Housing Act (the Act) of 1968. The Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings and in other real estate-related transactions because of race, color, religion, gender, familial status, national origin or disability. In addition, it requires that the City administer HUD-funded programs and activities relating to housing and urban development in a manner that affirmatively furthers the policies of the Act.

HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule, previously the Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice, provides an effective planning approach to aid program participants in taking meaningful actions to overcome historic patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice, and foster inclusive communities that are free from discrimination.

The Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) entails the following:

  1. Analyze data;
  2. Engage the community;
  3. Identify significant contributing factors;
  4. Prioritize significant contributing factors;
  5. Set fair housing goals;
  6. Integrate goals and priorities into plans;
  7. Take meaningful actions.
TIMELINE
Date Activity
March 3, 2019 Issue Public Notice in the San Antonio Express News Announcing 60 Day Public Input Period, Community Input Sessions and Initiation of the SASpeakUp on Fair Housing Campaign
March 4, 2019 Initiate Stakeholder Interviews and Fair Housing Survey
March 13, 2019 Conduct Community Input Session #1 at 6pm in the Central Library Auditorium
April 10, 2019 Conduct Community Input Session #2 at 6pm in the Central Library Auditorium
May 3, 2019 End of Public Input Period
May 6, 2019 to Present  Compile and Analyze Community Input, Develop Key Findings, and Draft Preliminary Recommendations for Fair Housing Goals and Priorities

Substantial Amendment #1 to the HUD PY 2018 (FY 2019) Action Plan

The City receives an estimated $12 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement funding annually from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. On August 2, 2018, City Council approved the FY 2019 Action Plan and Budget which allocated $12.99 million in CDBG Funding. Every year, the City undergoes a comprehensive and public process to reprogram CDBG funds. As a result of program savings, cancelled activities and program income, staff has identified $2,701,242.90 in CDBG funds and recommends reprogramming funding to the following activities:up to $1,300,000.00 for Zarzamora Service Center Environmental Remediation; up to $500,000.00 for the Air Conditioning Partnership for Public Housing Residents; up to $250,000.00 for House of Neighborly Services Facility Improvements; up to $200,000.00 for East Meadows Infrastructure Improvements; up to $200,000.00 for the Short-Term Emergency Rental Assistance Program; and up to $251,242.90 for Public Infrastructure Improvements Supplemental Funding. The City of San Antonio is initiating a 30-day public comment period on Monday, February 18, 2019 and will hold two public hearings. The first public hearing will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in the auditorium of the San Antonio Central Library and the second public hearing will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in the City Council Chamber, Municipal Plaza Building.

  • Priority 1: Provide Decent Safe Affordable Housing
  • Priority 2: Provide Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts
  • Priority 3: Provide for Special Needs Populations
  • Priority 4: Provide Housing and Supportive Services for Homeless Population
  • Priority 5: Provide Economic Development
PUBLIC COMMENTS

All comments received by March 20, 2019 will be considered prior to City Council consideration on March 21, 2019. Please provide your comments about the Substantial Amendment #1 to the PY 2018 (FY 2019) Action Plan (reprogramming of Community Development Block Grant funds) .

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NCD WEEK 2019

National Community Development (NCD) Week is an annual celebration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). This year, NCD Week is held April 22-26, 2019 and the theme is “CDBG & HOME Programs Make Communities Better Places to Live and Work."

During this week, there is nation-wide advocacy for federal funding in support of the CDBG and HOME Programs. The City of San Antonio’s Neighborhood and Housing Services Department, in collaboration with our affordable housing and community development partners, will be highlighting San Antonio’s successes with CDBG and HOME-funded activities.