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  • 1. Public Housing Authorities: Partners in Ending Homelessness Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority Michael G. Wong, Executive Director
  • 2. Partners in Ending Homelessness
    • Enhance understanding of Redevelopment and Housing Authorities and how they can assist in Ending Homelessness
    • Improve relationships between homeless service providers and Authorities
    • Increase awareness of opportunities to Partner
  • 3. City of Harrisonburg
  • 4. Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority
    • Political Sub-Division formed under Title 36 of the Code of Virginia and Voter Referendum
    • Continuous operation since 1955
    • Redevelopment and Housing
  • 5. Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority
    • Pursuant to the Act, the Authority has the power to finance, acquire, construct, sale, own or operate real property for the purposes of providing low to moderate income housing, the elimination of blight or blighting influences and the facilitation of economic development.
  • 6. Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority: Mission
    • To promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity, and a suitable living environment free from discrimination; and to foster redevelopment of blighted areas to ensure the economic, social and housing vitality of our community
  • 7. Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority
    • Annually 12 million dollar budget
    • Federal Program
      • 129 Project-Base Housing
      • 843 Housing Choice Voucher
      • 62 unit Section 8 New Construction
      • 62 unit low income housing tax credit
      • Grant funds
  • 8. Partnerships with Redevelopment and Housing Authorities
    • Govern by a Board of Commissioners appointed by City Council
    • Annual Plan and 5 Year Plan
    • Required Public Hearing on proposed budget, approval of Annual Plan, and any “substantial” changes to the Annual/5 Year Plan
  • 9. Partnerships with Redevelopment and Housing Authorities
    • 45 day comment period, advertised in the local newspaper
    • Lead Local entity has to certify that the plan is consistent with the area’s consolidated plans
  • 10. Partnerships with Redevelopment and Housing Authorities
    • Housing Choice Voucher Program is driven by the Admission and Continued Occupancy Plan (ACOP)
    • Preference and Point system used to prioritize services
  • 11. Partnerships with Redevelopment and Housing Authorities: HA Challenges
    • All Authorities are different and are driven by local issues
    • Authorities operating at 89-91% of its budgets, aging out units, increased federal regulations
    • Local issues affects capacities of Authorities to partner
  • 12. Partners in Ending Homelessness
    • Harrisonburg RHA lead agency for continuum of care funds
    • HMIS Administrator
    • Chair of CoC and Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness
    • City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County approval of 10 Year plan and Year 1 and 2 Goals
  • 13. Partnerships with Redevelopment and Housing Authorities: Opportunities
    • Joint Grant Applications for housing and service coordination resources
    • Tenant outreach and lease up support
    • Redevelopment and Development of Properties for Non-Profits
      • Permanent Supportive Housing
  • 14. Partners in Ending Homelessness
    • Service Coordinator
      • Valley Program for Aging
      • Valley Association of Independent Living
    • Family Unification Program
      • Department of Social Services
    • Non Elderly Persons w/ Disabilities
      • Community Services Board
      • Valley Association of Independent Living
  • 15. Partnerships with Redevelopment and Housing Authorities
    • Enhance understanding of Redevelopment and Housing Authorities and how they can assist in ending homelessness
    • Improve relationships between homeless service providers and Authorities
    • Increased awareness of opportunities to Partner
    • Questions and Answers/ Thank you for attending