HUD CAPER Performance Assessment Letter
OUR PROGRAMSThe main programs administered by the Division are the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program, and the State of Florida-funded housing program, known as the State Housing Initiatives Program (SHIP). The Division also administers other special initiative programs targeted at income eligible recipients, and frequently relating to housing opportunities. For organizations interested in applying for funding from these programs, click Getting Funded.Community Development Block Grant ProgramThe Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible HUD program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run domestic programs at HUD. Under the CDBG Entitlement Program, HUD provides funds directly to urban counties and metropolitan cities based on a population-based formula.
Annually, the City of Miami Beach receives approximately $1 Million in CDBG funds from HUD. Not less than 70 percent of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. In addition, each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available.The use of CDBG funds is determined with considerable input from the community. CDBG funds can be used for public services for income-eligible participants, such as senior meals; renovating senior and youth centers; rehabilitate existing housing units; and funding fair housing and home ownership initiatives. The City issues a competitive process on an annual basis to accept funding applications from organizations.CDBG FY 14/15 Grantees Score Cards
For a list of agencies currently receiving CDBG funding.
HOME Investment Partnership ProgramThe HOME Investments Partnership Program (HOME), funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the largest Federal block grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. HOME funds are awarded annually as formula grants to participating jurisdictions. Annually, the City of Miami Beach receives approximately $1,100,000 in HOME funds from HUD.
Participating jurisdictions may choose among a broad range of eligible activities, using HOME funds to provide home purchase or rehabilitation financing assistance to eligible homeowners and new homebuyers; build or rehabilitate housing for rent or ownership; or for "other reasonable and necessary expenses related to the development of non-luxury housing," including site acquisition or improvement, demolition of dilapidated housing to make way for HOME-assisted development, and payment of relocation expenses.The eligibility of households for HOME assistance varies with the nature of the funded activity. For rental housing and rental assistance, at least 90 percent of benefiting families must have incomes that are no more than 60 percent of the HUD-adjusted median family income for the area. In rental projects with five or more assisted units, at least 20% of the units must be occupied by families with incomes that do not exceed 50% of the HUD-adjusted median. The incomes of households receiving HUD assistance must not exceed 80 percent of the area median. HOME income limits are published each year by HUD.The City publishes an annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program. Funds may be utilized for acquisition and/or rehabilitation of multi-family buildings to provide affordable rental units or home ownership opportunities, as well as homebuyer programs.CAPER 2015-16 Examples of HOME-funded activities include:Home Buyer Assistance Program
The Home Buyer Assistance Program provides assistance to income-eligible homebuyers in the form of silent mortgages, down payment and closing costs assistance, and home ownership counseling.
Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program
The Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program provides assistance to income-eligible homeowners to rehabilitate their homes (which may include condominium units.) Eligible participants must reside in their homes and meet income guidelines.
For a list of agencies SHIP Program The City publishes an annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program. Funds may be utilized for the rehabilitation of housing units being acquired in conjunction with a home ownership assistance program.For a list of agencies
Residential Housing Program:
The Office of
Housing & Community Development (HCD) is tasked with managing the City of
Miami Beach’s Affordable Housing Program, encompassing those residential,
multi-household buildings receiving US Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) subsidy.
are occupied by eligible applicants selected from a waitlist posted at www.miamibeachfl.gov The selection process can be viewed in our Tenancy Manual
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Important phone numbers:
Office of Housing and
Community Services 305.673.7260 (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm)
After Hours 786.785.0511
To view 2015-16 HUD rent limits, utility allowances and
income limits, please click on hyperlink to view document.
The City of Miami Beach is an equal housing opportunity provider.
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Conflict of Interest Disclosure
The City of Miami Beach is an entitlement
recipient of Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) under the HOME Investments Partnership Program. The City
received funding to facilitate the purchase and rehabilitation of multi-family
housing properties within the City to be rented to income-eligible tenants. The
Office of Housing and Community Services maintains these properties and keeps a
waiting list, whereby applicants are contacted in numerical order once a unit
appropriate for their household size becomes available. The City has
encountered applicant #591- Mr. Oscar Lopez, a City employee currently working
for the Police Station.
The Federal Government's Code of Federal
Regulations, 24 CFR Section 570.611 states: "(c) Conflicts Prohibited. The
general rule is that no person described in paragraph (c) of this section who
exercise or have exercised any functions or responsibilities with respect to
the CDBG activities assisted under this part, or who are in a position to
participate in a decision making process or gain inside information with regard
to such activities, may obtain a financial interest or benefit from a
CDBG-assisted activity or have a financial interest in any contract, or agreement
with respect to a CDBG-assisted activity either for themselves or those with
whom they have business or immediate family ties, during their tenure or one
year thereafter . . ." "(c) Persons Covered. The conflict of interest
provisions of paragraph (b) of this section apply to any person who is an
employee, agent, consultant, officer, or elected official or appointed official
of the participating jurisdiction, State recipient, or sub-recipients which are
receiving funds under this part."
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) may grant an exception to these provisions and allow Mr.
Lopez to participate in the Affordable Housing Program, provided the City
publicly disclose the nature of the potential conflict and an opinion from the
City Attorney that the interest for which we are seeking the exception is not
in violation of State or Local law. The potential conflict in this case arises
from the fact that the applicant is an employee of the City of Miami Beach, and
the City is a recipient of HOME funding. Mr. Raul Aguila, serving as City
Attorney, will review all documentation and issue a legal opinion regarding the
potential conflict of interest. He will determine whether Mr. Lopez application
violates 24 CFR 570.611 or any City administrative policy.
Residents are encouraged to review the
complete opinion and provide written comments. Copies of the opinion are
available for review at the Office of Housing and Community Services website www.miamibeachfl.gov/housingcommdev and at
the office, located at 555 17th street Miami Beach, FL 33139 during
regular business hours, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the
15-day period to commence on April 27, 2017 thru May 11, 2017. Comments
may be submitted to the Office of Housing and Community Services by mail, in
person, or by e-mail to email@example.com on or
before the set deadline.
If you have any questions regarding this
notice please feel free to contact Ms. Maria Ruiz, Department Director at the
Office of Housing and Community Services (305) 673-7260.