|Consideration of Ratification of Funding Agreement: City Council Ratification of Funding Agreement No. 801-23 between the City of Flagstaff and Arizona Department of Housing
|STAFF RECOMMENDED ACTION:
Ratify the Funding Agreement No. 801-23, between the City of Flagstaff and Arizona Department of Housing for the City of Flagstaff Emergency Unsheltered Homeless Services program, utilizing $840,000.00 in FY23 S.B. 1720 Homeless Shelter and Services Funds
|City Council is being requested to ratify the City Manager's Approval of a Funding Agreement in the amount of $840,000.00 between the City of Flagstaff (City) and Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH) to provide supportive services, overnight shelter and move in assistance to individuals and households experiencing homelessness.
On June 5, 2023, Housing Section staff received notice from the Arizona Department of Housing of their intent to award $840,000.00 of Homeless Shelter and Services Funding (HSSF) to the City of Flagstaff for the Emergency Unsheltered Homeless Services program. The City will partner with local homeless and housing service providers to facilitate supportive services, overnight shelter, transitional housing and move-in assistance for households experiencing homelessness. The funding offer was accepted in July by the City of Flagstaff in order to abide ADOH requirements for the State of Arizona FY23 Budget Appropriations and a period of performance beginning July 1, 2023.
The City of Flagstaff will receive $840,000.00 in funding from the Arizona Department of Housing. The City will utilize $140,000.00 for administrative and indirect costs and $700,000.00 will be allocated to community partners through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and proposal process.
This grant and program is not budgeted in the FY24 budget due to the timing of this funding opportunity. The budget and appropriation for this grant will be covered within account numbers 021-05-107-6103-4 & 021-05-107-6104-4 and 021-05-108-6111-4.
The City of Flagstaff 10-Year Housing Plan provides policy initiatives and strategies that the City will implement to address the City's Housing Emergency including reducing homelessness. With funding from the Arizona Department of Housing, the City of Flagstaff will provide supportive services for 600 unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness including case management, overnight shelter, and move-in assistance.
|Connection to PBB Priorities/Objectives, Carbon Neutrality Plan & Regional Plan:
|Priority Based Budget Key Community Priorities and Objectives
- Safe & Healthy Community
- Support social services, community partners & housing opportunities
- Provide alternative responses, resources & programs, inclusive of mental health & other services
- Inclusive & Engaged Community
- Foster community pride & civic engagement by increasing opportunities for public involvement, in line with best practices & legal requirements
- Advance social equity & social justice in Flagstaff by supporting social services
- Facilitate & foster diversity & inclusivity, including support of anti-racist policies & practices
- Enhance community involvement, education & regional partnerships to strengthen the level of public trust
- Ensure city facilities, services, & programs are accessible for all residents & representative of Flagstaff’s diverse community
- Sustainable, Innovative Infrastructure
- Support the community’s social infrastructure needs; assist those partner organizations that provide services the City does not
- Robust Resilient Economy
- Support & strengthen a more robust, diverse, & sustainable economy in ways that reflect community values & provides for affordable housing opportunities
- Enhance understanding between the development community, the City & Flagstaff residents
- Enhance the community’s workforce development programs & improve partnerships with higher education institutions & the private & public sectors
- Livable Community
- Support regional partners which provide equitable & inclusive educational opportunities for Flagstaff residents of all ages
- Actively support attainable & affordable housing through City projects & opportunities with developers
- Environmental Stewardship
- Implement, maintain & further the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan (CAAP) with awareness of social inequities
Carbon Neutrality Plan
- Goal NH.1. Foster and maintain healthy and diverse urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods in the Flagstaff region.
- Policy NH.1.1. Preserve and enhance existing neighborhoods.
- Goal NH.3. Make available a variety of housing types at different price points, to provide housing opportunities for all economic sectors.
- Policy NH.3.1. Provide a variety of housing types throughout the City and region, including purchase and rental options, to expand the choices available to meet the financial and lifestyle needs of our diverse population.
- Policy NH.3.3. Increase the availability of affordable housing for very low-income persons, through innovative and effective funding mechanisms
- Goal NH.4. All housing is safe and sanitary.
- Policy NH.4.1. Expand the availability of affordable housing throughout the region by preserving existing housing, including housing for very low-income persons. Policy NH.4.2. Reduce substandard housing units by conserving and rehabilitating existing housing stock to minimize impacts on existing residents.
- Policy NH.4.3. Address accessibility issues and other housing barriers to persons with disabilities or special needs.
- Policy NH.4.4. Encourage green practices in housing construction and rehabilitation that support durable, healthy, and energy efficient homes.
- Policy NH.4.5. Renovate the existing housing stock to conserve energy and reduce utility and maintenance costs for owners and occupants.
- Policy NH.4.6. Consider and integrate public transportation, when possible, in planning housing developments, to help reduce a household’s transportation costs and minimize impact on the community’s roads and transportation system.
- Policy NH.4.7. Enforce compliance with fair housing laws.
- Goal NH.5. Eliminate homelessness.
- Policy NH.5.1. Provide adequate resources for families with children experiencing homelessness.
- Policy NH.5.2. Provide adequate resources for individuals experiencing homelessness.
- Policy NH.5.3. Support and expand programs that prevent homelessness.
- Policy NH.5.4. Make transitional housing resources available to populations experiencing homelessness
10 Year Housing Plan
- Community resilience
- CR-1: Ensure all mitigation actions improve Flagstaff’s ability to adapt to the future.
- CR-2: Strengthen existing community systems to create resilience to both short-term shocks and long-term change.
- Equitable systems
- ES-2: Proactively engage community members on an ongoing basis
- ES-4: Actively seek to recognize past harms, repair trust, and build deeper relationships with community members.
- Connect people to equitable housing solutions.
- Connect 1: Reduce homelessness in the Flagstaff community and seek creative solutions to foster housing permanency for all.
- Connect 1.3 Continue to support and develop Coordinated Entry as a meaningful process that provides linkages to healthcare, behavioral health, and housing
- Connect 2: Implement a framework for centering equity in proposed and existing housing practices, policies, and programs.
- Connect 2.1 Evaluate housing policies and strategies in City of Flagstaff planning documents through an equity lens.
- Connect 2.2 Encourage community organizations such as local Continuum of Care to continue to integrate equity into programs and policies.
- Connect 3: Integrate healthcare into housing programs, and housing into healthcare programs, as appropriate.
- Connect 3.3 Work in partnership with the community to develop and promote community health measurement data collection into housing services when viable
- Connect 3.2 Encourage neighborhoods, housing types and building practices that increase health.
- Connect 3.1 Raise awareness of housing security as a social determinate of health
- Preserve affordable housing
- Preserve 1: Encourage the adaptive reuse of buildings.
- Preserve 2.2 Acquire and rehabilitate already built properties for affordable housing projects when financially feasible.
- Protect people from housing discrimination and remove housing barriers.
- Protect 1: Continue Flagstaff's commitment to further Federal and Arizona Fair Housing laws in all housing-related services and programs, valuing the efforts of those who seek to reduce barriers to equitable housing opportunities, and providing Fair Housing education and resources to the community.
|Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
|There has not been a previous council decision on this specific grant. City Council adopted the 10 Year Housing Plan in February 2022.
|Options and Alternatives:
- Ratify the Funding Agreement No. 801-23, between the City of Flagstaff and Arizona Department of Housing for the City of Flagstaff Emergency Unsheltered Homeless Services program, utilizing $840,000.00 in FY23 S.B. 1720 Homeless Shelter and Services Funds
- Do not ratify the Funding Agreement No. 801-23
|On May 19, 2023, the Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH) released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for $20,000,000 in Homeless Shelter and Services Funds (HSSF). Funding must be used for programs that will provide shelter and services to unsheltered persons who are experiencing homelessness. Allowable activities include but are not limited to: operating support, motel and hotel vouchers, the acquisition and conversion of temporary accommodations like hotels and motels, and other quick occupancy housing solutions.
Housing Section staff submitted a proposal on May 26, 2023 with a request for $840,000.00 for the City of Flagstaff Emergency Unsheltered Homeless services program to provide supportive and housing services to 600 unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness.
On June 5, 2023, Housing Section staff received notice from ADOH of their intent to award $840,000.00 in HSSF to the City of Flagstaff for the Emergency Unsheltered Homeless Services program. The funding offer was accepted in July by the City of Flagstaff in order to abide ADOH requirements for the State of Arizona FY23 Budget Appropriations and a period of performance beginning July 1, 2023.
The City will partner with local homeless and housing service providers to facilitate supportive services, overnight shelter, transitional housing and move-in assistance for households experiencing homelessness. A Notice of Funding Availability will be released in October 2023.
|Community Benefits and Considerations:
|The City of Flagstaff Emergency Unsheltered Homeless Services program will provide supportive services, overnight shelter and move in assistance to individuals and households experiencing homelessness. Supportive services and overnight shelter will include hotel/motel bed nights as emergency shelter for victims of crime who are unhoused due to their victimization, and temporary emergency shelter and transportation to people impacted by the closure of the “sober living” / residential facilities as part of Rainbow Bridge. The City will partner with local homeless and housing service providers to facilitate emergency and overnight shelter, transitional housing and move-in assistance for households experiencing homelessness – providing a Housing First model and fostering permanency.
With Homeless Shelter and Services Funds from the Arizona Department of Housing, the City of Flagstaff will provide supportive services for 600 unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness. This will include a minimum of 20 homeless households receiving move-in assistance to cover security deposits and application fees for quick housing occupancy; motel/hotel vouchers will be provided to 200 individuals and supportive services, overnight shelter, transportation, coordinated entry and transitional housing for an additional 380 individuals.