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2011-2015 Strategic Plan
The HUD Consolidated Plan meets the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirements for consolidating the application for several grant programs into one submission. The programs include: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG). Pinellas County does not receive Housing Opportunities for People with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) funds directly. These funds are set aside through the City of Tampa’s allocation for Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough, and Pinellas Counties. Area agencies compete for these funds on a yearly basis. The allocations are based on incidents of HIV/AIDS in each jurisdiction. Pinellas County’s allocation for 2008 was approximately thirty-eight percent (38%) of the total funding.
These programs are intended to accomplish three main goals: Secure decent housing, provide a suitable living environment; and expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons. The Consolidated Plan brings together the planning, application, reporting and citizen participation components of each of the grant programs. The coordination of these processes is accomplished through a consortium of local jurisdictions referred to as the Pinellas County Consortium. The Pinellas County Community Development Department is the lead agency in development, coordination, submission, and implementation of Pinellas County’s 2011-2015 Consolidated Plan. This five-year planning document, which begins on October 1, 2010 and ends September 30, 2015, identifies priority housing, homeless, special populations, and community development needs.
Allocation priorities for CDBG and ESG funds are based upon a competitive application process, whereby organizations such as County departments and not-for-profit agencies have the opportunity to submit proposals to fund projects that meet the goals and objectives of the HUD approved Consolidated Plan. Objectives reflect the statutory goals of providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunity; outcomes refer to the benefits to the public/program participants that are external to the program; the outcome statement connects each outcome to an overarching objective to produce a statement that can be used by HUD to develop narratives which will document results of program activities on a national level. The link between objectives, outcomes, and outcome statements is as follows:
Suitable Living Environment
|(SL-1) Accessibility for the purpose of creating suitable living environments.||(SL-2) Affordability for the purpose of creating suitable living environments.||(SL-3) Sustainability for the purpose of creating suitable living environments.|
|(DH-1) Accessibility for the purpose of providing decent housing.||(DH-2) Affordability for the purpose of providing decent housing.||(DH-3) Sustainability for the purpose of providing decent housing.|
|(EO-1) Accessibility for the purpose of creating economic opportunities.||(EO-2) Affordability for the purpose of creating economic opportunities.||(EO-3) Sustainability for the purpose of creating economic opportunities.|
Availability/Accessibility – applies to activities that make services, infrastructure, public services, public facilities, housing, or shelter available or accessible to low- and moderate-income people, including persons with disabilities.
Affordability – applies to activities that provide affordability in a variety of ways to low- and moderate-income people.
Sustainability – applies to activities that are aimed at improving communities or neighborhoods, helping to make them livable or viable by providing benefit to person’s of low- and moderate-income or by removing or eliminating slums or blighted areas, through multiple activities or services that sustain communities or neighborhoods.
During the first four years of this 5-year Consolidated Plan, through its housing programs, Pinellas County assisted a total of 910 units with $32,931,854 in Federal, State and local funding. These funds leveraged $65,790,203 in private dollars. Below is a breakout of the housing strategy accomplishments:
|Assisted Units||Grant Funds||Leveraged Funds|
In 2006, the HFA provided $1,343,000 to build ten new single-family homes through the Operation KickStart Program in Tarpon Springs, one of our Cooperating Cities. Through the HFA’s Multifamily Bond Program, the Authority provided financial assistance in excess of $34 Million towards the acquisition, rehabilitation and/or construction of Aluna Largo, James Park and the Columbian, consisting of a total of 558 multifamily rental units that are used to house elderly residents.
Sustainable Living Environment
Over the first four years of the Consolidated Plan, Pinellas County expended over $12 Million in CDBG funds. These resources were used throughout the community for projects such as:
- streetscape and sidewalk projects within the Cooperating Cities,
- rehabilitation and construction of facilities providing services to residents countywide,
- demolition of deteriorated and blighted structures,
- neighborhood revitalization within our local strategy areas,
- services and operational funding for youth, elderly and homeless programs,
- housing services that included rental placement and transitional housing, and
- CHORE services for the elderly
Expanded Economic Opportunity
Additionally, 7,293 residents received housing services including homebuyer budgeting, mortgage education classes, foreclosure prevention, and the Homebuyer Information Program, a new initiative aimed at informing potential home buyers of available services, projects and programs offered through the County. The Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County (HFA), a special district created by the Board of County Commissioners, offered three First Time Homebuyer Programs. These programs produced 598 first-time homebuyers using $74,802,325 in Single-Family Mortgage Revenue Bond funds. In conjunction with the 2007 Program, the HFA provided additional down payment assistance totaling $343,494 to 53 borrowers.