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File #: 22-712    Version: 1
Type: Administrative Items Status: Passed
File created: 8/17/2022 In control: City Council/Public Financing Authority
On agenda: 9/6/2022 Final action: 9/6/2022
Title: Approve and authorize the formation of a Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program for eligible senior mobile home owners
Attachments: 1. 9/6/22 Supp Comm - PPT

SUBMITTED TO: Honorable Mayor and City Council Members

SUBMITTED BY: Al Zelinka, City Manager

VIA: Ursula Luna-Reynosa, Director of Community Development

PREPARED BY: Charles Kovac, Housing Manager

Approve and authorize the formation of a Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program for eligible senior mobile home owners

Statement of Issue:
On June 21, Councilmembers Kalmick and Moser brought forward a proposal to implement a Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program to provide rent relief for very low-income senior mobile home owners. After discussion, the City Council directed staff to research other similar programs and identify best practices, potential partners, funding mechanisms, and program framework that will adhere to all federal regulations, and return to City Council for further consideration of the proposed program.

City staff has conducted extensive research of existing mobile home TBRA programs offered in Fullerton and Anaheim, and the states of Florida and Nevada to review and develop best practices for the proposed Mobile Home Tenant Based Rental Assistance (MHTBRA) Program. Staff also met with the Mobile Home Advisory Board (MHAB) on July 25 to seek input on the proposed MHTBRA. The MHAB recommended the City Council approve the MHTBRA (by a 7-1-1 vote) and further recommended the City Council identify a permanent funding source for the new program.

The City currently offers TBRA for individuals and families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness through the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). This TBRA program is administered by two nonprofit partners: Families Forward and Mercy House. After reviewing federal TBRA guidance and speaking directly with representatives from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), staff has determined that TBRA can also assist eligible very-low income senior mobile home owners. Similar to the...

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