Local Strategies to AFFH - National Housing Conference

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LOCAL
STRATEGIES
TO AFFH
National Housing Conference
Atlanta, GA
September 18, 2013
Texas Low Income Housing
Information Service
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Texas Low Income Housing
Information Service
Policy advocates that addresses critical housing and
community development problems in low
income/underserved communities.
Supports housing issues affecting farm workers & border
residents
Addresses public housing from the inside out
Promotes affirmatively furthering fair housing in all
programs receiving government monies
Serves as a watchdog over government housing
programs
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
September 17, 2013
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Move to Opportunity AND Revitalize In
Place
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
September 17, 2013
+ State of Texas
Hurricanes Dolly and Ike struck Texas in July and September
of 2008.
Texas plans to distribute $3 billion CDBG disaster relief
funds based on weather patterns, rather than levels of
documented need in the areas hardest hit by hurricanes.
TXLIHIS teams with Texas Appleseed and files administrative
complaint with HUD against the State of Texas
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
September 17, 2013
+ State of Texas
Conditions of the Conciliation Agreement:
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State will update its AI in 2 phases which will include areas
eligible to receive Hurricane recovery funds and public comment.
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Mandatory training for fund recipients to address AFFH and civil
rights compliance.
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Provide reporting on AFFH – FHAST Form
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Complainants review plans and monitor compliance for
jurisdictions receiving funds
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Disaster Housing Demonstration Program
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Initiate a Homeowner Mobility Program
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
September 17, 2013
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Our Grassroots Partner
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
September 17, 2013
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TXLIHIS Joins Efforts with TOP
Blue tarps in Houston were an all too familiar sight several years after
Hurricane Ike. After a two year campaign led by low income
homeowners from Houston’s hardest hit neighborhoods, TOP secured
an agreement with Mayor Parker that will dedicate $150 million of
Federal Hurricane Ike Recovery Funds to address housing &
infrastructure issues within historically underserved communities.
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
September 17, 2013
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Houston Housing Campaign
This agreement also includes a
commitment from the City of
Houston and HUD to include TOP
leaders
in
planning
the
redevelopment of neighborhoods
agreed upon by the City and TOP
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
September 17, 2013
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Visioning for Neighborhoods of
Opportunities
The Road to Implementation
 Select Target Neighborhoods
 Announce Target Neighborhoods
 Community Planning Process
 Comprehensive Report Review
 Multi-Family RFP released
 Engagement of Public Works Department
 Planning Process to determine which target neighborhoods
would be selected at Community Revitalization Areas
 Ongoing community outreach for single family home repair
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
September 17, 2013
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TOP‘s
Campaign
Priorities
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Single Family Home Repair/Rebuild
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Multi-Family Development
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Infrastructure within the specified areas
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Long term commitment to ongoing
revitalization within areas
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
September 17, 2013
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Effective Round 2 Single Family Home
Repair Program
The City of Houston and their consultants are working closely
with TOP to ensure that $60 million allocated for the Single
Family Repair program is used effectively.
How does this affirmatively further
fair housing?
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Increase quality of housing stock within
underserved communities that serve a spectrum
of household needs
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Increase in improvements for accessibility for
seniors and disabled persons in existing housing.
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Affirmative marketing & Intentional Outreach
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
September 17, 2013
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Effective Multi-Family Housing
Program
HCDD invites developers to produce quality true mixed
income units in underserved communities and commit to
community engagement.
How does this affirmatively
further fair housing?
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Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
Will provide a high quality of life and
avoid the negative results of gentrification
by preserving the community and creating
high quality affordable housing in these
locations.
September 17, 2013
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Infrastructure
Commit $26 million in CDBG DR to the identified
prioritized areas. Funds should specifically
address the needs of the community.
How will this affirmatively
further fair housing?
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Support and develop diverse,
sustainable communities
Provide better access for residents
within the underserved area
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
TOP PROPOSES:
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PWE identify new projects,
directly addressing issues of
flooding and pedestrian access,
within the CRAs that came as a
result of the Spring 2013
planning study.
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PWE should participate in
ongoing planning for the CRAs.
September 17, 2013
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Long Term Commitment to
Revitalization
 Ensure
there is ongoing support of the revitalization of
the invested neighborhoods
How will this affirmatively
further fair housing?
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Will result in meaningful and
intentional outcomes that will
affirmatively affirm fair housing
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Creates opportunity to strategically
enhance neighborhood assets in
historically underserved
communities
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
September 17, 2013
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