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AB-2441 Housing: Workforce Housing Pilot Program.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Senate  June 30, 2016
Amended  IN  Senate  June 20, 2016
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 31, 2016
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 26, 2016
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 18, 2016

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2441


Introduced by Assembly Member Thurmond

February 19, 2016


An act to add Chapter 17 (commencing with Section 50897) to Part 2 of Division 31 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to housing.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2441, as amended, Thurmond. Housing: Workforce Housing Pilot Program.
Existing law, among several affordable housing programs, establishes the Local Housing Trust Fund Matching Grant Program, administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, for the purpose of supporting local housing trust funds dedicated to the creation or preservation of affordable housing. Existing law authorizes the department to make matching grants available to cities and counties, or a city and county, and existing charitable nonprofit organizations that have created, funded, and operated housing trust funds.
This bill would create the Workforce Housing Pilot Program, pursuant to which the department, subject to the appropriation of funds for that purpose, would award grant funding to eligible recipients, as defined, for the predevelopment costs, acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of rental housing projects or units within rental housing projects that serve, and for providing downpayment assistance to, persons and families of low or moderate income. The bill would require all grant funds to be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis, unless the eligible recipient is suffering a hardship and is unable to generate the matching funds. The bill would require the Department of Finance to determine whether an eligible recipient is suffering a hardship. The bill would require the department, Department of Housing and Community Development, on or before December 31 of each year in which grant funds are awarded, to provide a report to the Legislature regarding the number of grants awarded, a description of the projects funded, the number of units funded, and the amount of matching funds received. The bill would require the pilot program to operate until all appropriated funds have been awarded. The bill, upon the depletion of appropriated funds, would require the department to submit a report to the Assembly and Senate committees on appropriations evaluating the need for housing of persons and families of low or moderate income in areas that received grant funds and a recommendation on whether the pilot program should continue.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 17 (commencing with Section 50897) is added to Part 2 of Division 31 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:
CHAPTER  17. Workforce HousingPilot Housing Pilot Program

50897.
 It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this chapter to ensure that funds allocated to eligible recipients and administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development be of maximum benefit in meeting the needs of persons and families of low or moderate income. It is the intent of the Legislature to support Californians residing in areas where housing prices have risen to levels that are unaffordable. The Legislature intends that these funds be provided to eligible recipients in areas that are experiencing a rise in home prices and rental prices so that they may assist individuals who are not able to live where they work.

50897.1.
 As used in this chapter:
(a) “Eligible recipient” means any of the following:
(1) A city that resides within a county that is defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as a “high-cost” county.
(2) A city that does not reside within a county that is defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as a “high-cost” county but has been determined by the department to be experiencing a rise in home prices and rental prices such that persons and families of low or moderate income are unable to live where they work.
(3) A charitable nonprofit organization organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that has created and is operating or will operate a housing trust fund and that applies jointly with a city described in this subdivision.
(b) “Notice of funding availability” or “NOFA” means a public announcement that an estimated amount of funding will be awarded by a department program according to specified criteria and schedules.
(c) “Persons and families of low or moderate income” means persons and families whose incomes do not exceed 120 percent of the area median income, adjusted for family size.
(d) “Department” means the Department of Housing and Community Development.

50897.2.
 (a) There is hereby established the Workforce Housing Pilot Program.
(b) Subject to the appropriation of funds for purposes of this chapter, the department shall award grant funding pursuant to the issuance of a notice of funding availability (NOFA) to eligible recipients that apply for financing. The department shall determine the appropriate amount of the grant for the purposes of accomplishing the intent of the Legislature.
(c) An eligible recipient shall do all of the following:
(1) Use the grant funds awarded to it for the predevelopment costs, acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of rental housing projects or units within rental housing projects that serve persons and families of low or moderate income. The affordability of all units assisted shall be restricted for a period of at least 55 years.
(2) Hold a public hearing to discuss and describe the project that will be financed pursuant to this chapter. The meeting shall be held pursuant to the Ralph M. Brown Act (Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 54950) of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code). If a charitable nonprofit organization described in paragraph (3) of subdivision (a) is awarded grant funds pursuant to this chapter, the city that applied jointly with the charitable nonprofit organization shall hold the public hearing.
(3) File periodic reports with the department regarding the use of grant funds provided pursuant to this chapter.
(d) (1) An eligible recipient may use the grant funds to provide downpayment assistance to persons and families of low or moderate income.
(2) The department shall set limits on the amount of downpayment assistance that may be provided pursuant to paragraph (1) in order to maximize the use of the grant funds.
(e) (1) All grant funds awarded pursuant to this chapter shall be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
(2) (A) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to an eligible recipient that is suffering a hardship and is unable to generate the matching funds.
(B) An eligible recipient shall demonstrate the hardship to the Department of Finance, and the Department of Finance shall determine whether the eligible recipient is suffering a hardship. The eligible recipient shall submit any information requested by the Department of Finance for purposes of determining whether a hardship exists.
(f) On or before December 31 of each year in which funds are awarded pursuant to this chapter, the department shall provide a report to the Legislature regarding the number of grants awarded, a description of the projects funded, the number of units funded, and the amount of matching funds received.
(g) The program shall operate until all appropriated funds have been awarded.
(h) (1) Upon the depletion of appropriated funds and the termination of the pilot program pursuant to subdivision (g), the department shall submit a report to the Assembly and Senate committees on appropriations. The report shall evaluate the need for housing of persons and families of low or moderate income in areas that received grant funds pursuant to this chapter. The report shall also include, but not be limited to, a recommendation on whether the pilot program should continue.
(2) The requirement for submitting a report imposed under this subdivision is inoperative four years after the report becomes due.
(i) The reports to be submitted pursuant to subdivisions (f) and (h) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.