G.O. Repair! program helps reduce substandard housing for Austinites
The Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) announces the upcoming availability of $2 million in funding for the G.O. Repair! program and currently seeks applications from experienced nonprofit organizations to provide home repair services.
Services will benefit low- to moderate-income families and individuals whose household income is at or below 80 percent of the area Median Family Income (MFI) as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The purpose of the G.O. Repair! program is to address substandard housing conditions of low- and moderate-income homeowners residing within the corporate city limits of the city of Austin. The program provides financial assistance to make repairs that will eliminate health and safety hazards and/or provide improved accessibility.
This program also seeks to remove logistical barriers between local organizations currently operating home repair programs, reduce or eliminate waiting lists, and build the capacity of local nonprofits to provide these specific types of home repairs for qualified people.
Households served must have total household income at or below 80 percent of the area MFI. Each homeowner receiving assistance through this program must occupy the home and the home must be the owner’s homestead.
The program provides up to $15,000 in assistance per home per fiscal year. In addition, this assistance does not include any other assistance from the participant organization using its regular programs and funding.
The program provides 20 percent per project to cover program delivery and overhead costs for the organization.
Subject to requirements of G.O. Repair! program guidelines, eligible projects may include, but are not necessarily limited to:
electrical, plumbing, mechanical repairs;
exterior siding repair;
window and door repairs/replacements;
drywall and flooring repair;
structural carpentry pertaining to structural integrity: support beams, rotten floor joists (usually result of leak), rotten wall members;
painting as related to repairs;
life safety requirements according to the applicable building code;
appliances (refrigerator and/or stove) with cost up to $900 for a refrigerator and up to $600 for a stove; and
any other repairs that address the 29 primary Housing Hazards identified in the Healthy Home Rating System.
Eligible Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) applicants should be nonprofit organizations that have experience with home repair services. Organizations must have a Certificate of Accounts Status from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts indicating they are in Good Standing and they should not be on the City of Austin’s debarment list. Furthermore, successful applicants that are awarded contracts under this Program must agree to participate in the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Austin project.
The contract term is estimated to begin October 1, 2016 and end on September 30, 2017. The AHFC retains the right to extend the contract for 120 days through January 27, 2018.
Applicants will be required to execute a new contract that has recently been updated in accordance with City of Austin contract administration and monitoring guidelines. A copy of the contract is available upon request.
The funds being released under this NOFA are not subject to a pre-determinate allocation. Applications received will be reviewed and scored on a competitive basis according to organizational capacity and experience.
To be considered, applications must be complete and meet the minimum threshold criteria as stated in the Program Guidelines and Scoring Criteria. A score above the minimum score does not guarantee funding.
A non-mandatory pre-submittal meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on August 9, 2016, at the office of Austin Housing Finance Corporation at 1000 East 11th St., Suite 200A, Austin, TX 78702. Sealed applications relating to this NOFA are due prior to 3:00 p.m., August 16, 2016, at the office of Austin Housing Finance Corporation at 1000 East 11th St., 2nd Floor, Austin, TX 78702.
Questions regarding the NOFA process or program requirements may be directed to John Hilbun at 512-974-1054 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org