The Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) announces the upcoming availability of $2,000,000 in funding for the G. O. Repair! Program and currently seeks proposals from experienced non-profit organizations to provide home and roof repair services. Services will benefit low- to moderate-income families and individuals whose household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Family Income (AMFI) 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 (City). 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 non-profits to provide these specific types of home repairs for qualified people.
Households served must have total household income at or below 80% of the AMFI. 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 of 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% per project to cover program delivery and overhead costs for the organization.
Subject to the requirements of the 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; and
appliances (refrigerator and/or stove) with cost up to $900 for a refrigerator and up to $600 for a stove. The Agency could absorb additional upgrades or provide higher priced models using other types of funds. The focus is to provide adequate and safe food storage and food preparation. The appliance replacement will be based on the project assessment and the household’s needs.
Moreover, repairs that make the property as safe and healthy as possible for all potential occupants are eligible. There are twenty-nine primary Housing Hazards identified in the Healthy Home Rating System that homes should be assessed for and that can be addressed through this Program.
The 29 primary Housing Hazards are:
Damp and Mold Growth
Asbestos, Silica, and other MMF
Carbon Monoxide and Fuel Combustion Products
Uncombusted Fuel Gas
Volatile Organic Compounds
Crowding and Space
Entry by Intruders
Domestic Hygiene, Pests and Refuse
Personal Hygiene, Sanitation and Drainage
Falls Associated with Baths, etc.
Falling on Level Surfaces, etc.
Falling on Stairs, etc.
Falling Between Levels
Flames, Hot Surfaces, etc.
Collision and Entrapment
Position and Operability of Amenities, etc.
Structural Collapse and Falling Elements
In addition to the primary Housing Hazards identified above, the AHFC reserves the right to fund the remediation of other home-based environmental health hazards or repairs as determined by the inspection/environmental assessment of the property and as approved by the Program.
Applicants that apply for this Program can only receive repairs from the non-profit organization that address the twenty-nine (29) health and safety hazards as described by the Program. Non-profit organizations that are awarded contracts by NHCD and/or AHFC are required to refer applicants to the City of Austin, NHCD and AHFC to fund repairs that are provided through programs offered by NHCD and AHFC. Non-profits must refer applicants for the following repairs: Modifications and accommodations for the elderly and disabled, lead abatement for homes built before 1978, and home rehabilitation that involves the replacement of major systems (plumbing, roofing, HVAC, electrical, foundation, and other major interior and exterior repairs). Referrals should be made in the format prescribed by the Program. Once referred to the City, the Applicant must submit an application that meets all requirements of the City Program(s) for which the applicant is applying.
ELIGIBLE NOFA APPLICANTS
Eligible NOFA applicants should be non-profit organizations that have experience with home repair services. Organizations must have an active Franchise Tax Account Status from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, and they should not be on the City of Austin’s debarment list.
The contract term is estimated to begin October 1, 2018 and end on September 30, 2019 and AHFC retains the right to extend the contract.
NOFA APPLICATION PROCESS
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 as well as published evaluation criteria for Program participation. To be considered, applications must be complete, contain all the required documentation 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.
NOTE: The funding will be distributed to projects on a first come, first served basis after the Program applicant and property has been determined to be eligible for the Program and a Delivery Order number (DO#) has been requested. Nonprofits can request up to 10 projects at one time. At no point will a nonprofit have more than 10 projects “in process” at a time, as described in the Program Guidelines.
A non-mandatory Pre-Submittal meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. on August 07, 2018, at AHFC offices at 1000 East 11th Street, Suite 400A, Austin, Texas 78702.
Sealed applications relating to this NOFA are due prior to 3:00 p.m., August 21, 2018, at the office of AHFC, 1000 East 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Austin, TX 78702. Applicants shall submit one (1) original and three (3) copies of the application.
All APPLICATIONS not received prior to the date and time set forth above will NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR CONSIDERATION. The time stamp clock in Suite 200 Reception Area is the time of record.
WANT TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?
NOFA packets may be obtained between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the office of the AHFC at 1000 East 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Austin, TX 78702. Interested parties may also download the G.O. Repair! Program Guidelines and the 2018 Notice of Funding Availability Application Criteria; or can get them in person between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the office of the AHFC at 1000 East 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Austin, TX 78702.
Questions regarding the NOFA process or program requirements may be directed to Alan Fish at 512-974-3188 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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