CDBG Disaster Recovery Program - City of Columbia SC

CDBG Disaster Recovery Program - City of Columbia SC

CDBG Disaster Recovery Program Action Plan Amendment Number 1 Website: www.DR.columbiasc.gov Email: Phone: [email protected] 803-545-4668 Program Update Currently 328 applicants across all programs, 79% or 258 eligible Environmental Clearance (Tier 1) and Authority to Use Grant Funds received August 24th. Site specific reviews begin in October.

Damage assessments completed: 34 Draft Action Plan Substantial Amendment 1 presented at a public meeting on September 14th at Earlewood Park. The public comment period ended September 29th. Deadline to submit Draft Action Plan Substantial Amendment 1 to HUD November 10th. The Action Plan Substantial Amendment 1 Summary of Changes and Program Descriptions available for review on the DR website at http://dr.columbiasc.gov. Action Plan Substantial Amendment 1 Program Modifications Proposed Programs/Projects Proposed Budget Allocation Overview Allocates an additional $6,166,000 to the Columbia CDBG Disaster Recovery (DR) Program, with total funding of $26,155,000 in DR assistance.

Provides the current program status and proposes new programs to address unmet infrastructure and affordable housing needs. Proposes a new funding strategy that maximizes assistance to low and moderate income (LMI) households, both owner and renter occupied. Columbia Homeowner Assistance Program (CHAP) Program Modifications: Reduces funding based on 12 eligible properties to date and 20 potential properties served. Clarifies the use of the $150,000 funding cap to include work to meet city building codes, floodplain ordinances,

environmental remediation and green building requirements. Eliminates the FEMA registration requirement. Columbia Buyout Program (CBP) Program Modifications: Increases the current allocation to accommodate known acquisition and associated costs for 17 eligible property owners. Allows participation of non-contiguous properties. All funds will be expended upon the purchase of the current 17 properties. Columbia Small Rental Repair Program (SRRP) Program Modifications: Decreases the funding cap to $100,000 per property. Reduces the number of years for maintaining affordable rates to two years. Adds reimbursement of necessary and reasonable storm damage repair costs completed prior to application and one year from the October 2015 Flood.

Transfers funds to other activities. Columbia Elevation Reimbursement Program (ERP) Program Modifications: Revises the program allocation based on reimbursement of pre-award costs to six property owners currently eligible and transfers funds to other programs. Closes the program to new applicants. Columbia Minor Repair Program (MRP) Program Modifications: Adds Urgent Need as a National Objective. Revises eligibility criteria to include 120% AMI. Adds reimbursement of necessary, reasonable costs incurred by homeowners for storm damage repairs completed prior to application and one year from the October 2015 Flood. Eliminates the FEMA registration requirement. Increases funding based on current participation projections.

Small Business Disaster Recovery Program Program Modifications Changes National Objective to Low to Moderate Income Area based on the characteristics of small businesses interested in participating. Reduces the term of the loan to two years with 50% forgiven each year. Businesses must be located along a commercial corridor heavily damaged by the Flood of 2015. Eliminates the need for gap financing. Applicants will demonstrate a contribution to economic revitalization of the area. Proposed Programs/Projects Multifamily Affordable Housing Fund Construction of affordable rental housing for low to moderate income households up to 120% AMI to accommodate the need for workforce housing.

Canal Head Gates Repair and Improvements Replace two critical Head Gates of the Columbia Canal to stabilize a critical source of potable water to residents and key municipal facilities during times of low water flow. HMGP Local Cost Share Match Leverage CDBG DR funds to increase the number of homeowners assisted through its Buyout Program from 17 to 32 by funding the 25% Local Cost Share Match to FEMAs Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Proposed Budget Allocation APPROVED ACTION PLAN PROGRAM APPROVED BUDGET

ALLOCATION FUNDS TRANSFERRED PROPOSED BUDGET ALLOCATION IMPACTED PROPERTIES Administration $999,450 $358,300 $1,357,750 Planning

$999,450 $3,073,800 $4,019,505 Columbia Homeowner Assistance Program $3,336,150 ($356,150) $2,980,000 20 Homeowner Buyout Program $2,000,000 $58,322

$2,058,322 17 Small Rental Repair Program $6,565,270 ($3,565,270) $3,000,000 Elevation Reimbursement $3,490,000 ($3,370,000) $120,000 Minor Repair Program

$2,398,680 $2,851,320 $5,250,000 $200,000 $0 $200,000 Small Business Assistance Program 50 6 350 10 Subtotal $19,985,577

MF Housing $2,169,423 Canal Head Gates $4,000,000 25% Federal Match (HMGP) $1,000,000 Total $19,989,000 $6,166,000 $26,155,000

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