AGENDA ITEM #3B
May 5, 2015
Introduction
MEMORANDUM
May 1,2015
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
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Josh Hamlin, Legislative
Attorney~
Introduction:
Bill 22-15, Housing Policy - Policy Implementation - Income­
Restricted Housing Website
Bill 22-15, Housing Policy - Policy Implementation - Income-Restricted Housing
Website, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Councilmember Berliner and Co-Sponsors Councilmembers
Navarro and Hucker is scheduled to be introduced on May 5, 2015. A public hearing is tentatively
scheduled for June 9 at 1:30 p.m.
Bill 22-15 would require the Executive to compile and maintain a searchab Ie list of income­
restricted housing in the County on the appropriate website. Councilmember Berliner explained
the purpose of this Bill in his April 28 memorandum to Councilmembers (See ©5).
This packet contains:
Bill 22-15
Legislative Request Report
Councilmember Berliner Memo
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Bill No.
22-15
Concerning: Housing PolicY - Policy
Implementation - Income-Restricted
Housing Website
Revised: February 12, 2015 Draft No. _1_
Introduced:
May 5,2015
Expires:
November 5, 2016
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Councilmember Berliner
Co-Sponsors: Councilmembers Navarro and Hucker
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ACT to:
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require the Executive to compile and
maintain
a searchable list of income-restricted
housing in the County on the appropriate website; and
generally amend the law governing the County HoUsing Policy.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 25B, Housing Policy
Sections 25B-2 and 25B-3
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves thefollowing Act.'
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Bill No. 22-15
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Sections 25B-2 and 25B-3 are amended as follows:
Sec. 25B-2. Definitions.
[(a)]
Affordable housing:
Any dwelling unit or. other form of housing
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constructed for sale or rent at a price equal to or less than that provided in
Chapter 25A, and any assisted elderly housing.
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Agency:
The Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the
Housing Opportunities Commission, or any other governmental entity
which receives any part of its funding or other resources from or through
the County government.
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Assisted-family housing:
Those units ofaffordable housing which consist
of privately or governmentally owned rental units for which the owners
receive subsidies from the federal, state or local government in the form
of rent supplements or mortgage interest subsidies, except
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units designated for occupancy by persons 62 years old or older;
and
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units which benefit from tax-exempt financing but receive no other
government subsidy.
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Income-restricted housing:
Any dwelling unit or other form ofhousing
where, in order to qualify to rent or purchase,
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person must meet
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certain income eligibility guidelines as set
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government agency or
program.
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Person:
Any individual, partnership, corporation, joint stock association,
or any city or state or any subdivision thereof; and any trustee, receiver,
assignee or personal representative thereof.
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Scattered site unit:
A single-family detached or attached dwelling
acquired by an agency for assisted-family rental housing, but which is not
in a subdivision or development that is primarily assisted-family housing.
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BILL
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25B-3. Housing policy implementation.
The following measures are intended to implement, in part, the housing policy
of Montgomery County as that policy is amended from time to time, and to increase
the number and proportion ofaffordable, including assisted-family, housing in the total
housing supply of the County in order to provide a full range of housing choices,
conveniently located throughout the County.
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The County Executive must:
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(14) Report on the distribution of affordable housing units throughout
the County and the programs and activities that the County has
engaged in to enhance the stock of affordable housing;
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Compile and maintain
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searchable list of all available income­
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restricted housing in the County on the appropriate website; and
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Explore the potential for private developers ofemployment centers
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and employers to playa more active role in producing affordable
housing.
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George Leventhal, President, County Council
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 22-15
Housing Policy
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Policy Implementation
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Income-Restricted Housing Website
DESCRIPTION:
Bill 22-15 would require the Executive to compile and maintain a
searchable list of income-restricted housing in the County on the
appropriate website.
People seeking affordable housing in the County face a fragmented
search process, and information currently available to them from the
County is sometimes inaccurate or out of date.
Assist in streamlining the search process for residents in need of
affordable housing.
Department of Housing and Community Affairs
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Josh Hamlin, Legislative Attorney, 240-777-7892
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MONTGOMERY COUNlY COUNCIL
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
ROGER BERLINER
COUNCILMEMBER
DISTR ICT
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CHAIRMAN
TRANSPORTATION, INFRASTRUCTURE
ENERGY
&
ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE
MEMORANDUM
April 28, 2015
TO:
FROM:
Council Colleagues
Councilmember Roger Berliner
Re: Legislation to Create "One-Stop" Affordable Housing Website
Montgomery County has long been a national leader on the issue of affordable housing. And
this is something that we and past Councils can take great pride in. Just a few days ago, our HHS and
PHED Committees unanimously recommended approval for funding our county's Housing Initiative
Fund by $368,090 more than what we appropriated in last year's budget. Those dollars will go a long
way to worthwhile projects and initiatives aimed to help those who need housing assistance.
However, despite that joint committee recommendation, we all know much more work remains
to be done to expand and preserve our county's stock of affordable housing. And we can all also
appreciate during this budget season, resources for more affordable housing - or a multitude of other
worthy issues - are scarce. Because of that, I believe we should look at ways we can move the needle
on this issue that would not cost us large sums of money. One such way I believe we can achieve that
would be to assist in streamlining the search process for residents in need of affordable housing.
The attached legislation I am proposing would create a "one-stop" website that would list all of
the income-restricted units in the county, both for rent and for purchase. The website would serve as a
clearinghouse for those looking for affordable housing by providing information regarding eligibility
requirements, as well as unit listings, locations, and contact information.
With long wait lists and information on affordable housing currently scattered over various
websites, I feel that the least we could do for individuals and families looking for affordable housing ­
many who work several jobs and have families to care for and/or maybe new to the county and
unfamiliar with all of its various affordable housing programs - is to simplify the search process in a
consumer friendly way. Indeed, when I personally went on the DHCA's website for affordable rental
units, the information listed was often years out of date. I shared both the legislation and my thoughts
about needing a better website with our Director ofDHCA, who readily agreed that it could and
should be much better.
I respectfully ask for your support for this measure. Please let me know if you would like to be
listed as a cosponsor of this legislation and, of course, if you have any questions. I will be introducing
this legislation at Council session next Tuesday, May 5.
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B. WERNER OFFICE BUILDING'
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MARYLAND AVENUE,
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FLOOR, ROCKVILLE, MARYlAND
20850
240-777-7828
OR
240-777-7900, TTY 240-777-7914, FAX 240-777-7989
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