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File #: 20-570    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Calendar Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/18/2020 In control: Council and Authorities Concurrent Meeting
On agenda: 6/23/2020 Final action: 6/23/2020
Title: Action on Amendment No. 1 to the Public Service Grant Agreements with Abode Services and Bill Wilson Center City's Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program [Council Pillar: Promote and Enhance Economic, Housing, and Transportation Development]
Attachments: 1. 2020-2021 Abode Services - TBRA Amendment 1 (FINAL), 2. 2020-2021 BWC - TBRA Amendment 1 (FINAL) - signed 1
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SUBJECT
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Action on Amendment No. 1 to the Public Service Grant Agreements with Abode Services and Bill Wilson Center City's Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program [Council Pillar: Promote and Enhance Economic, Housing, and Transportation Development]

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BACKGROUND
The City of Santa Clara's Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program assists homeless households and households in jeopardy of becoming homeless with an emphasis on assisting families with children and/or domestic violence survivors. The goal of the program is to assist participants in stabilizing their housing situation with housing search assistance, payment of housing deposits and monthly rental subsidies for up to a two-year period. The program is designed to act as a "bridge" until participants enhance their self-sufficiency and are able to cover their full contract rent. Case management services are provided to help participants connect with social services, get on waitlists for long-term affordable housing, develop financial budgeting skills and improve employment/educational standing with the intent to help participants transition to a stable housing situation at the end of the program term.

Participants pay 30% of their adjusted gross income towards their total housing costs and the program subsidizes the balance. Criteria for eligibility includes homeless families with an income of 60% or less of Area Median Income (AMI) or Person or family fleeing a domestic violence situation; and:
* Current or last place of residence in the City of Santa Clara; or
* Employment or a bonafide job offer in Santa Clara; or
* Children attending school in the Santa Clara school district.

The TBRA Program is funded primarily through use of the City's Home Investment Partnership Act (HOME) federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funds which are used to provide rental subsidies and deposits, while case management activities and much of the administration costs are paid ...

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