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File #: 21-2771    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Request for approval Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 6/2/2021 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 6/8/2021 Final action:
Title: Request by Budget Management for approval of contracts with BakerRipley and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for rental assistance application processing and payment, funded by additional allocations to the US Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program via the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
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To: Harris County Commissioners Court

Through: David Berry, Executive Director, Budget Management Department
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Prepared By: Leah Barton, Senior Director, Budget Management Department

Subject: COVID: Rental Assistance Expansion
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Purpose and Request:
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Request by Budget Management for approval of contracts with BakerRipley and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for rental assistance application processing and payment, funded by additional allocations to the US Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program via the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
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Background and Discussion:
Since January, the Houston-Harris County Rental Assistance Program, implemented in collaboration with the City of Houston, has assisted over 24,000 households struggling with impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) has made additional funding available under similar program guidelines. With the first 40% of these Emergency Rental Assistance Program 2 (ERAP 2) funds, Harris County seeks to continue to support residents experiencing housing insecurity, providing payment for past-due and future rent to help families remain stably housed.

Fiscal Impact: Funds will be provided from the US Treasury ERAP 2 funds.


Fiscal Summary

Expenditures
FY 20-21
FY 21-22 Projected
Future Years Projected [3 additional years]
Service Impacted:
Rental assistance application processing and payment



BakerRipley

$12,000,000

Catholic Charities

$12,000,000

Total Expenditures

$24,000,000

Funding Sources



US Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program 2

$24,000,000

Total Sources

$24,000,000



Alternatives:
Ongoing high levels of eviction place families at increased risk of homelessness, COVID-19, and other adverse impacts.

Alignment with Strategic Objective:
Aligned with Strategic Objectives of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and our County-wide Housing goals.

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