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File #: 21-4893    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Contract - Amendment Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/7/2021 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 9/14/2021 Final action:
Title: Request by the Office of County Administration for approval of an amendment to the contracts with BakerRipley in the additional amount of $21.4M and Catholic Charities in the additional amount of $21M for the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
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Department: County Administration

Department Head/Elected Official: David Berry, County Administrator


Regular or Supplemental RCA:

? Regular RCA
? Supplemental RCA


Type of Request: Contract - Amendment

Project ID (if applicable): pending
Vendor/Entity Legal Name (if applicable): BakerRipley; Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
MWDBE Participation (if applicable): N/A

Request Summary (Agenda Caption):
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Request by the Office of County Administration for approval of an amendment to the contracts with BakerRipley in the additional amount of $21.4M and Catholic Charities in the additional amount of $21M for the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
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Background and Discussion:
In January 2021, the U.S. Treasury Department established the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program to provide funding to state and local governments to assist eligible renter households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, funded via the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Commissioners Court established the 2021 Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program on February 9, 2021, in collaboration with the City of Houston. The program administrators are BakerRipley, Catholic Charities, and the Alliance.

Additional funding was allocated to the ERA program via the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), and subsequently allocated to state and local governments. Harris County received the first 40% of allocated funding in May and received the remaining 60% in early September.

Expected Impact:
The contract amendments will provide an additional $40M in rental assistance to continue to support eligible Harris County tenants experiencing housing insecurity due to COVID-19. The amendments also include $1.4M for BakerRipley for application processing and payment, technology, and recoupment processing, and $1M for Catholic Charities for application processing and payment. Funding for this amendment will be fully pro...

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