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File #: 22-5367    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Contract - Amendment Status: Passed
File created: 8/30/2022 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 9/13/2022 Final action: 9/13/2022
Title: Request by the Office of County Administration for approval of an amendment to the rental assistance (ERA1) agreement with BakerRipley in the amount of $1,447,736 for eviction intervention services via the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program, funded by reallocation of U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance funds from other jurisdictions.
Attachments: 1. 22-5367 AddBackup.pdf
Department: County Administration
Department Head/Elected Official: David Berry

Regular or Supplemental RCA: Regular RCA

Type of Request: Contract - Amendment

Project ID (if applicable): pending
Vendor/Entity Legal Name (if applicable): BakerRipley

MWDBE Contracted Goal (if applicable): N/A
MWDBE Current Participation (if applicable): N/A
Justification for 0% MWDBE Participation Goal: N/A - Goal not applicable to request

Request Summary (Agenda Caption):
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Request by the Office of County Administration for approval of an amendment to the rental assistance (ERA1) agreement with BakerRipley in the amount of $1,447,736 for eviction intervention services via the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program, funded by reallocation of U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance funds from other jurisdictions.
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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.

Jurisdictions across the country were required to meet performance benchmarks for ERA1 funds by September 2021 or risk recoupment. The US Treasury initiated a reallocation process from underperforming jurisdictions to those demonstrating on-target performance and ongoing need. Harris County was awarded a total of $17.5 million in Rounds 1 and 2 of ERA1 reallocation, and recently $1.5 million in Round 3.

Expected Impact:
The requested amendment will provide an additional $1,332,000 in rental assistance to serve approximately 240 eligible Harris County households in active eviction proc...

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