Wake County works with a variety of private and public sector partners to make affordable housing available for all individuals and families.
Request for Qualifications for COVID-19 Homeless Prevention Relocation Program
After initially gauging community partner interest through a request for Letters of Interest, the Housing Department is releasing a Request for Qualifications today for qualified community service agencies to partner with Wake County on intervention three. Selected agencies will receive funding to provide relocation assistance and financial support to households, which were not successfully stabilized by interventions one and two.
Requests for Proposals
Wake County Affordable Housing Development Program (AHDP)
- 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit Projects
- 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credit Projects
- Non-Tax Credit Projects
- 2019 HUD Income Limits
- Sample Conflict of Interest Statement
- Wake County Rental Assistance Housing Program (RAHP)
- Sample Enhanced Housing Plan
- Example Potential Funding for Affordability Targeting
- Example Potential Funding for Deeper Affordability Targeting for Projects Utilizing Income Averaging (9% LIHTC)
Wake County’s Department of Housing Affordability & Community Revitalization announces the availability of funds under the Affordable Housing Development Program (AHDP) to support the development of affordable housing through the use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). The county seeks qualified developers to submit proposals for the rehabilitation or new construction of multifamily rental projects, including single-room occupancy units. Developments located within Wake County, including within the city limits of Raleigh, are eligible for county funding, which is contingent upon the approval of the proposed development by the Wake County Board of Commissioners and funding selection by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA). Applications for 9% LIHTC projects are due January 24, 2020. Wake County will accept 4% LIHTC projects until October 1, 2020. Further information about timelines is contained in the RFP documents. Applications for non-tax credit projects are accepted year-round. Applicants for 4% LIHTC projects and non-tax credit projects must notify us of intent to submit and schedule a pre-meeting before an application is submitted. All funding requests must be accompanied by a full application. Questions about the AHDP program and the Request for Proposals may be directed to Mark Perlman, Lending Analyst, 919-856-5254.
House Wake! Announces Partnership with Telamon Corporation to Help Prevent Evictions due to COVID-19
Through a competitive bid process, the Wake County Department of Housing Affordability & Community Revitalization has selected Telamon Corporation to be the program administrator for the House Wake! Eviction Prevention Program.
The partnership with Telamon Corporation focuses specifically on eviction prevention, which is the first intervention in a three-step process focused on reducing evictions in Wake County by providing resources to tenants and landlords. It will pay 50% of back rent owed, as well as a portion of future rent for up to three months, in exchange for landlords not pursuing eviction.
“Families across Wake County are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the pandemic, and it’s critical that we help as many of them as possible avoid losing their homes,” said Wake County Commissioner Dr. James West. “Now that we’ve secured a partnership with Telamon Corporation, we can assure residents that the help they need is just weeks away.”
Telamon Corporation will start accepting applications for assistance from residents by the end of August. The company will also process the applications, coordinate in-take of perspective clients and facilitate payment to the landlords.
The Telamon Corporation is one of four organizations partnering with the county for Phase II of the House Wake! strategic plan. The others are:
- City of Raleigh;
- Legal Aid of North Carolina; and
- The Raleigh Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness
Together, these organizations will implement programs that prevent the displacement of Wake County renter households that suffered a loss of income as a result of COVID-19. Up to $17 million from CARES Act funding will be available to kickstart the program. The program is expected to serve up to 3,000 households in Wake County.
The House Wake! three-step intervention process consists of:
- Eviction Prevention, which aims to provide financial assistance to tenants and landlords to cover rent shortfalls resulting from a loss of income;
- Eviction Mediation Services, which provide pro-bono legal support through a partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina for tenants who need legal counsel to negotiate filed evictions with landlords; and
- Relocation Assistance, which will assist with relocating residents whose housing could not be stabilized through interventions 1 or 2.
After initially gaging community partner interest through a request for Letters of Interest, the Housing Department is releasing a Request for Qualifications today for qualified community service agencies to partner with Wake County on intervention three. Selected agencies will receive funding to provide relocation assistance and financial support to households, which were not successfully stabilized by interventions one and two.
“Providing eviction prevention services and legal support are lifelines to renters fighting to stay in their homes,” said Wake County Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization Department Director Lorena McDowell. “Our hope is that through this robust program, we will drastically reduce the number of residents who become homeless due to the COVID-19 pandemic and help to support the struggling housing market in our community as well.”
About House Wake!
House Wake! is a strategic plan to minimize the effects of COVID-19 on homeless and precariously housed Wake County residents, while maximizing opportunities for positive long-term outcomes.
This plan uses and coordinates federal, state and local funding to address the COVID-19 crisis within our homeless and precariously housed populations and aims to move the maximum number of people possible to housing stability. The program will begin taking applications for assistance in late August. More detailed information on the House Wake! Strategic Plan and the Eviction Prevention Program can be found here.
Rental Housing Development
We assist with funding for construction of various types and scales of affordable housing for low–income individuals, seniors and families. We primarily encourage development by making low-interest loans available to developers.
The Division of Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization assists organizations with the acquisition of property to develop single-family and multi-family homes that can be either renter- or owner-occupied.
Public Land Disposition
The county and its municipalities own land that is appropriate for affordable housing. Over time, we evaluate our properties to determine which ones are suitable to sell for affordable housing projects. Any available sites will be listed on our RFP Page as we seek buyers and partners for development.
Rehabilitation and Construction Partnerships
We seek construction partners to perform rehabilitation work via two programs:
- A program for elderly and disabled homeowners; and
- A program for low-income homeowners with emergency rehabilitation needs
Permanent Supportive Housing
Supportive housing combines affordable housing with intensive tenancy support services. Several of our programs prioritize projects that include permanent supportive housing, since it serves populations most in need. We seek partners to finance and develop permanent supportive housing units and to coordinate and provide support services.
Community Agency Grants
We offer grants to local community organizations who are working to support the development, operations and maintenance of affordable housing in Wake County. Community agency grants are RFPs for funding of homeless prevention, rapid rehousing and emergency shelter activities that are offered in partnership with the City of Raleigh.
We assist the towns of Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon with funding for community development projects, public facilities, and infrastructure that creates, preserves, or supports affordable housing in low income neighborhoods.