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30-Day Comment Period Wake County 2021 Action Plan for Affordable Housing

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Wake County will receive comments from interested parties on the County’s Draft 2021 Action Plan for a period of 30 days starting March 29, 2021. A draft of the Action Plan is available here and through the following locations:

  1. Wake County Housing Affordability & Community Revitalization
    • Physical Address: 336 Fayetteville Street, Suite 440, Raleigh, NC 27602
    • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 550, Raleigh, NC 27602 
  2. Wake County Regional Centers
  3. Municipal Town Halls
  4. Homeless Service Centers
  5. Wake County Housing locations (physical addresses can be found here)
  6. Wake County Human Services locations (physical addresses can be found here)
  7. Emailed to citizens upon request

The Action Plan is required to receive funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address housing and community development needs. The 2021 Action Plan is a one-year strategy to implement County’s affordable housing and community development goals as identified in the 2020–2025 Consolidated Plan. The Action Plan defines priority populations and describes the activities to be carried out from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022 in Wake County.

For more information or to submit a comment, please contact Diana Youssef at 919-508-0781 or via email [email protected]. Speech or hearing-impaired persons may contact 1-800-735-2962 (TT) or 1-800-735-8262 (voice).

Public Hearing: Wake County 2021 Action Plan for Affordable Housing

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Wake County will hold two public hearings. The first hearing will be on Monday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 Safer-at-Home Order, Wake County will hold the hearing virtually. To submit a comment and livestream the public hearing, go to the Wake County Board of Commissioners' meeting schedule page. The second hearing will be Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. during the Continuum of Care NC-507 Check-in Call accessible through GoToMeeting. Attend the public hearing via this link.

The purpose of this public hearing is to receive comments from interested parties on the County’s housing and community development needs. Wake County will use the information received to prepare the draft 2021 Action Plan. The Action Plan is required for the County to receive funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Action Plan describes the activities to be carried out from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, in Wake County, outside of Raleigh. The Action Plan goals are to increase and preserve affordable housing, address policy barriers to housing affordability, and support vulnerable populations and communities through activities address the needs outlined below:

Priority One:

  • Households earning 0-50% AMI
  • Vulnerable populations experiencing or at-risk homelessness
     

Priority Two:

  • Households earning 51-60% AMI
  • Vulnerable populations not experiencing homelessness
     

Priority Three: 

  • Households earning 61-80% AMI
     

For more information, please contact Diana Youssef with the Wake County Department of Housing Affordability & Community Revitalization at 919-508-0781. Speech or hearing-impaired persons may contact 1-800-735-2962 (TT) or 1-800-735-8262 (voice).

Notice of Availability of Wake County's 2019 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) and 2019 Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) CAPER

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Wake County is preparing the 2019 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) CAPER. These reports are the fifth part of the 5-year Consolidated Plan (July 2015–June 2020) mandated by the National Housing Act of 1990 and are required in order for Wake County to receive federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA), HOME Investment Partnerships, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The 2019 CAPER describes the housing and community development activities that were carried out during fiscal year 2020 (July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020) within Wake County, outside the city limits of Raleigh. The HOPWA CAPER describes activities carried out with HOPWA funds to assist households living with HIV/AIDS in Wake, Franklin and Johnston counties. Drafts of the 2019 CAPER (PDF) and HOPWA CAPER (PDF) are available here for a 15-day comment period from September 1, 2020–September 16, 2020. Copies are also available at the Wake County Department of Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization office at 336 Fayetteville St., Suite 440, Raleigh. Other locations for viewing a hard copy of the Draft CAPERs include select Wake County Homeless/Housing Service Centers, and Wake County Regional Centers. At the end of the comment period Wake County will compile and address all public comments received. Please send all comments to Vermecha Pulley at Wake County Housing, or P.O. Box 550, 4th Floor WCOB, Raleigh, NC 27602 by 5:00 p.m. on September 16, 2020. For more information, contact Vermecha Pulley at 919-856-5413. Speech or hearing-impaired persons may call 1-800-735-2962 (TT) or 1-800-735-8262 (voice).

Notice of 10-Day Public Comment Period for Wake County 2020 Action Plan Amendment:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Wake County (Wake) Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization (HACR) Department is requesting public comments on a second distribution the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) grant funding for a period of 10 days starting August 24, 2020. All public comments will be considered prior to finalizing the plans for use of these funds. View the full notice here. (PDF: Public Notice 2020 AAP Amendment for COVID-19) In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) notified Wake of additional Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) fund allocations totaling $1,709,995 to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. Wake will amend the 2020 Annual Action Plan, to reflect the additional CARES Act COVID-19 funding. $1,709,995 in ESG funds will be used for activities facilitating assistance to eligible communities to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19. Eligible ESG activities include street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid rehousing, Homeless Management Information System and administration. On September 8, 2020, HACR will ask the Wake County Board of Commissioners to approve this amendment. Wake will make the amendments available for review and comment for at least 10 days on this webpage. Send all comments to Chris Whitenhill at [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on September 3, 2020. For more information, contact 919-856-5265. Speech or hearing-impaired persons may call 1-800-735-2962 (TT) or 1-800-735-8262(voice).

2018 CAPER

Notice of 2018 CAPER Availability

Wake County has prepared the 2018 CAPER (Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report). This report is mandated by the National Housing Act of 1990 and is required in order for Wake County to receive federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A separate CAPER report is prepared for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds.

The 2018 CAPER describes the activities that were carried out with HOME and CDBG funds during fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019) within Wake County outside Raleigh and Holly Springs. For more information about the 2018 CAPER, contact Vermecha Pulley with the Wake County Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization Department at 919-856-5413. Speech- or hearing-impaired persons may call 1-800-735-2962 (TT) or 1-800-735-8262 (voice).

The 2018 HOPWA CAPER describes the activities that were carried out with HOPWA funds during fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019) within the HOPWA entitlement area that covers Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties.

For more information about the 2018 HOPWA CAPER, contact Wake County Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization Department at 919-856-5689. Speech- or hearing-impaired persons may call 1-800-735-2962 (TT) or 1-800-735-8262 (voice).

Less than One Month Left to Apply for Rental Assistance through House Wake!

​If you’re behind on rent or facing eviction, there’s still time to apply for help through the House Wake! COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program. Applications are being accepted until midnight Wednesday, Dec. 30.

“With the national moratorium on evictions set to expire at the end of the month, those struggling due to COVID-19 are fearful they won’t be able to stay in their homes,” said Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Ford. “We encourage anyone who is struggling to pay rent or facing eviction to act fast and apply for assistance online or over the phone.”

The House Wake! COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program consists of a three-step process:

1.      Eviction Prevention
Through a partnership with the Telamon Corporation, the county helps tenants and landlords cover rent shortfalls, resulting from a loss of income due to COVID-19. House Wake! pays 100% of up to six months of approved tenants’ back rent owed from March through December 2020. In return, the landlords must agree to forgive the remaining rent owed and offer to discount rent by 25% for January through March 2021.

2.     Eviction Mediation Services
Through a partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina, the county provides free legal support for tenants who need legal counsel for mediation services or to negotiate filed evictions with landlords; and

3.      Relocation Assistance
The county helps relocate residents whose housing situations could not be stabilized through steps 1 or 2.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a renter legally residing in Wake County;
  • Have a legally binding North Carolina lease that covers the assistance period;
  • Demonstrate that they have suffered financially from COVID-19; and
  • Not receive any other forms of rental assistance such as Housing Choice Vouchers, NC HOPE, Section 8 or senior housing subsidies.

 

While there are no income requirements, priority is given to residents with an income that does not exceed 80% of area median income (AMI) at the end of 2019 or pre-COVID-19.

Residents can visit wakegov.com/housing or call 919-899-9911 to learn more and apply.

House Wake! Phase I Awarded Funds

House Wake! Phase I Awarded Funds

The Wake County Department of Housing Affordability & Community Revitalization has been working diligently to respond to the needs of our County’s most vulnerable populations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wake County has committed nearly $11.5 million in federal funding for these efforts through Phase I of the House Wake! Strategic Plan, with over $5.77 million of this funding available directly to partnering community agencies. 

We are excited to announce that through the House Wake! Strategic Plan we have partnered with thirteen key community organizations to provide much needed services to vulnerable populations including individuals, families, youth, victims of domestic violence, and justice involved youth and adults. This partnership will ensure that these populations have access to housing assistance, street outreach, temporary housing, and case management. 

Congratulations to the following community organizations on being awarded funds for their incredibly important work: 

  • Oak City Cares 
  • The Raleigh Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness 
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh
  • InterAct 
  • Families Together 
  • Haven House
  • Triangle Family Services
  • Passage Home 
  • Capital Area Workforce Development 
  • The Green Chair Project 
  • Healing Transitions 
  • The Salvation Army of Wake County 
  • Urban Ministries of Wake County  

 

This chart  provides more details including a brief description of the services the agencies are providing and the amount of funding for each activity. 

Wake County will continue to monitor and respond to our community’s needs so that every person has access to safe, affordable housing during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

The CARES Act, H.R. 748, signed into law on March 27, 2020, provides additional flexible funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, and public agencies, through familiar and new programs that can be used to address housing instability and homelessness. 

  • $1,258,790 through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) 
  • $626,800 through Emergency Services Grants (ESG) 
  • $132,656 through Housing Assistance for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) 
  • Up to $193M through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) *Only a portion of CRF funding will be available for the House Wake! Plan*

 

In addition to these four programs, other housing-related funding in the CARES Act for which Wake County may apply includes FEMA Public Assistance, available to provide homeless services, and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). 

Responses, questions and/or comments should be emailed to  [email protected] with the subject line: House Wake! 

Public Notice – Sportsmanship Crossing Affordable Housing Apartment Development

To all interested agencies, groups and persons: On or about February 22, 2021, Wake County Housing Affordability & Community Revitalization will send a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of federal funds under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). The release of funds is requested for a proposed 124-unit affordable housing apartment development at 1317 N. Main St., Holly Springs, NC.

Documentation for review:

Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Request Release of Funds (RROF)

Environmental Review Record (ERR)

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments to:

Mr. John Scales
Housing Affordability & Community Revitalization
Wake County Government
PO Box 550, WCOB 440
Raleigh, NC 27602-0550
[email protected]

Written comments must be received on or before February 22, 2021. All comments will be considered, and the County will not ask for the release of funds or take any administrative action on the project before the date specified in the preceding sentence.

House Wake! Phase II Announcement

The County's Department of Housing Affordability is seeking qualified community partners to assist with implementing the second phase of the House Wake! Strategic Plan. 

In Phase I, the County successfully selected partners to implement programs focused on addressing the various needs of households who are homeless, cannot access financial resources, and face a high risk of contracting COVID with negative outcomes.  

Phase II of House Wake! will focus on helping to reduce evictions in Wake County, by providing resources for tenants and landlords.  

The House Wake! Phase II three-step intervention process will consist of:  

  • Eviction Prevention which aims to provide financial assistance to tenants and landlords to cover rent shortfalls resulting from a loss of income; 
  • Legal services, provided pro bono, for tenants who need legal counsel to negotiate filed evictions with landlords; and 
  • Homelessness Prevention and Relocation Assistance, which will assist with relocating residents whose housing could not be stabilized through Interventions #1 or 2. 

Partners for this next phase include: 

  • City of Raleigh 
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina 
  • The Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness 
  • Community partners selected through the Phase II RFP and LOI process 

View the full announcement here.

House Wake! Strategic Plan Announcement

Wake County is excited to announce our House Wake! Strategic Plan and to release our Request for Letters of Interest to partner on its implementation.

House Wake! is a strategic plan to minimize the effects of COVID-19 on homeless and precariously house Wake County residents, while maximizing opportunities for positive long-term outcomes. This six-to eight-month strategic plan uses and coordinates federal, state and local funding to address the COVID-19 crisis within our homeless and precariously housed population and aims to move the maximum number of individuals possible to housing stability.

2015-2020 Consolidated Plan

Wake County Housing Division's 2015–2020 Consolidated Plan addresses the needs of our priority populations with our housing and community development programs. It includes a housing and homeless needs assessment and market analysis, a strategic plan and a one-year Action Plan. 

30-Day Comment Period

The County is encouraging the public to submit comments on the documents for a 30-day period starting March 1, 2020. In April 2020, a final draft will be submitted for approval to the Board of Commissioners.  

Instructions for commenting by email: 

  1. Please submit comments by email to [email protected]
  2. Include "Comment for County Plan" in the email subject title. 
  3. Identify which plan a comment is addressing. 

Address for commenting by mail: 

ATTN: Chris Whitenhill – Comment for County Plan 

Wake County Housing Affordability & Community Revitalization 

P.O. Box 550, Raleigh, NC 27602 

For more information, contact Chris Whitenhill at 919-856-5265. Speech- or hearing-impaired persons may call 1-800-735-2962 (TT) or 1-800-735-8262 (Voice). 

Notice of Amendment – 2016 and 2019 Action Plans

Wake County is amending the 2016 and 2019 Action Plans on January 21, 2019. The Annual Action Plan is part of the Five-year Consolidated Plan mandated by the National Housing Act of 1990 and is required for Wake County to receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

2019–2020 Housing Action Plan

The Wake County 2019–2020 Housing Action Plan is a one-year plan to address the low-income housing and community development needs in Wake County. The Plan was approved by the Wake County Board of Commissioners on June 3, 2019. 

For more information, contact Emily Fischbein at 919-508-0781. Speech- or hearing-impaired persons may call 1-800-735-2962 (TT) or 1-800-735-8262 (Voice). 

Notice of Continuous Call for Affordable Housing Projects

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

This document is a comprehensive review of Wake County's demographics, economics, housing, land use, zoning, transportation, and other conditions. It takes the data from this review and assesses how these conditions impede the availability and accessibility of housing to the protected classes. It then describes actions the community can take to overcome identified impediments. A fair housing plan is then developed as part of the five-year Consolidated Plan. The fair housing plan describes the actions Wake County's Housing program will take to address the identified impediments. 

Public Notice – Pennington Grove II Senior Apartment Development

To all interested agencies, groups and persons: On or about May 11, 2020, Wake County Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for release of federal funds under the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) grant program. The release of funds is requested for the purpose of constructing a new affordable senior apartment development called Pennington Grove II in Garner, NC. 

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments to: 

Mr. John Scales
Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization
Wake County Government
WCOB, 440
PO Box 550
Raleigh, NC 27602-0550
[email protected]

Written comments must be received on or before May 10, 2020. All comments will be considered, and the County will not ask for the release of funds or take any administrative action on the project prior to the date specified in the preceding sentence.

Public Notice – Wake County's Intent to Enter into a Programmatic Agreement with North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office

To all interested agencies, groups and persons: This notice serves to inform the public and citizens of Wake County that Wake County Government is in consultation with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office to develop a Programmatic Agreement that will streamline the Section 106 review process for County-administered projects funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, HOME Investment Partnership Program Act (HOME) and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) programs. The proposed five-year agreement will be in effect for the 2019–2020 through the 2023–2024 fiscal years. 

Public Notice – Irongate Public Facilities Project

To all interested agencies, groups, and persons: On or about September 24, 2019, Wake County Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for release of federal funds under the Community Development Block Grant program. The release of funds is requested for the installation of a new water line utilities for the Irongate neighborhood in Apex, NC. 

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments to: 

Mr. John Scales 

Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization 

Wake County Government 

WCOB, 448C 

PO Box 550 

Raleigh, NC 27602-0550 

[email protected] 

Written comments must be received on or before September 24, 2019. All comments will be considered, and the County will not ask for the release of funds or take any administrative action on the project prior to the date specified in the preceding sentence. 

Public Notice

On February 4, 2019, the Wake County Department of Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization will ask the Wake County Board of Commissioners to approve the amendment below: 

Amendment to the 2018 Action Plan: Reprogramming $330,000 in CDBG public facility funds from the Apex Pleasant Park project to the Irongate Water Line project for the construction of water lines for a predominantly low- and moderate-income neighborhood, Irongate, in the Town of Apex. 

Wake County will make this amendment available for review for 30 days. At the end of the 30-day comment period, Wake County will compile and address all public comments received. Please send all comments to Emily Fischbein at [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on February 3, 2019. 

2017 CAPER

Notice of CAPER Availability (PDF) 

Wake County has prepared the 2017 CAPER (Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report). This report is mandated by the National Housing Act of 1990 and is required in order for Wake County to receive federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A separate CAPER report is prepared for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds. 

The 2017 DRAFT CAPER (PDF) describes the activities that were carried out with HOME and CDBG funds during fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018) within Wake County outside Raleigh and Holly Springs. 

For more information about the 2017 DRAFT CAPER, contact Vermecha Pulley with Wake County Human Services at 919-856-5413. Speech- or hearing-impaired persons may call 1-800-735-2962 (TT) or 1-800-735-8262 (voice). 

The 2017 DRAFT HOPWA CAPER (PDF) describes the activities that were carried out with HOPWA funds during fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2017) within the HOPWA entitlement area that covers Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties. 

For more information about the 2017 DRAFT HOPWA CAPER, contact Emily Fischbein with Wake County Human Services at 919-508-0781. Speech- or hearing-impaired persons may call 1-800-735-2962 (TT) or 1-800-735-8262 (voice). 

Draft 2018–2019 Housing Action Plan

The Draft Wake County 2018–2019 Housing Action Plan (PDF) is a one-year plan to address the low-income housing and community development needs in Wake County. This draft is available for public comment for 30 days, until April 27, 2018. Please send any comments in writing to Emily Fischbein at [email protected] or by mail to Emily Fischbein, Housing and Community Revitalization, 336 Fayetteville St., Suite 448, P.O, Box 550, Raleigh, NC 27602. 

For more information, contact Emily Fischbein at 919-508-0781. Speech- or hearing-impaired persons may call 1-800-735-2962 (TT) or 1-800-735-8262 (Voice). 

Public Notice – Amber Spring Apartments

To all interested agencies, groups, and persons: On or about January 6, 2017, Wake County Human Services will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for release of federal funds under the federal HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Grant Program funds. The release of funds is requested for the construction and permanent financing of Amber Spring Apartments in Raleigh, NC. 

All interested agencies, groups and persons disagreeing with the decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the County to: Kelly Baraldi, Wake County Housing & Community Revitalization, P.O. Box 550, Raleigh, NC 27602 or [email protected] Written comments must be received on or before January 5, 2017. All comments will be considered and the County will not request the release of funds or take any administrative action on the project prior to the date specified in the preceding sentence. 

2010–2015 Consolidated Plan

The  2010–2015 Consolidated Plan (PDF) is a five-year plan to address the low-income housing and community development needs in Wake County. It includes a housing and homeless needs assessment and market analysis, a strategic plan and a one-year Action Plan.