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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) is to plan and implement activities which prevent and correct problems that contribute to the physical decline of residential and commercial areas; ensure fair and equitable relations between landlords and tenants; increase the supply of affordable housing; and maintain existing housing in a safe and sanitary condition.

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Budget Overview

The total approved FY19 Operating Budget for the Department of Housing and Community Affairs is $51,564,739, a decrease of $772,257 or 1.48 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $52,336,996. Personnel Costs comprise 20.52 percent of the budget for 102 full-time position(s) and two part-time position(s), and a total of 97.45 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses and Debt Service account for the remaining 79.48 percent of the FY19 budget.

DHCA expects the total signed agreements for affordable housing projects through the PILOT program to abate $17.3 million in taxes in FY19.

In addition, this department's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) requires Current Revenue funding.

Linkage to County Result Areas

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • Affordable Housing in an Inclusive Community
  • Healthy and Sustainable Neighborhoods
  • A Responsive, Accountable County Government

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Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY18 estimates reflect funding based on the FY18 approved budget. The FY19 and FY20 figures are performance targets based on the FY19 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY20.

Accomplishments

  • Completed the recapitalization of the Hamptons at Town Center to preserve 238 affordable units, or 30 percent of the 764-unit property.
  • Secured 38 affordable units at Towne Crest Apartment and Townhomes by executing a multiyear rental assistance agreement.
  • Received two National Association of Counties (NACo) awards for the development of case management systems (Multifamily Loans and Licensing and Registration).
  • Launched an enhanced weatherization program aimed at reducing the energy-related expenses of limited-income residents. This program combines local and Federal funding with proceeds from the PEPCO / Exelon merger to provide deeper, more extensive weatherization improvements.
  • Preserved over 80 units of Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) at the Morgan and Milestone Apartments through the MPDU Preservation Initiative.
  • Completed Churchill Apartments II, a 133-unit independent senior living property in Germantown. The property provides 121 affordable units to seniors earning between 50 and 60 percent of AMI.
  • Utilized the Right of First Refusal to secure 70 units of affordable housing at Seneca Village and to purchase a six-unit property that will support families at risk or experiencing homelessness.
  • Launched the "Renters Have Rights" marketing campaign to educate renters about County services that help to ensure housing safety, mediate conflicts, and provide tenant advocacy. This campaign included a press event, radio public service announcements, local television spots, bilingual bus ads, doorhangers, social media, apartment lobby signs in six languages, and flyers distributed to elementary schools.
  • Conducted over 25,000 housing code inspections, mediated nearly 650 landlord-tenant disputes, and conducted nearly 70 first-time / MPDU homebuyer classes for nearly 4,000 households interested in becoming homeowners.
  • Conducted the first set of a continuing series of public common ownership community training seminars. The training subjects include community financial management, managing a reserve fund, holding elections, conducting meetings, common area maintenance issues, and compliance with Federal, State and county regulations.

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Initiatives

  • Invest $57.6 million in affordable housing, including the Montgomery Housing Initiative (MHI) Fund, and an additional $6 million for the Affordable Housing Acquisition and Preservation CIP project. This increases dedicated funding and provides for renovation of distressed housing, the acquisition and preservation of affordable housing units, creation of housing units for special needs residents, services to the "Building Neighborhoods to Call Home" and "Housing First", and creation of mixed-income housing. Since FY08, $1.01 billion has been invested in support of affordable housing, leveraging $1.17 billion in non-County funding.
  • Provide funding for the design of facade improvements in the Glenmont Shopping Center to enhance the community's economic development opportunities.
  • Add funding to provide matching funds for the Montgomery Housing Partnership's GATOR (the Greater Achievers Toward Outstanding Results) Program to eliminate the wait list for after-school enrichment services.
  • Continue the County's commitment to tenant rights by enhancing landlord-tenant outreach, tenant protections, tenant advocacy and housing code enforcement.
  • Continue the County's commitment to affordable senior housing by providing gap financing for the Victory senior housing project in Damascus. This proposed 72-unit, newly-constructed, mixed-income senior rental property will contain 65 units affordable to seniors at between 30 and 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).
  • Provide a commitment of gap financing to the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) for 150 units of affordable senior housing to be developed as part of the Upton II development in downtown Rockville. This project will replace the senior housing at Towne Center in Rockville and provide 112 units of affordable senior housing serving residents at or below 60 percent of AMI.
  • Provide gap financing for the development and construction of 110 units of affordable housing for households earning between 30 and 60 percent of the AMI near the Shady Grove metro station. The project is expected to begin construction in Fall of 2018.
  • Continue to use resources from the MHI fund to support rental assistance programs in DHCA, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC). Over 3,000 households were assisted in FY18 and over 3,000 are projected to be assisted in FY19.
  • Continue to receive funding from Federal grants (i.e., Community Development Block Grant - CDBG, the HOME Investment Partnership Grant, and the Emergency Solutions Grant), which provide funding for affordable housing, housing rehabilitation, commercial revitalization, focused neighborhood assistance, public services, and preventing homelessness.
  • Establish the Tiger Team Task Force to study and recommend legislative, regulatory, and other changes to prevent distressed common ownership communities and promote sustainability.
  • Expand neighborhood revitalization activities into the Montgomery Village including Center Stage, Walker's Choice, Grover's Forge, and The Hamptons. Other potential neighborhoods in Montgomery Village will be evaluated for revitalization activities.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Developed a native iOS app (Apple iPhone/iPad) to be used by housing code inspectors. The app integrates with the department's Code Case Management System and provides staff with an efficient tool to provide timely and accurate information while carrying out housing inspections.
  • Developed a departmental data warehouse system to support business intelligence and reporting, which provides operational and analytical dashboards to support effective and timely decision making.
  • Based on the data generated from the Annual Rent Survey, DHCA relaunched the Rental Housing Guide, a browser-based, user-friendly listing of each multifamily rental complex in the County sortable by rent range, location, and whether properties are affordable or senior.

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Collaboration and Partnerships

Rental Assistance

Utilize resources from the MHI fund to support rental assistance programs in DHCA, HHS, and the HOC. Over 3,000 households are projected to be assisted in FY19.

Partners

Department of Health and Human Services, Housing Opportunities Commission

 
Office of the County Attorney

DHCA works with OCA in order to assure the legal suitability of housing development project documents and other housing service programs.

Partners

Office of the County Attorney

 
Regional Service Centers

Provide educational materials for landlords and tenants to the service centers.

 
For-profit and non-profit developers

Continue to provide funding to a variety of for-profit and non-profit developers to produce and preserve affordable housing units, and to provide housing-related services and programs

Partners

Housing Opportunities Commission, Non-Profits

 
State & Federal Agencies

DHCA works closely with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other regulatory agencies regarding a variety of housing-related issues.

 
Agreement Between DEP (Solid Waste) and DHCA (Housing Code Enforcement)

This agreement states that DHCA is responsible for the enforcement of laws, rules, and regulations governing storage of solid waste and recyclable materials located on residential property in Montgomery County, other than that which has been placed at the curb for collections. It is estimated that 150 tons of trash was removed as a result of the clean and lien program and the Alternative Community Service (ACS) concentrated neighborhood efforts of litter removal from bi-weekly collection of street debris in targeted neighborhoods and streets.

Partners

Department of Environmental Protection

 
Delegation of Enforcement Authority and MOU between DPS and DHCA

Through this agreement, inspectors from either department can cite violations of either Chapter 26 or Chapter 59, eliminating the need for duplicative and unnecessary inspections. This is a more efficient use of staff resources and enhances customer service by minimizing the confusion inherent in requiring the involvement of both departments to resolve a single complaint.

Partners

Department of Permitting Services

 
Code Enforcement Task Force Initiative

Participate in an informal Code Enforcement Task Force initiative established by the County Police, Community Policing Division to address severe violations requiring a joint effort to gain compliance.

Partners

Department of Police

 

Program Descriptions

  Multi-Family Housing Programs

This program creates and preserves affordable multi-family housing units. Loans are made to the HOC, nonprofit organizations, property owners, and for-profit developers. This program provides funding to: • preserve existing affordable housing units; • construct and acquire affordable housing units; • rehabilitate existing rental housing stock; ...

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  Affordable Housing Programs

This program creates and preserves affordable single-family housing units. It enforces Chapter 25A of the County Code to ensure that Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) are provided and monitored for resale control. The Code requires that 12.5 percent to 15.0 percent of an approved development of 20 dwelling units...

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  Housing Code Enforcement

This program enforces Chapter 26 of the County Code, "Housing Maintenance", by inspecting rental condominiums, multi-family apartments, and single-family housing to ensure safe and sanitary conditions; Chapter 48, "Solid Wastes"; and Chapter 58, "Weeds", the County's residential weeds and rubbish codes. Approximately 80 percent of the single-family inspections result from...

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  Grants Administration - Federal Programs

Staff provides management and oversight to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements for Federal funding awarded to Montgomery County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Community Development Block Grant, the HOME Investment Partnership Grant, and the Emergency Solutions Grant programs. Funds from these programs...

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  Landlord-Tenant Mediation

This program ensures fair and equitable relations between landlords and tenants and encourages the maintenance and improvement of housing. Activities including mediating and arbitrating disputes; providing information and technical assistance to all parties; and taking legal action as necessary, including referring unresolved complaints to the Montgomery County Commission on...

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  Neighborhood Revitalization

This program provides planning and implementation for neighborhood revitalization in targeted areas. Activities include commercial revitalization (physical and economic) in both local retail centers and central business districts as well as assistance to address other community concerns, including issues related to housing and public services. Primary funding for...

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  Licensing and Registration

This program issues licenses to all rental housing (apartments, condominiums, single-family) and registers all housing units within common ownership communities....

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  Housing Administration

This program provides management and oversight to support activities within the housing division including single and multi-family housing programs, and landlord tenant mediation. This program was formerly included as part of Housing Development and Loan Programs....

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  Administration

This program provides overall direction, administration, and managerial support to the Department. Activities include budgeting, financial management, asset management, personnel management and administration, program oversight, training, automated systems management, and policy/program development and implementation....

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  Common Ownership Community Program

This program ensures fair and equitable relations between the governing bodies of homeowner associations, condominium associations, and cooperatives, and the individuals living within these common ownership communities, and encourages the maintenance and improvement of housing. Activities include mediating and arbitrating disputes; providing information and technical assistance to all parties; and...

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Program Contacts

Contact Tim Goetzinger of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs at 240.777.3728 or Pofen Salem of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2773 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY17
Budget
FY18
Estimate
FY18
Approved
FY19
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages3615666.004642062.00 4512663.00 4593905.00-1.0
Employee Benefits1351221.001689958.00 1644735.00 1665449.00-1.5
County General Fund Personnel Costs4966887.006332020.00 6157398.00 6259354.00-1.1
Operating Expenses1010930.001206598.00 1205843.00 1260056.004.4
County General Fund Expenditures5977817.007538618.00 7363241.00 7519410.00-0.3
PERSONNEL
Full-Time88.00101.00 101.00 102.001.0
Part-Time3.003.00 3.00 2.00-33.3
FTEs45.2559.25 59.25 59.250.0
REVENUES
Board of Appeals Fees6290.008750.00 8750.00 9000.002.9
Common Ownership Community Fees703300.00685125.00 685125.00 685125.000.0
Landlord-Tennant Fees5663644.006404595.00 6404595.00 6418250.000.2
Miscellaneous Revenues-4745.0020000.00 20000.00 20000.000.0
Other Charges/Fees6221.00103802.00 103802.00 104300.000.5
Other Fines/Forfeitures27216.0040000.00 40000.00 40000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues6401926.007262272.00 7262272.00 7276675.000.2
 
MONTGOMERY HOUSING INITIATIVE
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1401990.001415646.00 1422564.00 1513163.006.9
Employee Benefits461423.00481124.00 458819.00 522722.008.7
Montgomery Housing Initiative Personnel Costs1863413.001896770.00 1881383.00 2035885.007.3
Operating Expenses26525097.0034659280.00 33590169.00 33553905.00-3.2
Debt Service Other61280.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Montgomery Housing Initiative Expenditures28449790.0036556050.00 35471552.00 35589790.00-2.6
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs14.7014.70 14.70 15.203.4
REVENUES
Asset Management Fee0.0070200.00 70200.00 70200.000.0
Commitment Fee0.00200000.00 200000.00 200000.000.0
Investment Income5153166.001851460.00 2124840.00 3010190.0062.6
Loan Payments884277.002175000.00 2175000.00 2375000.009.2
MHI Transfer Tax0.00225000.00 225000.00 225000.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues816444.0075006.00 75006.00 75006.000.0
MPDU Revenues2435431.001250000.00 1250000.00 1250000.000.0
Other Charges and Fees390.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Financing Sources18275.0059020.00 59020.00 56750.00-3.8
Recordation Tax15418027.0014861338.00 13792227.00 14246142.00-4.1
Montgomery Housing Initiative Revenues24726010.0020767024.00 19971293.00 21508288.003.6
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1413953.001632189.00 1632189.00 1722307.005.5
Employee Benefits495018.00550268.00 550268.00 561218.002.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs1908971.002182457.00 2182457.00 2283525.004.6
Operating Expenses7686604.006059871.00 6059871.00 6172014.001.9
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures9595575.008242328.00 8242328.00 8455539.002.6
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs24.0023.00 23.00 23.000.0
REVENUES
Federal Grants6698426.006633128.00 6633128.00 6816697.002.8
Investment Income781152.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Loan Payments1655100.001000000.00 1000000.00 1000000.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues62937.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees1080.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Intergovernmental456272.00309200.00 309200.00 338842.009.6
State Grants-5400.00300000.00 300000.00 300000.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues9649567.008242328.00 8242328.00 8455539.002.6
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures44023182.0052336996.00 51077121.00 51564739.00-1.5
Total Full-Time Positions88.00101.00 101.00 102.001.0
Total Part-Time Positions3.003.00 3.00 2.00-33.3
Total FTEs83.9596.95 96.95 97.450.5
Total Revenues40777503.0036271624.00 35475893.00 37240502.002.7
FY19 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION753861859.25
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Convert Part-time Investigator III Position to Full-time [Landlord-Tenant Mediation]449060.50
Add: Funding for the Design of Facade Improvements in the Glenmont Commercial Area [Neighborhood Revitalization]323000.00
Enhance: Matching funds for MHP's GATOR (the Great Achievers Toward Outstanding Results) Program [Grants Administration - Federal Programs]250000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment1714870.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs478430.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment384330.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail7140.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY18-92400.00
Decrease Cost: Operating Expenses-337490.00
Decrease Cost: Overtime Charges [Housing Code Enforcement]-350000.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-415170.00
Shift: Funding for Landlord Tenant Investigation to Eviction Prevention Services Transferred from General Fund to the MHI [Landlord-Tenant Mediation]-86555-0.50
Decrease Cost: Turnover Savings-1738300.00
FY19 APPROVED751941059.25
 
MONTGOMERY HOUSING INITIATIVE
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION3655605014.70
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: MHP Contract to Increase a Staff Position from Part-time to Full-time [Neighborhood Revitalization]250000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Shift: Funding for Landlord Tenant Investigation to Eviction Prevention Services Transferred from General Fund to the MHI [Landlord-Tenant Mediation]865550.50
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment482930.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs121760.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-79090.00
Decrease Cost: Miscellaneous Operating Expenses-1391150.00
Re-align: Affordable Housing Loans to Reflect Estimated Debt Service Costs and Revenue Estimates [Multi-Family Housing Programs]-3760640.00
Re-align: Rental Assistance Program (Estimated Decrease in Recordation Tax Premium Revenue) [Multi-Family Housing Programs]-6151960.00
FY19 APPROVED3558979015.20
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION824232823.00
Federal/State Programs
Enhance: Federal Funds for Community Development Block Grants, the HOME Investment Partnership Grant, and the Emergency Solutions Grant10335690.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: A Wider Circle, Inc. - Workforce Development Program450000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. - Home Builders Care Employment Specialist450000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Community Ministries of Rockville, Inc. - CMR's Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic: Removing Barriers to Healthcare450000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: The Arc Montgomery County, Inc. - Competitive Integrated Employment Benefits Counseling450000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Latin American Youth Center, Inc. - Workforce and Post-Secondary Connections for Re-Entry Youth444630.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Inc. - STEAM Program for Montgomery County Youth442400.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: CASA de Maryland, Inc. - Bilingual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program437620.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Urban Alliance Foundation, Inc. - Montgomery County High School Internship Program382970.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, Inc. - Immigration Legal Services for Naturalization382800.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Montgomery Housing Partnership, Inc. - Greenwood Terrace Middle School Afterschool Program380000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Baby's Bounty MC, Inc. - Health, Safety & Wellness Newborn Bundles370000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Home Care Partners - Light Care Program350000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Bethesda Cares, Inc. - Hunger Relief180000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Horizons Greater Washington - Year Round Academic Program150000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Takoma Park / HOC Code Enforcement [Housing Code Enforcement]296420.00
Decrease Cost: Adjustment for Individual Grants [Grants Administration - Federal Programs]-5320420.00
Re-align: Remove One-time CDBG Transfer Completed in FY18 [Neighborhood Revitalization]-8500000.00
FY19 APPROVED845553923.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY18 APPR
Expenditures
FY18 APPR
FTEs
FY19 APPR
Expenditures
FY19 APPR
FTEs
Multi-Family Housing Programs356756136.90345880146.90
Affordable Housing Programs8684358.508522358.50
Housing Code Enforcement368505335.50367962735.50
Grants Administration - Federal Programs49981325.7057916055.70
Landlord-Tenant Mediation10477647.5010635418.00
Neighborhood Revitalization26296498.6018750818.60
Licensing and Registration4138043.404427653.20
Housing Administration6372183.756276183.55
Administration175264513.50198937613.35
Common Ownership Community Program6286833.606548774.15
Total5233699696.955156473997.45
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY18
Total$
FY18
FTES
FY19
Total$
FY19
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
Permitting ServicesPermitting Services1217961.001239821.00
Solid Waste ServicesSolid Waste Disposal7981965.508115305.50
CIPCapital Fund1964791.701878341.70
Total11164718.2011233468.20
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY19FY20FY21FY22FY23FY24
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Approved7519.0000007519.0000007519.0000007519.0000007519.0000007519.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY190.000000-32.000000-32.000000-32.000000-32.000000-32.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY19, including design of facade improvements in the Glenment commercial area , will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.00000084.00000084.00000084.00000084.00000084.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures7519.0000007571.0000007571.0000007571.0000007571.0000007571.000000
 
MONTGOMERY HOUSING INITIATIVE
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Approved35590.00000035590.00000035590.00000035590.00000035590.00000035590.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY190.000000-225.000000-225.000000-225.000000-225.000000-225.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY19, including the contract for A Wider Circle, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.00000020.00000020.00000020.00000020.00000020.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures35590.00000035385.00000035385.00000035385.00000035385.00000035385.000000