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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) is to 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 recommended FY21 Operating Budget for the Department of Housing and Community Affairs is $66,297,423, an increase of $7,536,514 or 12.83 percent from the FY20 Approved Budget of $58,760,909. Personnel Costs comprise 18.47 percent of the budget for 106 full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 101.00 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 81.53 percent of the FY21 budget.

DHCA expects the total signed agreements for affordable housing projects through the Payment in lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program to abate $19.1 million in taxes in FY21.

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

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • An Affordable, Welcoming County for a Lifetime
  • A Greener County
  • Effective, Sustainable Government

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Program 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 FY20 estimates reflect funding based on the FY20 approved budget. The FY21 and FY22 figures are performance targets based on the FY21 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY22.

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Initiatives

  • Provide the highest level of affordable housing funding in County history by allocating $84.7 million in affordable housing. This includes $52.7 million in the Montgomery Housing Initiative (MHI) Fund, $22 million in FY21 for the Affordable Housing Acquisition and Preservation CIP project, and $10 million for the new Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund. 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" programs, and creation of mixed-income housing.
  • Provide new resources to streamline affordable housing underwriting, Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) navigation and production, tenant advocacy and support, and assistance for the Distressed Community Task Force.

  • Continue to protect lower-income residents living near transit corridors from rent increases by working with nonprofits to identify and preserve at-risk naturally-occurring affordable housing (NOAH) and actively engaging purchasers with rental agreements to preserve affordable rents.

  • Continue to actively underwrite affordable housing loans to preserve and produce affordable housing. Four developments, including one senior and three family projects, have already been identified with another thirteen under consideration. These four developments would preserve or produce over 1,000 total and 800 affordable units.

  • Create a Countywide Facade Easement Capital Improvement Program to revitalize commercial areas, with a focus on older commercial property, throughout Montgomery County to stimulate local economic growth. The objective is to provide support to small business and to encourage private investment. Improvements will include gateway signage, pedestrian lighting, connectivity, streetscape elements, plant material installation, acquisition of long-term facade and center signage easements, and other amenities. DHCA has initially identified five commercial areas, including Montgomery Village, Hillandale, Downtown Wheaton, Glenmont, and Layhill Shopping Centers. This program may also be expanded to other areas of the County.

  • Collaborate with Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) to provide rental assistance programs to the County's most vulnerable residents. Over 4,500 households are projected to be assisted in FY21. A renewed focus will be on eviction prevention including targeted assistance and financial literacy seminars in areas experiencing high evictions.

  • Receive additional 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.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Hosted a developer's forum to provide clarity on the County's housing objectives and affordable housing project review process, and to solicit recommendations from development partners. With this information, DHCA developed a point-based affordable housing loan application scoring system, created a housing advisory committee to review and make county funding recommendations, and announced the County's first Notice of Funding Availability (NoFA). This innovative approach provides structure and transparency throughout the loan review process.

  • DHCA's technology team continues to update its core application portfolio with additional or improved functionalities to support new and existing business needs. Specific examples include implementing full-text search of the Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) decisions and creating a new system to support electronic citation writing and management. DHCA is currently undertaking a project to address the growing housing inspection volume through route optimization and workload management improvements.

  • Continued efforts to co-locate housing projects with County facilities with requirements that these projects provide units for very low and low income tenants.

  • Planning the deployment of a new Internet-facing affordable housing search application called "Market Place". The Market Place leverages the most recent web application development standards providing users with an intuitive and efficient interface. The application emphasizes speed, accuracy, and responsiveness.

  • Implemented the Code Enforcement Handbook to provide property owners and residents with detailed, illustrated information about housing code requirements and enforcement. The Code Enforcement Handbook will be available online to provide an easy access to resources and references.

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, and 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
FY19
Budget
FY20
Estimate
FY20
Recommended
FY21
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages4634720.005118117.00 5145925.00 5658201.0010.6
Employee Benefits1623448.001885472.00 1793521.00 1788369.00-5.2
County General Fund Personnel Costs6258168.007003589.00 6939446.00 7446570.006.3
Operating Expenses1155336.001399519.00 1471952.00 1570864.0012.2
County General Fund Expenditures7413504.008403108.00 8411398.00 9017434.007.3
PERSONNEL
Full-Time102.00106.00 106.00 106.000.0
Part-Time2.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs59.2562.65 62.65 65.254.2
REVENUES
Board of Appeals Fees4125.006000.00 6000.00 8624.0043.7
Common Ownership Community Fees725641.00715000.00 715000.00 717500.000.3
Landlord-Tennant Fees6103845.006278180.00 6599600.00 6998040.0011.5
Miscellaneous Revenues-12351.006500.00 6500.00 6500.000.0
Other Charges/Fees3418.0075600.00 75600.00 74250.00-1.8
Other Fines/Forfeitures36881.0040000.00 40000.00 40000.000.0
Other Licenses/Permits0.00813420.00 492000.00 492000.00-39.5
County General Fund Revenues6861559.007934700.00 7934700.00 8336914.005.1
 
MONTGOMERY HOUSING INITIATIVE
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1356906.001700781.00 1791347.00 1917444.0012.7
Employee Benefits460102.00616499.00 525933.00 563591.00-8.6
Montgomery Housing Initiative Personnel Costs1817008.002317280.00 2317280.00 2481035.007.1
Operating Expenses46557314.0038966297.00 38961979.00 45068879.0015.7
Montgomery Housing Initiative Expenditures48374322.0041283577.00 41279259.00 47549914.0015.2
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs15.2017.05 17.05 18.055.9
REVENUES
Asset Management Fee10680.0070200.00 70200.00 70200.000.0
Commitment Fee0.00200000.00 200000.00 200000.000.0
Investment Income3677262.002765250.00 2562870.00 1939470.00-29.9
Loan Payments5891105.002700000.00 2700000.00 2900000.007.4
MHI Transfer Tax67140.00100000.00 100000.00 100000.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues88850.0075006.00 75006.00 75006.000.0
MPDU Alternative Payments0.00360000.00 360000.00 360000.000.0
MPDU Revenues1813744.001250000.00 1250000.00 1610000.0028.8
Other Financing Sources13727.0056750.00 54400.00 52050.00-8.3
Recordation Tax16024635.0016367562.00 16365594.00 17717608.008.2
Montgomery Housing Initiative Revenues27587143.0023944768.00 23738070.00 25024334.004.5
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1545282.001778599.00 1778599.00 1788640.000.6
Employee Benefits530636.00603863.00 603863.00 531848.00-11.9
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs2075918.002382462.00 2382462.00 2320488.00-2.6
Operating Expenses7751419.006691762.00 6691762.00 7409587.0010.7
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures9827337.009074224.00 9074224.00 9730075.007.2
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs23.0021.00 21.00 17.70-15.7
REVENUES
Federal Grants7726183.006816697.00 6816697.00 7462246.009.5
Investment Income617563.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Loan Payments2399235.002000000.00 2000000.00 2000000.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues76585.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Intergovernmental305423.00257527.00 257527.00 267829.004.0
State Grants-35957.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues11089032.009074224.00 9074224.00 9730075.007.2
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures65615163.0058760909.00 58764881.00 66297423.0012.8
Total Full-Time Positions102.00106.00 106.00 106.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions2.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs97.45100.70 100.70 101.000.3
Total Revenues45537734.0040953692.00 40746994.00 43091323.005.2
FY21 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment1626230.00
FY21 RECOMMENDED1626230.00
 
MONTGOMERY HOUSING INITIATIVE
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Operating Expenses to Reflect Adjusted Revenue Estimates [Multi-Family Housing Programs]6054990.00
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment423550.00
FY21 RECOMMENDED6478540.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY20 APPR
Expenditures
FY20 APPR
FTEs
FY21 REC
Expenditures
FY21 REC
FTEs
Administration219336213.20222444213.20
Affordable Housing Programs92508210.5010146548.50
Common Ownership Community Program6955244.157679935.15
Grants Administration - Federal Programs63322775.7072191684.00
Housing Administration4967253.954779863.95
Housing Code Enforcement434047938.50453842938.50
Landlord-Tenant Mediation14263578.0014805769.00
Licensing and Registration4558263.204998274.20
Multi-Family Housing Programs400248106.90462162837.90
Neighborhood Revitalization18704676.6018580656.60
Total58760909100.7066297423101.00
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY20
Total$
FY20
FTES
FY21
Total$
FY21
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
Permitting ServicesPermitting Services1281031.001299221.00
Recycling and Resource ManagementSolid Waste Disposal8311655.506640945.50
CIPCapital Fund1936681.701925921.40
Total11529368.209866087.90
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY21FY22FY23FY24FY25FY26
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY21 Recommended9017.0000009017.0000009017.0000009017.0000009017.0000009017.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Recommended in FY210.00000077.00000077.00000077.00000077.00000077.000000
New positions in the FY21 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Elimination of One-Time Items Recommended in FY210.000000-2.000000-2.000000-2.000000-2.000000-2.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY21, including (fill in major item names based on your Competition List), will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.00000051.00000051.00000051.00000051.00000051.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures9017.0000009143.0000009143.0000009143.0000009143.0000009143.000000
 
MONTGOMERY HOUSING INITIATIVE
EXPENDITURES
FY21 Recommended47550.00000047550.00000047550.00000047550.00000047550.00000047550.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Recommended in FY210.00000036.00000036.00000036.00000036.00000036.000000
New positions in the FY21 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Elimination of One-Time Items Recommended in FY210.000000-1.000000-1.000000-1.000000-1.000000-1.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY21, including (fill in major item names based on your Competition List), will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.0000008.0000008.0000008.0000008.0000008.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures47550.00000047593.00000047593.00000047593.00000047593.00000047593.000000
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