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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 approved FY22 Operating Budget for the Department of Housing and Community Affairs is $61,744,469, an increase of $8,694,296 or 16.39 percent from the FY21 Approved Budget of $53,050,173. Personnel Costs comprise 19.58 percent of the budget for 107 full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 101.20 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 80.42 percent of the FY22 budget.

DHCA expects the total signed agreements for affordable housing projects through the 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 FY21 estimates reflect funding based on the FY21 approved budget. The FY22 and FY23 figures are performance targets based on the FY22 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY23.

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Initiatives

  • Provide the highest level of affordable housing funding in the County's history by investing $89.1 million in affordable housing. This includes $61.1 million in the Montgomery Housing Initiative (MHI) Fund, $22 million in the Affordable Housing Acquisition and Preservation CIP project, and $6 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. Since FY08, $1.14 billion has been invested in support of affordable housing, leveraging $2.21 billion in non-County funding.

  • Continue to protect lower-income residents of the Route 29/Castle Boulevard and Purple Line 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.

  • Allocate up to $3 million from the Housing Initiative Fund to support the County's Homeownership Assistance Program for downpayment and closing cost assistance.
  • Continue to actively underwrite affordable housing loans to preserve and produce affordable housing. Twelve developments, including three senior and eight family projects, have already been identified with another project up for consideration. These developments would preserve or produce over 1,150 total and 899 affordable units.

  • Boost economic growth by funding the Countywide Facade Improvement Program which will revitalize commercial areas throughout Montgomery County with a focus on older commercial property. The objective is to provide support to small business and 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 will initially focus on five targeted commercial areas including Montgomery Village, Hillandale, Downtown Wheaton, the 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 residents who need it the most. Over 5,550 households are projected to be assisted in FY22. A renewed focus will be on eviction prevention, including targeted assistance and financial literacy seminars in areas experiencing high evictions.

  • 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.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Continued a paperless Energy Efficiency program with streamlined, efficient guidelines and requirements that provides energy-efficient home improvements to income-eligible homeowners.

  • Continued efforts to improve data quality by leveraging external services (e.g. for street address validation) as well as other County data repositories. Work is also being carried out to consolidate data repositories across DHCA's core systems to minimize data maintenance work, improve integration, and support drilling across data models.

  • Developed data models and dashboards to support the department's on-going Business Intelligence initiative.

  • Committed to using cloud-based services in accordance to the County's own vision. The department is already leveraging the County's Azure file storage instance. DHCA's IT team is also exploring Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Cloud to support its application development's activities.

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

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; participate in housing or mixed-use developments that...

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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 or...

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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 Landlord-Tenant...

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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 these activities...

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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

The Common Ownership Community (COC) 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...

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Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact Frank Demarais of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs at 240.777.3619 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
FY20
Budget
FY21
Estimate
FY21
Approved
FY22
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages4898200.005349182.00 5186954.00 5567030.004.1
Employee Benefits1763137.001726475.00 1597670.00 1674106.00-3.0
County General Fund Personnel Costs6661337.007075657.00 6784624.00 7241136.002.3
Operating Expenses1375728.001564564.00 1374943.00 1637893.004.7
County General Fund Expenditures8037065.008640221.00 8159567.00 8879029.002.8
PERSONNEL
Full-Time106.00106.00 106.00 107.000.9
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 0.00-100.0
FTEs62.6562.65 62.65 62.650.0
REVENUES
Board of Appeals Fees-250.008624.00 8624.00 8000.00-7.2
Common Ownership Community Fees698354.00717500.00 717500.00 722500.000.7
Fire Code Enforcement Permits-64.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Landlord-Tennant Fees6526974.006998040.00 6998040.00 7119750.001.7
Miscellaneous Revenues-11405.006500.00 6500.00 6500.000.0
Other Charges/Fees-1868.0074250.00 74250.00 74350.000.1
Other Fines/Forfeitures48283.0040000.00 40000.00 40000.000.0
Other Licenses/Permits0.00492000.00 492000.00 492000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues7260024.008336914.00 8336914.00 8463100.001.5
 
MONTGOMERY HOUSING INITIATIVE
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1465123.001803173.00 1325716.00 1849048.002.5
Employee Benefits523375.00540863.00 371029.00 517828.00-4.3
Montgomery Housing Initiative Personnel Costs1988498.002344036.00 1696745.00 2366876.001.0
Operating Expenses31607929.0032335841.00 35365755.00 40755641.0026.0
Montgomery Housing Initiative Expenditures33596427.0034679877.00 37062500.00 43122517.0024.3
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs17.0517.05 17.05 17.050.0
REVENUES
Asset Management Fee82802.0070200.00 70200.00 70200.000.0
Commitment Fee0.00200000.00 200000.00 200000.000.0
HOC Contributions0.000.00 0.00 1770833.000.0
Investment Income4451950.001939470.00 1000000.00 1000000.00-48.4
Land Sale Proceeds0.000.00 0.00 6797750.000.0
Loan Payments5144402.002900000.00 2900000.00 3100000.006.9
MHI Transfer Tax17600.00100000.00 100000.00 100000.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues-43112.0075006.00 75006.00 75006.000.0
MPDU Alternative Payments0.00360000.00 360000.00 360000.000.0
MPDU Revenues2271423.001610000.00 1970000.00 1970000.0022.4
Other Financing Sources11396.0052050.00 52050.00 49650.00-4.6
Recordation Tax18388868.0017717608.00 14068216.00 14753187.00-16.7
Montgomery Housing Initiative Revenues30325329.0025024334.00 20795472.00 30246626.0020.9
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1412298.001788640.00 1788640.00 1930057.007.9
Employee Benefits481675.00531848.00 531848.00 551984.003.8
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs1893973.002320488.00 2320488.00 2482041.007.0
Operating Expenses7362083.007409587.00 7409587.00 7260882.00-2.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures9256056.009730075.00 9730075.00 9742923.000.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs21.0021.00 21.00 21.502.4
REVENUES
Federal Grants6767897.007462246.00 7462246.00 7462246.000.0
Investment Income229719.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Loan Payments500259.002000000.00 2000000.00 2000000.000.0
Other Intergovernmental322506.00267829.00 267829.00 280677.004.8
State Grants69594.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues7889975.009730075.00 9730075.00 9742923.000.1
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures50889548.0053050173.00 54952142.00 61744469.0016.4
Total Full-Time Positions106.00106.00 106.00 107.000.9
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 0.00-100.0
Total FTEs100.70100.70 100.70 101.200.5
Total Revenues45475328.0043091323.00 38862461.00 48452649.0012.4
FY22 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY21 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION864022162.65
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment2022890.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment1087690.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment653020.00
Increase Cost: 3% Inflationary Adjustment to Nonprofit Provider Contracts [Grants Administration - Federal Programs]81000.00
Decrease Cost: Print and Mail Adjustment-730.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY21 Personnel Costs-45970.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-466130.00
Decrease Cost: Partial Lapse of Vacant Positions [Affordable Housing Programs]-943690.00
FY22 APPROVED887902962.65
 
MONTGOMERY HOUSING INITIATIVE
FY21 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION3467987717.05
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Affordable Housing Projects Based on Land Sale Proceeds Contributed to the HIF [Multi-Family Housing Programs]67977500.00
Enhance: Affordable Housing Initiative [Multi-Family Housing Programs]55287840.00
Enhance: Pay Debt Service for HOC Housing Production Fund Using the FY21 Desingated General Fund Reserve for Affordable Housing [Multi-Family Housing Programs]34000000.00
Enhance: Estimated Contributions from HOC Housing Production Fund to Support Additional Projects [Multi-Family Housing Programs]17708330.00
Reduce: Operating Expenses to Reflect Adjusted Revenue Estimates [Multi-Family Housing Programs]-3623960.00
Reduce: Operating Expenses to Reflect Adjusted Debt Service Transfer for Housing CIP [Multi-Family Housing Programs]-23913000.00
Reduce: Rental Assistance Program Due to Revenue Shortfall [Multi-Family Housing Programs]-29644210.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment412480.00
Increase Cost: 3% Inflationary Adjustment to Nonprofit Provider Contracts [Multi-Family Housing Programs]405500.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment220790.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-186170.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY21 Personnel Costs-218700.00
Decrease Cost: Commited County Payment Transfer to Debt Service Fund for HOC Housing Production Fund [Multi-Family Housing Programs]-34000000.00
FY22 APPROVED4312251717.05
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY21 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION973007521.00
Federal/State Programs
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Inc. - Social Emotional Learning450000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Community Reach of Montgomery County, Inc. - Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic450000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: EveryMind, Inc. - Stabilizing Adults through Situational Support450000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Per Scholas, Inc. - IT Job Training450000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Montgomery Housing Partnership, Inc. - Play and Learn 450000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: The Shepherd's Table, Inc. - Beyond the Table450000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: The Shepherd's Table, Inc. - Eye Clinic450000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. - Home Builders Care Assessment Center Rapid Exit Specialist 450000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Mobile Medical Care, Inc. - Expanding Family Planning Options for Uninsured, Low-Income Women435000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant:Latin American Youth Center, Inc. - Mental Health Assistance425000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Montgomery Housing Partnership, Inc. - Homework Club425000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington, Inc. - Strengthening Asian Families through Empowerment and Services400000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: Vietnamese Literary and Artistic Club of the Washington Metropolitan Area - Healthcare Program400000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: NAMI Montgomery County (MD), Inc. - Mental Health Promotion for Low-Income Latinx Residents315000.00
Add: Community Development Block Grant: ECDC Enterprise Development Group, Inc. - Small Business Loan Program300000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Takoma Park Code Enforcement Contract [Grants Administration - Federal Programs]128480.00
Re-align: Convert Asset Manager Position from Part-time to Full-time [Grants Administration - Federal Programs]00.50
Decrease Cost: CDBG Grant Adjustments [Grants Administration - Federal Programs]-6300000.00
FY22 APPROVED974292321.50
Program Summary
Program NameFY21 APPR
Expenditures
FY21 APPR
FTEs
FY22 APPR
Expenditures
FY22 APPR
FTEs
Administration200283013.20237971313.70
Affordable Housing Programs101465410.5096743910.50
Common Ownership Community Program7071764.157120974.15
Grants Administration - Federal Programs72191685.7070972025.70
Housing Administration4779863.954691213.95
Housing Code Enforcement453842938.50459539038.50
Landlord-Tenant Mediation14169648.0014120148.00
Licensing and Registration4230863.204562563.20
Multi-Family Housing Programs333918156.90417981986.90
Neighborhood Revitalization18580656.6018570396.60
Total53050173100.7061744469101.20
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY21
Total$
FY21
FTES
FY22
Total$
FY22
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
CIPCapital Fund1925921.702036631.70
Permitting ServicesPermitting Services1299221.001016271.00
Recycling and Resource ManagementSolid Waste Disposal6640945.506913915.50
Total9866088.209966818.20
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY22FY23FY24FY25FY26FY27
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY22 Approved8879.0000008879.0000008879.0000008879.0000008879.0000008879.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.000000164.000000164.000000164.000000164.000000164.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures8879.0000009042.0000009042.0000009042.0000009042.0000009042.000000
 
MONTGOMERY HOUSING INITIATIVE
EXPENDITURES
FY22 Approved43123.00000043123.00000043123.00000043123.00000043123.00000043123.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000040.00000040.00000040.00000040.00000040.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures43123.00000043163.00000043163.00000043163.00000043163.00000043163.000000