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Building Homes in America’s Cities InitiativeThe pilot cities listed below are taking the following actions as part of the Building Homes in America’s Cities Initiative.
Summary: The local initiative will demonstrate a commitment to principles of smart growth, and focus on building market rate housing to foster diversity in the city’s neighborhoods. It will: create a Housing Venture Fund; consolidate City programs that will focus on homeownership assistance; provide City bond funds to assist city employees in purchasing homes; and create “live where you work” programs and use City/HUD programs for this initiative. The City will sell vacant houses and lots for $1 to developers, and provide relocation funds. The City will provide in-kind contributions such as waiving certain fees, code and site requirements to further reduce project costs. Examples of such in-kind contributions include waiving fees for building permits, occupancy permits, sediment and erosion fees, inspection fees, zoning appeal filing fees, legal costs, and boundary surveys.
Summary: A team of local builders will develop innovative projects. The City will: improve and reform its permit, inspection and regulatory systems and requirements; develop linkage with HUD-funded Homeownership Zone program and HOPE VI development; and develop linkages with the city’s faith-based , community based resources. The City will creatively use of Section 8 vouchers for homeownership, and will make available the City’s thousand usable lots.
Summary: The City will undertake efforts to remove, eliminate or suspend any unnecessary, duplicative regulatory procedures that may impede the development process or raise housing construction costs. The City has developed a New Homes for Chicago Project that is building new single- and two-family homes for low- and moderate-income residents. City owned lots valued at $20,000 or less will be pledged for $1. There will be waivers or reductions in various building permits and utility connection fees. There will be per home development subsidy of $10,000, and per-unit purchase subsidy of $10,000 per unit in structures having condominium ownership. There will be City assistance in developing creative financing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.
Summary: The City will undertake a project to remove barriers for development. It will: create a position to coordinate this effort; establish a Neighborhood Revitalization Program ; implement a system that will integrate reform of the city’s review, permits, licensing and inspections functions; create a one-stop process for fast tracking new construction; look at alternative methods and materials in new housing construction; develop linkages with neighborhood redevelopment and comprehensive planning activities; and explore new and innovative private and public funding and financing sources for construction and homeownership.
Summary: The City will: improve the process of upgraded capability inside City government to identify, inventory and prepare sites for housing redevelopment; create an expedited or alternative regulatory system, zoning, development standards, permits, and inspections; and identify sites and potential areas for new construction activities.
Summary: The City is committed to streamlining building permits. The City will use its Real Estate Acquisition Program to eliminate blight and foreclose on tax delinquent properties. It will also provide infrastructure assistance, increasing neighborhood enhancements such as sidewalks and streetlights. The City will provide innovative down payment assistance for low- and moderate income families for homeownership, increase code enforcement, and improve linkages with neighborhood housing partnerships.
Summary: The City will provide over $6 million in downpayment assistance for new home buyers. It will creatively use Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds for housing production. The City will: use the Texas Tax Increment Financing Act to provide revenues for low-income housing; initiate a program for recapture of abandoned, tax-delinquent properties; streamline the residential plan review and inspections system; waive impact fees on new construction at or below current median housing costs; provide infrastructure improvements; and Use residential and brownfields tax abatements to promote new construction and homeownership opportunities.
Summary: The City will consolidate all its inspections, permitting, licensing and code enforcement functions into one agency. Site inspection requests will be handled within 24 hours. The City will assist developers in reducing the cost and time of construction, including by waiving certain impact fees. The City and Home Builders will develop new inner city “subdivision’ designed to bring middle-income homeowners back to the city.
Summary: The focus will be on creation of materials for home builders that will demonstrate the market demand for new, market-rate housing in the city, and streamline the process by which builders can obtain approvals for new construction within the city. This will include the use of federal, state and local assistance for creative financing and use of HUD programs for increasing housing production.
Summary: The City and Home Builders will develop and implement a vision and mission statement – 21 recommendations for improving customer service; and 5 recommendations to formalize process improvements and the creation of an ongoing oversight commission. Some examples are: a density bonus ordinance for projects with a low-income component; potential city funding of infrastructure components for infill housing projects; and streamlined plan and design review functions for infill housing. The mayor and city officials will use an economic development and infill development strategy and continue the use of the city’s Brownfields program.
Summary: The City will implement a Circle of Renewal program developing many commercial areas and neighborhoods with the downtown periphery. The City will use $8.5 million of HUD Consolidated Plan funds to serve residents and promote homeownership. It will use Hope VI funds from HUD to rejuvenate specific areas of the City. The City will also: improve accessibility to housing by low- and moderate-income families; seek increased State and private resources for housing production and homeownership; and use numerous initiatives that are on-going, such as the Tampa Enterprise Community and State Enterprise designation to promote housing production and assist first-time owners. The City will continue reorganization of City’s Code Enforcement division. Builders will assist in helping City streamline its plan review , permit and building processes.
San Antonio, TX
Summary: The City will continue 1999 Neighborhood Showcase for affordable housing development; work with private, non-profit and public entities to increase housing production; convey city-owned lots to the San Antonio Housing Trust Investment Corp. and work with home builders to make these lots available for infill construction. The City will work with local financial institutions to provide financing for low- and moderate-income home buyers; use Federal, State and Local resources to provide homeownership opportunities and increase housing production; and streamline its regulatory and permit review processes.
St. Louis, MO
Summary: The City will increase education, organization and administration, regulatory and land disposition reforms, marketing, and financing for new construction projects and assistance to first- time home buyers. It will partner with the local home builders association to create new and innovative housing opportunities.
Summary: The city will increase efforts to expand homeownership. The city will develop plans to quickly dispose of abandoned homes; work with Home Builders to increase access to building within the District where there is a strong demand for new homes; work with neighborhood residents and associations to develop a strategic plan for increasing housing production and streamlining the District’s regulatory and permit review processes; and create a “one-stop” system for building permits. The city will provide funds for infrastructure development and maintenance. The city will develop other partnerships with the major financing institutions like Fannie Mae to increase homeownership in the District, and will identify sites for infill development of infill housing.
Content Archived: January 20, 2009
Content Archived: January 20, 2009