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Legislation #: 210067 Introduction Date: 1/21/2021
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: MAYOR LUCAS AND COUNCILMEMBER PARKS-SHAW
Title: Estimating revenues and appropriating funds in the amount of $14,814,859.50 in the General Grants Fund for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic; authorizing the Director of Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department to execute contracts for Emergency Rental Assistance activities; and requiring quarterly status reports.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
1/21/2021 Filed by the Clerk's office
1/21/2021 Referred to Neighborhood Planning and Development Committee
1/27/2021 Advance and Do Pass as a Committee Substitute, Debate
1/28/2021 Passed as Substituted

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR ORDINANCE NO. 210067

 

Estimating revenues and appropriating funds in the amount of $14,814,859.50 in the General Grants Fund for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic; authorizing the Director of Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department to execute contracts for Emergency Rental Assistance activities; and requiring quarterly status reports.

WHEREAS, the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program was established by section 501 of Division N of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Pub. L. No 116-260 (Dec. 27, 2020) to be used to provide emergency rental and utility assistance; and

WHEREAS, execution of contracts will provide rental and utility assistance; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That revenue is estimated in the following account of the General Grants Fund in the following amount:

 

21-2580-570001-479979-G57ERAP21 Emergency Rental

Assistance $14,814,859.50

 

Section 2. That the sum of $14,814,859.50 is hereby appropriated from the Unappropriated Fund Balance to the following accounts in the General Grants Fund:

 

21-2580-575501-A-G57ERAP21 Emergency Rental

Assistance $ 500,000.00

21-2580-575501-B-G57ERAP21 Emergency Rental

Assistance 14,314,859.50

TOTAL $14,814,859.50

 

Section 3. That the Director of Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department is hereby authorized to expend up to $14,314,859.50 from the funds appropriated to the General Grants Fund in Account No. 2580-575501-B-G57ERAP21 to satisfy the costs of contracts for rental and utility assistance.

 

Section 4. That the Director of Neighborhoods and Housing Services is hereby authorized to contract for services pursuant to this ordinance from Account No. 2580-575501-B-G57ERAP21 without further Council approval, provided that such contracts provide for adequate and appropriate reporting requirements as required in Section 5 of this Ordinance.

 

Section 5. That the Director of Neighborhoods and Housing Services or his designee provide until funds appropriated through this Ordinance are exhausted, a quarterly report to Council describing, among other items, the number of applications for rental assistance made to date, the number of applicants served, communications efforts made to increase public awareness of rental assistance efforts, methods to ensure compliance with city housing and tenants’ rights policies, and remaining funds available for rental assistance efforts.

 

Section 6.  That the City Manager is directed to report back to the City Council on a plan of distribution of funds within 14 days of passage of this ordinance.

 

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I hereby certify that there is a balance, otherwise unencumbered, to the credit of the appropriation to which the foregoing expenditure is to be charged, and a cash balance, otherwise unencumbered, in the treasury, to the credit of the fund from which payment is to be made, each sufficient to meet the obligation hereby incurred.

 

 

___________________________________

Tammy L. Queen

Director of Finance

 

Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

___________________________________

Joseph Guarino

Assistant City Attorney