PUBLIC NOTICE: Notice of public hearing and display of FY 2018 Annual Action Plan for the Orange County Home Consortium

Notice is hereby given that Orange County, NC on behalf of the Orange County HOME Consortium will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the:

Richard E. Whitted Building
300 W. Tryon Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Orange County is the lead entity for the HOME Consortium and as such is required to hold a public hearing on the Annual Action Plan.  The Richard E. Whitted Building is accessible to persons with physical disabilities.  If special arrangements need to be made to accommodate residents in order for them to participate in the public hearing, including interpreter services and/or special sound equipment, these are available upon request: please call the County Clerk’s Office at (919) 245-2130. If you are disabled and need assistance to participate in the Public Hearing, contact the ADA Coordinator in the County Manager’s Office at (919) 245-2300 or TDD# (919) 644-3045.

The purpose of the public hearing is to present the proposed Orange County HOME Consortium’s FFY 2018 Annual Action Plan for the use of HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program funds.  The County will receive $401,340 in HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds. The County also anticipates receiving $13,306 in HOME program income and the County will provide a HOME Match in the amount of $90,302.

HUD has allocated a funding increase of $111,647 from the anticipated HOME budget advertised on March 13, 2018, which was discussed at a public hearing held on April 3, 2018, and approved by County Commissioners on May 1, 2018.  Due to this substantial increase in funding, the County is holding an additional public hearing on the use of the additional funds and will present the revised budget to the County Commissioners for approval. The FFY 2018 Annual Action Plan will be submitted to HUD on or before July 2, 2018.

The Orange County HOME Consortium consists of Orange County as the Participating Jurisdiction, and the Towns of Carrboro, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill as member jurisdictions.  Orange County serves as the lead entity for the Consortium and Annual Action Plan.

In order to obtain the views of residents, public agencies, and other interested parties, the Orange County HOME Consortium will place its FFY 2018 Annual Action Plan on display from Friday, May 18, 2018 through Monday, June 18, 2018 at the following locations during normal operational hours:

Orange County Housing and Community Development Department
300 W. Tryon Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Orange County Public Library (Main Branch)
137 W Margaret Lane
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Town of Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 

This document will also be shown on the following website:

This document will be available for examination during normal business hours of operation for a period of thirty (30) days beginning Friday, May 18, 2018. The plan will be submitted to the County Commissioners on the evening of Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at which time the documents will be presented for approval at its regular County Commissioners Meeting at 7:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time.

The FFY 2018 Annual Action Plan was prepared after conducting public hearings on housing and community development needs and meetings with the local staff and officials.

The following HOME activities are proposed for funding under the FFY 2018 Annual Action Plan for the Orange County HOME Consortium:

Proposed HOME activities
Habitat for Humanity – Second Mortgage Assistance $60,000
Community Home Trust – Homeownership Assistance $60,201*
EmPOWERment, Inc. – Acquisition $145,000
Inter-Faith Council for Social Services – Rapid Rehousing $25,000
Orange County – Housing Rehabilitation $49,211
Orange County – County-wide TBRA $125,402
Administration $40,134
Total FFY 2018 HOME Funds for Project Activities $504,948

*Denotes Orange County HOME Consortium’s CHDO Set-Aside

Note:  The amounts above are only estimates. If the final allocation of HOME funds by HUD is more or less than the above estimated HOME allocation for FFY 2018, all proposed activities’ budgets will be proportionally increased or decreased from the estimated funding levels to match the actual final HUD allocation amounts.

If Orange County would undertake an activity that would result in the displacement of families or individuals, they would utilize their policy for minimizing such displacement. Furthermore, the County is responsible for replacing all low- and moderate-income housing units that may be demolished or converted as a result of HOME Funds.

All interested persons, groups, and organizations are encouraged to attend this public hearing and will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the proposed plans and uses of Federal funds under the FFY 2018 Annual Action Plan.

Written comments may be addressed to Ms. Sherrill Hampton, Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development; and/or Ms. Renee Holmes, Housing Program Coordinator, Department of Housing and Community Development, 300 W. Tryon Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278.