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I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A. INTRODUCTION

The 2018 Annual Action Plan (AAP) is the fourth annual action plan of the State of Nevada's 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, a five-year plan addressing the State's housing and community development needs. This annual action plan is the fifth submitted using the IDIS e-Con Planning Suite and reflects the e-Con Planning Suite formatting.

The purpose of each annual action plan is to provide a summary of what the State proposes to do in the upcoming year to further the priorities and objectives of the Consolidated Plan. The plan is reviewed by the public; citizen comments are summarized in each annual action plan.

An annual plan also explains the State's method of distribution for the following programs:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

  • Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

  • Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG)

  • Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA)

  • National Housing Trust Funds (HTF)



Activities funded from these programs must meet the priorities identified in the Consolidated Plan. Programs are administered by the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED): Rural Community & Economic Development Division, Department of Business & Industry: Nevada Housing Division (NHD), and the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS): Division of Public & Behavioral Health.

Additionally, the annual plan reports on specific items required by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) including, but not limited to, lead-based paint actions and removal of barriers to affordable housing.

B. CITIZEN PARTICIPATION SUMMARY

Information gathering for the 2018 Annual Action Plan is rooted in the 2015-2019 Consolidated Planning process and approved plan. For the 2018 program year, CDBG staff members held 2018 Application Workshops May 22nd and June 6th & 7th, 27th, 28th, and 29th in Carson City, Caliente, Pahrump and Goldfield respectively. Applicants unable to attend the formal training sessions had the option of one-on-one training at the GOED office or his/her city/county.
From July 1, 2017 through the end of the year and until the January 16, 2018 application due date, applicants held public meetings in city and county jurisdictions to determine which projects were of greatest importance to their communities. Pre-applications were due October 17, 2017 and reviewed by CDBG staff members to determine if each project met a National Objective and eligible activity, as well as the focus of the GOED/CDBG Program. Fourteen projects were deemed eligible; 23 were not. Notices via email were sent to applicants notifying them regarding the eligibility or non-eligibility of their project(s). Two pre-applications appealed the eligibility decision and were submitted to the Appeal Process: the decisions stood.
The eligible applications were reviewed and initially scored on-line by the CDBG Advisory Committee. The committee met May 30th and 31st to determine funding for the 2018 program year. City and county applicants presented projects to AC members, who asked questions to clarify any information not clear in the applications. Carson City has a separate but equal review process. All funding recommendations are formally approved by the Governor prior to issuance of grant awards. The program year start date is July 1, 2018.
The 2018 HUD allocation for the four HUD formula programs was received On May 1st. The CDBG award, which includes Carson City was $3,283,051. The 2018 allocation was $3,283,051. State Planning and Administration for 2018 is $165,277.02 (2% of allocation + $100,000); Technical Assistance is $32,831 (1% of allocation). Funds available for projects from the 2018 allocation total $3,084,559. An additional amount of $440,043 was recaptured and available to allocate for the 2018 grant cycle.
The 2018 Annual Action Plan includes all CDBG projects recommended for funding. The Plan was presented in Public Hearings held in Yerington, Carson City, and Las Vegas on June 6th, June 20th, June 22nd respectively. Meetings were publicly noticed: the 30-day period was from May 21st through June 22nd. Public Notices were published May 18th and 19th.
As part of all planning processes, numerous outside agencies and individuals are contacted throughout the year by staff members of the four HUD programs to discuss regional planning efforts. These organizations and individuals are encouraged to provide statistics, data, and other information to aid in preparing the Annual Action Plan and related studies. The Citizen Participation Plan is included in Appendix A.
C. 2018 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN SUMMARY

The State of Nevada is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to prepare an Action Plan for Housing and Community Development annually. Timely completion of the Plan in a HUD-acceptable format helps ensure continued funding of housing and community development activities throughout the state. In 2014, the State of Nevada began preparation for its Five-Year Consolidated Plan, covering the program years 2015 – 2019. The Consolidated Plan contains information about demographic, economic, and housing market trends in the state; analysis of statewide affordable housing needs; findings from the citizen participation process; and an analysis of the needs of special populations.

The following plan represents the fourth year of that five-year plan: the 2018 One-Year Action Plan for allocating the state’s federal block grant funds to address housing and community development needs. To make the document more informative for citizens and more useful for policy makers and those engaged in the production of affordable housing, the document describes actions and activities to be undertaken with resources beyond the federal grant programs and by organizations other than those administering the federal grant programs. It is intended to represent a comprehensive Action Plan for affordable housing and community development activities statewide. The goals and activities identified here can by no means be accomplished with federal grant programs alone. Where possible, the plan specifies those actions or activities that are expected to be undertaken with other resources as well as the related outcomes expected to be achieved; however, since many of these other resources are more flexible than the federal grant programs, it is difficult to estimate how these resources may be utilized.
D. EVALUATION OF PAST PERFORMANCE

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the State of Nevada Housing Division’s evaluation of its past performance on CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA has been completed in a thorough Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), most recently published for 2016. The 2017 CAPER is due September 30, 2018. This document states the objectives and outcomes identified in each Annual Action Plan and includes an evaluation of past performance through measurable goals and objectives compared to actual performance. The document can be found on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s website at:
http://www.diversifynevada.com/programs-resources/cdbg/division-documents
II. ANNUAL ACTION PLAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
A. LEAD AGENCY AND ADMINISTERING AGENCIES
The Governor's Office of Economic Development: Division of Rural Community & Economic Development Division is the lead agency for overseeing the development of the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and subsequent Annual Action Plans. Partnering agencies are: the Department of Business & Industry: Nevada Housing Division [responsible for HOME and ESG]; the Department of Health and Human Services: Division of Public and Behavioral Health [responsible for the HOPWA and Special Needs of Non-Homeless activities]. A non-state partnering organization is the non-profit Northern Nevada HOPES and a sub-recipient of HOPWA funding.

B. CONSULTATION AND COORDINATION

The State of Nevada's HUD-funded programs have established procedures for consultation with local governments, advisory groups, program stakeholders, Continuum of Care, community leaders and businesses, public institutions, faith based organizations, other state agencies and interested citizens are consulted during preliminary development of the Consolidated and Action Plans. All are consulted in the event amendments are necessary to the Consolidated or Annual Action Plan. Consultation may occur in a variety of methods: surveys and/or meetings, Public Notices, mail, and/or by publication in one or more newspapers of general circulation.
CDBG, ESG, HOME and HTF program staff actively engaged housing and homeless providers, community leaders, and other interested parties throughout rural Nevada by conducting or participating in forums, community coalitions and planning meetings to gather input on housing, homeless, and community needs in rural communities. Input from the northern Continuums of Care was also obtained to ensure ESG funds passed through to the City of Reno funded activities that were locally supported.

The State has a strong working relationship with the Housing Authority in rural Nevada and provides State Low-income Housing Trust funds for tenant-based rental assistance for homeless households who were referred by Coordinated Entry lead agencies in rural Nevada. Funds were also used to provide security deposit to Housing Choice Voucher clients.
The State provides funding from either the federal ESG Program or the State Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Program to several county social services agencies and non-profits throughout Nevada. Activities funded include tenant-based rental assistance to eligible households, emergency rent and utility assistance for households at risk of homelessness, and funding for rapid re-housing programs. Agencies receiving these funds are required to work closely with public institutions including hospitals, jails, and mental health clinics, which allows clients access to housing and supportive services. Memorandums of Understanding have been implemented to ensure cooperation between agencies, and staff from hospitals, jails, mental health, and other providers. All participate in community coalition meetings also attended by Housing Division staff when possible.
The Housing Division has actively participated in the Rural Nevada Continuum of Care (RNCoC) for the past 13 years; the ESG Program Manager is a member of the RNCoC Governance Committee, as well as the Statewide CoC HMIS Governance Committee. Funding priorities and allocations for the ESG program are determined by a committee that includes members of the RNCoC and other board members. ESG program staff work in conjunction with the RNCoC to develop performance standards for Written Standards for projects and activities funded through the ESG and other CoC programs; they work with the RNCoC to monitor performance of CoC sub-recipients.
The State also engages the Reno Area Alliance for the Homeless (RAAH) to ensure that programs and services funded through the State ESG program, and passed through the City of Reno as a State Recipient, are in alignment with RAAH goals and objectives. This is accomplished throughout the year during monthly Leadership Council meetings. The State also works with RAAH and the City of Reno to develop performance standards and outcomes for programs funded through the State ESG program.

The Division allocates a portion of State ESG funds to the HMIS Lead Agency in southern Nevada to support costs of the HMIS database throughout Nevada. The State ESG Program Manager participates in statewide HMIS subcommittee meetings and is an active participant in the development of policies and procedures for the operation and administration of the statewide HMIS. The Division also engages members from the southern Nevada CoC during Statewide CoC meetings to gather information regarding the types of programs and services needed in the Clark County area.
Finally, the Nevada Housing Division supports the Rural Nevada Continuum of Care by providing funding for oversight of the CoC process. The benefit of this support is the approximately $574,995 in homeless funding awarded by HUD to rural communities; the additional dollars are leveraged to provide supportive housing projects, all of which would not be awarded if the RNCoC didn’t have that planning capacity support.
C. EFFORTS TO ENHANCE CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT

Public involvement for the Consolidated Plan began in October 2014 and extended over a period of several months. Two key steps were taken in the involvement process. One was the implementation of three focus group meetings involving experts in housing and community development issues for the state of Nevada, and the other was a set of public input meetings during which citizens were provided the opportunity to offer feedback and input regarding the Consolidated Plan.

Focus groups were held in early November of 2014 with the purpose of drawing upon the expert knowledge of stakeholders and their thoughts on barriers and constraints encountered in Nevada’s housing and community development arena. These focus groups were designed around five key topic areas: affordable housing, economic development, and infrastructure. These meetings allowed key stakeholders and statewide leaders the opportunity to explore the depth of the respective housing and community development barriers and uncover creative solutions to emerging problems. These groups provided insight and an overview to guide subsequent years’ action plans.
D. ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN TO ENHANCE THE INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE AND ITS COMMUNICATION

The State of Nevada is committed to continuing its participation and coordination with federal, state, county, local agencies, and the private and nonprofit sectors to effectively serve the needs of low-income individuals and families across Nevada. The Governor's Office of Economic Development, Department of Business and Industry, and the Department of Health and Human Services collaborate with various entities to continually improve coordination.

The Governor's Office of Economic Development, Department of Business and Industry, and the Department of Health & Human Services all have individual institutional structures. Within each Office or Department, there are divisions that administer HUD programs. The CDBG Program is in the Rural Community & Economic Development Division of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. The HOME, HTF, and ESG programs are in the Nevada Housing Division of the Department of Business & Industry. The HOPWA program is in the Division of Public and Behavioral Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. Each Division has its institutional structure, as well.

HUD funds pass through the State to local governments and other entities that are eligible to receive HUD program funding. These entities, when funded, are part of the institutional structure for each program. The scope of the institutional structure is from the state level to those at the community level where projects are created, implemented, and managed. Actions to be taken in or continuing in 2018 to enhance coordination and promote further development of that institutional structure include:



  • Supporting the creation or strengthening of economic development across and between regions (CDBG);

  • Supporting the Strengthening Fair Housing outreach and training for all grantees and sub-grantees (CDBG);

  • Providing annual training and technical assistance to CDBG grantees;

  • Supporting collaborations in CDBG non-entitlement areas;

  • Quarterly meetings with other funders to maximize limited resources (CDBG, USDA, EPA, other collaborative funders);

  • Continuing the implementation of ZoomGrants into other areas, such as reporting. ZoomGrants is an on-line grant application and grant management system, that streamlines the application process and reporting requirements for CDBG;

  • Continuing to work with the staff of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program to ensure HOME funds are used to leverage this program;

  • Continuing to work with the northern, southern and rural Continuums of Care and remaining actively involved in the CoC process.

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