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File #: WS 21-029   
Section: Work Session Status: Agenda Ready
Meeting Body: Homelessness-Housing Task Force
Agenda Date: 6/3/2021 Final action:
Subject: Provide Comments on Proposed Federal Stimulus Housing Programs
Attachments: 1. Attachment I Staff Report, 2. Attachment II Detailed Plan and Process for Expenditure of Stimulus Funding
DATE: June 3, 2021

TO: Homelessness-Housing Task Force

FROM: Assistant City Manager

Provide Comments on Proposed Federal Stimulus Housing Programs
That the Homelessness-Housing Task Force (HHTF) reviews this report and provides input on the proposed Federal stimulus housing programs and allocations.

On April 27, 2021, Council adopted a resolution authorizing the acceptance of the Federal stimulus allocation under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) to address the economic and fiscal impacts of the COVID crisis in the City of Hayward and provided comments on a detailed expenditure plan and process for allocating the funds. The City of Hayward is estimated to receive approximately $38 million in local relief from the federal government to address the internal and external needs of the City associated with the COVID crisis. The draft expenditure plan proposed allocations to promote Fiscal Recovery & Stabilizing City Operations, as well as Community Safety & Economic Recovery, which prioritizes the external needs of the community. Under the Community Safety & Economic Recovery Category, $10 to $14 million was identified for programs related to housing and homelessness.

In May, the United States Treasury issued the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Interim Final Rule that provides guidelines on how State and local governments should implement ARPA and allocate any funds received pursuant to ARPA (Guidelines). Housing and homelessness programs are explicitly eligible under the Guidelines and remain unchanged in the City's proposed expenditure plan.

The proposed federal stimulus housing programs have been identified based on multiple factors including Hayward housing needs, anticipated foreclosures, existing protections, impacts of the history of systemic racism and disparate impacts of COVID-19. The stimulus expenditure plan to add...

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