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File #: 67122    Version: 1 Name: Accepting additional Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds from the U.S. Treasury Department, awarded under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to sustain efforts to prevent evictions and promote housing stability for eligible households in Dane Cou
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 8/25/2021 In control: Community Development Division
On agenda: 9/21/2021 Final action: 9/21/2021
Enactment date: 9/24/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00653
Title: Accepting additional Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds from the U.S. Treasury Department, awarded under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to sustain efforts to prevent evictions and promote housing stability for eligible households in Dane County affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; amending the Community Development Division's 2021 Operating Budget to reflect receipt and use of these funds; and authorizing an amendment to the contract between the City of Madison and Benevate, Inc., which governs the use of Benevate's Neighborly Software system in administering Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds provided to the City.
Sponsors: Syed Abbas, Christian A. Albouras, Nikki Conklin, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Regina M. Vidaver, Juliana R. Bennett, Brian Benford, Sheri Carter
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution authorizes the City to accept $6.14 million of additional Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds from the U.S. Treasury Department to help prevent evictions and promote housing stability among eligible households in Dane County. Acceptance of this funding brings the total emergency rental assistance funding awarded to the City of Madison to $39.1 million. This resolution also allows execution of an amendment to the City's current Neighborly Software contract with Benevate, Inc. to increase the City's system usage fee by up to $37,000. The 2021 adopted operating budget will be amended to appropriate the $6,142,190 of intergovernmental revenue for grants and purchased services in the Community Development Division-Affordable Housing.
Title
Accepting additional Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds from the U.S. Treasury Department, awarded under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to sustain efforts to prevent evictions and promote housing stability for eligible households in Dane County affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; amending the Community Development Division's 2021 Operating Budget to reflect receipt and use of these funds; and authorizing an amendment to the contract between the City of Madison and Benevate, Inc., which governs the use of Benevate's Neighborly Software system in administering Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds provided to the City.
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BACKGROUND

On December 21, 2020, Congress enacted the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133, Public Law 116-260, a/k/a "COVID Relief Act"), which included $25 billion in Emergency Rental Assistance Program funding ("ERA1") to be distributed by the U.S. Treasury Department to state and local governments for use in preventing evictions and promoting housing stability among households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this Act, the City of Madison has received a direct ERA1 allocation of nearly $7.8 million (RES-21-00042, Legista...

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