Boulder HousingMOVING TO WORK Partners FactSheet: Overview WHAT IS “MOVING TO WORK”? In March 2011, Boulder Housing Partners (BHP) was selected as one of 35 agencies nationwide to participate in the Moving to Work (MtW) Demonstration Program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). BHP is honored and excited to be a part of this elite program. The three primary goals of the program are to: 1. Use federal dollars more effectively 2. Create incentives for families to work, seek work or prepare for work 3. Increase housing choices for low-income households WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR BHP? BHP has been given the authority and flexibility to develop policies and procedures outside the limitations of certain HUD regulations. As an MtW agency, BHP will be able to transform the way we provide housing and assistance to better meet the needs of our families and our community. Examples of what BHP can do include: • Creating more affordable housing units through construction or acquisition; and • Preserving and renovating our current public housing communities; and • Providing more services for our residents and participants; and • Piloting a rent policy that will encourage resident selfsufficiency, reduce fraud, and keep rents affordable. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR you AS A... Resident? BHP will offer new and existing housing participants and residents a more streamlined process to receive housing assistance, an increase in housing choices, and additional services to assist them in becoming more self-sufficient. BHP will be undertaking extensive renovation of our public housing assets, which will mean residents will experience some disruption from construction, as well as the benefits of fully renovated sites. Landlord participating in the Section 8 program? BHP will be able to ease some of the rules and regulations that burden our landlords while still working to provide high-quality living standards for our residents. Community partner? BHP will be able to use new resources to strengthen our current partnerships and create new partnerships to provide services and programs for our residents and community. Questions? Additional information about MtW and the changes at BHP can be found on our website at: www.boulderhousingpartners.org or if you have questions about BHP’s Moving to Work program, please contact: Karen Kreutzberg 720-564-4631, Kreutzbergk@ boulderhousingpartners.org Boulder Housing Partners Providing Homes, Creating Community, Changing Lives OUR MISSION Our primary mission is to provide quality, affordable housing, developed and managed with respect for the dignity of all involved. We also seek to create a sense of community strength and spirit that supports resident efforts to realize success in their lives.
What is Project Renovate?
For more information about Project Renovate, contact Deanna Mayberry at 720-564-4641 or email@example.com.
Boulder Housing Partners successfully completed a project known as Project Renovate in December 2016. Project Renovate represents an agency-wide effort to recapitalize and convert six properties within our Public Housing portfolio into tax credit properties.
We were the first housing authority in the Mountain Plains region to complete a Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) transaction and the sixth largest RAD deal to close and complete in the country.
Preserving Affordability and Revitalizing Communities
Project Renovate preserved deep affordability for all residents through new, Project-Based Section 8 contracts. The six sites house 279 of Boulder’s most economically vulnerable families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. The revitalization created three new community centers, renovated full exteriors and interiors of all apartments, provided for full landscape and utility upgrades, and added many energy efficiency and unit amenities such as washers/dryers and ceiling fans.
How We Financed Project Renovate
BHP received HUD approval through the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program and the Section 18 Demolition and Disposition Program to release these six properties from the asset restrictions of the Public Housing program and to provide significant rehabilitation using a 4% LIHTC financing structure and Private Activity Bonds (PABs).
Bringing School Home
In partnership with Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) and other community partners, such as “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County, Boulder Housing Partners (BHP) is offering Bringing School Home — an innovative new program that brings together quality, affordable housing and educational opportunities for the whole family.
Families who meet eligibility requirements and are committed to participating in educational programming to support their children’s long-term success may apply to Bringing School Home through EFAA. Supportive services start when families move into a Bringing School Homecommunity and continue as children move along their educational path toward high school graduation.
Who is Eligible?
Bringing School Home is open to families who live or work in the city of Boulder, have at least one child under the age of 6, and will pass the housing screening criteria. Families who are accepted into Bringing School Home commit to participating in specific supportive services focused on helping children achieve success in education.
Which BHP communities participate in Bringing School Home?
Bringing School Home operates at five communities managed by Boulder Housing Partners:
Each of these communities can access rich resources, including community centers with libraries, computers, Wi-Fi and comprehensive and long-term educational programs.
What types of educational opportunities are provided?
During the first three months of participation, EFAA provides case management in the areas of housing stabilization, meeting basic needs, and identifying goals to support children. A wide variety of educational opportunities then continue through BHP’s Resident Services Department, partner organizations, and participant-driven programs. Participating parents will be part of a leadership group that works with the BHP Resident Services Education Coordinator to implement programs such as:
Dental and developmental screenings for children
Field trips to museums
Parent/child art and recreation classes
Play groups, parenting classes, and workshops
In addition to programming for young children and parents, older siblings will also receive educational support. If offered the opportunity, children will be expected to participate in the “I Have a Dream” program.
How do I apply?
Emergency Family Assistance Association accepts all applications and maintains the waitlist for the Bringing School Home communities. For more information and to receive an application, please call EFAA at 303-442-3042.
Boulder County has many resources to help families with housing, groceries, and much more. A comprehensive listing can be found at https://assets.bouldercounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/community-resource-guide-english.pdf