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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Houston City Council today voted 11-4, with Greg Travis, Mike Laster, Brenda Stardig, and Mike Knox opposed, to appropriate $5 million out of the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Affordable Housing Fund (2409) and award a contract to ICF Incorporated, LLC for a maximum contract amount not to exceed $35,773,197 for outreach, intake and case management services for housing programs for the Housing and Community Development Department. Listen (52:07)

The scope of work for this contract requires the contractor to, under direction from HCDD staff, provide comprehensive outreach, intake and case management services for housing programs developed for Hurricane Harvey recovery to maximize the number of eligible applicants to the programs and address any barriers to application. Item Summary

HCDD Director Tom McCasland addressed the city council regarding the agreement.

Council Member Dwight Boykins was out of the room and did not cast a vote.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a contract with the Houston Redevelopment Authority granting $1 million in TIRZ 2409 funds to support startup operation, management, homeownership, and land stewardship activities for the Houston Community Land Trust.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a resolution expressing no objection to an application for non-competitive four percent federal tax credits for acquisition and adaptive reuse of Saint Elizabeth Hospital to be an affordable housing community located near 4514 Lyons Avenue.

The city council did not take action on the following four items:

  • Ordinance approving and authorizing Professional Services Agreement between Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and the City of Houston, delayed for three weeks.
  • Ordinance approving the issuance of additional bonds by the Old Spanish Trail/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority, tagged by Boykins.
  • Ordinance appropriating funds for the TOC/JOC Contracting Program for FY2019, did not make it to the council table in time.
  • Ordinance awarding contract to Decor IQ LLC to Furnish, Install and Remove Mini Led Holiday Tree Lights for the General Services Department, tagged by Stardig.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with Michael Kubosh absent. Agenda

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