On December 7th, the Tallahassee City Commission voted 5-0 to approve the selection committee’s recommendation for authorizing the Tallahassee Urban League to administer $900,000 in funds allocated for a Frenchtown Housing Rehab Program.
Curtis Taylor, the President & CEO of the Tallahassee Urban League, thanked officials for the award and said, “We want to transform Frenchtown.”
The Frenchtown Neighborhood First Plan established a neighborhood action plan which includes, “implement a comprehensive housing rehabilitation program that provides grants and loans for interior and exterior home repairs/improvements.” The plan also indicates that the Frenchtown neighborhood would like to focus all home renovations first in one section of the neighborhood, “in order to concentrate as much impact as possible in a defined area.”
The Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency approved $900,000 for the administration of the Frenchtown Housing Rehab Program on July 1, 2021. The goal of the program is to help Frenchtown residents to live in safe and affordable housing by providing homeowners and landlords with a 5-year forgivable loan for housing repairs. Eligible individuals which are awarded the grant will receive the loan at 0% interest, with deferred payments.
Funds will be administrated by a contractor and provided to a homeowner for housing repairs. The maximum funding for owner-occupied units is $25,000 and $17,500 for renter-occupied units. However, homeowners must repay the outstanding balance of the loan upon the occurrence of any instance of default.
The selection committee received one bid in response to its Request for Proposal (Tallahassee Urban League). After a meeting on November 3rd, the committee decided to recommend that the city commission approve the contract being assigned to the Tallahassee Urban League. The selected organization will receive payment for their work in the administrative oversight of the 32 grants eligible for home improvements.