The King County Housing and Community Development Program (HCD) administers federal funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on behalf of King County and most of the cities in King County. The City of Seattle receives its own federal funds separately.King County and the cities in King County jointly cooperate in an urban county consortium. The Consortium participants cooperate to further the broad goals of the federal programs. In order to carry out these activities, King County HCD and the Consortium have agreed to a decision-making structure.
The Consortium has agreed to the establishment of committees that assist in making decisions concerning the administration of these federally funded programs.
Depending on the size and population of the city, there are different types of partnership in the Consortium, as follows:
Cities that partner with King County for HOME funds only
HOME - only cities receive their own CDBG funds directly from the federal government
Cities that partner with King County for CDBG funds through a Joint Agreement and also partner for HOME funds
Joint Agreement cities qualify for their own CDBG funds, but choose to partner in a regional housing & community development program; these cities retain a portion of the CDBG funds to allocate to projects selected by the city, and contribute a portion of funds to consortium-wide programs and administration.
Cities that partner with King County for both CDBG and HOME funds
Lake Forest Park
- Sea Tac
These cities partner to distribute CDBG and HOME funds regionally and sub-regionally to the north-east and south sub-regions.
The Joint Recommendations Committee (JRC) is an inter-jurisdictional body that provides funding recommendations and advice on guidelines and procedures for King County and its consortia city partners on a wide range of housing and community development issues. The JRC was created through the interlocal cooperation agreements that formed the following consortia:
- The King County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Consortium,
- The King County HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Consortium, and
- The King County Regional Affordable Housing Program (RAHP) Consortium.
It is now codified in the King County Code in Title 24, Chapter 24.13.
Three King County representatives appointed by the King County Executive, and eight representatives of consortia cities participate in the King County sit on the JRC. The City of Seattle participates on the JRC for some meetings regarding regional fund sources that include the City of Seattle.
Each year the JRC makes specific funding recommendations for about $5 to $8 million in capital funding for housing for very low to moderate income households. The entire JRC makes recommendations on funding for affordable housing from the following sources: Consortia federal CDBG and HOME funds, local RAHP funds, and local Veterans’ and Human Services Levy housing funds. The King County members of the JRC make specific funding recommendations for local King County funds, local housing funds from the Developmental Disabilities Division, and funds from the Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Implementation Plan. The JRC also advises the Consortia and the King County Executive on guidelines for the affordable housing programs.
The JRC makes specific funding recommendations for about $1.5 million of the Consortium's CDBG funds for non-housing capital projects such as community centers, public infrastructure projects and parks projects; in addition the JRC advises the Consortia and the King County Executive on procedures that guide the community development program.
HomelessnessThe JRC allocates about $600,000 of federal funds for homeless and emergency assistance programs, and advises King County and Seattle on the priorities for the joint application for federal McKinney homeless assistance funds (anywhere from $15 to $20 million each year).
Consolidated Housing and Community Development PlanThe JRC reviews and recommends the Consolidated Plan, and all related plans, to the King County Executive and Council.
State and Federal Legislative PrioritiesThe JRC advises the King County Executive and the County Council's Legislative Steering Committee on state and federal legislative priorities regarding housing, homelessness, and community development issues
Joint Recommendations Committee 2018 Meeting Calendar
Subject to Change
- JRC Overview - Orientation - Work Session [No official JRC Meeting]
- JRC 2018 Calendar – Meeting Dates Info Item: Review JRC/Consortium Procedures, Briefing on Consolidated Plan/Fair Housing and Citizen Participation, Meeting Location and 2018 JRC Work Plan
- Action Item: Elect 2018 JRC Chair and Vice-Chair
- Public Input: (Required) Public Hearing Regarding Community Development Needs
- Info Item: 2017 CAPER Report – All Federal Funding Programs: HFP, HRP, HHP and CD
- Info Item: Consolidated Plan and Fair Housing Plan briefing
- Action Item: Citizen Participation Plan Approval
- Info Item: State Legislative Updates
- Info Item: Housing Finance Program’s proposed schedule for 2018 capital funding round for 2019
- Action Item: Housing Repair Guidelines update
- Consortium City Only - Info Item: Community Development’s proposed schedule for 2018 capital non-housing round for 2019
- Consortium City Only - Adopt ARCH Competitive Process Affordable Housing 2017/2018 Recommendations for North/East Sub-region CDBG
- Action Item: Review prior year CDBG and/or HOME projects that are failing their timely expenditure requirement; review recommendations to extend or cancel projects
- Info Item: Housing Repair Program Update
- Info Item: Housing Finance Program Updates and Pre-applications
- Info Item: 2019 Program Planning: CDBG/HOME budget review
- Info Item: Strategic Plan portion of Consolidated Plan and Sound Cities Briefing
- Consortium City Only Info Item: List of Community Development Capital Non-Housing Pre-applications.
- Public Input: (Required) Public Hearing Regarding Community Development and Housing Needs
- Info/Briefing Item: JRC Federal and State Legislative Agenda
- Action Item: Community Development Block Grant Non-housing Capital 2019 Program Year Funding Recommendations
- Action Item: 2019-2020 Emergency and Time-Limited Funding Round Recommendations
- Action Item: Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan approval
- October – Skype Meeting
- Info Item: Overview of 2018 Affordable Housing Capital applications received
- Info Item: Housing Repair Program – 3rd Qtr 2018 Update
- Action Item: JRC Federal and State Legislative Priorities for 2019
- Action Item: Affordable Housing Capital Recommendations of 2018 Funding Round (2019 program year funds).
JRC meetings are open to the public. Some meetings are designated meetings for the gathering of public testimony and are specially advertised as such.
The JRC must have a quorum of five eligible voting representatives in order to conduct business that requires a vote.
The King County Housing and Community Development (HCD) Program staffs the JRC and prepares and presents reports and recommendations for funding awards and procedures to the JRC that guide the HCD programs. In fulfilling its duties, the JRC considers the advice of interjurisdictional sub-regional advisory committees, made up of one representative from each participating jurisdiction in a sub-region. The advisory committees are convened to assist HCD staff in the review and recommendation of projects and programs undertaken in the sub-region.
Sub-regional inter-jurisdictional committees advise the Joint Recommendations Committee (JRC) in its review and recommendation of projects and programs funded with federal grants.
The sub-regional committees are made up of one representative from each participating jurisdiction in a sub-region of King County. There are currently North/East and South County sub-regional advisory committees, but the JRC may also solicit recommendations from other inter-jurisdictional housing and community development committees in the future.