HB174 - WORKFARE RENOVATION PROJECT - Ford, Louis H.
HB174 CREATES A WORKFARE RENOVATION PROJECT WITHIN THE MISSOURI HOUSING DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION.
Sponsor: Ford, Louis H. (58) Effective Date:00/00/00
CoSponsor:Daniel, Lloyd (42) LR Number:0535-01
Last Action: COMMITTEE: SOCIAL SERVICES, MEDICAID, AND THE ELDERLY
HCS HB 174
Next Hearing:Hearing not scheduled
Calendar:Bill currently not on calendar
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BILL SUMMARIES

COMMITTEE

HCS HB 174 -- WORKFARE RENOVATION PROJECT

CO-SPONSORS:  Gunn (Ford)

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Social
Services, Medicaid and the Elderly by a vote of 15 to 0.

This substitute establishes the Workfare Renovation Project as a
two-year pilot program in St. Louis and Kansas City.  The
purposes of the program include (1) the renovation of inner city
property for purchase by residents who qualify for federal
and/or state low income housing ownership benefits; (2)
assisting low income persons in learning a trade by working on
the renovation projects; and (3) creating tax producing
properties in inner-city neighborhoods.

The pilot program is administered by the Missouri Housing
Development Commission.  The commission may approve all proposed
inner city property for renovation, and approve the workers for
the renovation projects.  Workers are to be residents of the
renovation areas and receiving public assistance or classified
as low income persons (defined as household income not exceeding
200% of the federal poverty level). The commission may sell the
renovated properties, but only to qualified individuals who will
occupy the property for at least 5 years, and at a price which
allows only the actual renovation costs to be recovered. The
commission may use any of the tax credit and wage diversion
programs available to assist low-income residents become self--
sufficient.   Tax credits under the Neighborhood Assistance
Program are authorized for participants in the Workfare
Renovation Project whose proposal for providing affordable
housing is approved by the Commission.

St. Louis and Kansas City may participate in the project by
donating inner city property, submitting a renovation plan to
the commission, and by establishing a city agency to locally
administer the project.  Provisions for determining which inner
city neighborhoods are to be given highest priority for
inclusion in the program and for holding public hearings to
obtain community input are outlined.

FISCAL NOTE:  Not available at time of printing.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that this program provides a good
opportunity to rehabilitate vacant buildings, and also to
provide training for welfare recipients in need of learning a
trade.

Testifying for the bill were Representatives Ford and Daniel;
and Mayor's Office, City of St. Louis.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Debra Cheshier, Research Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 174 -- Workfare Renovation Project

Co-Sponsors:  Ford, Daniel

This bill establishes the Workfare Renovation Project as a two--
year pilot program in St. Louis and Kansas City.  The purposes
of the program include (1) the renovation of inner city property
for purchase by residents who qualify for federal and/or state
low income housing ownership benefits; (2) assisting low income
persons in learning a trade by working on the renovation
projects; and (3) creating tax producing properties in inner--
city neighborhoods.

The pilot program is administered by the Missouri Housing
Development Commission.  The commission may approve all proposed
inner city property for renovation, and approve the workers for
the renovation projects.  Workers are to be residents of the
renovation areas and receiving public assistance or classified
as low income persons (defined as household income not exceeding
200% of the federal poverty level). The commission may sell the
renovated properties, but only to qualified individuals who will
occupy the property for at least 5 years, and at a price which
allows only the actual renovation costs to be recovered.  The
commission is authorized to issue notes and revenue bonds to pay
for the costs of renovation projects.

St. Louis and Kansas City may participate in the project by
donating inner city property, submitting a renovation plan to
the commission, and by establishing a city agency to locally
administer the project.  Provisions for determining which inner
city neighborhoods are to be given highest priority for
inclusion in the program and for holding public hearings to
obtain community input are outlined.


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