2. All accounts receivable, if any.
3. A detailed description of all account expenditures, including a description 9
of each project funded by a grant awarded from the account.
4. A detailed description of all account expenditures the department intends 11
to make before March 15 of the year following the report.
234.045 of the statutes is created to read:
13234.045 Workforce housing in rural counties; pilot program. (1) 14Definitions.
In this section:
(a) “Eligible applicant” means one or more of the following:
1. A rural county in this state.
2. A city, town, or village located in a rural county in this state.
(b) “Project” means housing for which the authority awards workforce housing 19
(c) “Rural county” means a county in this state in which more than 25 percent 21
of the county's residents reside in a rural area under standards established by the 22
federal department of agriculture, as determined by the authority.
(d) “Workforce housing financial assistance” means financial assistance 24
awarded under sub. (2) (b).
1(2) Establishment of pilot program; requirements.
(a) The authority shall 2
establish and administer a pilot program to encourage the creation of single-family 3
and multifamily workforce housing in rural counties. No later than August 1, 2020, 4
the authority shall begin outreach to solicit eligible applicants for workforce housing 5
(b) Under the program established under par. (a), the authority shall award 7
grants, loans, loan guarantees, or other forms of financial assistance for workforce 8
housing in rural counties.
(c) The authority shall award workforce housing financial assistance for 10
projects in at least 3 communities in one or more rural counties.
(d) The initial purchase price for each single-family home constructed or 12
rehabilitated with workforce housing financial assistance may not exceed the initial 13
purchase price limitations applicable under the federal mortgage revenue bond 14
requirement under 26 USC 143
, as determined by the authority.
(e) Before disbursing any workforce housing financial assistance awarded for 16
a project, the authority shall determine that all applicable state and local permitting 17
requirements are satisfied with respect to the project.
(f) The authority shall contract with each recipient of workforce housing 19
financial assistance. The contract shall include the authority's right to recover all 20
amounts of workforce housing financial assistance awarded but not used in 21
accordance with the contract.
22(3) Applications; competitive process.
(a) Any eligible applicant may apply 23
for an award of workforce housing financial assistance.
(b) The authority shall establish a competitive process for awarding workforce 25
housing financial assistance that gives the highest priority to funding projects in the
most rural communities in the state and includes consideration of all of the following 2
for each application:
1. The amount of funding secured for each potential project from sources other 4
than the state or the authority.
2. The amount of momentum to improve workforce housing in the community 6
where each potential project is located.
3. The need for each potential project in the community.
4. The readiness to move forward with each potential project, including the 9
existence of favorable local zoning or land use ordinances.
(c) 1. No later than April 1, 2020, the authority shall submit the pilot program, 11
including the competitive process established under par. (b), to the joint committee 12
2. If the cochairpersons of the joint committee on finance do not notify the 14
authority within 14 working days after the date the authority submits the program 15
under subd. 1. that the committee has scheduled a meeting to review the program, 16
the authority may implement the program as submitted. If, within 14 working days 17
after the date the authority submits the program under subd. 1., the cochairpersons 18
of the committee notify the authority that the committee has scheduled a meeting 19
to review the program, the authority may implement the program only if approved 20
by the committee.
(a) In the 2019-21 fiscal biennium, the authority shall allocate 22
$10,000,000 from its surplus fund, as specified in s. 234.165 (1), to make awards of 23
workforce housing financial assistance. The amount allocated under this subsection 24
is not subject to s. 234.165 (2) (c) and may, at the authority's discretion, include
surplus amounts previously approved for expenditure for another purpose under s. 2
234.165 (2) (b).
(b) Notwithstanding the purpose specified under par. (a) for the allocation 4
required under that paragraph, the authority may make expenditures from that 5
allocation for the purpose of expanding any program supporting workforce housing 6
in rural counties that is included in the authority's plan submitted under s. 234.165 7
(2) (b) in 2019.
No later than September 30, 2022, the authority shall submit a 9
report concerning the pilot program under this section to the joint committee on 10
finance and, under s. 13.172 (3), to the appropriate standing committees of the 11
legislature having jurisdiction over matters relating to housing. The report shall 12
include all of the following:
(a) The number, kind, and amount of the authority's awards of workforce 14
housing financial assistance.
(b) The location of each project and the economic impact of the project.
(c) The location and economic impact of additional workforce housing funded 17
under sub. (4) (b).
(d) Any other information the authority deems necessary or appropriate for the 19
legislature to assess the results of the pilot program.
234.49 (2) (a) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 4. To designate as an authorized lender the authority or any local 22
government agency, housing authority under s. 59.53 (22), 61.73, 66.1201 or 66.1213, 23
bank, savings bank, savings and loan institution, mortgage banker licensed under 24
s. 224.72 or,
credit union, or community development corporation, or any nonprofit
25or other entity meeting criteria established by the authority
, if the designee has a
demonstrated history or potential of ability to adequately make and service housing 2
234.49 (2) (a) 9. e. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 9. e. Any eligible rehabilitation in a rural county, as defined in 5
s. 234.045 (1) (c).