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City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 01/15/2019  
Subject:    Approve Contract Renewal with the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) for Housing Program Administration
From: Kristin DeGrande, Housing Programs Coordinator

The Coon Rapids Mortgage Assistance Foundation (CRMAF) Board of Directors, now known as the Coon Rapids Home Improvement Foundation (CRHIF), held their Annual Meeting on December 6, 2018 at which time they discussed several changes to its home improvement and down payment assistance programs.  The City Council is asked to authorize an amendment to the service contract with the program administrator, the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE).  This amendment would renew the contract between the City of Coon Rapids and CEE to continue administering the CRHIF-funded programs for another two years and allocate the currently undesignated $800,000 of program funding into the program to be used as needed.
The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) has administered the City's home improvement programs since their inception in 2005.  To date, CEE has originated over $4 million worth of home improvement loans through CRHIF's programs.
During the CRHIF annual meeting in December, the Board voted to use the $800,000 of previously undesignated funds in the program as needed amongst the individual programs, with no more than $100,000 to be allocated to the new Exterior Curb Appeal program, leaving $700,000 for the other programs which CEE will administer.  CEE will administer most of the newly revamped home improvement programs including the Coon Rapids Home Improvement Loan Program (low-interest loans), the Coon Rapids Deferred Loan Program, the Emergency Repair Deferred Loan Program, the loan portion of the Home for Generations II Program, the new CenterPoint Energy On-Bill Repayment Program, and the new Down Payment Assistance Loan Program.  The new Exterior Curb Appeal program as well as the grant and rebate portion of the Home for Generations II program will be the only City/CRHIF-funded programs not administered by CEE.  These two programs will be administered in-house by City staff.
A copy of the proposed Ninth Amendment to Service Contract between the City and the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) is attached for your reference.
Staff requests the City Council approve the Ninth Amendment to Service Contract between the City of Coon Rapids and the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) to continue administering the CRHIF-funded home improvement and down payment assistance programs.

CEE Contract Renewal

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