The King County Housing, Homlessness and Community Development Division (HHCDD) 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 HHCDD 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.
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Joint Recommendations Committee
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.
What does the JRC do?
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.
The 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 Plan
The JRC reviews and recommends the Consolidated Plan, and all related plans, to the King County Executive and Council.
State and Federal Legislative Priorities
The 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
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.
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