We understand that every community has limited funding and is constantly faced with deteriorating water and sewer systems, worsening street and drainage facilities and many other problems that occur on a daily basis.
We want to partner with you, help prioritize your needs, and find funding for your goals.
PGMS along with its affiliates will assist communities and its agents in many types of grant applications, which include but are not limited to the following:
Our services include:
- Preparation of Grant Application
- Preparation of the NEPA Environmental
- Management of budget
- Oversight of financial and audit control measures
- Preparation of all required reporting to state and HUD
- Compliance of Davis Bacon Labor Standards and Section 3 regulations
- Implementation of applicable state and federal laws, regulations, and requirements;
- Establishment and maintenance of a filing system;
- Will serve as a liaison between the Community, the Mississippi Development Authority and any other agencies (as needed); and
- Will ensure CDBG compliance of overall project for a successful final audit and monitoring of the project closeout.
SECTION 3 INFORMATION
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development invests billions of federal dollars into distressed communities for urban planning, community development, and projects that build and rehabilitate housing. Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 recognizes that job training, employment, and contract opportunities are generated by HUD programs designed to aid housing, urban planning, and community development. Section 3 is a mandate to target these economic opportunities to lower-income residents and businesses in those areas where HUD is investing public resources. Failure to comply with the requirements of Section 3 may result in a monitoring finding or sanctions that may include debarment, suspension of funds or limited denial of participation in programs pursuant to 24 CFR Part 24. All recipients of federal funds shall comply with Section 3 requirements as set forth at 24 CFR Part 135 of the federal regulations which states that to the greatest extent feasible, business and employers working on HUD-funded projects must make good faith effort to train and employ low-income individuals (Section 3 residents) living in the local area and also to contract with businesses owned by or that employ Section 3 residents. This means that the grant recipients must make every effort to recruit, target and direct economic opportunities to Section 3 residents and businesses. This generally means more than traditional advertising or soliciting on the part of the grant recipient. All sub-recipients must implement procedures to notify Section 3 residents and businesses about training, employment and contracting opportunities.
FAIR HOUSING - It's the Law!
The Fair Housing Act protects citizens from housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status or disability. Federal laws prohibit discrimination and encourage individuals to learn more about their fair housing rights and to report any violation of their rights.
It is a violation of the Fair Housing Act to:
- threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right
- make, print, or publish any statement in connection with the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates a preference, limitation or discrimination
- refuse to provide homeowners insurance coverage or discriminate in the terms and conditions
Discrimination can occur:
- in the rental or sale of housing
- in the denial of home mortgage loan applications
- in the denial of reasonable accommodation of rental properties for people with disabilities
- in the denial of housing to families with children
Rental and Sale of Housing
If you are in the process of renting or purchasing an apartment or house, certain actions cannot be taken against you because of your race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status, or disability. A landlord or seller cannot:
- refuse to rent or sell housing
- refuse to negotiate for housing
- refuse to provide rental repair and maintenance
- set different terms, conditions or privileges for the rental or sale of housing
- provide different housing services or facilities
- falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale or rent
- deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the rental or sale of housing
If you are in the process of purchasing housing, a potential lender cannot:
- refuse to make a mortgage loan
- refuse to provide information regarding loans
- impose different terms or conditions on a loan
- discriminate in appraising property
- refuse to purchase a loan
- set different terms or conditions for purchasing a loan based on your race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status or disability.
Reasonable Accommodation for Disabilities
If you or someone residing with you have a physical or mental disability including hearing, mobility, and visual impairments, cancer, chronic mental illness, AIDS, AIDS Related Complex or developmental disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities, your landlord cannot:
- refuse to let you make reasonable modifications to your housing or common use areas, at your expense, if necessary for you to fully use the housing. (The landlord can require you to restore the property to its original condition at your expense when you move).
- refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if necessary for a person with a disability to use the housing on an equal basis with a person without a disability
- make inquiries into your disability beyond documentation of a connection between your disability and the requested accommodation or modification.
Families with Children
If you are the parent, a person who has legal custody (including guardianship) or are the designee of a parent or legal custodian living in a household with one or more children under 18 years of age, you are covered by familial status protection. This protection also extends to pregnant women and any person in the process of securing legal custody of a minor child, including adoptive or foster parents. The Fair Housing Act specifically exempts some senior housing facilities from liability for familial status discrimination, allowing them to refuse to rent or sell housing to families legally, but the facility or community must qualify for this elderly housing exemption.
TRUE OR FALSE: The Facts About Fair Housing
- The Fair Housing Act prohibits unmarried couples from buying a home together. FALSE The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing that is based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability.
- The Fair Housing Act applies only in those states that do not have state fair housing laws.FALSE The Fair Housing Act is a federal law that applies to all states.
- If a buyer asks about the racial composition of a neighborhood, a real estate agent should answer the buyer's question. FALSE It violates the Fair Housing Act to encourage, participate in or engage in an activity that would subject a person to discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability. The agent should refer the homebuyer to public information services such as the library or local municipal offices to research the question for themselves.
- In selling my home, I may include a preference for ethnic groups in my advertisement to sell my home? FALSE It is illegal to advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability.
- There are exceptions to the discriminatory advertising prohibition. TRUE Under federal Fair Housing law, the prohibition on discriminatory advertisements applies to all situations except the following: Shared Housing Exemption: If you are advertising a shared housing unit, in which tenants will be sharing a bathroom, kitchen or another common area, you may express a preference based upon gender only. Private Club and Religious Exemptions - A religious community or private club whose membership is not restricted based upon race, color or national origin may restrict tenancy only to its members in a property that it owns and may advertise to that effect. Housing for Older Persons Exemption - Certain types of housing for elderly are exempt from prohibitions on familial status discrimination, including the prohibitions on discriminatory advertising as it relates to familial status.
- Threatening, coercing, intimidating or interfering with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting another with exercising a fair housing right is illegal. TRUE The Fair Housing Act prohibits any interference with anyone exercising a fair housing right. If force is used in interfering with exercising a fair housing right, criminal charges may be brought.
- Under the federal Fair Housing Act it is illegal to discriminate because a person has been convicted of illegally distributing a controlled substance. FALSE You may choose not to rent or sell your home to a person who has ever been convicted of illegally distributing a controlled substance without violating the Fair Housing Act.
- I have to build my new house with accessibility features for people with disabilities. FALSE Newly constructed single family dwellings and multi-family dwellings with no more than four-dwelling units are not subject to accessible design and construction requirements under the Fair Housing Act.
- Owner-occupied buildings with no more than four dwelling units are not subject to the Fair Housing Act. TRUE An owner-occupied building with four units or less is not subject to the Fair Housing Act. However, the prohibition against discriminatory advertising still applies.
- Mortgage lenders may have different income requirements for men and women? FALSE A mortgage lender cannot require women to have higher incomes on the assumption that they will stop working during motherhood or on any other basis.
For a Multi-family housing building with four or more dwelling units that are ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, and has an elevator:
- Public and common areas must be accessible to people with disabilities. TRUE
- Public and common areas must have Braille address markings. FALSE
- Doors and hallways must be wide enough for wheelchairs. TRUE
- All units must have accessible route into and through unit. TRUE
- All units must have windows in the back of the unit. FALSE
- All units must have accessible light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats and other environmental controls. TRUE
- All units must have reinforced bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars. TRUE
- All units must have high-speed internet access. FALSE
- All units must have kitchens and bathrooms that can be used by people in wheelchairs.TRUE