THE LINK STRATEGY – OVERVIEW
Housing requires developers to provide a specified percentage of a
Development’s ELI units for special needs households receiving community based supportive
services who are referred by a designated supportive services agency in the
community where the Development is located. The following is an overview of the
Link Strategy Requirements.
For the affordability period as specified in the regulatory
agreement, the Development shall set aside a percentage of the ELI units as
Link units for the intended population (Link Set-Aside Requirement) as
described in the Request for Applications (RFA). At least one member of
each Link household shall be referred by a Special Needs Household
Referral Agency (Referral Agency) with which the owner executes a Link
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) approved by the Corporation. The owner shall execute an MOU with at
least one designated Referral Agency serving the county and intended population
where the Development will be located and rent units to households referred by
the Referral Agency with which the MOU is executed.
Link Memorandum of
The Corporation has established
and maintains a list of supportive service agencies or organizations serving
each county, each of which is designated as a Referral Agency. These agencies are statewide, regional or
local organizations that administer community-based supportive services to the
populations served by Link. The MOU is a formal agreement between the owner and
a Referral Agency that specifies the intent of the Link Strategy and describes
the roles and responsibilities of each party to the MOU.
Units shall be held open for
intended households referred by the Referral Agency for a period of 30 calendar
days starting from the date the vacated unit is suitable for occupancy and
ready to lease. The owner shall notify the Referral Agency that a unit is
available on or before the date that the vacated unit becomes suitable for
occupancy and ready to lease, but no more than 30 calendar days before the unit
is anticipated to be ready to lease.
During leasing activity, the
owner shall make all units available for the intended Link households referred
by the Referral Agency, until the Development’s Link Set-Aside Requirement has
been met. If the Development has not met its Link Set-Aside Requirement by the
passing of 30 days after the last unit is available for occupancy, the owner
may lease the units to any eligible household.
Responsibilities of the Referral Agency
Referral Agencies ensure that
Special Needs Households qualifying for the ELI units in the Development are:
receiving community based supportive services
at the time of the referral;
prepared to live in an independent living
able to pay the determined rent and other costs
for the available ELI unit.
Some of the Special Needs
Households may require regular and long-term community based supportive
services during their tenancy, while others may need only temporary or
short-term support to address a situational crisis or to receive assistance to
regain independence and stability.
Referral Agencies also:
Develop and maintain a list of eligible Special
Needs Households interested in applying for reserved Link units as they become
Designate a point of contact to receive notices
from the Owner/Management when there is a reserved unit available;
Work with the Development during the
application and leasing period for all Special Needs Household residents;
Owners are required to keep
documentation on file for compliance monitoring purposes.
Monitors will ask to inspect
email communication with the Referral Agency demonstrating timely notification
regarding the availability of units for the intended Link household, outcome of
each referral, and, when an available unit was not rented to a Link household,
the number of days the available unit was held open for intended Link
The monthly Program Report
submitted to Florida Housing by the Development shall reflect the number of
Link households residing in an ELI unit.