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21. The agency shall establish affordable housing programs to assist municipalities in meeting the obligation of developing communities to provide low and moderate income housing.
a. Of the bond authority allocated to it under section 24 of P.L.1983, c.530 (C.55:14K-24) the agency will allocate, for a reasonable period of time established by its board, no less than 25% to be used in conjunction with housing to be constructed or rehabilitated with assistance under this act.
b. The agency shall to the extent of available funds, award assistance to affordable housing programs located in municipalities whose housing elements have received substantive certification from the council, or which have been subject to a builder's remedy or which are in furtherance of a regional contribution agreement approved by the council. During the first 12 months from the effective date of this act and for any additional period which the council may approve, the agency may assist affordable housing programs which are not located in municipalities whose housing elements have been granted substantive certification or which are not in furtherance of a regional contribution agreement; provided the affordable housing program will meet all or in part a municipal low and moderate income housing obligation.
c. Assistance provided pursuant to this section may take the form of grants or awards to municipalities, prospective home purchasers, housing sponsors as defined in P.L.1983, c.530 (C.55:14K-1 et seq.), or as contributions to the issuance of mortgage revenue bonds or multi-family housing development bonds which have the effect of achieving the goal of producing affordable housing.
d. Affordable housing programs which may be financed or assisted under this provision may include, but are not limited to:
(1) Assistance for home purchase and improvement including interest rate assistance, down payment and closing cost assistance, and direct grants for principal reduction;
(2) Rental programs including loans or grants for developments containing low and moderate income housing, moderate rehabilitation of existing rental housing, congregate care and retirement facilities;
(3) Financial assistance for the conversion of nonresidential space to residences;
(4) Other housing programs for low and moderate income housing, including infrastructure projects directly facilitating the construction of low and moderate income housing; and
(5) Grants or loans to municipalities, housing sponsors and community organizations to encourage development of innovative approaches to affordable housing, including:
(a) Such advisory, consultative, training and educational services as will assist in the planning, construction, rehabilitation and operation of housing; and
(b) Encouraging research in and demonstration projects to develop new and better techniques and methods for increasing the supply, types and financing of housing and housing projects in the State.
e. The agency shall establish procedures and guidelines governing the qualifications of applicants, the application procedures and the criteria for awarding grants and loans for affordable housing programs and the standards for establishing the amount, terms and conditions of each grant or loan.
f. In consultation with the council, the agency shall establish requirements and controls to insure the maintenance of housing assisted under this act as affordable to low and moderate income households for a period of not less than 20 years; provided that the agency may establish a shorter period upon a determination that the economic feasibility of the program is jeopardized by the requirement and the public purpose served by the program outweighs the shorter period. The controls may include, among others, requirements for recapture of assistance provided pursuant to this act or restrictions on return on equity in the event of failure to meet the requirements of the program. With respect to rental housing financed by the agency pursuant to this act or otherwise which promotes the provision or maintenance of low and moderate income housing, the agency may waive restrictions on return on equity required pursuant to P.L.1983, c.530 (C.55:14K-1 et seq.) which is gained through the sale of the property or of any interest in the property or sale of any interest in the housing sponsor.
g. The agency may establish affordable housing programs through the use or establishment of subsidiary corporations or development corporations as provided in P.L.1983, c.530 (C.55:14K-1 et seq.). The subsidiary corporations or development corporations shall be eligible to receive funds provided under this act for any permitted purpose.
h. The agency shall provide assistance, through its bonding powers or in any other manner within its powers, to the grant and loan program established pursuant to section 20 of P.L.1985, c.222 (C.52:27D-320).
L.1985,c.222,s.21; amended 2004, c.140, s.5.
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