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School Facility Fee Affordable Housing Assistance Programs   

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The Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance Program and the Rental Assistance Program are hereby established to provide assistance in the amount of the applicable school facility fee on affordable housing developments.

(a) A Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance Program shall provide the following assistance:

(1) Downpayment assistance to the purchaser of newly constructed residential structures in a development project in economically distressed areas in the aggregate amount of school facility fees paid pursuant to one or both of Sections 65995.5 and 65995.7 of the Government Code, less the amount that would be required pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 65995 of the Government Code notwithstanding Sections 65995.5 and 65995.7 of the Government Code, if all of the following conditions are met:

(A) The development project is located in a county with an unemployment rate that equals or exceeds 125 percent of the state unemployment rate.

(B) Five hundred or more residential structures have been constructed in the county during 1997.

(C) A building permit for an eligible residential structure in the development project is issued by the local agency on or after January 1, 1999.

(D) The eligible residential structure is to be owner occupied for at least five years. If a structure is owner occupied for fewer than five years, the recipient of the assistance shall repay the School Facilities Fee Assistance Fund the amount of the assistance, on a prorated basis.

(E) The sales price of the eligible residential structure does not exceed 175 percent of the median sales price of residential structures in the county during the average of the previous five years.

(2) Downpayment assistance to the purchaser of any newly constructed residential structure in the development project in the aggregate amount of school facility fees paid pursuant to one, all, or any combination of Sections 65995, 65995.5, and 65995.7 of the Government Code, less the amount that would be required pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 65995 of the Government Code notwithstanding Sections 65995.5 and 65995.7 of the Government Code, if all of the following conditions are met:

(A) The development project is located in the state.

(B) The sales price of the eligible residential structure in the development project does not exceed one hundred ten thousand dollars ($110,000).

(C) A building permit for an eligible residential structure in the development project is issued by the local agency on or after January 1, 1999.

(D) The eligible residential structure is to be owner occupied for at least five years. If a structure is owner occupied for fewer than five years, the recipient of the assistance shall repay the School Facilities Fee Assistance Fund the amount of the assistance, on a prorated basis.

(3) Downpayment to the purchaser of any newly constructed residential structure in a development project in the aggregate amount of school facility fees paid pursuant to one, all, or any combination of subdivision (b) of Section 65995 and Sections 65995.5 and 65995.7 of the Government Code for the eligible residential structure if all of the following conditions are met:

(A) The assistance is provided to a qualified first-time homebuyer pursuant to Section 50068.5.

(B) The qualified first-time homebuyer meets the very low or low-income requirements set forth in Sections 50105 and 50079.5, respectively.

(C) A building permit for an eligible residential structure in the development project is issued by the local agency on or after January 1, 1999.

(D) The eligible residential structure is to be owner occupied for at least five years. If a structure is owner occupied for fewer than five years, the recipient of the assistance shall repay the School Facilities Fee Assistance Fund the amount of the assistance, on a prorated basis.

(b) A Rental Assistance Program shall provide assistance to the housing sponsor of a housing development in the aggregate amount of the school facility fees paid pursuant to one, all, or any combination of subdivision (b) of Section 65995 and Sections 65995.5 and 65995.7 of the Government Code that meets all of the following conditions:

(1) The units are deed restricted to very low income households and are continuously available to or occupied by very low income households at rents that do not exceed those prescribed by Section 50053, except that for the purposes of this subdivision, very low income shall be defined as 30 percent times 30 percent of the median income adjusted for family size appropriate for the unit.

(2) The number of dedicated residential units must equal or exceed the number of units supported by the reimbursed school impact fees determined by the average per unit development cost.

(3) The dedicated residential units are regulated by an appropriate local or state agency for a minimum of 30 years.

(4) A building permit for an eligible residential unit in the development project is issued by the local agency on or after January 1, 1999.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 135, Sec. 100.)