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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: May 24, 2022 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 6-a <br /> SUBJECT: Longtime Homeowner Assistance (LHA) Additional Information <br /> DEPARTMENT: Housing and Community <br /> Development <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> Corey Root, Director, Housing and <br /> Community Development, 919-245- <br /> 2492 <br /> Nancy Freeman, Tax Administrator, <br /> Orange County Tax Office, 919-245- <br /> 2735 <br /> Gary Donaldson, Chief Financial Officer, <br /> Orange County Finance, 919-245- <br /> 2453 <br /> PURPOSE: To receive further information and consider options for the LHA program in 2022. <br /> BACKGROUND: On May 3, 2022, the Board of County Commissioners reauthorized and <br /> approved the following changes to the Longtime Homeowner Assistance (LHA) program for 2022: <br /> • Adjust program operation dates to August 1 through December 1, 2022. <br /> • Include an informational insert with the tax assistance application packet and increase <br /> awareness about LHA. <br /> • Formalized the LHA policy for heirs' properties where there are more than one <br /> person/households listed on the deed. <br /> • Formalized the policy for Family Trust owned properties. <br /> • Require that the applicant provide a copy of the targeted tax bill. <br /> • Reduce the requirement to have owned and lived in the home for 10 years to 5 years to <br /> increase access to the program. <br /> Staff plans to add this or a similar clarifying statement to the informational insert: If you received <br /> assistance from this program on your 2021 tax bill, you DO NEED TO APPLY again to qualify for <br /> assistance on your 2022 tax bill. <br /> Staff offers the following information regarding a change program design that would cover more <br /> of the amount owed by the taxpayer. Using data from the 2021 LHA program, the American <br /> Community Survey, the FY22 Area Median Income for Orange County, staff is providing more <br /> detailed estimates for options. <br />