HOC Cty Guaranteed Bond Projects (P809482)

  • Category: Housing Opportunities Commission
  • Sub Category: Housing
  • Administering Agency: Housing Opportunities Commission (AAGE12)
  • Planning Area: Countywide
  • Date Last Modified: 12/23/13
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Ongoing




This project serves to identify the uses of Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) bonds for housing construction and permanent mortgage financing. In addition, the County guarantee on these HOC revenue bonds may provide coinsurance with appropriate Federal, State, and private insurers on HOC revenue bonds and notes issued to finance new or existing residential units. These bonds will be backed by the revenues of the developments; by the pledge of subsidy funds if appropriate; and by the full faith and credit of Montgomery County. All developments financed under this approach will be self-supporting. They are included in the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) in order to provide the legal authorization of ultimate County backing of specific projects. This project reflects a total authorization of $50 million. Control over specific projects which are given County backing is maintained by implementation procedures developed in accordance with local legislation. The legislation provides for specific approval by the County Council, except for certain stated uses for which County Executive approval is permitted, subject to action by the County Council at its discretion.


Relevant legislation and reports include: Code of Maryland as amended by State legislation providing for County backing of HOC bonds; Opportunity Housing legislation; report of the Task Force on Moderate Income Rental; and other studies. In the opinion of County bond counsel, inclusion in the CIP is required even though no County funds will be required.


The County General Plan refinement stands in compliance with the General Plan requirement of the Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection, and Planning Act. County Master Plans must be in compliance with the General Plan.

Fiscal Note

The project has financed the development of housing units at The Oaks at Four Corners (120 units), Magruder's Discovery (134 Section 8 units), Spring Gardens (83 units), Chevy Chase Lake South (68 units), Fairfax Courts (18 units), Montgomery Arms apartments (132 units), The Metropolitan (308 units), Amherst Square (100 units) and Pooks Hill Courtyard (50 units). In FY'95, HOC repaid the Magruder's Discovery bond ($5.7 million) and financed The Metropolitan ($33.9 million). During FY'97, HOC repaid the $4.1 million bond for The Oaks at Four Corners. In FY'98, the bonds that were used to finance The Metropolitan were repaid using bonds guaranteed under the FHA RiskSharing program. Subsequently, in FY'99, Pook's Hill Courtyard (50 units) and Landings Edge (100 units), were financed using $12.9 million in County G.O. bonds. Beginning in FY'01, as a contribution to affordable housing, HOC was given relief on past due interest payments and is no longer required to pay interest on funding for this project. In FY'07, HOC Issued $36.35 Million in Taxable Bond Anticipation Notes to fund the construction of MetroPointe. In 2008, HOC issued $33.05 million in Fixed-Rate Tax-Exempt Short-Term Notes, which were expected to be redeemed and replaced with Long-Term Variable Bonds in 2009. However, continued dislocation in the Financial Markets necessitated the issuance of another Short-Term Financing. In FY'10, HOC issued $32.3 million in 2 Year Fixed-Rate County Backed Notes which matured on January 1, 2012. Effective December 20, 2011, HOC issued $33.585 million of Variable-Rate TaxExempt Multifamily Housing Development Bonds to, among other things, refinance the FY'10 Tax-Exempt Notes guaranteed by the County's General Obligation Pledge. On January 3, 2012, the two-year notes issued in FY'10 were repaid thereby releasing the County's General Obligation pledge. The mortgages on the property are insured by FHA pursuant to its Risk Sharing Agreement with HOC.


Department of Finance