Chairperson Jaramillo called the meeting to order at 6:36 PM.
Jo Ann Brannock, Ph.D.
Linda R. Morad, Housing Programs Supervisor
Guillermina Torrico, Clerical Assistant III
MOTION was made, seconded and CARRIED by members present to approve the Minutes of February 9, 2004.
Chairman Jaramillo welcomed the non-profit agencies and asked that they please introduce themselves before beginning their presentation. She explained that the presentation should be limited to ten minutes, with five minute presentations on their proposal and the additional five minutes allotted for a question/answer session with the Committee.
Presentations began at 6:38PM.
|Applicant:||MEALS ON WHEELS|
|Project:||HOME DELIVERED MEALS|
Description of Project: Presenting for Meals on Wheels was Sandra White, Volunteer President of the Board of Directors. Ms White stated that February 25, 2004 would mark their 30th anniversary. Ms. White stated that Meals on Wheels has been in existence since February 25, 1974; originally under hospices of North Orange County volunteer bureau and in 1941 they incorporated as an independent non-profit.
She stated that their organization is run by a volunteer board and two employees. They also staff a volunteer scheduler to coordinate the 300+ volunteers to work 14 each day so that 86-95 clients can be served. The routes are throughout Fullerton and two serve hospitals/senior centers.
Ms. White stated that their funding comes from a variety of sources that include the National Charity of Fullerton mother/daughter. Their community volunteers are recruited through RSVP center and through the cable advertisements.
She explained that most clients are self-referred, physician-referred, or referred by concerned family or neighbors. Any home-bound resident in Fullerton is eligible for their program. She stated that their clients range from 43-93 years of age and most are elderly and frail with a variety of medical problems. Of these clients, some stay on their program for a short while during a medical recovery period, while others stay on for years or for life.
Their service includes two meals per day: The meal served at noon is a hot meal and a cold sack lunch is also left behind so clients can have it for dinner.
Q & A:
Q: Committee Member Brannock asked which days meals are delivered and for the number of hot meals.
A: Ms. White stated that two meals are delivered Mondays through Fridays. The hot meal is delivered at noon for lunch and a cold meal designed to be served for dinner is delivered at the same. The routes are limited to 12 clients since this is the maximum number of stops that will still allow the meals to stay hot
Committee Members Leon and Strub arrived at 6:42PM.
|Applicant:||ORANGE COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION (OCBF)|
|Project:||STOP SHORT OF ADDICTION|
Description of Project: Presenting for OCBF were Karen Ruan, Brent Barcellona, and Karyn Mendoza. Ms. Ruan distributed handouts on program descriptions and Follow-up Survey study results. She reviewed them and said that they reflect the success of their program.
Mr. Barcellona described their program as a juvenile-diversion program and as an alternative from going into the criminal court system. They work with fir-time offenders and at-risk youth. He stated that it is designed to simulate the court system where juveniles sit in the hot seat as if they were in trial. They also work with the Orange County Coroners / Sheriff who perform a graphic presentation to both parents and teens on the effects of drug and alcohol. Mr. Barcellona added that the booking process is also simulated by taking juveniles to jail cells and having them meet speakers who address the consequences of life choices.
He stated that a unique aspect to their program is their success at incorporating peer group discussions. In these groups, teens and parents discuss issues separately with their peer groups. Their program offers education and awareness for both teens and parents, and built-in homework assignments designed to enhance communication between them. Mr. Barcellona advised that he works with the Community Unified for Fullerton Safety committee to target schools and identify issues.
Ms. Ruan announced that their program is now offered in Spanish. They also added a Pre-Strategic family therapy developed from a University of Miami model to include an additional 12-16 weeks of follow-up therapy. She stressed that this extensive program not only serves youth but also includes the entire family and can sometimes last up to six months.
She stated that they are asking for $5,000 to continue providing service to these families.
Q & A:
Q: Committee Member Jensen-Purser asked if any referred teens parent ever turned down OCBF services.
A: OCBF responded that this has never happened. They explained that those referred are usually in trouble with school and/or the law and after they hear what OCBF offers and what the options are, OCBF is the best alternative. Otherwise, they would have to go to court.
Q: Committee Member Moreno-Sandy asked if they worked in conjunction with foster programs.
A: OCBF stated that the support group system is used at the end in the treatment plan. After discharge, alternative support programs are recommended and it is mandatory that parents and teens participate.
Q: Committee Member Strub asked regarding their program fees.
A: OCBF explained that the fee is $200, if they receive funding. Their goal is to instill the concept of a cost associated with the consequences of youth breaking the law. They did clarify that although the $200 fees are high, they are always based on a sliding scale and an ability to pay. Ms. Ruan stated that for the most part, the families served are low income and the fee ends up being about $25 - $50.
Q: Committee Member Elliott asked if OCBF had worked in Fullerton before.
A: OCBF confirmed that they have been actively working in the Fullerton community for the past seven years. They have worked and collaborated with Fullerton schools, the Fullerton Police Department, the District Attorney and Probation. They are new applicants to the Fullerton CDBG but not new to the city.
|Applicant:||SOUTHERN CA COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY|
|Project:||FUTURE IN SIGHT|
Description of Project: Presenting for Southern CA College of Optometry was Director Beverly Spencer. Ms. Spencer stated that this October would be their 100th anniversary celebration. She advised that last years CDBG provided funds for 86 children who received eye glasses and exams. They have since found that many of the children served have a need for vision therapy.
She stated that the College and the Assistance League screen approximately 6,500 children. She advised that out of all the children screened, approximately 1,700 are in need of eye glasses and many are not eligible for Medicare or any type of insurance. Thus, there is no other way for them to acquire glasses.
Ms. Spencer provided the following statistics: Nationally, 13% of children in poverty level fail vision exams; In Southern California, 30% failed exams and of that, 10% need vision therapy. She indicated that if the problem is detected at an early stage, the cost is $500 but it goes up to $2,500 by 5th/6th grade, which is at the age where most children come to their program. She added that vision problems can lead to learning, behavioral, and self-esteem problems.
Ms. Spencer explained that the CDBG grant only pays for the materials and eye exams and glasses cost about $260 per child. Therefore, they have to seek private grants to help pay for materials required for vision therapy.
Children served are identified and referred by school nurses, Healthy-Start Program, Assistance League, doctors, and teachers. She concluding by saying that they hope to gain funding to continue to supplement the program since children cannot learn if they cannot see.
Q & A:
Q: Chairperson Jaramillo and Committee Member Givens asked Ms. Spencer to define vision therapy.
A: Ms. Spencer explained that most eye exams only test for vision capability. Their exam includes a test for vision capability as well as three additional steps to detect any vision-inflicted learning disabilities, i.e., any of four types of dyslexia, reversal of the eye, etc. She described vision therapy as including any of the following: Forty-five minutes a week with a doctor, use of equipment to train the eye, home therapy on computer programs, cards, etc. Their goal is to first identify the problem, help the children understand what their problem is, and teach them to make adjustments so that they can learn properly.
Q: Committee Member Elliott asked how many clients were Fullerton residents.
A: Ms. Spencer stated that all children were from Fullerton schools.
Q: Committee Member Brannock asked regarding the increase in their request and the number of clients served.
A: Ms. Spencer advised that they now serve more children with exams and vision therapy. In total they will serve 135 children. CDBG will pay for exams and they will seek private funds to make up for the difference; be it for additional medically-necessary contact lenses or for vision therapy.
|Applicant:||ORANGETHORPE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH|
|Project:||ORANGETHORPE LEARNING CENTER|
Description of Project: Presenting for Orangethorpe United Methodist Church was Charles W. Carey. Mr. Carey described their center as a ministry of Orangethorpe United Methodist and Christian Churches whose major function is to help kids with homework. He stated that they recently celebrated their 9th year of providing service to Southwest Fullerton.
Mr. Carey shared a slide-show presentation showing the events and daily work at their center. He stated that children in this area have a greater need for help than what is available to them at home due to families with situations like language barriers, divorce, and very crowded living arrangements.
He indicated that unless these children receive the help, they will not succeed at school. He introduced two parents, Maria Navarro and Nacho Garcia and three children who have been part of their group and have showed tremendous success, i.e. being straight-A students and active in running for school offices.
He indicated that as seen on slide show, the children are exposed to Arts and Music which are areas that are being cut at schools statewide. He noted the parties, fundraisers and the participation of the parents shown on the slides as an important element to sustain their program.
He noted that their services draw kids from the Southwest part of the City which is many times forgotten; although the rest of the city has functions or resources available, many families in this area do not have access to them due to lack of transportation.
He concluded by stating that he, the parents, or Mr. Todd were available for questions.
Q & A:
Q: Committee Member Jensen-Purser told Mr. Carey that she visited their facility and was very impressed. She asked why the request increased by $5,000 but the cost only by $4,000.
A: Mr. Carey said that they were approved last year for $7,000 so they were asking for the same amount. He explained that they hope to get funded by the City but if they are not funded they would recruit more parents for fundraisers.
|Project:||INTERACTIVE TOURING PRESENTATIONS FOR SENIORS|
Description of Project:Presenting for STOP GAP was E. J. Gage, Actor/Facilitator. Mr. Gage stated that they have been in business for 26 years as a non-profit organization and they use theatre as an educational/therapeutic tool.
At one time, STOP was Senior Theater Outreach Program where their primary focus was seniors. They now work with battered women shelters, drug treatment centers, shelters, children hospitals and have 1,400 performances in school classrooms each year. He said they perform regularly at the Fullerton Senior Center and visit convalescent homes, retirement communities, and senior-based centers.
Mr. Gage explained that theatre is used to show seniors the wisdom theyve accumulated over their life. The performances help educate seniors on protecting themselves against being preyed on or abused. He stated that their program allows seniors to interact since the scenario is set as a rehearsal for life. As such, they role play and act out skills needed in situations to put to use in their own lives. Mr. Gage gave the example of the Irvine Adult-Based Center where they create a show every Friday to allow seniors to help actors on stage deal with issues that they themselves are currently facing in their life and how to resolve them, i.e., aging, marriage, parenting, etc.
Other places they visit include Childrens Hospital of Orange County, New Directions, Orangewood (abused and neglected children), etc.
Q: Chairperson Jaramillo asked if the performances were uplifting or educational, specifically with children, like the ones he mentioned at Orangewood.
A: Mr. Gage said all presentations are designed to be uplifting but they try to educate and teach conflict resolution. At Orangewood, it is therapeutic-based, which is different from performances at regular school classrooms where it is mainly educational. Orangewood is a different situation where they create impromptu acts by having students write topics anonymously on cards; the setting and issues are based on what is written on the cards. For seniors, performances are therapeutic-based and seniors participate from their seat or wheelchairs, participating and taking on characters that take them on the journey from childhood to senior age.
Q: Committee Member Jensen-Purser stated that STOP-GAP was funded last year but the money was not drawn. STOP personnel complained that excessive amounts of paperwork were required. She asked if the new personnel would follow through with the process this year if the Committee decided to fund them.
A: Mr. Gage had no knowledge of what transcribed in the past. He informed the Committee that STOP-GAP has new personnel. Specifically, they staff a grant writer whose job is to assure that funds are solicited and that all necessary paperwork be completed. He stated that STOP-GAP is very interested in receiving funds since he was called with specific instructions to attend tonights presentation. He assured that all necessary paperwork would be handled.
Q: Committee Member Elliott asked regarding the application indicating that this is a one-time request and would not be a multi-year request.
A: Mr. Gage believed the statement to be an error or a typo, since as he had previously informed the Committee, the program has been in existence for 26 years and he would anticipate funding would be required each year.
Q: Committee Member Strub questioned the funding amounts from corporations and foundations. He asked for the reason the amount decreased from $19,450 to $1,450.
A: Mr. Gage explained that in todays economy they can depend on corporations a lot less and STOP-GAP has not shifted their focus. He gave the example of Mazda who had funded them in the past and as of this year opted to help them by donating a van. He said that although the van is useful for the tours it shows the corporation has shifted their funds to other areas and not STOP-GAPs inability to raise funds.
A break was taken at 7:31pm. Ms. Morad distributed handouts provided tonight by the presenting agencies. Presentations resumed at 7:35pm.
|Applicant:||WAVECREST - FRIENDS OF L'ARCHE|
Description of Project: Presenting for Wavecrest was Karen Carr, Executive Director. She passed out poster boards with pictures of their project. She stated that their project achieves the central purpose of HUDs CDBG funding to serve low-income people by helping with housing needs and contributing to a healthy community.
She provided an overview of their 501 (c) non-profit organization:
Mission and philosophy: To create a place for persons with developmental disabilities (core members) where faithful relationships are nurtured. To focus on the importance of relationships, respect for individuals, and celebration of each persons gifts.
StructureInternational federation-at-large encompasses 120 large communities in 30 countries and 15 in the United States. The first LArche (the ark) community was founded in France in 1964 and the environment is shaped by major Christian denominations and International multi-faiths.
Goal: To create Abraham House, a permanent home for low-income people with disabilities based on a community-care model that encourages personal growth while ensuring their health and safety and where they share life as a family vs. as a client and staff.
She stated that according to the Regional Center in Orange County there are an estimated 1,000 people with developmental disabilities in Fullerton who are virtually invisible to the society at large. Of this figure, many live in boarding homes, nursing homes or institutions and face an uncertain future living with aging parents/relatives.
She advised that the three core members and one of the assistants have already been selected from over 50 calls and 20 applications that were received. The project will also provide social activities to 15 additional adults with disabilities and will involve 50-75 people in volunteering to interact with core members.
Ms. Carr said they are requesting $15,000 from CDBG to operate the Abraham House. She was very proud to announce that the concept presented last year has made substantial progress: A residential property has been leased and their licensing application is in review.
She concluded by sharing that financial support has been received by individuals, local congregations and foundations, and by requesting that the Committee consider this an investment that will reap dividends in many significant ways.
Q: Chairperson Jaramillo asked for the number of bedrooms in the Peacock lane house.
A: Ms. Carr said that the house has four bedrooms and one large one which will be used as two separate ones.
Q: Committee Member Moreno-Sandy asked if the staff members are self-supporting financially, since the application states that they share lives as a family and not as client/staff.
A: In large terms, they are assistants so there is a family environment, but they do receive food, lodging, and a stipend.
Q: Committee Member Jensen-Purser asked where the stipend could be found within the budget breakdown.
A: It is allocated within the $64,000 administration.
Q: Committee Member Brannock asked how long the core members stay.
A: Core members are there for life. It is a permanent situation and the goal is that more homes be built so additional core members can be served since this is the first home in California with the closest being in Portland, Oregon.
Q: Committee Member Givens asked when Abraham House would begin operating.
A: Ms. Carr stated that a licensing meeting is scheduled for March 10th and they will begin operating once they are licensed through the county and state.
Q: Committee Member Elliott asked regarding turnover of assistants and additional sources of income.
A: Wavecrest asks assistants for a one-to-two year commitment. They try to obtain as long commitment as possible. Assistants have no other source of financial income.
Q: Committee Member Strub asked regarding regional center funds and their interface with core members.
A:Ms. Carr stated that the core members would get SSI and counseling. The house would receive funding, if needed, but it would still require significant additional fundraising.
Q: Committee Member Brannock asked Ms. Carr to compare Abraham house per-person cost to other facilities since it would be approximately $40,000 per core member per year.
A: Ms. Carr stated that the difference is the philosophy and it seems more expensive but there are benefits of being part of a large international community, i.e. training for staff, traveling for core members, etc. She was unable to provide comparison cost.
Q: Committee Member Jensen-Purser explained the Committees perspective since this one project request is asking for $15,000 or $5,000 per individual. She asked Ms. Carr to explain how they could rationalize giving this amount per person when another non-profit would be able to benefit many peoples lives with that same amount.
Committee Member Leon said she believed it would be exciting to be part of something that would be a new way of doing it as supposed to what society views as standard care. She shared her concern for her son and her awareness of the 1,000 people just in Fullerton and the worry associated with this situation.
A: Ms. Carr said that they do not view this as helping three people but also as a tool to wake up other communities by showing a different and better way of caring for the developmentally disabled.
Q: Committee Member Strub asked if funding was sought from the Department of Mental Health.
A: No, since the core members are developmentally disabled and not mentally disabled.
There was further discussion and Chairperson Jaramillo indicated to Ms. Carr and the Committee that the time for the presentation had lapsed.
|Applicant:||WOMEN'S TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER, INC. (WLTC)|
|Project:||INDEPENDENCE FROM DEPENDENCE|
Description of Project: Presenting for WLTC was Kathy Strong, Director of Contracts Administration. Ms. Strong advised that WTLC is primarily a Fullerton-based organization with a shelter whose location she could not disclose due to confidentiality, a transitional shelter, and a family-outreach center based in Fullerton. They have been funded by CDBG for the past 23 years.
She said their project offers the following programs: An Emergency Response Team where WTLC volunteers ride along with Fullerton Police Department to provide assistance on the domestic violence calls; an advocate station at the Fullerton Police Department for referrals; and an outreach program.
Ms. Strong stated that an enhancement to this years WTLCs program is an outcome-measurement feature. She gave the example of how this was used at their Christmas program where follow-up tests were performed on 5-year clients and they found that 96% of 250 clients are still free from their batterers and 84% still had restraining orders. WTLC now has pre-imposed tests and client-satisfaction surveys which have helped them make adequate changes based on the findings and depression tests that allow them to show rates of depression and how they decrease considerably. With these changes, WTLC can now provide their funding sources accurate information and statistics to show the impact of the funding.
She said that WTLC is unique in that they accept clients with active substance abuse and mental health issues and that they provide a complete continuum of care. WTLC works with victims at any stage with advocates who work with clients in street, offer a safety net motel shelter program, etc. WTLC also has a second step that offers up to two years of counseling, legal clinics, resources, welfare to job, etc.
She stated that their Safety Net is the only program in Orange County that accepts males into their motel program which average 3-5 per year and they are accepted with and without children.
She concluded by stating that their ultimate goal is to help people become independent from violence, substance abuse, or welfare.
Q & A :
Q & A : Committee Member Brannock asked for their success rate.
A: Ms. Strong was unable to provide the mental health success rates because of its short length but stated that for those who undergo their 45/90 day program, 80% are substance-abuse free six months later.
Q: Committee Member Elliott asked if they received any other city funding.
A: WTLC seeks grant funding from Santa Ana, Orange, Tustin, Buena Park, and Garden Grove.
|Applicant:||YMCA OF ORANGE COUNTY (OC YMCA)|
|Project:||TUTORING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - VALENCIA COMM. CTR.|
Description of Project: Presenting for OC YMCA was Jami Johnson, Director of Contracts Administration who said that this program has been providing service to Fullerton youth for the past five years. She explained that with additional funding they wish to expand their program by adding an enrichment component and pre-imposed testing.
Ms. Johnson introduced Elizabeth and her mother, Tracy Morales who spoke on how this program has benefited their lives. Elizabeth explained that the program helped her in school by helping her with homework. Ms. Morales thanked the YMCA for offering such a good program to their children. She thanked the YMCA for assistance with the homework and stated that she along with many parents have the same problem: Due to the language barrier they are unable to provide help with homework, especially in math. Ms. Morales asked the Committee to please provide funding to the YMCA and stated that without this program their children would not have homework assistance available.
Ms. Johnson advised that they are currently at capacity, serving 40 students at one time. With additional funding, they would like to increase staff numbers and allow more children to access the program since they have to abide to the association standards of 1:20 ratio.
Ms. Johnson explained that the enrichment component would include character development focused on teaching caring, responsibility, trustworthy, citizenship, fairness, and respect.
Q & A :
Q: Chairperson Jaramillo asked where the children served reside.
A: Ms. Johnson stated that all students live in Fullerton and attend schools in Valencia and Richman area.
Q: Committee Member Moreno-Sandy asked if they provide programs for parents.
A: Ms. Johnson stated this component is not available.
Q: Committee Member Leon asked regarding ELD or ESL courses.
A: Ms. Johnson said that at the time they do not have this available.
Q: Committee Member Givens asked how long children attend and how many are served.
A: Ms. Johnson explained that they are limited to serving 40 students since a one-staff to20-students ratio must be met. There is however, no length to how long a child can be part of their program. They will provide assistance to them as long as they keep coming back.
Q: Committee Member Moreno-Sandy asked if they have any pre-imposed testing.
A: The YMCAs only way of measuring results is to see kids continue to come back for help and to see this number growing.
Q: Committee Member Brannock asked if they make use of Fullerton College (Gina Wolfe) for statistical analysis.
A: Ms. Johnson stated that they have worked with Gina Wolfe in the past but would not be able to outsource this function since the YMCA has a model that they must use.
Q: Committee Member Leon asked if they monitor grades with the schools or ask children to bring in their report cards.
A: Ms. Johnson stated that their goal is to teach students to self-monitor their grades and reward them vs. pressuring them into getting good grades. They offer incentives to monitor with YMCAs help.
Q: Committee Member Elliott asked where the children physically do their homework and Committe Member Strub asked if desks were available.
A: Ms. Johnson said a room at the YMCA is used where tables and computers are available.
Q: Committee Member Moreno-Sandy asked if the attendance is solely based on a pamphlet passed out in the community.
A: Ms. Johnson was not aware of the outreach/marketing since program started five years ago but stated that the children were their greatest tool since they can tell their friends, who in turn invite others; word-of-mouth seems to be their greatest marketing tool.
Q: Committee Member Strub pointed out the reference in the CDBG application as far as federal monies funding religious affiliations.
A: Ms. Morad advised that she would speak to Ms. Johnson and it was strictly a wording issue. Ms. Johnson deferred the question to their Executive Director, who stated that wording on the description could be altered for purposes of this program.
Q: Committee Member Jensen-Purser asked if any volunteer opportunities were available.
A: Ms. Johnson stated that she had a number of opportunities available and would welcome the referrals.
|Applicant:||YWCA OF NORTH ORANGE COUNTY|
|Project:||YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICES (YES)|
Description of Project: Presenting for YWCA of North Orange County was Diane Masseth-Jones, Executive Director. Ms. Masseth-Jones stated that the YES program first established in Fullerton. She described the board of directors as a strong board made up of 18 women.
She announced that YES was selected as a national YWCA model and quoted statistics showing success for the program in Anaheim and their wish to bring the program back to Fullerton: Anaheim served 1300 youth a year; 94% met HUD guidelines; 135 are low to moderate income levels; and 15% served came from single-parent head of household.
She indicated that most teens in their program are free lance and they place them in jobs such as helping seniors at home, mowing lawn, etc. She stated that they abide to the strict labor laws. Ms. Masseth-Jones provided data that shows that teens who worked 1-15 hours a week have a GPA of 3.0 or higher self-esteem attributed to increased accountability and that teens working 16+ hours were found to be mostly minority and showed a decrease in GPA.
Ms. Masseth-Jones advised that they are constantly networking with agencies such as the City of La Habra, Wells Fargo, Chamber of Commerce, ROP, Employment Development Departments, work-experience counselors, etc. to gain options for their clients.
They are asking for $10,000 to hire a part-time staff to work with youth for which they already have an office in place. She stated that they are being resourceful by using interns from USC and California State University Fullerton to help them with their business plans and to provide relief to their agency.
She concluding her presentation by pointing out the story in a newsletter she distributed where two featured McDonalds management employees had their first placement in YES.
Q & A :
Q: Chairperson Jaramillo asked if this was the same program which helped her when she was a teen.
A: Ms. Masseth-Jones stated that it was the same program which had tremendous success in Fullerton and this is why they wish to bring it back.
There was further discussion from Committee Members who shared how they or their family members had benefited from this program.
|Applicant:||FAIR HOUSING COUNCIL OF ORANGE COUNTY|
|Project:||FULLERTON FAIR HOUSING SERVICES|
Description of Project: Presenting for Fair Housing Council of Orange County was David Levy, Housing Rights Advocate.
Mr. Levy stated that he along with 17 other citizen workers provide services to 20 Orange County jurisdictions. He indicated that their $28,920 request was arrived at using a methodology where they look at the service demand for each jurisdiction (Fullertons demand being 5.48%).
He stated that with these funds they anticipate serving approximately 20 Fullerton households with housing complaints once complaints are validated as legal discrimination. Mr. Levy stated that they educate callers on which allegations fit into housing discrimination laws and could be followed through and enforced.
He advised that the funding would also be used to serve 625 households in the landlord/tenant program, which he described as a crucial component since it serves low-income households and actually helps uncover many discrimination cases. The landlord/tenant program can include up to 1,800 different issues ranging from repairs to improper notices, etc. Due to staffing issues, residents have difficulties reaching housing rights advocates so they can give multiple complaints in one call.
Q & A :
Q: Committee Member Brannock asked Mr. Levy to provide a typical case
A: He provided the following examples: Refusal to rent where caller seeking housing was advised that nothing was available and they have reason to believe that information was not credible; caller with repair complaints that are not getting tended to, while other tenants repairs are readily done. Mr. Levy stated that in looking at last years workload most cases involved race and national origin, number of children, and some marital status discrimination.
Q: Committee Member Jensen-Purser asked which calls would not fit into discrimination.
A: He gave an example where a landlord preferred a specific type of dog and this would not be a legal discrimination case since dogs are not under the protective class.
Presentations concluded at 8:25pm.
Code Enforcement Allocation
Ms. Morad advised the Committee that City Council gave Code Enforcement an approval for $17,000 and the request for an additional code enforcement officer would be included in the City Department application that they would receive in a couple of weeks.
Ms. Morad informed the Committee that community meetings will be held at the end of April. The meetings will be held at the Senior Center due to the number of people expected to attend. The school which it was held at previously was too crowded and since project is now approved, more people might attend.
Ms. Morad announced that she was proud of her staff for volunteering to work on a quarterly newsletter. There are plans to publish a quarterly newsletter on the Richman Park Area and Code Enforcement Area. Ms. Morad advised that the newsletter will include information on Housing Rehabilitation Program so that those with code enforcement issues can take advantage of program.
Committee Member Jensen-Purser asked if it would only be distributed at Richman Area and Ms. Morad indicated that at least in the beginning this will be the only distribution. Committee Member Brannock suggested distributing via the water bill. However, Ms. Morad advised that availability of funds might pose an issue to printing that quantity.
Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) Project
Ms. Morad updated the Committee on the City Council approval of the NHS Project which will use HOME and Redevelopment dollars. She advised that the 15-unit property will be acquired, go through the rehab program, and converted to a coop of homeownership which offers the opportunity to own shares and a right to live in the unit.
Ms. Morad communicated that the allocated CDBG budget for this year was $1,831,000 which reflected a $38,000 cut from last year.
Committee Member Strub asked if the $500,000 from last years budget would be added to the $1,831,000 and Ms. Morad advised that it would reflect in the revised budget summary sheet.
She gave this years HOME budget, $835,000, which is $3,400 less than was allocated last year.
Ms. Morad advised that HUD funded the City with $50,636 for a new program, American Dream Down Payment Initiative, but unfortunately would not provide training on this program. She advised that the Citys Downpayment Assistance Program was suspended. She stated that the program was not working and only one application had received approval this fiscal year. She attributed failure of the program to high housing costs and the economy
Chairperson Jaramillo asked if this money would be wasted since it would not be used. Ms. Morad responded that the only way it could be used is if no restriction was placed on home value the only restrictions were on income guidelines. She advised that if money is not used, it will go back to the State.
No public comments.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:43PM.