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Housing & Community Development Commission Minutes

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Housing and Community Development Commission
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Santo Community Center – Room 5
Meeting called to order @ 5:39 p.m.
1.Roll Call
Present: Commissioners – Marie Cabler, Dawn Blanchette, Denise James, Jennifer Puryear, Daniel Smith, Shanon Pewtress, Chad McComas, and Bill Boehning. Staff – Angela Durant. Absent: Council Liaison – Clay Bearnson; and Commissioners – Kristen Brooks.
2.Public Comments
3.Approval of Meeting Minutes
Minutes from October 5, 2016 were approved as submitted.  
4.New Business
a) Housing Authority of Jackson County Program Income Return Request
Motion: I move to approve the request to increase the 2016 eligible program income for the Housing Authority of Jackson County - Homeowner Repair Program to $150,000.  I also move to approve the reallocation of $23,283 in program income back to the Homeowner Repair Program for use during the 2016 program year. Motion made by Chad McComas; seconded by Denise James. Motion passed.
5.Old Business
a) CDBG 2017-18 Public Service Program Application - Angela Durant updated the commission on progress with the development and implementation of an electronic version of the public service application. The draft capital improvement grant application will be presented to the Commission in December for final approval and conversion.
b) CDBG 2017-18 CDBG Scoring Criteria – Marie Cabler presented the agenda item commentary relating to a revision to the CDBG application scoring criteria. Angela Durant provided commissioners with a brief background relating to ACCESS’ request to prioritize 2017-18 CDBG proposals providing housing for veterans, in efforts to support a $6 million SSVF grant received in April 2015. Eligible activities under this grant are limited to supportive services; capital improvement activities such as acquisition, rehabilitation, and construction are not eligible. ACCESS is experiencing a barrier to achieving federal benchmarks due to low vacancy rates and limited decent, affordable housing stock in Jackson County. Mrs. Durant explained how prioritizing all eligible project and program proposals that target permanent supportive housing would satisfy this request while avoiding exclusiveness and maintaining the existing fair, competitive application rating system. She provided commissioners with results from the 2016 Homeless Point-in-Time Count, which included homeless population percentages of veterans, youth under the age of 18, victims of domestic violence, and those identifying as having a mental illness and substance abuse. Shanon Pewtress shared viewpoints on Medford’s homeless population especially with regard to a rise in homeless women with children, and Jennifer Puryear shared concerns around required sobriety. Further discussion continued around concerns with utilizing CDBG as leverage for projects or programs struggling to spend existing funding and the potential for a lack of targeted project development. Potential veteran housing development sites were discussed. Staff provided the commission with a copy of the revised CDBG application score sheet.
Motion: I move to approve assigning bonus points to 2017-18 CDBG grant applications that provide permanent supportive housing services or propose to produce permanent supportive housing units. Ten points will be added to the total scores of applications addressing this immediate community housing need.  Motion made by Chad McComas; seconded by Daniel Smith. Motion passed.
6.Remarks from Council Liaison
7.Remarks from Commissioners
a)  Commissioners – Shanon Pewtress prompted discussion on a property search for potential demolition or rehabilitation activities. Ms. Pewtress is now on the Judicial Foreclosure List. Bill Boehning continued discussion on the possibility of the Commission taking some time to visit several of these “potential” properties. Mrs. Durant provided an update on properties that may be eligible for demolition through the 2015 City Demolition Project. Denise James provided an update on Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to work with Code Enforcement and staff to target opportunity through the City’s Blighted Property List. Out of 48 properties, one property on Charlotte Ann may be a viable option for demolition and construction of 6 new units.
 b) Chair – Reminded commissioners of the deadline to submit applications for re-appointment to the Housing and Community Development Commission. Four applications have been received to fill three vacancies; two existing commissioners have re-applied.
8.Remarks from Staff
Angela Durant updated the Commission on the 2017-18 grant cycle schedule and led discussion regarding the required minimum CDBG application score, which was determined to be a minimum of 60 points. She also provided an introduction of community engagement training and fair housing testing that may be completed by the end of the 2016 program year. She concluded with an update of targeted efforts of the Jackson County Homeless Task Force.
Meeting adjourned @ 6:35 p.m. 

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