Housing and Community Development Commission
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
City Hall – Medford Room 330
Meeting called to order @ 5:38 p.m.
- Roll Call
Present: Commissioners – Bill Boehning, Jennifer Puryear, Kristen Brooks, Marie Cabler, Shanon Pewtress, and Chad McComas. Staff – Angela Durant. Council Liaison – Clay Bearnson. Absent: Commissioners – Dawn Blanchette, Denise James, and Daniel Smith.
- Public Comments
James Raison from ACCESS made a presentation on ending veteran homelessness in Jackson County. Mr. Raison made his presentation acting as the Chair of the Jackson County Homeless Task Force’s Veterans Subcommittee. In April 2015, ACCESS received a $6 million SSVF grant from the Veteran’s Administration to end veteran homelessness. The other source of funding for veterans comes from a permanent supporting housing voucher program (HUD-VASH). Both programs follow the Housing First Model, which provides housing prior to any services being provided, including addiction recovery. The Veterans Subcommittee is tasked with assessing and meeting the needs of all homeless veterans in Jackson County. HUD is providing ACCESS and the community with technical assistance to reach required benchmarks and spend the remaining $4 million in funding by 4/20/2018.
Mr. Raison continued with an explanation of the main problems with meeting benchmarks and spending grant funds: 1) low vacancy rates; 2) high rent increases; 3) SSVF funds may not be spent on capital projects; 4) SSVF funding must be spent by 4/20/18; and 5) Approximately 75 homeless veterans have been identified in Jackson County. Recommended possible solutions included: 1) the City of Medford could give preference to veterans housing in the next CDBG grant cycle; and 2) leverage CDBG funds with currently available funding to purchase and renovate a hotel. Mr. Raison concluded by reassuring the commission that this type of project funding would benefit the entire community through a savings of public services needed for the homeless population and made an official request to prioritize 2017-18 CDBG program funding to target veteran housing.
- Approval of Meeting Minutes
Minutes from September 7, 2016 were approved as submitted.
- New Business
- Old Business
a) CDBG 2017 Public Service Program Application - Angela Durant presented the final draft of the 2017 CDBG Public Service application to the commission for approval. Marie Cabler led discussion and the commission later voted in approval of the amended application.
Motion: I move to approve the 2017 Public Service Program Application as submitted. Motion made by Chad McComas; seconded by Kay Brooks. Motion passed.
b) CDBG 2017 CDBG Scoring Process – Marie Cabler provided an update on suggested revisions to the 2017 CDBG scoring criteria. Angela Durant provided commissioners with an analytical spreadsheet evaluating the scoring criteria match-up with revised CDBG application questions and HUD application rating system requirements and suggestions. Specific areas of discussion included deductions, minimum required score, and the potential of bonus points for “targeted” or “gap” annual funding requests. Bill Boehning suggested a minimum application score of 91 for consideration. Further discussion landed on a minimum score of 95 with ability to deny any application that does not included required documentation as stated in the application and during the required orientation. Ms. Cabler mentioned that if the Commission decides to recommend a targeted focus for capital funding that Councilman Clay would update City Council during the November 3rd noon Council meeting.
- Remarks from Council Liaison
Councilman Clay Bearnson provided the Commission with an update on the League of Oregon Cities Conference he attended in September 2016. He also provided staff with materials to follow-up on. Angela Durant will contact Laura Buhl, AICP, with the Department of Land Conservation and Development in regards to possible study sessions in the near future. Mrs. Durant will also research other outreach and education efforts through Luken Solutions.
- Remarks from Commissioners
a) Commissioners – Shanon Pewtress provided an update regarding the Jackson County Residential Statistics.
b) Chair – None.
- Remarks from Staff
Meeting adjourned @ 7:08 p.m.