Meeting called to order @ 5:30 p.m.
Housing and Community Development Commission
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Present: Commissioners – Bill Boehning, Marie Cabler, Heidi Hill, Denise James, Chad McComas, John Michaels. Staff – Angela Durant, Cinthya Perezchica. Council Liaison: Dick Gordon. Absent: – Daniel Smith
Presenters: Kyle Kearns, Marques Johnson, Joe Vollmar, Tamara Foley.
- Roll Call
DCA-17-062 Temporary & Transitional Housing is a consideration of a land development code amendment to portions of Chapter 10 to allow for the addition of housing villages and warming shelters. Housing villages provide a framework for the use of smaller homes to provide interim, transitional, or smaller housing options while warming shelters provide homeless individuals temporary relief from the elements.
Mr. Kearns was asked to send the PowerPoint presentation and proposed code language to the commissioners and was asked to come back in October for a formal comment from the Housing and Community Development Commission.
- Public Comments – None.
- Approval of Minutes from August 2, 2017: Minutes were approved as presented.
- Temporary & Transitional Housing (DCA-17-062) Presentation by Kyle Kearns.
Angela Durant, Staff Liaison, provided an update on the Affordable Housing Rental Rehabilitation Project located at 128 Chestnut. This is a pilot project representing a new public/private partnership to address blighted properties and improve the city’s affordable housing rental stock. The City’s $25,000 CDBG investment will be leveraged with $125,000 acquisition/rehabilitation funds from PeopleFirst Properties and approximately $13,500 in weatherization funds from ACCESS. Mrs. Durant reviewed HUD regulatory guidelines including tenant income limits and fair market rents.
Marques Johnson, founder of PeopleFirst Properties continued the presentation with an introduction of his Limited Liability Corporation, development hurdles and recent projects. Joe Vollmar, ACCESS Housing Director spoke, about the Low Income Weatherization Program. The Goal of the program is to make homes more energy efficient. The program is Federal, State and Utility funded and weatherizes over 150 homes per year and serves homeowners and renters. The residents must qualify for the services.
- Staff Report - PeopleFirst Properties, Affordable Housing Rental Rehab Project Update/ ACCESS
Tamara Foley, ACCESS Housing Specialist introduced “Ready to Rent.” Ready to Rent is an educational program designed to help potential tenants learn how to become a good tenant. This course also includes instructors from Legal Aid, the Employment Division, Rogue Community College and Consumer Credit Counseling. Once the tenants have completed the program they will receive a certificate of completion that they can present to their potential landlord.
(a) Ms. Hill was recommended by the HCDC to join the CoC Leadership Board and represent the Housing and Community Development Commission. Mrs. Cabler shared the results of the study session with a 2017/ 2018 Goals and Actions matrix, showing the Housing and Community Development Commission’s goals and actions.
Motion: To approve Medford Housing and Community Development Commission 2017/18 Goals and Actions as presented in Exhibit A. Motion made by John Michaels; Seconded by Denise James. Motion passed with five (5) yes votes.
(b) 2017 Action Plan Update (Postponed to October 4, 2017)
- New Business: None
- Old Business:
Mr. Gordon informed the Commissioners that there has been a request for the applications from the applicants that have applied for the Commission. Once you apply for a position with the City, the application is public information. Mr. Gordon informed the Commission that Councilman Zarosinski and Mr. Sjothun were going to be discussing what the overall role of the City of Medford would be if they had a member of the HCDC on the CoC. Mr. Gordon believes that this Commission’s primary responsibility is CDBG and that it should not be delegated to a sub-committee. He also advised the Commissioners that he would like to see more focus and follow through on the money to insure it is spent wisely. He would also like the Commissioners to look into other funding from Federal and State programs. Mrs. Durant added that the City has received over $60,000 program income generated from past homes purchased or rehabilitated with Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds.
- Remarks from Council Liaison:
Commission Boehning made a suggestion that the Council look into new applicant’s backgrounds. He would like to see a variety of backgrounds on the HCDC Board.
- Remarks from Commissioners
Meeting adjourned at 7:12 P.M.