Meeting called to order at 5:38 p.m.
Housing and Community Development Commission
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room 330
- Roll Call
Present: Commissioners Marie Cabler, Carol Fiddler, John Michaels, Heidi Hill, Paul Tanner,
City Council Liaison Dick Gordon and Staff Liaisons Angela Durant and Laura Stewart
Absent: Commissioners Bill Boehning, Rebecca Erickson, Denise James and Daniel Smith
- Introduction of Harry Weiss
Executive Director of Medford Urban Renewal Agency (MURA), Harry Weiss, introduced himself to the commission and gave a brief background on his education and work experience. Mr. Weiss accepted the Commission’s invitation to return for a future study session to continue their conversation.
- Public Comments - None
Marianne Baker is the Oregon Housing Opportunities in Partnership (OHOP) program Region 3 liaison. The program’s name was recently changed to Housing of People with AIDS (HOPWA). HOPWA was developed in 1990 and is the only federal program dedicated to the housing of people living with HIV/AIDS. Under HOPWA, HUD funds grants to local and state governments and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS. Currently there is a 90 to 180 day wait for clients who have met the eligibility requirements and are on the waiting list. At present, there are 20 people on the waiting list for housing in Jackson County. That number is expected to double in the Fall due to inclimate weather. Ms. Baker is seeking support from the Housing and Community Development Commission. Her goal is to see housing set aside for HOPWA clients and for the communities of Jackson County to adopt a housing first approach, as other counties have already implemented.
- Guest Speaker - Marianne Baker, OHOP Housing Coordinator (Region 3) Oregon Health Authority
- Approval of Minutes from the June 6 and June 13, 2018 meetings
Tabled until the September 5, 2018 meeting.
- Old Business
- Commission Reorganization
The Community Development Grants Commission will consist of two members-at-large and one representative from the following categories: Budget Committee, Healthcare provider, Social Services provider, Local business, Workforce development, Educational Institution and Affordable Housing provider/advocate
The Housing Advisory Commission will consist of two representatives of Construction and Development, Local Realtors and Multifamily Housing Operators and Affordable Housing Developers and one representative of a Local lending institution, Tenant Organization and member-at-large.
Meeting paused, no quorum.
Meeting resumed 6:30 p.m.
The Commissioners were advised applications must be submitted to be considered for the new HAC and CDGC. Commission Chair Marie Cabler asked Ms. Durant which day of the week the new commissions will meet on. Ms. Durant explained it has not been determined and she will notify the commissioners as soon as that information is available.
- New Business
- Program Income- Homeowner repair program
The City received a check from Jeff Jackson in the amount of $42,544.78 for the program income from the Homeowner Repair Program. The Housing Authority requested the money be returned back to the program, since the 2018 award is significantly less than previous years.
Motion: I move to return $42,544.78 back to the Housing Authority Emergency Homeowner Repair Program.
Moved by: Heidi Hill Seconded by: Carol Fidler
Motion approved with five votes.
- Program Income - Down Payment Assistance Program
The City received $9,000 in program income from the ACCESS Down Payment Assistance Program and expects to receive another $11,000 from properties currently refinancing or selling. Ms. Durant suggests inviting Joel Vollmar, ACCESS Housing Director, to the September meeting to answer any questions the Commission might have. The Commissioner agreed.
- Program Income - St. Vincent de Paul
Ms. Durant and Ms. Stewart are reviewing how program income is submitted by St. Vincent de Paul to determine the most efficient use of the funds. The Commission will discuss this topic further at the September 5, 2018 meeting.
- Rental Application screening and charges - Tabled until next meeting on September 5, 2018.
- Engaging the Faith –Based Community - Tabled until next meeting on September 5, 2018.
- Remarks from Council Liaison, Commissioner and Chair – None