Council Hears Update on Housing Budget for Low Income Residents

Friday, July 14, 2017 Written by 
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By Veronica Mackey

 

On Tuesday, the Inglewood City Council held hearings by the Public Works Department to initiate proceedings for the annual levy and collection of assessments for the Morningside Park Maintenance Assessment District No. 1974-2; In-Town Maintenance Assessment District No. 1975-1; Inglewood Street Lighting Assessment District No. 1980-1; and Darby-Dixon Maintenance Assessment District No. 1987-1 for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.  

 

A staffer from the Section 8 Housing and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Dept. presented a draft of the Five Year Consolidated Plan, which includes the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan.   

 

Prior to completing the draft, the department held 6 community meetings to receive public comments on how federal dollars should be used in CDBG-eligible areas.  These areas are deemed as low-income by the government, with incomes ranging from $18,500 to less than $51,000 annually.

 

Top priorities for residents include senior meals, youth services (including summer camps) and counseling for housing.  These services amount to $208,000, with $120,000 earmarked for seniors.  

 

Residents also decided that $500,000 allotted for infrastructure projects should go toward street improvement, sidewalk improvement and street lighting. 

 

“If we subsidize ongoing programs, we can help more people at lower costs,” he said.  The government’s HOME Funds Program will go toward tenant-based rental assistance for seniors, low-income and disabled individuals.  

 

The City’s homeless population can get temporary assistance with subsidized hotel vouchers for 30 days. “Hopefully, they can find a landlord who will rent to them with a one-year lease, then get permanent housing,” he said.

 

A woman wanted to know how much public input was considered when the department made its final recommendations to the council.   “With such low figures going to youth, it doesn’t sound like a sound investment into the future,” she said.   

 

The draft was approved for submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Los Angeles Field Office. 

 

 

 

The Council also approved:

•The purchase and installation of 7 new sewer monitoring systems with Hadronex DBA SMartCover® Systems in the amount of $34,994.03

 

•Award of bid contracts for Groundwater Well Site Improvements and Pipeline Construction and for Well Drilling and Equipping to Layne Christensen Company in the respective

amounts of $982,043.91 and $1,915,546.26

 

•A resolution to amend the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget to allocate additional funding in the amount of $1,559,540.50 for construction and job costing for the ITS Phase IV-A Project P605

 

•An agreement with the County of Los Angeles to fund the Imperial Highway Improvement Project (P610)

 

•A resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget, transferring funds in the amount of $4,837 to replenish the allotment for housing counseling, fair housing education, advocacy, and litigation for tenants and landlords during Fiscal Year 2015-2016.  

 

•A recommendation to execute an agreement with Eco and Associates to provide lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards testing services in support of the modernization and capital improvement of the Locust Street Parking Structure 

 

Two public hearings were set.  The first, set for July 25, 2017 at 2pm, will consider an ordinance amending the Inglewood Municipal Code to establish Permit Parking District No. 15.  The new district will include:  Ivy Avenue (between Beach Avenue and La Brea Avenue); Market Street (between Hazel Street and Beach Avenue) and Edgewood Street (between Beach Avenue and Warren Lane). At the second hearing, set for August 1, 2017 at 2pm, council members will hear public comments on the City of Inglewood 2017 Local Development Report and approve the City’s conformance with the Los Angeles County Congestion Management Program. 

 

An ordinance was introduced to approve the secured property tax rates for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2017. A second ordinance was adopted, to modify Permit Parking District No. 4, adding 83rd Street from Victoria Street to Crenshaw Drive to the District. 

 

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