City Council Meets Monday, Considers Request to HUD for Homeless Programs

Published : Monday, April 15, 2019 | 4:47 AM

The City of Pasadena will be applying for about $419,594 in California Emergency Solutions and Housing funding from the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) that could be used by the City for eligible homeless programs.

Monday, the Pasadena Department of Housing formally asks authorization from the City Council at its meeting to submit the application by adopting a resolution certifying that any funds received through the program will be used in a manner consistent with all applicable state, federal and other statutes, rules, regulations, guidelines, and laws regarding the California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH) Program.

Applying for the grant is in response to a Notice of Funding Availability issued by HCD on March 21 for a second round of CESH funding in the total amount of $29 million. As authorized by SB 850, the CESH funding is intended to assist people experiencing homelessness or are at risk of being homeless.

CESH funding may be used for five primary activities: housing relocation and stabilization services (including rental assistance), operating subsidies for permanent housing, flexible housing subsidy funds, operating support for emergency housing interventions, and systems support for homelessness services and housing delivery systems.

The City is required to submit an application in response to the Notice of Funding Availability before the deadline of June 28, 2019. HCD anticipates issuing award letters by September 2019, and funds are required to be spent within five years.

Once the City receives CESH funds, it will issue a Request for Proposals to allocate the funds to local homeless service providers.

Funding recommendations will then be brought to City Council for approval.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the City Council is expected to authorize the purchase of two larger-capacity 35-foot compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to replace aging vehicles in the Pasadena Transit fleet.

The buses are proposed to be purchased from New Flyer of America Inc. at a cost not exceeding $1,174,005, including a contingency of $45,154.

Another proposal for consideration in the consent calendar Monday is the purchase of four replacement Pasadena Dial-a-Ride buses for an amount not exceeding $328,593 from Creative Bus Sales.

Pasadena Dial-A-Ride is a shared curb-to-curb transportation service for senior and disabled residents that are at least 60 years old or have a disability that prevents them from being able to use regular fixed route transit services. The City’s Dial-A-Ride fleet is made up of 13 revenue vehicles.

An Agenda Report by the Department of Transportation showed the four replacement vehicles will be funded with $268,869 from the Federal Transportation Administration and $59,724 in local transportation sales tax funds.

Monday’s City Council meeting begins with a closed session at 5:30 p.m. and proceeds to the public meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Public comments on matters not on the agenda are allowed following roll call and ceremonial matters during the public meeting.

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