Council Approves Housing Department's Annual Report, 13 Projects Served Over 915 People

Thirteen service projects served over 915 people in 2017-2018; Ten projects completed, including public facility improvements, infrastructure improvements, and single-family home rehabilitation

Published : Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | 5:19 AM

The Pasadena City Council Monday approved the Housing Department’s Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for submission to the US Department Housing and Urban Development (HUD), detailing the City’s accomplishments toward achieving its Five-Year Consolidated Plan goals.

Pasadena receives funding from HUD on an annual basis, including Community Development Block Grant funds, Home Investment Partnership Act funds, and Emergency Solutions Grant entitlements, Program Coordinator Randy Mabson and Housing Department Director Bill Huang told the Council in a presentation.

The City is required to prepare and submit its annual Performance and Evaluation Report for 2017-2018, the third program year of the 2015-2019 Five-Year Consolidated Plan, Mabson noted.

The plan contains performance assessments for 28 projects and programs supported with CDBG, ESG and HOME funds. The total amount of funds for programs covered by the CAPER is $4,293,738.

The report submittal is part of the public review and comment period for the 2017-2018 CAPER, which began September 6, 2018 and runs through September 24, 2018.

The Housing Department performs the oversight and program administration for the funding received under the CDBG, ESG and HOME programs, and an annual monitoring assessment is conducted on each CDBG-funded project.

The monitoring review is performed in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations. According to the presentation and staff report, 13 service projects were assisted with CDBG and ESG funds, serving over 915 people during the 2017-2018 Program Year.

These projects provided programming that “addresses employment services, education, food and nutrition, healthcare, homelessness, and general social services,” said the staff report.

Ten projects were completed including public facility improvements, infrastructure improvements, arid single-family rehabilitation. In addition, CDBG public facility improvement projects funded by the City have exceeded their specified goals and objectives for the program year, reported Mabson.

Under the HOME program, funding was allocated by for nine low-income home ownership units at Decker Court at a cost of $942,371 ; seven low income homeownership units at Gill Court at cost of $1,840,611; the second rehab phase of a 144-unit permanent supportive housing project at Centennial Place and the rehabilitation of an eight-unit affordable apartment project for families at Villa Los Robles.

The projects are scheduled to begin construction this year.

The City is also on track toward its 5-year goals for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, homeless prevention, and public facility improvements.

The CAPER report only includes goals and accomplishments for projects

that have been completed during the reporting period of July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018. The complete five-year 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan will be amended to modify any goals that are not on track, according to the department staff report.

Progress has also been made towards business facade and infrastructure improvements, paid for by CDBG funds, the report noted.

The City had also set an original goal of creating or retaining 10 permanent jobs, said Mabson, but due to reduced available funding and lack of applications for this type of project this goal will be ·removed from the 5-year plan through an amendment. According to the report, permanent jobs are still being created through the MASH program, but those are not counted because MASH is classified as a CDBG housing rehabilitation program rather than a job creation program.

“It’s difficult to place long term jobs with CDBG funds, because those are only yearly funds,” Huang told the Council.

Huang also noted that the City’s Emergency Solutions Grant goals are based on services provided to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Rapid rehousing goals are tracking low as a result of serving only families, said Huang, but he told Council that in the coming year, rapid rehousing will be administered by a different agency, serving both individuals and families, which will help bring annual goals back on track.

The report also noted that Street outreach numbers “are not an accurate representation of the number of people served by these funds.”

The coordinated entry system (CES) outreach component for homeless, engages with a high volume of clients but only those who complete a lengthy assessment are considered to be “served” by the project. In addition, noted Mabson, the ESG-funded emergency shelter is open on a weather-activated basis, and service goals are not met, unless the weather requires that the shelters be open enough nights.

The five-year HOME goal of 317 units for rental housing rehabilitation was based on three projects —Community Arms at 131 units), The Groves at 42 units, and Centennial Place at 144 units.

The proposed 2016-17 Community Arms project did not move forward, when the owner unexpectedly declined the City HOME funds in year two, so therefore the HOME goal will be amended, said the report. The Groves was completed in year two. The second phase of the Centennial Place project is expected to be completed in year four, as is the Villa Los Robles rehabilitation·project.

Both Councilmembers Tyron Hampton and John Kennedy praised the work of the funding in completing several park projects in the City, including the “Get in the Swim” project, and the installation of wi-fi at five city parks.

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