01-0879R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A REQUEST FOR HUD EMERGENCY SHELTER GRANT PROGRAM (ESG) FUNDS FOR THE 2002 PROGRAM YEAR AND AUTHORIZING CONTRACTS.

BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:

        WHEREAS, Regulation 24 CFR Part 91 issues by the U.S. department of housing and urban development (HUD) requires the city to submit and receive HUD approval of an annual action plan as part of a HUD-approved five-year consolidated plan for the city of Duluth; and

        WHEREAS, City Council Resolution No. 01-0876, adopted December 17, 2001, approved the FY 2002 action plan portion of the Duluth consolidated plan for housing and community development FY 2001-2005; and

        WHEREAS, the secretary of HUD is authorized to make grants to cities and/or counties to finance local community development programs, approved in accordance with the provisions of Title I of said act, as well as grants under the Cranston-Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, an amended, (the HOME program), and the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, as amended, (the emergency shelter grant - ESG - program); and

        WHEREAS, the city of Duluth desires to continue to carry out HUD-funded programs.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to make and submit appropriate documentation to HUD for those projects and corresponding funding levels as set forth below.

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to make and submit appropriate documentation to HUD for those projects and corresponding funding levels set forth below:
 

2002 ESG Program
Veterans Outreach North - MACVP-VON $ 4,925
CHUM emergency shelter 19,925
CHUM Drop-in Center 11,300
Transitional housing - WTHC 17,925
Oshki Odaadiziwini Waaka'lign - AICHO 5,175
Dabinoo'lgan - AICHO 4,425
Shelter operations - Women's Coalition 18,925
Harbor House - Life House 14,175
Family transitional housing - Salvation Army 23,550
Program administration 4,675
5495 Total $ 125,000

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the following is hereby designated as the financial resource for the above program:
 

Source of Funding
2002 ESGP grant $125,000

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth and its officials are authorized and directed to assume full responsibility for assuring that its community development program is carried out in full compliance with the provisions of the acts implementing the programs and all regulations of HUD issues pursuant thereto. This authorization shall also apply to existing programs with the city and HUD under the HUD CDBG, HOME and ESG programs.

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the appropriate city officials are authorized to execute the appropriate agreements with these agencies upon receipt of approval of HUD funds.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution reflects comments from organizations and citizens as related to funding for the emergency shelter grant program. In addition to citizens and subcommittees, five neighborhood planning districts, the Duluth housing commission and the community development committee (CD committee) each played a role in the recommendations contained in the resolution. There was also a 30-day public comment period from November 2, 2001, to December 2, 2001, on the draft 2002 annual action plan, which includes recommended funding for the 2002 CDBG, HOME and ESG programs. The CD committee held a public hearing on December 4, 2001, to hear comments on the funding recommendations and then modified its initial amounts to reflect those comments. The final recommendations were approved on December 4, 2001.

This resolution, in addition to authorizing application for grant funds and administration of same when received, also takes the following actions:
        (a)     Allocates funds by project for the 2002 ESGP program
        (b)     Authorizes contracts with agencies upon receipt of HUD funding.

The following are the FY 2002 ESGP project activities:

Project Name: The Salvation Army Transitional Housing Program
Description: The Salvation Army operates 16 transitional housing units throughout the City of Duluth; 12 of the unites are available to one and two parent homeless families and four units are available to chemically dependent women with children who are in treatment programs. Case management is provided to families with emphasis on education, job training and employment, supportive services and follow-up services.
Project Goal: 92
Funding Recommendation: $23,550

Project Name: Churches United in Ministry (CHUM) Emergency Shelter Program
Description: CHUM operates an Emergency Shelter Program that utilizes a 52-bed shelter for single adults and a three-apartment family shelter. In addition to safe, clean emergency shelter facilities, the program also provides homeless individuals and families with assistance in finding housing and supportive services that address underlying issues of homelessness.
Project Goal: 1,900
Funding Recommendation: $19,925

Project Name: Churches United in Ministry (CHUM) Drop-In Center
Description: The Drop-In Center provides day shelter to those who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. The day shelter works in tandem with the emergency shelter in that together, they provide 24-hour shelter to the homeless. People that access the day shelter receive supportive service such as on-site assistance in finding housing and other services.
Project Goal: 2,400
Funding Recommendation: $11,300

Project Name: The Women's Coalition Battered Women's Shelter
Description: The Program provides emergency shelter to individual women and women with children who are victims of domestic violence. Through the Women's Coalition, women receive support, court advocacy and assistance in finding permanent housing.
Project Goal: 495
Funding Recommendation: $18,925

Project Name: The Women's Transitional Housing Coalition (WTHC)
Description: WTHC provides safe, affordable housing and supportive services for homeless individual women and women with children. In addition, participants receive support, advocacy, education and employment assistance, children's programming and follow-up. WTHC has received funding to provide eight additional units of affordable housing during 2002.
Project Goal: 95
Funding Recommendation: $17,925

Project Name: Harbor House
Description: A program of Life House, Harbor House provides transitional housing to homeless young women/mothers between the ages of 15 and 21. Harbor House provides supervised overnight housing and supportive services that includes on-site independent living skills training and case management.
Project Goal: 12
Funding Recommendation: $14,175

Project Name: American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO)
Description: The AICHO transitional housing program offers homeless individuals
and families, predominantly women and children, a safe, supportive environment that includes culturally relevant support services, career planning, culturally specific education and activities, and information and education regarding discrimination in housing situations.
Project Goal: 35
Funding Recommendation: $5,175

Project Name: American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO)
Description: The Program provides emergency shelter to American Indian women who are victims of domestic violence. Supportive services are provided that focus on intervention and prevention of domestic abuse and include information and referral, advocacy and assistance with criminal and civil court procedures.
Project Goal: 200
Funding Recommendation: $4,425

Project Name: Veterans Outreach North (VON)
Description: A program of the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, Veterans Outreach North provides and coordinates supportive services targeted towards veterans who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. Support is provided through a structured environment that helps veterans obtain housing, training and employment.
Project Goal: 50
Funding Recommendation: $4,925

Project Administration
Funding Recommendation: $4,675