BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:
WHEREAS, City Council Resolution No. 06-0840, adopted December 18, 2006, approved the FY 2007 action plan portion of the Duluth consolidated plan for housing and community development FY 2005-2009; 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, as amended, (the HOME program) and the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, as amended (the emergency shelter grant - ESG - program); and
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 following is hereby designated as the financial resource for the above program: Source of funding - 2007 ESGP grant - $124,000.
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 issued 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 (ESGP). In addition to citizens, the neighborhood forums 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 4, 2006, to December 5, 2006, on the 2007 annual action plan, which includes recommended funding for the 2007 CDBG, HOME, and ESG programs. The CD committee held a public hearing on December 5 to hear comments on the funding recommendations and then modified its initial amounts to reflect those comments. The final recommendations were approved on December 5, 2006, with concurrence of the community development manager.
The 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 2007 ESG program.
(b) Authorizes contracts with agencies upon receipt HUD funding.
Contracts will have the appropriate addendums for affordability restrictions and recapture or resale provisions to ensure compliance with HUD regulations.
The following are the FY 2007 ESGP project activities:
EMERGENCY SHELTER GRANT PROGRAM
Project Name: CHUM Stabilization Services for the Homeless
Project Description: Operating funds are requested for Duluth’s primary facility for serving the general homeless population. The CHUM Center and emergency shelters, the program’s components, provide shelter and services 24 hrs/day, 365 days/year. The CHUM Center is the primary outreach site for agencies serving people who are homeless.
Location: 125 North First Avenue West
Goal: 850 people
Amount Recommended: $26,000
Project Name: Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) Program
Project Description: MACV-Duluth is the only veterans specific program that addresses the needs of veterans that are currently at risk of homelessness and those veterans experiencing homelessness in Duluth.
Location: 101 West Second Street
Goal: 75 people
Amount Recommended: $17,000
07-ES-08 / 07-ES-03
Project Name: Battered Women’s Shelter Programs - Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women and/or AICHO
Project Description: Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Woman (SHS) Shelter Program and Dabinoo’Igan, the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) Shelter Program, seek funding to provide safe, temporary housing, food, clothing, advocacy and support for battered women and their children.
Location: P. O. Box 3558, Duluth and 202 West Second Street
Goal: 500 people
Amount Recommended: $23,500
07-PS-10 / 07-ES-04
Project Name: Transitional Housing Programs - Salvation Army and/or WCDO
Project Description: The Salvation Army and Women;s Community Development Organization seeks funding to provide safe, affordable housing with support services to homeless single women and homeless one and two parent families. This partnership project will administer 37 housing units.
Location: 215 South 27th Avenue West and 1401 East Second Street
Goal: 200 people
Amount Recommended: $42,500
Project Name: Harbor House - Life House
Project Description: Harbor House is a transitional housing program that provides housing, life skills, case management and support to homeless teen girls/moms (15-20) and their babies (0-5) for up to 2 years. Follow-up services are provided to assure stabilization in long-term housing.
Location: 631 West Skyline Parkway
Goal: 13 people
Amount Recommended: $15,000