COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY
June 6, 2007
Stewart presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bill Fleenor, Bobby Green, Sr.,
Hugh Massengill, Barbara Moorehouse and Peter Sorenson present.
County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, Assistant County Counsel Stephen
Vorhes and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
1. PUBLIC COMMENTS
retracted from the minutes of March 21 what he said about people not contacting
him. He said he was speaking narrowly about the issue of the lawsuit. He stated
that as a resident he was open for communication to HACSA but was naÔve about
a. REPORT BACK Diversity Plan.
Larry Abel, HACSA, announced that Frances Cortillo will be conducting
the diversity training at their office tomorrow instead of June 19. He said she
would lead focus groups with staff so she could better customize the training.
Fleenor asked how the focus group was chosen.
Abel responded that they chose people from every department.
He noted one group was union officials and the others were scattered
across the agency.
Green asked about the activities on Attachment B (copy in file) related
Chuck Hauk, HACSA, said this was a good way for the agency to support
the efforts of the Fair Housing Council.
He said the charge is to ensure the public is properly represented and
they have obstacles removed in terms of obtaining and keeping housing based on
protective classes. He said he
oversees the application for HUD grants for education throughout the state for
fair housing training. He said they
act as the agency that is contracted with local fair housing to take calls from
protected classes so they are not discriminated against.
Green asked how Chris Todis, HACSA, went through the organization
inspiring and showing others that this was a priority.
Todis indicated that request was not communicated to him.
Green wanted to know how important diversity was to Todis.
Dorothy Cummings, HACSA, indicated the Diversity Committee will look at
updating their actual diversity policy. She
said they hadnít updated it since they first put it into place.
Todis stated that he let this lapse and it is his responsibility to
bring it back.
Sorenson suggested using best practices on what has worked elsewhere.
Dwyer said they need to be proactive and learn from things they had
Green thanked the agency for responding to questions by the Eugene
Springfield NAACP. He commented
that there are good things the agency had done.
He indicated that there was no uniform vision statement but it is part of
the task forceís charge. He
thought they were performing reasonable work but could do more.
He thought there was diversity with the housing.
He suggested that they keep the big picture in mind.
Fleenor agreed with using best practices. He thought they could strive
Massengill commented that HACSA was doing a remarkable job.
He wanted to make sure that when they look at cultural competency that
they deal with people with emotional and physical disabilities.
He wanted to include more issues besides race.
Moorehouse stated that they need an awareness of poverty and that staff
understands what that does to people. She
also wanted to see economic diversity.
Cummings said there are mandated opportunities to local residents.
She indicated that Lane County qualifies as a Section 3 area.
She said they have contractors report to them as to who their employees
are and who they hire.
Hauk noted that in almost all of their public housing complexes, they
have hired residents to be aides. He
added under HUD grants they have hired residents as grant coordinators.
He said they make the effort to use residents.
Stewart indicated that HACSA had a 12 percent permanent minority hire.
He indicated the complaints he heard from people were more focused on the
organization itself. He hadnít
heard any complaints from the residents they are serving.
Sorenson asked about the balance of the function of the committee in
serving employees and residents.
Cummings said they will look at how to best meet the needs within the
agency and the program participants. She
said they will examine HACSA as a service provider.
She stated they would use some of the models the County is using in its
work to see how it would work for them
Green wanted a report back in six months on the progress to date.
a. Approval of Minutes:
March 21, 2007,
HACSA, 9:00 a.m.
b. ORDER 07-6-6-1H/In the Matter of Accepting a Bid and Awarding
Contract 07-C-0022 for Laurelwood
Re-Construction: Phase Ten.
MOTION: to approve
the Consent Calendar with the clarification of the minutes.
Dwyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.
EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660
There being no further business, Commissioner Stewart
adjourned the meeting at 9:40 a.m.