HOUSING AND

COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY

July 28, 2010

9:00 a.m.

Harris Hall Main Floor

APPROVED 12-15-2010

 

Commissioner Bill Fleenor presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Rob Handy, Joe Inman, Judith Pothier, Pete Sorenson and Faye Stewart present.  County Counsel Liane Richardson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.

 

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

 

None.

 

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

None.

 

3. COMMISSIONERS' RESPONSE TO PUBLIC COMMENTS AND/OR OTHER ISSUES AND REMONSTRANCE

 

None.

 

4. REGULAR BUSINESS

 

a. OVERVIEW/HACSA Divisions.

         Housing Division

         Section 8 Division

 

Larry Abel, HACSA, gave a history of HACSA and how it started. (Copy in file).

 

Chuck Hauk, HACSA  discussed highlights of HACSA Divisions.  (Copy in file.)

 

Pothier thought this was an excellent time to get a better understanding on what is happening.

 

Fleenor asked if they want a work session for the HUD challenges.

 

Pothier thought they should have a work session at certain times during the year when changes are going to take place.

 

Dwyer didnít want a work session.  He stated that he doesnít want to know all the federal regulations.  He commented that was why they hired HACSA staff.  He commented that if there are pertinent changes that relate to policy, budget or Congress, he would be fine to have changes once per year.

 

Inman thought they should have a work session once or twice a year.  He didnít think it was necessary to bring in the smaller issues.

 

Abel noted when there are important changes like converting to asset management, the Board is then apprised of the issues.

 

Hauk said HUD has required them to switch to an asset based management based on the private model. 

 

Bev Bjurling, HACSA, distributed information on Chapter 8. (Copy in file).

 

Fleenor stated he likes promoting self-improvement and self-reliance, but it is not part of their mission statement.  He said as they go through the new and improved plan, the over arching goal of HACSA is how do they make this a success that provides a positive outcome to the citizens of Lane County.

 

Abel said they discussed tweaking the mission statement.  He said some of the language that came up was self-sufficiency and quality of affordable housing.  He said their vision statement says safe, affordable energy efficiency for all low income Lane County residents.  He wanted to see that as their ultimate goal.  He agrees that livability and self-sufficiency are important.  He thought when they develop the goals of the strategic plan that that will be there.

 

Dorothy Cummings, HACSA, commented that the surveys they sent out to the stakeholders is what they are looking for.  She said they are mandated by a lot of HUD regulations.  She said they will be asking their stakeholders how good a job HACSA is doing.

 

Inman noted that many residents are elderly with physical disabilities so keeping a safe house means accessibility with all of the facilities.  He noted one of the goals is to ensure it is a safe place.  He said they are dealing with a variety of clients.

 

There being no further business, Commissioner Fleenor adjourned the meeting at 10:05 a.m.

 

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary