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September 24, 1997
HOUSING AUTHORITY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY
Harris Hall Main Floor - 9:00 a.m.

Chair Cindy Weeldreyer presided with Steve Cornacchia, Ellie Dumdi, Bobby Green, Sr. and Peter Sorenson present. Zoe Gilstrap, Recording Secretary.

1. PUBLIC COMMENTS

None.

2. REGULAR BUSINESS

a. ORDER 97-9-24-1H/In the Matter of Adopting the 1997/98 Budget and Making Appropriations.

Larry Abel gave a brief overview of this item (see material on file). He noted that their funding for next year is stable.

MOTION: Approval of the Order.

Dumdi MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

b. RESOLUTION AND ORDER 97-9-24-2H/In the Matter of Approving Policies and Procedural Changes to Assure HUD Compliance to Public Housing Management Assessment Program Changes.

Don Williams gave a staff presentation explaining that these changes are mandated (see material on file).

Sorenson questioned whether there was a policy decision to be made by the Board since these procedural changes are required for federal funding. He asked if they were deciding whether or not to continue to have a public housing program.

Williams replied that they do not have to be a high achiever in order to continue to be a housing authority. He said these changes will allow them to maintain the 90-100% rating that is required for higher achievement status which removes some regulatory control and allows them to operate more efficiently. Williams explained that the future of HUD now looks like it is going to have three groups of people: high achievers (above 90%), with very little regulatory control and almost no HUD oversight; medium achievers (below 90 but above 70%), which would receive more visitation and counseling from HUD and those less than 70% which will be actively looked at by HUD for receivership to take those housing authorities back. He emphasized that there is a vested interest in trying to be a high achiever.

Dumdi complimented the Housing Authority on their successful work.

MOTION: Approval of the Order.

Dumdi MOVED, Green SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

3. CONSENT CALENDAR

a. Approval of Minutes

b. RESOLUTION AND ORDER 97-9-24-3H/In the Matter of Approving the Write-Off of Tenant Accounts Receivable in the Conventional Public Housing Program.

MOTION: Approval of the Consent Calendar.

Dumdi MOVED, Green SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

4. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

None.

5. ADDITIONAL BUSINESS

Sorenson brought up the matter of money awarded to Lane Community College for housing and asked what could be done to help guide that process.

Todis explained that Lane Community College received approximately $1.9 million and said that they are required to use it for housing. He stated that LCC has been studying how to spend that money for two years with a variety of committees being formed. Todis noted that LCC staff will make recommendation to the full LCC Board on October 8, 1997 as to what to do with that money.

Cornacchia asked if the LCC staff has gotten this issue into the Housing Policy Board.

Todis said he and staff have strongly urged them to look at the Housing Policy Board to help in distribution of those dollars.

Cornacchia stated that he would like to see the Board encourage LCC to join a larger, more comprehensive community wide prospective. He suggested that HACSA or the Board should send a written recommendation strongly urging LCC to avail themselves to the help of Housing Policy Board.

Sorenson stated that at the time of creation of the Housing Policy Board there was not invitation to LCC to become involved. He remarked that he is comfortable with asking Todis to prepare a letter for signature of the HACSA board chair to the LCC board urging consultation with the Housing Policy Board.

There was agreement that Todis will prepare a letter to the LCC board.

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 9:26 a.m.

 

Zoe Gilstrap, Recording Secretary

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