HOUSING AUTHORITY AND

COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY

May 29, 2002

9:00 a.m.

Commissioners' Conference Room

APPROVED 9/11/02

 

Commissioner Bill Dwyer presided with Commissioners June Gallagher, Bobby Green, Sr., Anna Morrison, Judith Pothier and Peter Sorenson.Cindy Weeldreyer was excused.County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were present.

 

1.PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Nancy Lee Cox, P. O. Box 1149, Eugene, stated that there are 500 people on the waiting list for Section 8 housing, mostly women and children.She added that the shelters were hard to live in and are overflowing with criminal activity

 

2.COMMISSIONERS' REMONSTRANCE

 

Sorenson stated he wrote a letter to Gallagher and Pothier congratulating them on their appointment.He suggested the Board try to meet some of the residents living in the HACSA facilities.

 

3.REGULAR BUSINESS

 

a.ORDER 02-5-29-1H/In the Matter of Entering into a Loan Agreement with the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing ("NOAH") for Permanent Financing of the Sheldon Village (Phase 1) Affordable Housing Development, Eugene, Oregon.

 

Jim McCoy, HACSA, explained this represented the last piece of the financing package for Sheldon Village (Phase 1).†† He stated Sheldon Village is a tax credit project located near the corner of Willakenzie and Coburg Road.He said this was a more complicated project because it required that they divide it into two separate phases.He noted this was the last part of Phase 1.

 

McCoy noted there were three sources of financing:proceeds from the sale of tax credits that come from the federal government and are routed to the state, permanent debt, and other funding.He stated the permanent debt for affordable housing comes from the Network from Oregon Affordable House, a banking organization, created by a number of other banks to handle their affordable housing lending.He said they had used NOAH on a number of projects.He added the board order allows to enter into a loan agreement

 

MOTION: to approve ORDER 02-5-29-1H.

 

Green MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

 

Gallagher was in agreement for using NOAH as it is a reputable company.

 

VOTE: 6-0.

 

b.FINAL REPORT/To the Board on FY 2001 Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) Results.

 

Don Williams, HACSA, noted there is no Board action on this.He said before the new system of analysis, the Housing Authority used to get 100ís on their scoring every year, but since HUD made the new system, 100ís were no longer practical.He said they were monitored in four areas.He noted the two areas they donít receive 100ís in is in physical inspections and resident surveys.

 

With regard to physical inspections, Williams noted HUD hires independent inspectors who only inspect occupied units. He said they submit the addresses of all occupied units to HUD and they use a number generator.He added HUD inspects almost 50% of all of their units and they have 325 data items they review.He said if any item fails it is a mark down.

 

With the area of resident surveys, Williams said HUD asks questions of residents about their safety concerns.He added HACSA would never get 100% in the area of resident surveys.†† He noted last year, that for a city Eugeneís size, it was the number one housing authority in the nation. He stated they received a score of 96 this year, and did better than last year.

 

Green was pleased that the job was well done.

 

Sorenson asked if there was a way to gauge where Eugene falls in a range of Housing Authorities.

 

Williams responded that this year they did not spend staff time finding out how well they did since they did as well or better than last year.He added that HUD didnít make that information easily accessible.

 

4.EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

 

None.

 


There being no further business, Commissioner Dwyer adjourned the meeting at 9:32 a.m.

 

 

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary