HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY
September 25, 2002
Commissioners' Conference Room
Commissioner Bill Dwyer presided with Commissioners June Gallagher, Bobby Green, Sr., Peter Sorenson, Anna Morrison, Judith Pothier and Cindy Weeldreyer present. County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, Assistant County Counsel Stephen Vorhes and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
1. PUBLIC COMMENTS
2. COMMISSIONERS' REMONSTRANCE
Sorenson wanted to bring the Housing Agency’s attention to the article in the Register Guard about the increase in poverty rates. He asked for a briefing on the impact of changes in the poverty rate on the demand for the services the agency provides. He suggested putting more money and energy into issues the agency deals with.
Chris Todis, HACSA, responded that he gets no dollars from Lane County. He said they need more dollars, not policy changes.
Sorenson asked for models from other communities and how they deal with this situation.
Morrison noted that there was already a mechanism in place. She said there is the Housing Policy Board where Todis is involved. She added there is the Human Service Commission and they have interaction on maximizing their money. She was comfortable with the options they were pursuing. She noted at the federal level they have a model program with a high rating.
Todis stated they are progressive and successful in going after dollars in acquiring affordable housing programs. He said there are only so many dollars in the community for certain kinds of services. He couldn’t do another study with his limited staff and budget.
Pothier noted they are continually exploring new projects and expanding the availability for housing. She said they were doing this on an on-going basis.
Sorenson wanted further follow-up. He was interested in a review of what other housing agencies do to get more resources.
Todis responded that no other HACSA does better than Lane County. He noted that Portland gets more money because Eugene is not large enough to get other grants.
3. REGULAR BUSINESS
a. ORDER 02-9-25-1H/In the Matter of Adopting the 2002/2003 Budget and Making Appropriations.
Larry Abel, HACSA, reported their fiscal year ends on September 30. He noted this was their budget for the next fiscal year beginning October 1. He commented for the first time in a long time they have no new programs and the budget is similar to last year. He said they have 57 new Section 8 vouchers out of 225 state allocated vouchers. He noted the one program that was eliminated was the HUD drug elimination program. He said that created opportunities for low-income kids in the housing developments. He explained they were exploring a 501 C3 corporation that might be run by their residents for getting grants.
MOTION: to approve ORDER 02-9-25-1H.
Weeldreyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.
4. CONSENT CALENDAR
a. Approval of Minutes:
August 21, 2002, HACSA, 9:00 a.m.
MOTION: to approve the Consent Calendar.
Morrison MOVED, Green SECONDED.
5. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660
To take place after the meeting.
There being no further business, Commissioner Dwyer recessed the meeting into Executive Session at 9:20 a.m.