November 21, 2003

4:30 p.m.

(Commissioners' Conference Room)

APPROVED 12/10/03


Commissioner Anna Morrison presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bobby Green, Sr., and Don Hampton present.  Peter Sorenson was present via telephone.  County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.


a.  Housing Alternatives for Residents of Saginaw Mobile Home Park.


ORDER 03-11-21-1/In the Matter of Providing $5,100 from the General Expense Contingency Fund to Assist in Transitional Housing for the  Residents of Saginaw Mobile Home Park


Morrison explained this was a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners for a request for a possible extension of the Saginaw Mobile Home Park.


Jeff Towery, Land Management, noted the request before the Board is to consider some assistance to provide help in the interim until a Human Services Commission program could be implemented.  He added it is not an extension of the eviction deadline.  He commented that staff and the social service agencies were united on that point.


Towery explained the issue of the extension initially came up during a conversation with agencies and Human Services Commission staff about a newly re-established program called Home TBA.  He said that should be able to provide a longer term housing option for a number of the families that are still at Saginaw.  He added the program had just been authorized and takes time to implement.  He said it takes between six and eight weeks to get someone into housing.  He noted the initial idea about an extension came about by trying to avoid the prospect that residents would have to be relocated and after six weeks, be relocated again to this new housing.  He indicated the agencies and Human Services Commission representatives visited the site and interviewed all but one of the existing tenants who are still on the property.  He said that based on the conditions at the park and the arrangements that had already been made; they came to the conclusion that an extension was not necessary or warranted.  He added there would still be a gap of time until the implementation of the new program.


Towery stated that the specific proposal before the Board is to consider utilizing the general expense contingency in the amount of $5,100 that could be distributed by Community Sharing and Centro Latino Americano to the residents of the park in the interim until the Home TBA program is implemented.

Towery explained Lane County was implementing the state court order that requires the residents to be gone from the mobile home park as of Sunday.  He said based on the interviews that were conducted, most if not all of the families have arrangements. He said what is not clear for some of the people is what happens over the next six or eight weeks.  He indicated the $5,100 would be for paying the expenses those people might incur in maintaining transitional housing until the Home TBA takes place.


Morrison asked if the applicants needed to fit a certain criteria and if all of the people would fit it.


Towery noted there were 30 families and 90 people in the park originally.  He thought they would be able to serve somewhere between 5 and 10 families with the Home TBA program.  He added the other people would have made other arrangements for longer term housing.  He noted the $5,100 would be coming from the Board contingency fund.


Nancy Waggoner, Human Services Commission, stated they interviewed every household in the park except for one person who wouldn’t answer the door.  She said based on those interviews, they discovered that most families had made plans and had developed resources.  She said they went to find out what current resources they had to  ensure the people weren’t homeless.  She stated they discovered that all were prepared to move on November 23. 


MOTION; to approve  ORDER 03-11-21-1.


Hampton MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.


Green thought it was a win-win situation for everyone.


Hampton thought this was the correct solution to the problem.


Dwyer commented that he was glad it was a win-win situation for the tenants and the County.


Sorenson stated he would vote in favor of it.


Wilson noted a minor correction on the second page of the order. She said the first line should read: for a period not to exceed.


VOTE: 5-0.


There being no further business, Commissioner Morrison adjourned the meeting at 5:00 p.m.


Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary