July 19, 2007, 2:30 p.m.
Community Development Committee
City Commission Chambers, City Hall
1. Approval of the May 17, 2007 minutes
2. Review 2008 Community Development calendar, goals and application
3. Request from Beyond Shelter, Inc to access HOME special project set
4. Update on Fargo’s 10 Year Plan to End Long-Term Homelessness
5. Other Business
6. Next meeting: August 16, 2007
Present: Linda Coates, Dan Fremling, Lynn Fundingsland, Linda Klebe, Tim Mahoney, John Paulsen, Steve Stoner, Pat Zavoral
Others Present: Dan Mahli, Monica Graber, Nate Bailly, Dawn Mayo, Hali Durand
Chair Coates called the meeting to order (2.27 pm.)
Item 1. Approval of the May 17, 2007 Minutes (2:30 p.m.)
Steve Stoner moved to approve the minutes as presented. Second by John Paulsen. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Item 2. Review 2008 Community Development calendar, goals and application (2:31 p.m.)
Dan Mahli presented the proposed application calendar for the City’s CDBG, HOME, and social service fund allocations, along with the grant application and community development goals for the 2008 funding year. The City will consider requests for funding that specifically address at least one of four community development goals – affordable housing and homelessness, poverty reduction, community culture, and arts and entertainment. The committee discussed how to distribute the 2008 funding. The general consensus was to focus funds on larger projects.
Mr. Paulsen moved the community development calendar, goals, and application for the 2008 funding year be approved. Second by Dan Fremling. All Members voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Item 3. Request from Beyond Shelter, Inc to access HOME special project set aside funds (2:45 p.m.)
Mr. Mahli presented information about a request from Beyond Shelter, Inc. to access $156,000 in HOME set-aside funds for a special project that meets the low-moderate income criteria. Beyond Shelter, Inc. requested the funds to assist with the Sunrise North housing development. The project will provide housing for households ages 55 and older that earn 60% or below the median income. The City and State of ND have identified housing for seniors as a top priority in upcoming years.
Lynn Fundingsland stated that the request will support the effort to serve the lower income seniors and keep rents low. Currently, the figures are based on construction estimates rather than actual costs and this funding will offset the gap. Mr. Stoner stated that he supports the project but has concerns about the 60% eligibility threshold. He mentioned that the market can support housing for seniors at 60% median income. Mr. Stoner doesn’t feel comfortable using public funds to create housing units that the market can sustain. Mr. Fundingsland stated the HOME funds will be used to offset costs in units for residents with the lowest incomes.
Pat Zavoral moved to extend the HOME funds for the Sunrise North project. Second by Linda Klebe. Mr. Fundingsland declared a conflict of interest and asked to be excused from voting. Dan Fremling, Linda Klebe, Tim Mahoney, John Paulsen, Pat Zavoral, and Linda Coates voted aye. Steve Stoner voted nay. Mr. Fundingsland was excused from voting. The motion was declared carried.
Item 4. Update on Fargo’s 10 Year Plan to End Long-Term Homelessness (2:55 p.m.)
Mr. Mahli gave an update on Fargo’s 10 Year Plan to End Long-Term Homelessness. The City will be one year into the plan in August. He mentioned that not only is working to end long-term homelessness the right thing to do, it simply costs the public too much to let people maintain homelessness. Currently, there are a number of organizational partners and projects in the works. At its core, the plan is to create more permanent housing opportunities. As of today, there are about 30 people enrolled in a new treatment model at Southeast Human Services. The next step is to identify landlords that will rent to people that are homeless or find permanent housing options that offer supportive services.
Item 5. Other Business (3:09 p.m.)
There was no other business presented.
Item 6. Next meeting (3:10 p.m.)
The next meeting is scheduled August 16, 2007.
The time at adjournment was 3:11 p.m.