DECEMBER 6, 2005 PROPOSED 2006-2007 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM DECEMBER 6, 2005 PROPOSED 2006-2007 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM DECEMBER 6, 2005 PROPOSED 2006-2007 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM



TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL FROM: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

DATE: DECEMBER 6, 2005

SUBJECT: PROPOSED 2006-2007 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM

Staff Coordinator: Judy A. Huey, Senior Administrative Analyst

RECOMMENDATIONS

1. Conduct a public hearing to receive citizen input on the proposed 2006-2007 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

2. Approve the proposed CDBG projects and budget.

3. Authorize the interim Director of Public Works to execute agreements for CDBG projects with the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission.

BACKGROUND

Each year, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are allocated to cities by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which is administered through the Los Angeles Community Development Commission (CDC). Participating cities receive funding based upon the total number of cities participating in the County’s program, and a city’s commitment to provide housing, economic and community development opportunities which principally benefit persons of low and moderate income levels and/or aid in the prevention or elimination of blighted conditions.

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes has annually participated in the Los Angeles Urban County’s CDBG Program since 1986. Typically the City uses its CDBG allocation to fund the Home Improvement Program, the REACH Program for developmentally disabled youth and young adults, Americans with Disability Act (ADA) projects and qualifying capital improvement projects. In order to continue its participation in the upcoming 2006-2007 program year (beginning July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007) the City of Rancho Palos Verdes must prepare and submit a summary of proposed CDBG projects, including descriptions and budgets, to the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission (CDC) by February 3, 2006 for review and approval.

Pursuant to federal requirements, this public hearing was noticed in the Palos Verdes Peninsula News on November 5, 2005 and November 19, 2005. A copy of the notice is attached to this staff report. Federal requirements also mandate that as a part of the hearing, the City Council and public be informed of the range of eligible and ineligible housing and community development activities that may be funded under the CDBG Program. A list of eligible and ineligible CDBG projects and activities are attached to this report as Exhibits A and B, respectively.

In addition, interested persons may review a copy of the federal eligibility guidelines at the City of Rancho Palos Verdes’ Public Works Department.

DISCUSSION

Description of Proposed 2006-2007 CDBG Projects

A combined total of $306,726 CDBG funds will be available for the FY 06-07 CDBG projects from the following sources:

Preliminary 2006-2007 CDBG allocation for RPV
$196,507
Unallocated Balance of Funds for 2006-2007
$ 91,419
FY 05-06 City Hall ADA Parking Lot project
(not completed due to insufficient funding)
$ 18,800
Total CDBG funds available
$306,726

It is recommended that the City Council approve the following proposed projects for the 2006-2007 program year:

1. CDBG Administration and Planning $ 19,650

Program administration funds are used for overall program management, coordination, monitoring, reporting and evaluation to meet CDC guidelines.

2. REACH Program $ 29,476

Funds will be used to continue operation of this program for developmentally disabled students and young adults. A copy of the REACH Program Statement and Description is attached. The public service cap (which is a percentage of the new allocated funds not including prior years’ funds) is limited to 15%.

3. Home Improvement Program $ 150,000

This program has been providing housing rehabilitation assistance to low and moderate income homeowners since its inception in in 1999. A copy of the Home Improvement Program brochure is attached.

4. ADA Compliance-Hesse Park Restrooms $ 107,600

Preliminary design plans and specifications have been completed

for the remodel of restrooms at Hesse Park in accordance with the

Americans with Disablities Act (ADA). The project cost to construct the ADA restrooms is estimated to be $127,600. Approximately $20,000 of general funds will need to be appropriated in the FY 06-07 budget to pay for the final design and engineering costs. The actual construction of the project will be funded with the $107,600 allocation of CDBG funds.

Total FY 06-07 CDBG Funds: $ 306,726

In the event that actual CDBG funding levels vary from the $196,507 estimate, the proposed projects and budgets may be adjusted accordingly.

FISCAL IMPACT

Approving staff’s recommendation authorizes the allocation of $306,726 in CDBG funds. This allocation includes $196,507 in 2006-2007 CDBG funds, $91,419 in the Unallocated Balance of Funds, and $18,800 of re-programmed FY 05-06 funds.

Respectfully submitted,

Ray Holland

Interim Director of Public Works

Reviewed,

Les Evans

City Manager

Attachments:

Public Hearing Notice

Exhibit "A" – Eligible Activities

Exhibit "B" – Ineligible Activities

REACH Program Statement and Description

Home Improvement Program Brochure

 

CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

DECEMBER 6, 2005

2006-2007 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes will conduct a Public Hearing to receive citizen input on projects to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Projects discussed at the meeting, which are determined to be eligible under the Federal Guidelines, will be considered for inclusion in the City's 2006-2007 CDBG Program. The recommended projects and proposed budget will be considered at the public hearing. The City's 2006-2007 CDBG projects and budgets will be submitted to the County of Los Angeles Community Development Commission for inclusion in its application to HUD. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend. Persons attending the meeting shall be furnished with the following information: 1) The amount of CDBG funds expected to be available to the City for the upcoming program year; 2) The range of housing and community development activities that may be undertaken with CDBG funds; and 3) The specific activities that are currently funded under the CDBG Program

Said public hearing will be held on December 6, 2005 at 7:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers of Hesse Park, located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard.

Interested parties wishing to comment on these proposed projects are invited to submit any written comments and/or questions to Judy Huey, Senior Administrative Analyst, Public Works Department, City of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, or may visit the public counter, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Published on November 5, 2005 and November 19, 2005

Exhibit "A"

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds may only be used for projects and activities that meet one of the following national objectives of the program:

IF ANY OF THE ABOVE CONDITIONS ARE MET, under current guidelines, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes may use CDBG funds for a variety of activities including:

  1. Acquisition of Real Property
  2. Example: Acquisition of land, air rights, easements, water rights, rights-of-ways, building and other real property improvements.

  3. Disposition of Real Property
  4. Example: Disposition of real property acquired with CDBG funds through sale, lease or donation including fees and costs associated with the transfer of ownership of real property.

  5. Public Facilities and Improvements
  6. Example: Parking, streets, curbs, gutters and sidewalks, parks and playgrounds,

    shelters for the homeless, water and sewer facilities, flood and drainage improvements, community, senior and health centers.

  7. Acquisition, Reconstruction, Rehabilitation or Installation of Privately-Owned Utilities
  8. Example: Pay the costs of placing underground new or existing power lines owned by private utilities.

  9. Clearance, Demolition, Removal or Building and Improvements, or Movement of
  10. Structure to Other Sites

    Example: Demolition of vacant structure and removal of the debris to make a neighborhood park and playground available to residents in a low/moderate income neighborhood.

  11. Public Services
  12. Example: Child care, health care, job training, recreation programs, education programs, public safety services, fair housing activities, services for senior citizens, servicesfor homeless persons, drug abuse counseling and treatment, and energy conservation counseling and testing.

  13. Interim Assistance
  14. Example: Improvements to a deteriorating area as a prelude to permanent improvements or alleviation of harmful conditions where immediate public action is necessary.

  15. Relocation Payments and Assistance
  16. Example: Relocation and payments to displaced individuals, families, businesses,or nonprofit organizations that result from the acquisition of property for CDBG-assisted purposes.



  17. Loss of Rental Income
  18. Example: Loss of rental income incurred in holding housing units used for the relocation of individuals and families displaced by CDBG-assisted activities.

  19. Removal of Architectural Barriers
  20. Example: Installation of ramps, curb cuts, wider doors, elevators, and physical modification to buildings, facilities and improvements to make them accessible.

  21. Housing Rehabilitation
  22. Example: Financial assistance such as grants and deferred loans for the rehabilitation of any publicly or privately-owned residential property.

  23. New Housing Construction
  24. Example: Funding for housing construction project that has received funding through a Housing Development Grant (HODAG), or housing to be constructed by a local development corporation, small business investment company, or neighborhood-based nonprofit organization.

  25. Code Enforcement
  26. Example: Inspections in a low/moderate income neighborhood targeted for rehabilitation assistance, a neighborhood facility and street reconstruction.

  27. Historic Preservation
  28. Example: Rehabilitation, preservation and restoration of historic properties.

  29. Commercial or Industrial Rehabilitation
  30. Example: Improvements to the exterior of the building and the correction of code violations.

  31. Special Economic Development
  32. Example: Loans to pay for the expansion of a commercial business which will create jobs for low/moderate income persons, or technical assistance to a business facing bankruptcy.

  33. Special Activities by Neighborhood-Based Nonprofit Organizations, Small Business Investment Companies, or Local Development Corporations
  34. Example: Provide grants or loans to carry out a neighborhood revitalization, community economic development or energy conservation program.

  35. Planning and Capacity Building
  36. Example: Comprehensive plans, individual project plans, community development plans, studies, analysis and data gathering.

  37. Program Administration Costs

Example: Payment of costs for overall program management.

Exhibit "B"

INELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

Activities and projects that are ineligible for CDBG funding include:

    1. Buildings or portions thereof, used for the general conduct of government.
    2. General government expenses.
    3. Political activities.
    4. Purchase of equipment, unless otherwise required for program.
    5. Operating and maintenance expenses.
    6. New housing construction, except housing of last resort for persons displaced due to a CDBG project, housing to be funded through a Housing Development Grant

(HODAG), or housing to be constructed by a local development corporation, small business investment company, or neighborhood-based nonprofit organization.

7. Income payments to an individual or family for items such as food, clothing, housing or utilities.