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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL FROM: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
Attachment: Public Hearing Notice
1. Conduct a public hearing to receive citizen input on the proposed 2007-2008 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.
2. Approve the proposed CDBG projects and budget.
3. Authorize the Director of Public Works to execute agreements for CDBG projects with the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission.
Approving staff’s recommendation authorizes the allocation of $267,623 in CDBG funds. This allocation includes $190,496 in 2007-2008 CDBG funds, $38,997 in the Unallocated Balance of Funds, and $38,130 of re-programmed FY 2006-2007 funds. Upon approval of the CDBG projects by the CDC, the project budgets will be programmed into the City of Rancho Palos Verdes’ FY 2007-2008 budget.
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 2007-2008 program year (beginning July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008) the
Pursuant to federal requirements, this public hearing was noticed in the Palos Verdes Peninsula News on November 4, 2006 and November 18, 2006. 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.
Description of Proposed 2007-2008 CDBG Projects
A combined total of $267,623 CDBG funds will be available for the FY 2007-2008 CDBG projects from the following sources:
Preliminary 2007-2008 CDBG allocation for RPV $190,496
It is recommended that the City Council approve the following proposed projects for the 2007-2008 program year:
1. CDBG Administration and Planning $ 19,049
2. REACH Program $ 28,574
3. Home Improvement Program $ 150,000
4. ADA Compliance-City Hall $ 70,000
Funds will be programmed for a future project to remove access
In the event that actual CDBG funding levels vary from the $190,496 estimate, the proposed projects and budgets may be adjusted accordingly.