MINUTES

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY HOUSING COMMISSION

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011, 3:00 P.M.

333 W. ELLSWORTH STREET

MIDLAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

  I.  Roll Call

 

PRESENT:   Bob Burgess, Bill Garchow, Rick Loose and Sharon Mortensen

 

ABSENT:    Steve Rapanos

 

STAFF:        Cheri King, Community Development Specialist

 

OTHERS:    Sally York, Midland Area Homes

 

II.  Public Comments

 

      Sally York told the Housing Commission that if they have any questions regarding housing or the rehabilitation of housing, they should not hesitate to call Midland Area Homes.  They have been trying to be the central intake for Midland County for people seeking low-income housing.

 

      Sharon Mortensen asked Mrs. York what types of issues she is seeing.  Sally reported that they are seeing a need for home repairs and a need to help get people into and keep housing.  A lot of people purchase cheap houses that need a lot of work.  Midland Area Homes tries to partner with the City of Midland to keep people in their homes.  They also do case management.

 

      Regarding renters, senior citizens are not the people trying to be housed.  They rarely have seniors looking for housing.  Midland Area Homes sees a huge lack of housing for lower income families and single individuals.  Hard working people with low paying jobs, who have families are the biggest challenge.  It is almost impossible to get them into housing with three or four bedrooms that is affordable.  The “less than 30 percent of median income” category has the biggest trouble finding housing.

 

III. CDBG Budget Priorities & Funding Process

 

      Sharon Mortensen reported that the Continuum of Care surveyed all the properties that serve low-income households and the Affordable Housing Alliance had over 200 households on their waiting list.  Charter Square, The Village at Joseph’s Run, and Greenhill said they have a one to two year waiting list.

 

      The Housing Commission would like to see the PILOT Study presented to City Council.  It might save City Council some work by delegating a review of the proposed senior housing project on Eastman Avenue to the Housing Commission for a recommendation regarding a PILOT status, if one is requested.

 

      According to reports from the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation and the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, they provide funds to Midland Area Homes every year, that is unrestricted funding.  Midland Area Homes can use those funds as needed.  They will use their current allocations for the development of a Resource Center and a warehouse with offices.  Midland Area Homes would like to obtain a new facility that has significantly more storage than their current facility.  The location of this new facility should be within the city limits.

 

      Bill Garchow reported that the Disability Network shares a building with Habitat for Humanity.  They will need additional parking and some work needs to be done on the building.

 

      Housing Commissioners agreed that the goals and priorities they set at their meeting on December 7, 2009, were still valid and still reflect the needs of the community.  These goals and priorities were included in the Five-Year Strategic Plan submitted to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan. 

 

      It does not look like they will be able to partner with foundations to leverage additional funds for housing projects.  The largest impact of the CDBG funds would be to help non-profit agencies maintain their facilities.  These people work full time and help others every day.

 

Cheri King will send out applications to agencies for CDBG funding for the 2012-2013 fiscal year in early December and have them due in mid-January.  Motion by Bill Garchow, seconded by Bob Burgess, to set a special meeting for Monday, February 6, 2012 to review the applications for CDBG funding.  Motion passed unanimously.  The Commission will use this meeting to see what funding has been requested for the next fiscal year.  Then, based upon the discussion at the February meeting, staff will bring a proposed budget to the March Regular Housing Commission meeting for recommendation of approval.

 

The City of Midland received a letter from HUD regarding the timely submission off the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER).  HUD offered their congratulations on the many accomplishments during the past grant year and included some of the noteworthy projects.  The Housing Commission was pleased with the results.

     

IV. Adjournment

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Cheri King

Secretary

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE

MIDLAND CITY HOUSING COMMISSION.