CITY COUNCIL GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO CITY OF REDWOOD CITY'S FIVE-YEAR PLAN FOR USING HUD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT
Grant to Fund Nearly 40 Programs to Help Low-Income Residents
For Immediate Release
May 6, 2015
Redwood City, Calif. - This week Redwood City's City Council approved a comprehensive five-year plan and annual budget related to Community Development Block Grant funds, allowing the City to move forward with $1.2 million in funding agreements to assist low income residents over the next year. This funding comes as a result of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program. The City has wide discretion over how to use these funds, and has decided to fund nearly 40 programs to help low-income community members.
Based on extensive public input since last fall, the 2015-2020 plan addresses the community's top priorities. These include developing community programs--such as affordable housing and homeless housing--as well as developing needed public facilities and other human services. The City conducted a series of focus groups with non-profit and other public and private organizations to identify community needs and to develop strategies. Additionally, consultations were held with the Redwood City Human Services Network (a group of over 40 non-profit organizations providing services to Redwood City residents) and various other service, health, and housing providers to identify where needs and priorities have shifted.
"We're very pleased that the City Council approved our five-year plan and next year's annual budget for the Community Development Block Grant program," said City Manager Bob Bell. "Now we can quickly move forward to put our plans into action and help those in our community who need it most. I want to thank the community for all their thoughtful input so that we could develop the strongest plan possible."
The City will report annually on the plan's accomplishments and progress. The plan is designed to help special needs populations such as the chronically homeless, extremely low income households, minority households, persons with HIV/AIDS and other disabilities, frail and elderly persons, persons overpaying for housing, persons living in substandard housing conditions and persons living in overcrowded households. The focus groups identified priorities such as creating supportive services and non-housing needs including community facilities, parks, childcare, transportation, senior centers, and more. The assessments indicate that as housing costs have escalated dramatically, the need for affordable housing and economic development initiatives, including job development programs, will be increasingly in demand. The strategies proposed and goals set for the five-year Plan address these needs.
Nearly $700,000 of the grant will go towards supporting non-profits which help with the identified needs, such as Habitat for Humanity, the Mental Health Association, the Innvision Shelter Network, Human Investment Project (HIP) Housing, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Program and other non-profits. It will also be earmarked for supportive programs in the areas of home entitlement, housing loans, rape and domestic violence victim assistance and more.
To learn more visit http://www.redwoodcity.org/phed/housing/index.html.
About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is located in the middle of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, extending from the San Francisco shoreline to the hillsides of the Santa Cruz Mountains. With over 76,815 residents Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo and boasts the 'Climate Best by Government Test' (the city slogan). Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum, the only active deep water Port within the South San Francisco Bay and a vibrant downtown offering residents, visitors and businesses a unique retail, entertainment and restaurant experience for all ages to enjoy. Visit www.redwoodcity.org for more information about the City of Redwood City or follow us on Twitter at @RedwoodCity