Council Agendas and Reports
Item 05 - CDBG Grant
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3/1/2019 10:13:52 AM
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05 Staff Report
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PAGE 2 OF 4 <br />SUBJECT: ADOPT A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE TOWN MANAGER TO EXECUTE AN <br />AGREEMENT WITH THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA FOR ADMINISTRATION OF <br />THE URBAN COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) AND <br />HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM (HOME) PROGRAMS <br />COLLECTIVELY REFERRED TO AS THE URBAN COUNTY PROGRAM <br />JUNE 8, 2017 <br />S:\COUNCIL REPORTS\2017\06-20-17\CDBG Grant\Staff Report - CDBG FINAL.docx 6/15/2017 10:59 AM MM <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />BACKGROUND (cont’d): <br /> <br />A municipality must have a population of at least 50,000 to be eligible to receive CDBG funds as <br />an entitlement jurisdiction from HUD. Through the Urban County process, the Town is able to <br />join with other smaller Santa Clara County municipalities and the unincorporated areas of the <br />County to satisfy the required population threshold. HUD requires participating municipalities <br />to enter into a cooperative agreement for a three-year period and allows for automatic <br />renewals. In Santa Clara County, the formal Urban County relationship is established through a <br />three-year Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) between the Town, the other participating <br />municipalities, and the County of Santa Clara. The other participating municipalities are <br />Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Campbell, Monte Sereno, Los Altos Hills, and Los Altos. <br /> <br />The Urban County program provides funding from HUD for activities which primarily benefit <br />lower income households. Previously funded activities include affordable housing <br />development, housing rehabilitation and conservation programs, accessibility improvements , <br />and social service programs operated by local non-profit agencies. The Town typically applies <br />the funds towards accessibility improvements which meet the requirements by definition. <br /> <br />The JPA outlines the process for submitting project proposals directly to the County through a <br />proposed three-year funding cycle. Funding for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) will be <br />considered on an annual basis. The Town is expected to receive $142,322 in Fiscal Year 2018 <br />for one of two projects (either Bachman Park or the Los Gatos-Saratoga Adult Recreation <br />Center at the Town’s discretion). Staff will make a recommendation for the specific allocation <br />to Council at a later date. This dollar amount is significantly higher than the equal share that is <br />allowed under the existing JPA and results from the shared funding program established with <br />the other participating agencies. In future years, the Town will receive less or no funding to <br />allow for bigger projects in other jurisdictions. <br /> <br />DISCUSSION: <br /> <br />The County Office of Supportive Housing initiated discussions with the participating cities to <br />update the JPA based on a need to create a more streamlined process. In summary, the intent <br />of these changes is to enhance the ability to provide a more regional response to ongoing <br />challenges and County-wide needs. The following serves as a summary to the proposed <br />changes to the JPA: <br />
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