Camarillo City Council unanimously approves HUD Five-Year Plan

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As a recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the City of Camarillo is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to prepare a Five-Year Consolidated Plan, an annual Action Plan, and an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI). The AI is also required to be updated every five years. The Action Plan describes the use of CDBG funds in fiscal year 2015-2016.

The Analysis of Impediments is a County wide effort which includes the following:
• Demographic and housing characteristics
• Practices in the housing market
• Patterns and trends of housing discrimination
• Public policies and regulations regarding housing choice
• Fair housing services and resources available
• Issue and recommendations
• Plan to mitigate issues

The Consolidated Plan is a regional effort. The five-year plan with annual updates includes:
• Analysis of housing and community development needs
• Strategy (projects and programs) to address those needs using federal funds from HUD.

The Action Plan identifies how the $285,078 block grant will be spent. The grant breakdown follows:
• Housing Rehabitation Program $92,651
• Neighborhood Revitalization Program (Habitat for Humanity) $92,651
• Public Services $42,761
• Fair Housing $12,000
• Administration $45,015

Public Services grants totaling $42,761 were awarded to the following organizations:
1. Interface $10,000
2. Long Term Care Ombudsman $8,000
3. RAIN Project $8,250
4. OASIS $5,000
5. Turning Point $5,000
6. Livingston Memorial VNA $5,000
7. Caregivers $1,511

During public comments, Matt Lorimer , said the program director is doing an excellent job and commended the City. Mayor Bill Little said the program is the result of good staff, good consultants, and good service organizations. Councilmember Charlotte Craven also recognized the volunteers.

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Logan McFadden is a Citizensjournal.us city reporter and a recently retired banker, residing in Camarillo. He volunteers for the Heritage Action Sentinel team and serves as the AMAC Delegate to the 26th Congressional District and a Convention of States District Captain.

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