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REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY AGENDA ITEM NO. 3

Meeting Date: August 12, 2003

Subject/Title: Adopt the City of Brentwood’s Mission Statement for Affordable Housing Program

Submitted by: Gina Rozenski, Redevelopment Manager

Approved by: John Stevenson, Executive Director

RECOMMENDATION
Adopt the City of Brentwood’s Mission Statement for Affordable Housing Program.

PREVIOUS ACTION
The Housing Subcommittee has reviewed, discussed and recommended an Affordable Housing Program Ordinance. The proposed Ordinance provides for 10% affordable dwelling units for all new residential subdivisions of 10 or more lots.

On August 5, 2003, the Planning Commission approved the Affordable Housing Program Ordinance and recommended the City Council’s adoption of the Ordinance.

On July 31, 2003, the Housing Subcommittee reviewed the proposed Mission Statement for the City’s Affordable Housing Program, and recommends City Council and Agency adoption of the Mission Statement.

In June 2003, the City Council approved a resolution adopting new job classifications and descriptions. One of the new job classifications was a Housing Manager, whose primary duties include planning, managing and oversight of the Redevelopment Agency and City’s housing finance resources and housing development programs.

The Brentwood Redevelopment Agency is required to set aside 20% of its annual tax increment (“20% Housing Fund”) for mandated housing obligations and to preserve, increase and improve the community’s supply of affordable housing.

BACKGROUND
In an effort to assure future housing developments within the City of Brentwood contribute to the attainment of the City’s housing goals as described in its Housing Element, and to comply with California Redevelopment Law as it relates to the supply of affordable housing, the City of Brentwood and the Brentwood Redevelopment Agency desire to set forth a mission statement of its Affordable Housing Program.

The primary focus of the Affordable Housing Program is the provision and leverage of housing finance resources to develop programs designed to provide quality affordable housing solutions and opportunities throughout our community. At this time, the local financial resource tool to accomplish the Affordable Housing Program’s goals is the Redevelopment Agency’s 20% Housing Fund. The second financial tool will be the affordable housing in-lieu fee fund, should the Ordinance be adopted.


At this time, referrals will be made to appropriate agencies that currently provide other housing services, such as fair housing investigation, discrimination complaints, legal aid services, education regarding tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities, dispute mediation, public housing benefits, Section 8 and other financial subsidies, social service programs, and emergency shelter resources.

FISCAL IMPACT
None.

Attachment: Mission Statement

CITY OF BRENTWOOD
MISSION STATEMENT FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM

The City of Brentwood recognizes the need to provide for a range of housing products at a range of affordability levels throughout the community. The purpose of the Affordable Housing Program is:

• to assure that further housing development complies with City’s housing goals as described in the Housing Element of the General Plan;
• to enhance and preserve the quality of life in each of City’s neighborhoods;
• to comply with Community Redevelopment Law to meet project area housing obligations;
• to create, preserve and improve housing opportunities that are affordable for the community’s workforce; and
• to identify, create and monitor various housing and neighborhood preservation programs.

The City of Brentwood’s Affordable Housing Program does not discriminate based on race, color, age, religion, language, families with children, ancestry, physical or mental handicap, ethnicity, gender, or sexual preferences.

The City of Brentwood’s Affordable Housing Program does not provide fair housing services. There are fair housing service providers organized to assist tenants and landlords with housing rights and responsibilities through legal assistance and advice, investigation, enforcement, mediation and education of fair housing laws and public housing benefits and subsidies. The City shall provide referral services to these organizations.

 

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