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City of Akron

 

DRAFT
2003 ANNUAL CONSOLIDATED
ACTION PLAN

FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Community Development Block Grant
HOME Investment Partnership
Emergency Shelter Grant

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

OCTOBER 2002

Warren L. Woolford, Director
Department of Planning and Urban Development

Donald L. Plusquellic, Mayor
City of Akron, Ohio
www.ci.akron.oh.us


INTRODUCTION
CONSOLIDATED STRATEGY AND PLAN
AKRON, OHIO 2000-2004

What is a Consolidated Strategy and Plan?

The Consolidated Plan and Strategy for 2000-2004 is a document which combines three federal Department of Housing and Urban Development Programs: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG). The National Affordable Housing Act requires that, for certain federal Housing and Urban Development programs, the City of Akron must have an approved Consolidated Strategy and Plan. A copy of the five year strategy is available in the office of the Department of Planning and Urban Development, City of Akron.

Each year the City drafts an Action Plan which budgets funding for the fiscal year. The 2003 Action Plan is the third year of the five year strategy.

What is the Goal of the Strategy and Plan?

The goal of the Consolidated Strategy and Plan is to provide a five year strategy and annual numerical goals to serve as a working guide for the use of federal resources to address local housing, quality of living , and economic needs. A strategic plan sets forth goals, objectives, and performance benchmarks for measuring progress and establishes a framework for measuring progress.

Statutory Program Purpose

The Consolidated Strategy and Plan must satisfy the minimum Congressional statutory requirements for Akron's three federal community planning and development formula programs: Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership and Emergency Shelter Grant. Each of these programs must primarily benefit low and very low income persons. In addition, there are three goals for the CDBG program. The first is the elimination of slum and blight. The programs are to provide decent housing, including programs aimed at assisting persons to obtain affordable housing; retain decent, safe and sanitary affordable housing; and increase the availability of this housing. The second goal of the program is to provide a suitable living environment. The third major statutory goal is to expand economic opportunity.

Consolidated Strategy for 2000-2004

Housing and Community Development Objectives and Projects: The following describes the Mission Statement, priorities and actions which the City of Akron intends to initiate over the five years from 2000-2004. The rationales for the priority need, obstacles to meeting need, the goal (number) of households assisted, the target population to be assisted through the program and the target date for completion were indicated in the five year strategy.

The Mission Statement for Housing Strategy of Akron, Ohio: Maintain and conserve Akron's affordable housing stock and neighborhoods, expand home ownership opportunities, and address housing needs of lower income persons including the homeless and special needs populations.

The City of Akron set forth the priority activities to be followed in the five year strategy as follows:

Priority based on household need:

  1. Low Income Owner Household
  2. Low Income Renter Household
  3. Homeless Families and Individuals
  4. Non-Homeless Special Needs Persons

Priority based on activity:

  1. Neighborhood Rehabilitation, Owner-occupied Housing
  2. Rental Housing Assistance and Rental Housing Rehabilitation
  3. New Housing Construction
  4. Acquisition of vacant lots and blighted properties.
  5. Homebuyer Assistance
  6. Support Facilities and Public Services
  7. Homeless Persons, Individuals, and Families Assistance

The Consolidated Strategy includes a narrative describing the housing needs of low income families, homeless families and others with special needs who require supportive services. The Consolidated Annual Plan includes a one year budget for applying available resources to the needs identified.

Coordinating and Managing the Process

The City of Akron, Department of Planning and Urban Development, is the lead agency in the coordination and management of the process and preparation of the Plan. The City will lead and coordinate the consolidated planning, submission and implementation process. The City will continue to be involved in activities over the coming year which enhance coordination between public and non-profit housing providers and private and public health and service agencies.

Consolidated Plan/Citizen Participation

In 2002, the City of Akron convened a meeting of interested citizens, community organizers, low-income neighborhood residents and others including affordable housing advocates, providers, social service agencies, homeless housing advocates, lending institutions and the Public Housing Authority. The 2003 Annual Plan represents the second year of the five year strategy. The following schedule is to be followed for the 2003 Plan:

Public hearing on Housing and Community Development needs August 21, 2002
Proposals due for CDBG and HOME October 1, 2002
Publish Akron's Consolidated Annual Plan in newspaper(s); Begin 30 day public comment period October 11, 2002
Publish notice on Planning Commission Meeting October 8, 2002
Planning Commission Public Hearing on Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments October 18, 2002
Akron City Council review November 4, 2002
End 30 day public comment period November 7, 2002
Submission of Annual Plan to Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development November 13, 2002
Program year begins January 1, 2003

The citizen participation process over the years has lead to several worthwhile programs such as the Neighborhood Petition Program, Neighborhood Partnership Program and the Neighborhood Grocery Initiative. These programs came as a result of citizen input at various meetings over the years.

Action Plan: Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

As part of the Consolidated Plan process, the Fair Housing Task Force was established in June of 2000 to conduct an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. Through a process of meetings, presentations and research, an action plan was developed. The Task Force will remain active on a quarterly basis to review concerns of Fair Housing Choice in Akron, Ohio. The Action Plan was submitted in March of 2001 to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and accepted. An update to the Plan was performed in April of 2002.

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area

In 2001, area identified as the City of Akron's Enterprise Community will be designated as a Neighborhood Revitalization Area. This will allow HUD sponsored housing and economic development initiatives in the areas previously restricted. Activities could include support of housing development activities and business district revitalization.

 

2003 ANNUAL CONSOLIDATED PLAN FOR HOUSING
AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The City of Akron, Ohio has prepared an Annual Plan for 2003 which includes the budget for the 2003 federal Community Development Block Grant, the HOME Partnership Program and the Emergency Shelter Block Grant Program.

The City of Akron anticipates committing $12,300,000 in total program funding including $9,340,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds; $2,660,000 in HOME funds and $300,000 in Emergency Shelter Block Grant funds. Of these funds, approximately $550,000 is program income.

The proposed plan includes the following initiatives: The Neighborhood Improvement Program in Glover (southeast Akron); Crouse (west Akron); Seiberling (northeast Akron); Bisson project plans (west Akron); Kenmore II (southwest Akron); Neighborhood Housing Petition Program (eligible petition areas); Emergency Home Repair (city-wide); Non-Profit Community Housing Projects (CHDO and non-profit service areas); UNDC New Construction (Community Development Activity Area; Neighborhood Partnership Program; Paint programs (Non-profit service area); Waiver Demolition Program (Community Development Activity Area); Emergency and Transitional Shelter Housing (city-wide); Small Business Assistance Program; Neighborhood Business Districts Program (Kenmore, Copley, Spicertown, South Main Street and West Market/Highland Square); New Housing Incentives; Supportive Housing; New Housing Incentives, New Home Construction; Human Resources including: Supportive Services, Youth Services, Senior Services, Fair Housing, Home Support for Hope VI Application; and General Administration.

At least 70% of the Community Development funds are estimated to be used for activities that principally benefit low income persons. One hundred percent of HOME funds are estimated to be used for activities that benefit low income persons. One hundred percent of the ESG funds will be used for activities that benefit low income persons.

 

2003 CONSOLIDATED PLAN
Community Development/HOME/Emergency Shelter Grant

 

Project CDBG
Funding
HOME
Funding
Total
Budget
CLEARANCE, LAND ASSEMBLY & HOUSING DEVELOPMENT      
Acquisition/Relocation/Clearance $ 1,250,000 $ 0 $ 1,250,000

Includes acquisition/relocation/clearance of dilapidated structures or vacant lots in neighborhood development and redevelopment areas, land assembly to assist non-profits, and neighborhood blight removal.

Waiver Demolition $ 525,000 $ 0 $ 525,000

Demolition of vacant, abandoned, and/or deteriorated houses, garages, and commercial buildings. Costs include demolition, asbestos removal and hauling fees.

CHDO/CDC Housing $ 0 $ 500,000 $ 500,000

Matching funds for non-profit community housing development organizations. Proposed programs of new housing construction and acquisition/rehabilitation and resale. Includes substantial rehab of Channelwood by Alpha Phi Alpha - $150,000. EANDC - $175,000 for Arlington 5.

Urban Neighborhood
Development Corporation (UNDC)
$ 375,000 $ 0 $ 375,000

Support for new housing construction in older neighborhoods by the UNDC. Subsidy for 17 new homes. Includes funding for purchase of vacant lots for new housing construction.

New Housing Incentives $ 50,000 $ 0 $ 50,000

Predevelopment assistance for new housing downtown and selected areas including market analysis, concept plans and environmental assessment.

New Home Construction $ 0 $ 350,000 $ 350,000

Provide support for development of housing for low and moderate income households.

Subtotal for Clearance, Land Assembly & Housing Development $2,200,000 $ 850,000 $3,050,000
       
Project CDBG
Funding
HOME
Funding
Total
Budget
REHABILITATION LOANS AND GRANTS $ 530,000 $ 1,235,000 $ 1,765,000

Grants and loans for housing rehabilitation and lead paint abatement to owners of property.

PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS $ 1,400,000 $ 0 $ 1,400,000

Street, curb, sidewalk and sewer repairs as needed in Neighborhood Development Areas, Neighborhood Housing Petition Areas and special project areas.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT      
Business Development Loan Program $ 700,000 $ 0 $ 700,000

Funds utilized to assist business development and expansion and provide technical assistance.

Neighborhood Business District $ 175,000 $ 0 $ 175,000

Assistance available for matching façade grants, loans and assistance for businesses. Proposed activities in Kenmore Boulevard, Highland Square/West Market, Spicertown, and South Main Street.

Enterprise Community Program $ 50,000 $ 0 $ 50,000

Continued funding for Sebert Polymer Job Link program and Enterprise Community Fund/CDFI.

Rolling Acres Consultant $ 50,000 $ 0 $ 50,000

Funding to hire Consultant to review and present recommendations for the redevelopment of the Rolling Acres Area.

Small Business Assistance $ 25,000 $ 0 $ 25,000

W.O.M.E.N. Business and technical assistance to new or expanding small business.

Subtotal for Economic Development $1,000,000 $ 0 $1,000,000
       
Project CDBG
Funding
HOME
Funding
Total
Budget
OTHER HOUSING      
Emergency Shelter $ 70,000 $ 300,000
(
ESG Funds)
$ 370,000

Emergency Shelter Grant Program provides funding for sheltering the homeless. Funding awarded on a request for proposal basis to eligible non-profit providers for emergency shelter housing and for intermediate term housing, homeless prevention services for homeless individuals and families.

HOPE VI $ 100,000 $ 0 $ 100,000

Funding to support the AMHA HOPE VI Rehabilitation development project, (land acquisition, possible public improvements.

Minor Home Repair $ 495,000 $ 0 $ 495,000

Emergency home repair. a. Very low income elderly or disabled (City), b. Low income families (Housing Network), c. Low income elderly (Rebuilding Together through Christmas in April), d. Low and moderate income exterior home improvement.

CDC Support $ 175,000 $ 0 $ 175,000

Operating support for activities of Community Development Corporations.

CHDO/CDC Housing Repair $ 75,000 $ 0 $ 75,000

Emergency home repairs to households with less than 50% Average Median Income. Operated by non-profit corporation.

Paint Program $ 35,000 $ 0 $ 35,000

Reimbursement for neighborhood non-profit organizations to operate a paint program for low income homeowners. Continue contract with Greater West Side Block Club

Subtotal Other Housing $ 875,000 $ 300,000
(ESG)
$ 1,175,000
       
Project CDBG
Funding
HOME
Funding
Total
Budget
PUBLIC SERVICES      
Human Resources $ 525,000 $ 0 $ 525,000

Public services to primarily serve CD area residents, including youth, seniors and families. Programs include education, neighborhood security, recreation, etc.

Neighborhood Partnership $ 50,000 $ 0 $ 50,000

Matching grants of up to $7,500 to neighborhood organizations for small, competitive projects which build neighbor collaboration.

Subtotal for Public Services $ 575,000 $ 0 $ 575,000
Project Staff $ 2,470,000 $ 340,000 $ 2,810,000
Administration $ 440,000 $ 235,000 $ 675,000
Total for Staff $ 2,910,000 $ 575,000 $ 3,485,000
2003 Consolidated Plan $12,300,000 $2,660,000 $12,300,000

2003 CONSOLIDATED PLAN
Community Development/HOME/Emergency Shelter Grant

 

Project CDBG
Funding
HOME
Funding
Total
Budget
CLEARANCE, LAND ASSEMBLY & HOUSING DEVELOPMENT      
Acquisition/Relocation/Clearance $ 1,250,000 $ 0 $ 1,250,000

Includes acquisition/relocation/clearance of dilapidated structures or vacant lots in neighborhood development and redevelopment areas, land assembly to assist non-profits, and neighborhood blight removal.

Waiver Demolition $ 525,000 $ 0 $ 525,000

Demolition of vacant, abandoned, and/or deteriorated houses, garages, and commercial buildings. Costs include demolition, asbestos removal and hauling fees.

CHDO/CDC Housing $ 0 $ 500,000 $ 500,000

Matching funds for non-profit community housing development organizations. Proposed programs of new housing construction and acquisition/rehabilitation and resale. Includes substantial rehab of Channelwood by Alpha Phi Alpha - $150,000. EANDC - $175,000 for Arlington 5.

Urban Neighborhood
Development Corporation (UNDC)
$ 375,000 $ 0 $ 375,000

Support for new housing construction in older neighborhoods by the UNDC. Subsidy for 17 new homes. Includes funding for purchase of vacant lots for new housing construction.

New Housing Incentives $ 50,000 $ 0 $ 50,000

Predevelopment assistance for new housing downtown and selected areas including market analysis, concept plans and environmental assessment.

New Home Construction $ 0 $ 350,000 $ 350,000

Provide support for development of housing for low and moderate income households.

Subtotal for Clearance, Land Assembly & Housing Development $2,200,000 $ 850,000 $3,050,000
       
Project CDBG
Funding
HOME
Funding
Total
Budget
REHABILITATION LOANS AND GRANTS $ 530,000 $ 1,235,000 $ 1,765,000

Grants and loans for housing rehabilitation and lead paint abatement to owners of property.

PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS $ 1,400,000 $ 0 $ 1,400,000

Street, curb, sidewalk and sewer repairs as needed in Neighborhood Development Areas, Neighborhood Housing Petition Areas and special project areas.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT      
Business Development Loan Program $ 700,000 $ 0 $ 700,000

Funds utilized to assist business development and expansion and provide technical assistance.

Neighborhood Business District $ 175,000 $ 0 $ 175,000

Assistance available for matching façade grants, loans and assistance for businesses. Proposed activities in Kenmore Boulevard, Highland Square/West Market, Spicertown, and South Main Street.

Enterprise Community Program $ 50,000 $ 0 $ 50,000

Continued funding for Sebert Polymer Job Link program and Enterprise Community Fund/CDFI.

Rolling Acres Consultant $ 50,000 $ 0 $ 50,000

Funding to hire Consultant to review and present recommendations for the redevelopment of the Rolling Acres Area.

Small Business Assistance $ 25,000 $ 0 $ 25,000

W.O.M.E.N. Business and technical assistance to new or expanding small business.

Subtotal for Economic Development $1,000,000 $ 0 $1,000,000
       
Project CDBG
Funding
HOME
Funding
Total
Budget
OTHER HOUSING      
Emergency Shelter $ 70,000 $ 300,000
(
ESG Funds)
$ 370,000

Emergency Shelter Grant Program provides funding for sheltering the homeless. Funding awarded on a request for proposal basis to eligible non-profit providers for emergency shelter housing and for intermediate term housing, homeless prevention services for homeless individuals and families.

HOPE VI $ 100,000 $ 0 $ 100,000

Funding to support the AMHA HOPE VI Rehabilitation development project, (land acquisition, possible public improvements.

Minor Home Repair $ 495,000 $ 0 $ 495,000

Emergency home repair. a. Very low income elderly or disabled (City), b. Low income families (Housing Network), c. Low income elderly (Rebuilding Together through Christmas in April), d. Low and moderate income exterior home improvement.

CDC Support $ 175,000 $ 0 $ 175,000

Operating support for activities of Community Development Corporations.

CHDO/CDC Housing Repair $ 75,000 $ 0 $ 75,000

Emergency home repairs to households with less than 50% Average Median Income. Operated by non-profit corporation.

Paint Program $ 35,000 $ 0 $ 35,000

Reimbursement for neighborhood non-profit organizations to operate a paint program for low income homeowners. Continue contract with Greater West Side Block Club

Subtotal Other Housing $ 875,000 $ 300,000
(ESG)
$ 1,175,000
       
Project CDBG
Funding
HOME
Funding
Total
Budget
PUBLIC SERVICES      
Human Resources $ 525,000 $ 0 $ 525,000

Public services to primarily serve CD area residents, including youth, seniors and families. Programs include education, neighborhood security, recreation, etc.

Neighborhood Partnership $ 50,000 $ 0 $ 50,000

Matching grants of up to $7,500 to neighborhood organizations for small, competitive projects which build neighbor collaboration.

Subtotal for Public Services $ 575,000 $ 0 $ 575,000
Project Staff $ 2,470,000 $ 340,000 $ 2,810,000
Administration $ 440,000 $ 235,000 $ 675,000
Total for Staff $ 2,910,000 $ 575,000 $ 3,485,000
2003 Consolidated Plan $12,300,000 $2,660,000 $12,300,000

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