Also at Tuesday’s City Council meeting the City Council will vote on whether they want to approve the Housing and Community Development Needs Statement which is the precursor to the process of receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
While it’s sort of a small agenda item and will probably be done with very quickly it’s important to note that the survey results that inform the needs statement reflects the general sentiment of the day particularly around housing.
Of all the objectives “Housing” ranked as the highest priority. Not really a surprise:
Within the housing needs, survey takers believed that increasing affordable rental housing for extremely, very, and low-income households was the highest priority. Of course the City Council could assist with this without CDBG funds through strong rental housing protections, but they have not. The number two priority was to preserve affordable rental housing for families at area median income (AMI). The preservation of rental housing is also within the abilities of the City Council
Under homelessness, people felt as though providing services that support STABILITY would be the best thing to assist with either preventing homelessness or helping families that are currently homeless. Stability is something that was echoed a lot during that rental housing meeting.
I hope the City Council uses the information in this agenda item to better inform their discussions, actions, and policy with regard to the rental housing protections being considered. It’s one thing to agree with something when it’s separate from a larger more contentious issues, but the needs that arise in these CDBG annual funding steps really is indicative of a larger problem that exists in Alameda and deserves more attention that simply attempting to get as much money from the federal government as possible for stop gap solutions.