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Housing and Human Services Advisory Committee (View All)

Housing and Human Services Commission Regular Meeting

Thursday, October 24, 2019

 Ashland Housing and Human Services Commission
October 24, 2019
Audio Recording

Call to Order
Commission Chair Rich Rohde called the meeting to order at 4:00 pm in the Siskiyou Room at the Community Development and Engineering Offices located at 51 Winburn Way, Ashland, Oregon, 97520.
Commissioners Present: Council Liaison
Rich Rohde Dennis Slattery - Absent
Gina DuQuenne  
Linda Reppond SOU Liaison
Erin Crowley None appointed at this time
Tom Gunderson  
Heidi Parker Staff Present:
Jackie Bachman  
  Liz Hamilton, Permit Technician
Commissioners Not In Attendance Brandon Goldman Senior Planner
Joseph Tomlin  
Sarah Spansail  
Approval of Minutes
Commissioners Linda Reppond/Tom Gunderson m/s to approve the minutes, as corrected, of September 26, 2019. Voice Vote: All Ayes. Motion passed
Public Forum  - None
OHRA - Winter Shelter Update
Ken Gudger and Michelle Arellano of Options for Helping Residents of Ashland (OHRA), presented an update on the winter homeless shelter program, their operations, and the organizations general budget. 
Commissioners Jackie Bachman / Linda Reppond  m/s that after examining the facts and figures relating to the operation of the winter shelter, the HHSC discussed and agreed to recommend that the city council identify a sustainable city funding source to support OHRA and the ongoing success of the winter shelter. Voice Vote: All Ayes. Motion passed
CEAP Presentation
Stu Green, Conservation Specialist, presented information about the City’s Climate and Energy Action Plan.  (See Attachment A)
2019 Buildable Lands Inventory Update  (see attachment B)
Brandon Goldman, Senior Planner, presented information about land availability and housing capacity for future development within the City and Urban Growth Boundary.  Goldman further presented information regarding population projections changing demographics, and housing characteristics within the City.”
Commissioners Linda Reppond / Jackie Bachman m/s to recommend to City Council the approval of the Resolution to update the Buildable Land Inventory (BLI) technical report as referenced in Appendix A of the Comprehensive Plan.  Voice Vote: All Ayes. Motion passed
Housing Forum Debrief
Jackie Bachman – felt forum went well with good conversations.  Wished it had been better attended. 
Gina DuQuenne – feedback was that it needs to happen more often.
Rich Rohde – reflection on social media was favorable.
Erin Crowley -  wants rental price gouging to be a topic that is worked on for the future
Review and Approval of Annual Update to the City Council
The Commission reviewed the draft update, and recommended changes to the layout and removal of the education section. Rich Rohde and Erin Crowly will present the update to the City Council.
Liaison Reports discussion
Council (Dennis Slattery)  - Absent
Staff:  Linda Reid provided email from Kendrick for commission to see.
General Discussion:  Rich Rohde discussed the proposed Jail Levy and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) recommendations (see Attachment B). Jackie Bachman announced the open house for the winter shelter will be at 5:30 Oct 30.  Commissioners discussed asking Pam Phan from the Oregon Community Alliance of Tenants (OregonCAT) to come to the upcoming Commission’s Retreat and talk more about rental issues, Senior housing, and future direction for the Commission.
Upcoming Events and Meetings
Next Housing Commission Regular Meeting November 21, 2019 4pm Siskiyou Room
              Commission Retreat December 17, 2019  3:30 – 6:00  Ashland Hills Inn
Adjournment:   Rich Rohde adjourned the meeting at 6:10p.m.  
Respectfully submitted by Liz Hamilton

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