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Housing and Human Services Advisory Committee (View All)

Housing and Human Services Commission Regular Meeting

Thursday, October 22, 2020

 Ashland Housing and Human Services Commission
October 22, 2020
Call to Order
Commission Chair Rohde called the Zoom meeting to order at 4:00 pm in Ashland, Oregon, 97520.
Commissioners Present: Council Liaison
Rich Rohde Dennis Slattery - ABS
Echo Fields  
Gina Duquenne SOU Liaison
Linda Reppond None appointed at this time
Heidi Parker  
Chris Mahan Staff Present:
Jackie Bachman Linda Reid, Housing Program Specialist
Commissioners Not In Attendance:  
Erin Crowley     
Tom Gunderson  
Approval of Minutes
Commissioners Heidi Parker / Chris Mahan m/s to approve the minutes of September 24, 2020 with one spelling correction. Voice Vote: All Ayes. Motion passed
Public Forum     None
Affordable Housing Trust Fund and CDBG Award Update
Linda Reid, Housing Program Specialist gave update that City Councilís award was consistent with the Commissionís recommendation with the exception of addition of $30,000 in Affordable Housing Trust funds to Maslow Project.  Linda let commission know which funds all the money came from.

Affordable Housing Trust Funds
Resource Total Amount Available Funds Pending Commitment Funds Committed Remaining Balance
Affordable Housing Trust Fund $216,986   $3,500-OHRA
OHRA-Winter Shelter     $48,500 $163,486
NWU     $43,500 $119,986
Maslow Project     $60,000  $59,986
Unitarian Church-Pallet Shelter Pilot Project     $4,100 $55,886

Homeless Covid Response Update
Linda Reid, Housing Program Specialist gave basic explanation of what funds money came from to help the homeless during COVID.
Cohoots Program Progress Update and Discussion
Rich Rohde, Commission Chair gives update on multiple organizations working together to form a county wide or multi-city coalition program like Cohoots.   The next step would be support from Ashland city council to invite experts to come and advise our community on how to move forward.  Commission discussion about what the Rogue Valley would need to start this program effectively and keep this on the commissionís agendas.
November and December Meeting Schedule Discussion
Commission discusses how they want to schedule Holiday time meetings and feels with the housing crisis after the Almeda fire that they should NOT skip the November meeting.
Discussion about Councilís Social Equity Resolution
Jackie Backman read the Bullet points of the Resolution.
Gina Duquenne wants to see a diversified commission to spearhead this resolution.        
General Announcements and Updates
Chris Mahan gave update on SOU students affected by fire, and COVID
Linda Reid gave update on Homeless taskforce item called MAST which identifies shelter capacities list.
Jackie Bachman said ORHA will give press release for Winter shelter.
Rich Rohde asked for volunteer to take over Chair position on the Commission. Erin Crowley will be resigning soon as well.
Upcoming Events and Meetings
                        Next Housing Commission Regular Meeting
November 19, 2020 4pm by Zoom
Adjournment:   Rich Rohde adjourned the meeting at 5:30p.m.  
Respectfully submitted by Liz Hamilton

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