As a result of a ruling by the California Supreme Court, Redevelopment Agencies and their associated funding were eliminated statewide as of February 1, 2012. The elimination of Redevelopment funding, combined with simultaneous reductions in federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Section 8 housing assistance programs, has resulted in the loss of over $1,000,000 in annual funding which the City of Redondo Beach had relied upon in the past to provide a variety of improvement programs.
In response to this funding crisis, the City of Redondo Beach reduced staffing and eliminated the following programs and activities:
Deferred Payment Loan Program – A low interest home improvement loan program for qualifying low income homeowners – ended February 1, 2012;
Handyperson Program – Less extensive home repairs for qualifying low income homeowners – ended February 1, 2012;
Commercial Rehabilitation Program – a shared funding program for storefronts – ended February 1, 2012.
The end of these long-standing assistance programs was unavoidable due to the severity and the immediacy of the funding reductions -- cities were required to take action by the State imposed deadline of February 1, 2012.
The City, under the CDBG program, will continue to support the Mobility Access/Emergency Repair Program. This program provides emergency home repair services to low income and disabled Redondo Beach homeowners. Under the emergency repair component, the program provides eligible homeowners with critical emergency repairs. Eligible repairs are those necessary to correct health and safety hazards. Repairs are restricted to electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, replacement of hot water heaters, and heating repair. Under the Mobility Access component, the program provides special repairs for disabled homeowners such as installation of grab bars and access ramps. A grant of up to $5,000 is available based upon individual need and program guidelines. Please download the FLYER and APPLICATION for more information. Contact Damien Delany for any questions about this program at 310-408-5052.
In terms of the Section 8 Housing Assistance Program, the City is in the process of implementing a restructuring plan with reduced staffing in order to operate the City’s Housing Authority within available federal funding levels. While service levels will be affected (reduced hours, etc.) no households currently receiving Section 8 Housing Assistance will be displaced.
The January 17, 2012 Administrative Report provides additional information related to the elimination of Redevelopment funding and reductions in CDBG and Section 8 funding levels.
January 31, 2012 Agenda