Yorba Linda Leaders Split Community Development Grant Money – Orange County Register

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Residential rehabilitation, nutrition for the elderly, and compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations will benefit from Yorba Linda’s acceptance of federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant program for the fiscal year beginning on 1st of July.

A unanimous vote by city council at an April 5 meeting outlined proposed spending for an anticipated $258,530 in program funds that is administered by the federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Some $90,000 in rehabilitation grants will go to qualified property owners for general property improvements and repairs to meet local codes, standards and ordinances as part of the city’s Neighborhood Improvement Program.

Grant applications are available at the City’s Community Preservation Division counter at City Hall. More information on owner qualification is available by calling 714-961-7181.

Another $38,779, or the maximum 15% utility allowance allowed by grant guidelines, will be used to pay for a portion of the operating costs of the city’s Seniors Meal Program which now operates as a Meal Week Frozen Meal Pickup at the Community Center.

Distribution is currently scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays at the center, although days and times are subject to change (call 714-961-7181 for more information and to verify days and times) . The suggested donation is $3 for those 60 and over and $5 for others.

Improvements in the Americans with Disabilities Act relate to public property. Senior Community Preservation Officer Mary Lewis reported to council that several sidewalk ramps are not up to date with ADA requirements, and $78,045 will help offset compliance costs.

And 20% of the total grant amount will go to administrative tasks, such as development, management, coordination and monitoring. This $51,706 will be divided equally between the city and the county.

The city has used some $5 million in federal program funds since 2003. The grant program was developed under the Nixon administration and implemented during Ford’s tenure.

If Yorba Linda had decided not to participate in the program, the funds the town received would have gone to the county, which would have distributed them to other towns in the county using a competitive process, according to Lewis’s report.

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City Council plans to consider a resolution opposing an initiative currently in the statewide signature collection stage regarding the establishment of local taxes and revenues collected by cities for municipal operations, with action currently scheduled for an April 19 session.

Well-funded supporters of the Taxpayers and Government Accountability Act are seeking signatures to put the initiative on the November 8 midterm election ballot. The councils of La Habra, La Palma and Cypress have already passed resolutions in opposition.

Jim Drummond is a long time resident of Yorba Linda. He gives his opinion on local issues every week. Email jimdrummond@hotmail.com.


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