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Human Services and Housing Funding Board#

Prior to April 20, 2021, the Human Services and Housing Funding Board was called the Community Development Block Grant Commission.  Older records (documents) will appear under the name Community Development Block Grant Commission.  [Ordinance No. 049, 2021]

Meeting Schedule and Location#

Due to COVID-19, Boards and Commissions are allowed and encouraged to hold meetings remotely via Zoom. Please see the posted agenda for meeting details.

2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. | View meeting schedule
Meeting Location: 222 Laporte Avenue, Colorado River Room (Please confirm meeting location based on the posted agenda).

Miscellaneous Info#

Current Members & Term Expiration Dates#

December 31, 2022 - Josh Johnson (Chair), Steve Backsen, Ethnie Treick, Elizabeth Gillette, Erma Woodfin

December 31, 2023 - Pat Hastings, Michael Kulisheck

December 31, 2024 - Christine Koepnick

December 31, 2025 - Olga Duval (Vice-Chair)

Council Liaison:
Tricia Canonico

Staff Liaison:
Adam Molzer 

Duties#

The Human Services and Housing Funding Board advises the City Council on matters pertaining to the City's Competitive Process which includes funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Human Services and Housing Funding Board (HSHFB) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) Program, and the City's Affordable Housing Fund (AHF) and Human Services Program (HSP). HUD provides federal grant funds to the City to meet affordable housing and community development needs of low and moderate income people. The City receives about $1.5 million from HUD and just under $1 million from the General Fund annually. Program funds are typically used for housing, human services, and community development programs, projects, and activities.

Recommended Qualifications#

  • A special interest in the needs of low-income persons, and in big picture social sustainability efforts within the community.
  • An understanding of the dynamics of people in poverty.
  • A non-prejudicial world view, especially in regarding to economic class or legally protected groups of people.
  • An appreciation for the role and work of affordable housing providers and human services agencies.
  • Ability to work in team with others to make reasoned, objective funding recommendations representing the policies and directives of City Council.
  • A special interest in or sensitivity to the needs of persons with disabilities.

Time Commitment#

3 hours per month, except March and April, which require approximately 15 - 20 hours each. More hours may be required in September as well. Several meetings may be canceled each year, due to lack of pressing agenda items.

The main spring meetings commitment is critical to Human Services and Housing Funding Board membership, and usually takes place the last week of March through late April. It involves three - five night meetings, each lasting 4 to 5 hours during that period, plus significant time dedicated by the Board members to independently review and evaluate upwards of 50 funding proposals (approximately 15-30 hours). In the rare occurrence that a fall funding process takes place, two additional meetings will be held, one in September and one in October. The final meetings of the funding process is Deliberations, which takes place in late-April (October in the fall), and may last up to 4-5 hours. Board members are expected to fully engage in the funding process, attend the meetings, and entirely complete their independent reading and evaluation assignments.