2009 Council Announcements

April 21, 2009


City Council Announcements

April 21, 2009


A.    Information Needed by Council Staff

1. The Council office has received paperwork from the Administration regarding a grant the City will receive from the 2009 Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  In order to receive this funding, it is necessary to amend the City’s 2005-2010 Consolidated Plan applicable to the federal housing and community development programs administered by the City.  The Administration is recommending that the Council hold a public hearing on May 5, 2009 to receive public comment and consider adoption of a resolution to amend the Consolidated Plan.

The Administration notes:

A.    The City will receive a grant in the amount of $1,680,347 from the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the new Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program.

B.    The purpose of the grant is to provide assistance to:

1.    Households that would otherwise become homeless, and

2.    Rapidly re-house persons who are homeless.

C.    The proposed amendment to the Consolidated Plan will state the HPRP funds will be used for addressing homeless needs and include homeless goals for the grant.


Would the Council like to receive a briefing from the Administration?   Council Members said the paperwork they received in their packet was adequate.


Additional background information regarding the City’s Consolidated Plan is provided below.

A.    The 5-year Consolidated Plan is required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for all jurisdictions receiving annual federal assistance entitlements.

B.    The City's Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Division is responsible for implementation and administration of the Plan.

C.    The City’s 2005-2010 Consolidated Plan includes the planning and application processes for the following programs:

1.    Community Development Block Grant (CDBG),

2.    HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME),

3.    Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA),

4.    American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI), and

5.    Emergency Shelter Grant Program (ESG).



D.    The period of time covered by the Consolidated Plan is from July 2005 through June 2010.

E.    The five year Consolidated Plan is the means by which Salt Lake City makes application for the five federal assistance programs, establishes goals, objectives and strategies used to administer the federal grant programs, and directs expenditure of the funds to benefit its very low-, low- and moderate-income residents and communities.

F.    The Plan reflects a coordinated effort between local nonprofit entities, private organizations, and residents to create a strategic plan of action that will revitalize the City and deliver essential services to its residents, integrating the physical, social, economic, environmental, educational, and human development aspects of the community.

G.    A new 5-year Consolidated Plan will be created next year through a comprehensive public process



APRIL 21, 2009


A.    Information Needed by Council Staff

Councilmember Simonsen has expressed interest in attending the APA Design Workshop in Chicago, Illinois from June3 – June 4.  The workshop is designed to address Urban Design Guidelines and Urban Design Review, providing an opportunity for those who develop, administer, and enforce design guidelines to learn how to use design codes and guidelines to improve urban design.  Presenters include Jonathan Barnett and William Gilchrist.

The registration cost for attendance at the workshop is $340, if registration is completed by May 12.  Per Council Policy, since this is not a regularly budgeted conference, this announcement has been prepared to request the support of the Council for Councilmember Simonsen’s registration and travel be paid with the Council travel budget.

Is the Council supportive of Councilmember Simonsen participating in the conference, and using the funds from the travel budget?  All Council Members were in support of Councilmember Simonsen attending the APA Design.


Ms. Gust-Jenson said Council staff would be trying to set up some briefings on the Public Safety Building very quickly.  She said that needed to be done before next Tuesday.  She said Cindy Harris would be working with the Council Members and right after that it was likely that the Administration would offer the Council an opportunity to have a budget preview.  She said if the Administration made that opportunity available that would need to be put together quickly, too.