CPSH Comments - Draft Dallas Housing Plan

Feel free to send your comments to Councilmember Atkins.

From: CPSH (Creating Home for Adults w/ IDD)
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2018 5:29:22 PM
To: tennell.atkins@dallascityhall.commaria.salazar2@dallascityhall.com
Cc: Beverly Davis; Cindy.Crain@mdhadallas.org
Subject: Comments on draft Dallas Housing Plan

Councilmember  Atkins,

I had the pleasure of attending the Fair Housing Partnership Forum on April 12, 2018.

Your offer to collect comments on the draft Dallas Housing Plan prompts this email.

I am the founder and president of COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING, a charity that works with families, service providers, and all levels of government to create safe, affordable, community-based housing options for people with disabilities who are at risk for institutionalization.  There are over 28,000 citizens in the City of Dallas with a disability and at least one self-care difficulty.  (2016 American FactFinder)

My comments are focused on the population I serve and others in Dallas with housing needs. I would like to see the following added to the Housing Plan:

  • Deliberate approach to address the housing needs for no income, very low income and low income citizens (under $36,000/year income) and priority of funding to address these needs first.
  • Focus on housing needs for citizen at risk for homelessness as well as citizens currently homeless.
  • Create and fund a position that serves as a City of Dallas Housing Ombudsman for the citizens with yearly income under $36,000
  • Direct Dallas Housing Authority to collaborate with UT Arlington to complete an area Rent Study to statistically compare Small Area Fair Market Rent with Competitive Market Rent. Assess results to understand whether the results should be sent to HUD with a request to increase SAFMR.
  • Direct Dallas Housing Authority to provide public status of all efforts to increase housing for no income, very low income and low income citizens and other initiatives.  Collaborate to increase HUD funding for Dallas. (Proposals to decrease Federal HUD funding should not deter from planning to request and increase in funds.)
  • Collaborate with property owners to fix the issues that prevent them from wanting tenants who are low income.

I would be delighted to meet with you to discuss these further. I have been involved in each one of these topics in the DFW area as part of my advocacy work for people with disabilities.

Thank you for this opportunity to provide comments.

Best regards,  
Robin LeoGrande, President  

COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING
214-632-8115