HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION COMMITTEE

JANUARY 23, 2006

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Convened: 3:37 p.m.

Adjourned: 4:29 p.m.

 

Present were:       Chairperson Councillor Barbara G. Haller

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Michael C. Perotto

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Gary Rosen

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Also:†††††††††††††††††††† Director of Neighborhood & Housing Development Dennis Hennessy

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Head Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk

 

Communications of the City Manager

 

1.†††††† Relative to September 2003 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM September 9, 2003

Recommend File

 

2.†††††† Relative to October 2003 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #35 CC October 7, 2003

Recommend File

 

3. ††††† Relative to December 2003 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #25 CC December 2, 2003

Recommend File

 

4.†††††† Relative to January 2004 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM January 6, 2004

Recommend File

 

5.†††††† Relative to February 2004 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #38 CC February 3, 2004

Recommend File

 

6.†††††† Relative to March 2004 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM March 9, 2004

Recommend File

 

7.†††††† Relative to April 2004 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report

††††††††† #53 CC April 6, 2004

Recommend File

 

8.†††††† Relative to May 2004 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM May 4, 2004

Recommend File

 

9.†††††† Relative to June 2004 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report

††††††††† #8A CM June 1, 2004

Recommend File

 

10.†††† Relative to July 2004 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM July 6, 2004

Recommend File

 

11.†††† Relative to August 2004 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM September 7, 2004

Recommend File

 

12.†††† Relative to September 2004 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM October 12, 2004

Recommend File

 

13.†††† Relative to November 2004 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM November 16, 2004

Recommend File

 

14.†††† Relative to December 2004 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM December 14, 2004

Recommend File

15.†††† Relative to January 2005 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CMJanuary 11, 2005

Recommend File

 

16.†††† Relative to February 2005 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM February 8, 2005

Recommend File

 

17.†††† Relative to March 2005 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM March 8, 2005

Recommend File

 

18.†††† Relative to April 2005 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

†††† #8A CM April 5, 2005

Recommend File

 

19.†††† Relative to May 2005 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM May 3, 2005

Recommend File

 

20.†††† Relative to June 2005 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM June 14, 2005

Recommend File

 

21.†††† Relative to July 2005 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM July 19, 2005

Recommend File

 

22.†††† Relative to August 2005 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

#8A CM August 16, 2005

Recommend File

 

23.†††† Relative to September 2005 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM September 6, 2005

Recommend File

 

24.†††† Relative to October 2005 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM October 11, 2005

Recommend File

 

25.†††† Relative to November 2005 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

#8A CM November 15, 2005

Recommend File

 

26.†††† Relative to December 2005 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM December 6, 2005

Recommend File

 

27.†††† Relative to January 2006 Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Report.

††††††††† #8A CM January 10, 2006

Recommend Hold

 

28.†††† Relative to the City of Worcester's Land Use Buildout Analysis.

††††††††† #18D CM October 15, 2002

††††††††† In Committee for Informational Purposes Only

††††††††† In Committee July 2, 2003 - Held

Recommend Hold

 

Chairmanís Order request City Manager to provide City Council with an update of the most recent annual Executive Order 418 Certification plan.

 

29.†††† Relative to State HOME funds and Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC).

#18A CMDecember 3, 2002

In Committee July 2, 2003 Ė Held

Councillor Haller was recused on a roll call 2-0 and left the chamber.

Recommend File

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Chairmanís Order request City Manager to provide City Council with a status report concerning the Standish Apartments.

 

30.†††† Relative to Worcester Colleges and Universities.

††††††††† #18F CMDecember 17, 2002

††††††††† In Committee July 2, 2003 Ė Held

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to provide the City Council with an update to the City Manager Communication dated December 17, 2002 relative to Worcesterís Colleges and Universities and the tracking of college students living off-campus. This update should include what is the predicted population for students living off campus over the next 3 years, any future plans for students living off campus, what impact will students living off campus have on the displacement of the cityís non-student residents and the cityís ability to provide housing for its displaced residents.Further to update the list of Colleges to include the Salter School and Curry College.

 

31.†††† Relative to an update and initiatives on the City Housing Policies.

††††††††† #17D CM†† June 17, 2003

††††††††† In Committee July 2, 2003 Ė Held

Recommend Hold

 

32.†††† Relative to the City of Worcesterís Action Plan for Implementation of Key Housing Policy Goals.

††††††††† #17K CM August 12, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

33.†††† Relative to Grand Opening of the NeighborWorks Homeownership Center of Worcester.

††††††††† #17A CM February 24, 2004

Recommend File

 

34.†††† Relative to the Cityís NeighborWorks Home Ownership Center.

††††††††† #17A February 8, 2005

Recommend Hold

 

Speaker Ė Peter Fellenz, Executive Director of Worcester Community Housing Resources

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to provide a report to the City Council concerning the current financial pressures on homeownership due to increasing interest rates on mortgages, changes in credit card minimum payment rules, energy costs, predatory lenders and any other influences that may be affecting Worcester from reaching itís goals of increasing and retaining homeownership.

 

35.†††† Relative to the College Hill Neighborhood Plan.

††††††††† #17D CM March 9, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to provide a status report on the South Worcester Neighborhood Plan and the College Hill Neighborhood Plan with regard to city council approval.

 

36.†††† Relative to Revised Neighborhood Plans Dissemination Strategy.

††††††††† #17B CM May 18, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

37.†††† Relative to Neighborhoods Revitalization Strategy Area Plan.

††††††††† #17D CM May 18, 2004

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to provide the City Council with an updated report of the NRSA and the roll-out of the five strategy areas that have been designated across the city.

 

38.†††† Relative to HUD Faith-based and Community Organizations Initiative.

††††††††† #17B CM March 30, 2004

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to provide the City Council with an update of the available dollars from the HUD and Faith-based and Community Organizations grant.

 

39.†††† Relative to Changes and Programs Instituted at the Worcester Housing Authority.

††††††††† #29A CM April 27, 2004

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the city Manager to contact the Executive Director of the Worcester housing Authority concerning their current and planned initiatives to improve the quality of life for their residents.

 

40.†††† Relative to the reissuance of Request for Proposals (RFPs) for ten (10) City-owned Tax Title properties.

††††††††† #17B CM November 16, 2004

Recommend File

 

41.†††† Relative to the City of Worcesterís Housing Policy.

††††††††† #8C CM November 30, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

42.†††† Relative to Customer Service Plan received from Worcester Housing Authority.

††††††††† #29A CM January 4, 2005

Recommend File

 

43.†††† Relative to a new Home Improvement Loan Program.

#17A CM April 26, 2005

Recommend File

 

Other Items

 

44.†††† Order of Councillor Konstantina B. Lukes Ė Request the Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Committee to consider changes to tenant/landlord laws when reviewing the Cityís Housing Policies.

††††††††† #15h CC June 17, 2003

††††††††† In Committee July 2, 2003 - Held

Recommend Hold

 

45.†††† Chairman's Order from the Standing Committee on Land Use - Request the Standing Committee on Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization to review the concept of establishing a master waiting list for housing as opposed to the current situation wherein tenants place their names on the lists at many different agencies for housing.

††††††††† #26 CC October 29, 2002

††††††††† In Committee July 2, 2003 - Held†††

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to provide a list of all the principal developers of owner occupied housing in the city including the nonprofits to use as tool to contact them and ask what barriers they may see in future housing development and to testify of their experiences with the city of Worcester and how it can be improved.

 

Next Meeting to focus on Worcesterís Housing Policy and invite the members of the NeighborWorks Homeownership Center.