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Regular meeting of the Common Council


A Regular meeting of the Common Council will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers at City Hall, 108 East

Green Street, Ithaca, New York. Your attendance is requested.
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4. SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS: 4.1 Presentation of Quarterly Employee Recognition Award

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5. SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS BEFORE COUNCIL: 5.1 Presentation from Youth Council 5.2 Reports of Municipal Officials

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8. CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS: City Administration Committee: 8.1 Human Resources Request to Amend Authorized Budget for a Safety Grant -

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Resolution 8.2 Department of Public Works (DPW) Parking Division - Amendment to

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Personnel Roster - Resolution

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9. PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: 9.1 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan Adoption HUD Entitlement Program - Resolution 9.2 Adoption of the

Draft 2019 Action Plan HUD Entitlement Program - Resolution 9.3 Proposed Planned Unit Development Application-Park Grove Realty and Cayuga
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Medical Center-Common Council Conditional Approval Resolution 9.4 Approval of E- Scooter Pilot Program - Resolution 9.5 Resolution Supporting New

York State (NYS) Emergency Tenant Protection Act
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(ETPA) of 1974

Common Council Meeting Agenda June 5, 2019 Page 2 10. CITY ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE: 10.1 Adoption of the Ithaca Green New Deal - Resolution 10.2 A

Resolution Authorizing the Issuance of 2,669,000 Bonds of the City of Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York to Pay the Cost of Certain Capital Improvements in In and for said City 10.3 City Controller s Report
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13. INDIVIDUAL MEMBER FILED RESOLUTIONS: 13.1 Alderperson Murtagh - Ithaca Common Council Resolution Supporting

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Reproductive Rights 13.2 Mayor Myrick - Establishment of the Salary for the Acting Police Chief -

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14. MAYOR S APPOINTMENTS: 14.1 Appointment to Community Life Commission Resolution

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18. MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS: 18.1 Approval of the May 1, 2019 Common Council Meeting Minutes Resolution


If you have a disability that will require special arrangements to be made in order for you to fully participate in the meeting, please contact the

City Clerk at 274-6570 at least 48 hours before the meeting.
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Out of consideration for the health of other individuals, please refrain from using perfume/cologne and other scented personal care products at City

of Ithaca meetings. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
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This meeting can viewed via livestream on https://ithacany.viebit.com/

______________________________ Julie Conley Holcomb, CMC, City Clerk Date: May 30, 2019

8. CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS: City Administration Committee: 8.1 Human Resources Request to Amend Authorized Budget for a Safety Grant - Resolution

WHEREAS, the City applied for and received an Occupational Safety and Health Training Education Program Grant from the New York State Department of Labor in the amount of 12,435; and
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WHEREAS, the grant will run until July 31, 2019, and provide City staff with various safety training, including, but not limited to confined space,

trenching, excavation, lockout/tagout, hazard communications and work zone safety; now, therefore be it
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RESOLVED, That Common Council hereby amends the 2019 Authorized Human Resources Budget to account for the 12,435 Safety and Health Training and

Education Program Grant from New York State as follows:
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Increase Revenue Account: A1430-3489 NYS Aid Health 12,435

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Increase Appropriations Account: A1430-5435 Human Resources Contracts 12,435

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8.2 Department of Public Works (DPW) Parking Division - Amendment to Personnel Roster - Resolution WHEREAS, the Director of Parking is continuing to

assess and realign staffing to most effectively address operational needs; and
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WHEREAS, the Director of Parking is recommending the elimination of a maintenance position and the addition of a parking lot attendant position; and

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WHEREAS, a current employee is interested in changing from a maintenance position to a parking lot attendant position; now, therefore be it

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RESOLVED, That the Personnel Roster of the Parking Division of the Department of Public Works be amended as follows:

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Unfund: One (1) Building and Grounds Maintenance Worker Fund and increase to full-time: One (1) Parking Lot Attendant

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; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the above changes shall be funded within the existing budget.

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9. PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: 9.1 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan Adoption Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Entitlement Program -

Resolution WHEREAS, in the Fall of 2003, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) notified the City that it qualified as an Entitlement Community and it would be receiving an annual allocation of HUD funds through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program; and
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WHEREAS, in order to access these funds, the City is required to undertake a public input process and prepare a Consolidated Plan, which identifies

priority community development needs for the City of Ithaca, every five years; and
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WHEREAS, the City s fourth Consolidated Plan is required to be submitted to HUD by June 16, 2019; and

WHEREAS, under the terms of the February 14, 2013 agreement between the City of Ithaca and the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA), the City has

designated the IURA as the Lead Agency to develop and administer the Consolidated Plan on behalf of the City; and

WHEREAS, the Consolidated Plan may only be adopted by the City of Ithaca after it has undergone a 30-day public comment period and been the subject

of two Public Hearings; and
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WHEREAS, the first Public Hearing was held before the IURA on March 28, 2019, and the second Public Hearing was held at the Planning and Economic

Development Committee of Common Council on May 8, 2019; and
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WHEREAS, the IURA adopted the draft Consolidated Plan at its April 18, 2019 meeting and recommended that Common Council approve it; and

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WHEREAS, the 30-day public comment period for the Consolidated Plan ends on May 31, 2019; and

WHEREAS, any additional public comment received will be incorporated into a revised draft version of the Consolidated Plan; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Common Council of the City of Ithaca hereby adopts the draft Consolidated Plan, dated April 18, 2019; and, be it further

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RESOLVED, That the Common Council authorizes the Mayor, subject to review by the City Attorney, to execute certifications and any other documents

necessary to submit the Consolidated Plan to HUD.
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City of Ithaca, New York

2019-2023 Consolidated Plan Draft for Public Review

Prepared by Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency 4/18/2019

Amended 5/8/2019

per input from Planning Economic

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Development Committee

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sarahm Typewritten Text Back-Up Item 9.1

Executive Summary

ES-05 Executive Summary - 24 CFR 91.200(c), 91.220(b)

1. Introduction

The City of Ithaca has a valuable resource that many communities do not. As a U.S. Department of

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement community, Ithaca receives HUD dollars to

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dedicate to affordable housing and other community development projects, with a focus on

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increasing opportunity for people with low-to moderate-incomes (LMI). In the past five years, this

funding has helped Ithaca leverage other resources for new construction of affordable housing, both

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rental and homebuyer, like 210 Hancock Street; filled the gaps on qualified projects, such as the

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renovation of our local domestic violence shelter; and, in relatively unusual cases, provided the bulk

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amount for an entire project.

Ithaca is a busy small city -- a strong, regional employment center with two thriving institutions of

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higher education. People from across the region and the globe come to Ithaca for work, study, or

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both. In turn, Ithaca has become a vital hub with access to employment; educational and

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enrichment opportunities for people of all ages; exquisite natural areas and well-maintained green

spaces proximate to City neighborhoods; and robust public facilities and public services that

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strengthen the quality of life for City residents. These characteristics and economic opportunities

also put pressure on Ithaca s housing market, creating scarcity and unaffordability. Even as

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affordable rental and for-sale housing has been newly constructed or preserved through

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rehabilitation and repair (all prioritized activities in our previous Consolidated Plans), housing at

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every level of affordability continues to be voiced as a major need.

Purpose: This plan s purpose is to guide the next five years use of HUD entitlement funding in the

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City of Ithaca. It is the City s fourth Consolidated Plan. Through the consolidated planning process,

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community members have given input about the housing and community development needs in

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Ithaca. Community leaders, committees, organizations, and subject-matter experts have been

consulted. Quantitative data has been analyzed. Together, these sources of information create a

comprehensive picture of the ways in which HUD funding could be deployed to help meet these

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needs. This plan discusses and prioritizes the needs that have been identified; evaluates past

performance; surveys existing resources; and updates past goals. It outlines possibilities for future

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action and aligns these prospective actions with goals, to ensure we focus on meeting the

community s most pressing needs.

Note on Terminology: HUD often shortens Consolidated Plan to Con Plan. This report will avoid

that terminology, however, to prevent confusion with a similar-sounding plan, the City of Ithaca s

Comprehensive Plan, or, Comp Plan.

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2. Summary of the objectives and outcomes identified in the Plan Needs Assessment


The Consolidated Plan outlines goals that will be pursued over the next five years to address

identified community needs. CDBG and HOME programs advance the following statutory objectives,

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for the principal benefit of low-and moderate-income households:

Provide decent, safe, and affordable housing (CDBG) Create suitable living environments (CDBG) Expand economic opportunities (CDBG) Expand the supply

of decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing (HOME)
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The City has established the following local goals for this Consolidated Plan period, which reflect the

needs identified by the community and support the above-named statutory objectives.

Improve and Expand Affordable Housing Options

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There continues to be an acute shortage of affordable housing in the City of Ithaca. The City s 2017

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Assessment of Fair Housing found 53 of all City households were cost-burdened, with 36 severely

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so. (Source: American Community Survey 2010-2015). To address this need, the City will support

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projects that increase the total supply of affordable units of all types and the affordability of existing

units, and will improve the condition of existing affordable units.

Develop Economic and Employment Opportunities

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Ithaca is highly-educated community with a low unemployment rate. This creates a very difficult

dynamic for low-and moderate-income community members who do not have specialized skills or

advanced educational attainment. To address this need, the City will provide direct loans and

support technical assistance to businesses to create jobs; support entrepreneurship training and

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technical assistance; and support initiatives that provide career-readiness training, job placement,

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skill development, and on-going post-placement support.

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Remove Barriers to Opportunity

The opportunities of our community should be accessible to all its residents, regardless of residents

particular physical or socio-economic characteristics. Where barriers exist, they should be removed.

To address this need, the City will seek to increase transportation options; will support residential

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and public physical accessibility improvements; support early childhood, senior, and homeless

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programming; and services to immigrants.

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Strengthen Neighborhoods

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For our City to thrive as a whole, each of its constituent parts must have the adequate resources and

infrastructure to meet the needs of its residents and support their aspirations. To address this need,

the City will support physical improvements to streets, parks, recreational facilities, public buildings,

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and transportation systems for the benefit of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods; support

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necessary repairs and improvements housing stock, both rental and homeownership; and support

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programs that facilitate homeownership.

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Meet Essential Needs for Food, Shelter, and Safety

Ithaca s most vulnerable, at-risk populations require public services and public facilities that will

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meet basic human needs for food, shelter, and safety. To address this need, the City will support

programs that prevent homelessness; improve access to health care; ensure safe living

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environments; and/or increase awareness and utilization of existing community resources in these

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Affirmatively Further Fair Housing

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The City s 2017 Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) analyzed data in order to identify local factors that

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contribute to local fair housing issues and lack of access to opportunity. The AFH identifies seven

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fair housing goals, with associated timelines and milestones, to guide the City in promoting fair

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housing. The City will support projects which promote fair housing. Projects could include

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strategies to address displacement caused by gentrification, disparity in opportunity, housing

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problems (as defined by HUD), enforcement, or otherwise support fair housing.

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Priority Needs

HUD asks all entitlement communities to identify their Priority Needs during the consolidated

planning process. The table below lists Ithaca s Priority Needs for the next five years. Any of the

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items listed as a Priority Need whether its priority level is high or low -- is eligible for CDBG

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funding. If, after the Consolidated Plan is created, a new need should emerge, it may be added

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through the amendment process.

Table 1 Priority Needs


Code Priority Need Priority

Level Associated Goals

Code Key: AH = Affordable Housing ED = Economic Development PF = Public Facilities PF = Public Infrastructure PS = Public Services

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1 AH Production of New Units High Improve Expand Affordable Housing Options

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2 AH Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) High Improve Expand Affordable Housing Options

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3 AH Homeowner Rehab/Repairs High Improve Expand Affordable Housing Options

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4 AH Accessibility Improvements High Improve Expand Affordable Housing Options

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5 AH Transitional Housing High Improve Expand Affordable Housing Options

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6 AH Permanent Supportive Housing High Improve Expand Affordable Housing Options

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7 AH Affordable Homeownership High Improve Expand Affordable Housing Options

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8 AH Rental Rehab/Energy Efficiency High

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Improve Expand Affordable Housing Options

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9 ED, AH, PF Childcare Centers Low Develop Economic Employment Opportunities; Remove

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Barriers to Opportunity

10 ED Job Creation Entrepreneurship High Develop Economic Employment Opportunities; Remove

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Barriers to Opportunity

11 ED Job Readiness Placement High Develop Economic Employment Opportunities

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12 PF Public Facilities High Strengthen Neighborhoods

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13 PF Emergency Shelter High Meet Essential Needs for Food, Shelter Safety

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14 PF Domestic Violence Shelter Low Meet Essential Needs for Food, Shelter Safety

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15 PF Health Facilities Low Meet Essential Needs for Food, Shelter Safety

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16 PF Blight Removal High Strengthen Neighborhoods

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17 PI Public Infrastructure High Strengthen Neighborhoods

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18 PI 2017 AFH-Identified Goals for City of


High Affirmatively Further Fair Housing; Remove Barriers to

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Opportunity; Meet Essential Needs for Food, Shelter, and Safety

19 PS Information Referral High Meet Essential Needs for Food, Shelter, and Safety

20 PS Immigrant Services High Meet Essential Needs for Food, Shelter, and Safety

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21 PS Transportation Services High Remove Barriers to Opportunity

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22 PS Code Enforcement High Meet Essential Needs for Food, Shelter, Safety

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23 PS Landlord/Tenant Counseling High Meet Essential Needs for Food, Shelter, Safety

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24 PS Youth Services Low Meet Essential Needs for Food, Shelter, Safety; Develop

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Economic Employment Opportunities; Remove Barriers to

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25 PS Homeless Services Day Programming Low Meet Essential Needs for Food, Shelter Safety

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26 PS Senior Services Low Meet Essential Needs for Food, Shelter Safety; Remove Barriers

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to Opportunity

27 PS Mental Health Substance Abuse Services Low Meet Essential Needs for Food, Shelter, Safety

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28 PS Domestic Violence Services Low Meet Essential Needs for Food, Shelter, Safety

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3. Evaluation of past performance

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The 2014-2018 Consolidated Plan included specific objectives intended to address community needs

identified during the planning process. These objectives and their associated outcomes to date

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appear in Table 2, below. Since the 2014 Consolidated Plan s final program year (2018-2019) runs

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concurrently with the creation of the 2019 Consolidated Plan, outcomes continue to develop as the

2019 plan is created. As required by HUD, IURA documents all outcomes on a yearly basis in the

report known as the CAPER (Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report). Final outcomes

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for the 2014-2018 Consolidated Plan cycle will be available in the 2018-2019 CAPER. Moreover,

CAPERs for the previous Consolidated Plan period may be accessed on the Ithaca Urban Renewal

Agency s website under the Reports link on the left-hand navigational bar. See


Some projects anticipated in the last Consolidated Plan did not materialize. Others had longer

timelines than anticipated due to their scale, complexity, or unanticipated barriers. For example,

the 2015 Spencer Road Sidewalks project is just wrapping up as the 2019 Consolidated Plan is

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developed. IURA Staff monitors all projects, and records results achieved into HUD s Integrated

Disbursement and Information System (IDIS).

Table 2, Past Performance of 2014 Consolidated Plan Specific Objectives

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Specific Objectives1 Performance

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Units (as of


Affordable Housing Objectives

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New construction - Rental housing Assisted units 35 21

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New construction - Homeowner3 Assisted units 10 9

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Repair or rehabilitation - Homeowner4 Assisted households 250 168

First-time homebuyers5 Assisted households 5 1

Tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA) Assisted Households 250 328

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1 This table (Table 1) ties to the objectives identified in the 2014 Consolidated Plan s Strategic Plan Overview (SP-05) on pp. 74- 75. Additional

goals created through the Annual Action Plans are fully reported on in CAPERs. 2 This column documents outcomes achieved by the end of the 2017 Program Year (and reported in the 2017 CAPER). The 2018-2019 Program Year is the fifth year of the 2014-2018 Consolidated Plan and concludes on 7/31/2019, at which time further outcomes will be available. 3 For-sale to homebuyers 4 Owner-occupied units 5 Direct financial assistance, usually in the form of down payment assistance
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Transitional housing6 Assisted beds 25 0

Economic Development Objectives

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Job creation or retention Jobs 40 347

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Job readiness8 Persons assisted 250 168

Job training placement Persons assisted -- 299

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Micro-enterprise assistance Businesses assisted 3 13

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Public Facilities Infrastructure Objectives

Improvements to Public Facilities Beneficiaries


5,026 30,720

Public Services Objectives

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Public Services that help meet essential needs for food,

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shelter, and safety

Persons assisted 2,925 2,317

4. Summary of citizen participation process and consultation process

The IURA conducted significant outreach and consultation with citizens, neighborhood groups, non-

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profits, and government agencies to determine community needs and establish Plan priorities. In

accordance with the City s approved Citizen Participation Plan, outreach consisted of both meetings

with neighborhood residents and consultations with professionals and practitioners in fields related to

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community development.

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Criteria for selecting meeting places included convenience and accessibility to the neighborhoods served

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by the IURA. Meetings were advertised in accordance with the City s Citizen Participation Plan.

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Neighborhood Public Input meetings were held as follows:

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1/17/2019, 6:00 p.m., Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green Street

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1/23/2019, 5:30 p.m., Greater Ithaca Activities Center, 301 W. Court Street

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1/24/2019, 12:00 noon, Common Council Chambers, City Hall, 108 E. Green Street

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1/28/2019, 5:00 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room, City Hall, 108 E. Green Street

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