Tuesday, May 21, 2013

City Council Approves Homeless Housing Plan

MOVING FORWARD FOR HOMELESS
At the very brief Costa Mesa City Council meeting Tuesday night the three members of the council in attendance - Wendy Leece, Sandra Genis and Gary Monahan - approved the proposal by staff authorizing the team of Mercy House/Wakeland Housing and the use of  up to $500,000 in HOME funds.  You can read Jill Cowan's coverage of the issue in the Daily Pilot, HERE.  This decision will be sent to the the federal Housing and Urban Development department for review and approval.  Upon the receipt of that approval the approved team will proceed to identify suitable locations for supportive housing homeless in our city.

ARMSTRONG HIRING CONFIRMED
Among the other items discussed during the meeting was Assistant CEO Rick Francis' announcement of the selection of Gary Armstrong as the Economic and Development Director/Deputy CEO - previously discussed on this blog last Friday.  He will start to work for us on June 10th.

SHORT AND SWEET
Leece ran an efficient meeting, finishing at 7:00 p.m. sharp.  I missed my target by 30 minutes.  Darn.  The next council meeting will be the Budget Study Session on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 4:30 in Council Chambers.

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