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    10.    
City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 05/23/2017  
Submitted By: Sylvia Salas-Ruff, Executive Assistant

SUBJECT:
DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY RELATED TO THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE COMMUNITY-BASED TRANSITIONAL HOUSING GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATION
RECOMMENDATION:
Adopt a Resolution entitled:  A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHINO HILLS AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER, OR HIS DESIGNEE, TO APPLY FOR GRANT FUNDING FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND COMMUNITY-BASED TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM AND CONDUCT ALL NEGOTIATIONS, CERTIFYING THE PROJECT IS CONSISTENT WITH THE GENERAL PLAN AND DETERMINING THE PROJECT IS EXEMPT FROM CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT (CEQA) PURSUANT TO CEQA GUIDELINE SECTION 15301 EXISTING FACILITIES CLASS 1
BACKGROUND/ANALYSIS:
Providing released offenders with transitional housing services in tandem with support services that include, but are not limited to, employment counseling, job training, and continuing education, can reduce recidivism and help these individuals transition into productive roles in their communities.  It is the state’s interest to increase the supply and sustainability of transitional housing for ex-offenders by establishing the Community-Based Transitional Housing Program (Program) to be administered by the California Department of Finance.  The Program provides an incentive for cities and counties to support facilities that provide released offenders with community-based services by making $25 million available to qualified applicants.
 
In order to be eligible for up to $2 million in Program grant funding, the city must partner with a facility operator that provides community-based transitional housing and support services.  The Program grant provides 60% to the city and 40% to the facility operator.  The city can use Program grant funding for public safety enhancements within the vicinity of the facility, community outreach and other community based activities the city believes will improve community-facility relations.  The facility operator can use grant funding for start-up and ongoing costs for operation of the facility, enhancing the security of the facility and its premises, and community outreach. 
 
The City of Chino Hills has identified Boys Republic as a suitable facility operator with which to partner for the Program.  Boys Republic is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian school and treatment community founded in 1907 for troubled youngsters.  Boys Republic also provides transitional housing for adults ages 18-21 that were previously on probation and in placement.  Transitional housing participants live in a subsidized apartment setting while practically applying life skills, gaining job experience and completing a vocational program including culinary, landscaping and masonry training.
 
 

As a condition of eligibility for receiving Program funds, the City must provide support for the facility in the form of conditional use permits or other local entitlements.  The attached resolution identifies: Boys Republic’s inclusion in the City of Chino Hills General Plan, as unique institutional resource; various approved building permits; and recognition of the transitional housing facility in the City’s 2006-2015 Housing Element as support for the Boys Republic facility and its transitional housing program.
 
The City will seek $2 million in Program grant funding.  The City has identified $1.2 million in public safety enhancements and Boys Republic representatives have identified $800 thousand in start-up and ongoing costs associated with their vocational training program.  City staff will take the lead in developing a Program application and will coordinate with Boys Republic representatives and the City’s grant consultant, Blais and Associates, to develop a competitive Program application.
ENVIRONMENTAL (CEQA) REVIEW:
This proposed action is exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (California Public Resources Code §§ 21000, et seq.; “CEQA”) and CEQA regulations (14 California Code Regulations §§15000, et seq.) because it establishes rules and procedures to implement government funding mechanisms: does not involve any commitment to a specific project which could result in a potentially significant physical impact on the environment; and constitutes an organizational or administrative activity that will not result in direct or indirect physical changes in the environment. Accordingly, this action does not constitute a “project” that requires environmental review (see specifically 14 CCR § 15378(b)(4-5)).
 
FISCAL IMPACT:
There is no fiscal impact associated with this action.
 
REVIEWED BY OTHERS:
None.
Attachments
Resolution - Grant

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