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Disbursement of Housing Funds

 

May 18, 2021

Councilmember LaCava
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Council President Campbell
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Whitburn
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Montgomery Steppe
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Von Wilpert
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Cate
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Campillo
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Moreno
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Elo-Rivera
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Mayor Todd Gloria
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101

 

Dear Mayor and Members of the San Diego City Council,

 

Even though the San Diego Housing Commission is an agency of the San Diego City government, it conducts its business with very little oversight or even attention from the City Council, City Attorney, or the Mayor’s office.

We are paying attention and expect the San Diego Housing Commission’s disbursement of $83,000,000 in rent relief funds to be a just and transparent process. The disbursement of these rent and utility bill relief funds must be fair and in keeping with the spirit for which they are intended.

To that end, the NAACP San Diego Branch Housing Committee has the following questions:

  1. Beyond the SDHC website, what is being done to reach out to those who need help (and encouragement) to apply? We are especially concerned about those in Black and brown neighborhoods, those with special needs, and those without computers, cell phones, or Wi-Fi.
  2. The completed application is a public record and there are individuals and families who, because their housing is unstable, do not want such information made public.  How will the agency address this concern?
  3. What oversight is in place to make sure that discrimination does not occur? 
  4. Will records be kept regarding the age, race, sex, special needs, and other characteristics of the recipients, and will those records be made available for inspection?
  5. Who from the City will be watching to ensure that all HUD and Fair Housing Regulations are followed?
  6. What policy is used to decide who receives these funds?   It is important to consider AMI (Area Median Income) AND tenant location to ensure funds are not overused on high-end rental properties in coastal areas.
  7. What are the grounds for the denial of funds? Who makes that decision?
  8. What is the timeline from application to a check to the landlord?
  9. How does the City protect itself?  Does it have a Pandemic Rent Relief Agreement to document the completed application, payment, and mutually agreed upon rent reduction? This agreement would be provided by the City contact handling the file and signed between the landlord and tenant after the application receives payment approval.

 

We are aware of the SDG&E/ Ash St. debacle that occurred in part because no one was “minding the store.” The time is now for the City Council to act to make sure all of the $83,000,000.00 is disbursed appropriately and in a just and fair manner-with integrity!

Yours truly,

Derrick Luckett, Housing Committee Chair
NAACP San Diego Branch

 

PO Box 152086
San Diego CA 92195

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