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11.18.20 HAB PacketCITY OF BOULDER HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD MEETING AGENDA DATE: November 18, 2020 TIME: 6 PM LOCATION: Zoom Meeting – link posted day of meeting 1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL / 6:00 p.m. 2. AGENDA REVIEW 3. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION / 6:05 p.m. a. Open comment 4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES a. October 28, 2020 – See Attached 5. MATTERS FROM THE BOARD / 6:10 p.m. a. Discussion on Keeping Families Housed and other efforts – Informational Item o Julie Van Domelen, Executive Director, Emergency Family Assistance Association (efaa) o Sarah Buss, Supportive Housing Unit Manager, Boulder County Housing & Human Services b. Committee and project liaison reports o Joint Committee on the Unhoused (Nogg) o Tiny Homes (Juilland, Palmos) c. Annual Letter to Council – See Attached d. New business o Board Commitment and Participation (Pitts) 6. MATTERS FROM STAFF / 8:40 p.m. o Hotline – are Board members getting these emails? 7. DEBRIEF MEETING AND CALENDAR CHECK / 8:50 p.m. 8. ADJOURNMENT / 9:00 p.m. Informational Item: updates and education; no action to be taken Feedback: discussion of board processes and items of interest; may result in action Input: discussion and comments to shape staff work on housing issues, projects and policies; no action to be taken Decision: Vote on board processes, work plan, agenda items, etc. Recommendation: Vote on the board’s input to city council For more information, please contact the HAB Secretary at 303.441.4134, or via Email at marinc@bouldercolorado.gov. Board agendas are available online at: https://bouldercolorado.gov/boards- commissions/housing-advisory-board. Please note agenda item times are approximate. HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD Summary Minutes: 10/28/20 Virtual (Zoom) BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Charlotte Pitts, Chair Masyn Moyer, Vice Chair Judy Nogg Jacques Juilland Terry Palmos BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: Juliette Boone Danny Teodoru Sarah Silver, ex-officio STAFF PRESENT: Jay Sugnet Corina Marin 1. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL Pitts declared a quorum at 6:00 p.m. 2. AGENDA REVIEW • Moyer motioned to amend tonight’s HAB packet to include “dissent” letter. • For November listening session Moyer would like to add board member participation to discuss equitable labor. • Pitts would like to amend this agenda to add Masyn’s document to 5A. • Pitts would like to include white paper for safe parking. 3. APPROVAL OF 09/23/20 MINUTES • Pitts motioned to approve. Nogg seconded. Approved-Unanimous. 4. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION None 5. MATTERS FROM THE BOARD A. Committee and project liaison reports: Joint Unhoused Committee white paper on tiny homes: • Pitts recommended board provide time during HAB meetings to discuss any reports submitted from Joint Committees to allow HAB opportunity for feedback and make a formal recommendation to city council. Unanimous agreement. • Nogg clarified the Joint committee Report is complete and considered a white paper. Each board can move forward with their own recommendation. • Juilland recommend that committees put together reports with expected outcomes and allow opportunity for HAB to review prior to anything that will be submitted to city council. Unanimous agreement. • Palmos recommended committee identify location(s) for tiny home development. Determine if board would like to focus on a village or existing lots (zoning modifications). This can help address equity issues. • Juilland recommended creating a proposal on how council can support a tiny home community in Boulder, and can address zoning, or community benefit allowances, etc. Unanimous agreement. • At this time, no board member has identified any location in Boulder. • Moyer requested safe parking data be tracked. Wide variety of models pursued by nonprofits - consider endorsing. • Pitts motioned HAB Chair draft clarifying email to city council to detail standing of both reports. Moyer seconded. Approved 4-1. Nogg opposed. B. Letter to Council • Board agreed letter does not require additions/changes. C. November Listening Session on Housing Insecurity • Moyer recommended board consider tabling listening session until 2021. Palmos motioned board move housing insecurity listening session into 2021. Pitts seconded. Unanimous approval. D. New Business • Renters committee: Moyer volunteered to be primary point of contact and will put together proposal of this role. Board to vote at next meeting to approve. • Occupancy limits: Emerging issues - does HAB want to encourage council to respond to Gov. Polis executive order on occupancy limits surrounding COVID-19? Board agrees that each board member can reach out to council individually in these types of situations. Unanimous agreement. 6. MATTERS FROM STAFF • Sugnet gave update on the Governor’s Executive Order on evictions. • Sugnet informed HAB that early recruitment to appoint new board member for 2021 is set to begin on Dec. 17. HAB recruitment application will be sent to HAB for opportunity to review. Deadline for feedback due to staff Friday, Nov. 13. 7. DEBRIEF MEETING AND CALENDAR CHECK 8. ADJOURNMENT: 8:26 p.m. APPROVED BY _________________________________ Board Chair _________________________________ DATE 1 Dear City Council, Thank you for your tireless work through a very difficult year. The Housing Advisory Board hoped to start the year by participating in the Addressing Homelessness Bus Tour and planning community listening sessions that would supplement Council’s work to address housing issues. Although HAB’s meetings were suspended for March, April and May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings have since resumed. What worked well for the Housing Advisory Board in 2020? 1. The Board was pleased to host two listening sessions in 2020. In February, HAB hosted one session on Tiny Homes (see link to report here) and another in November on the subject of Housing Insecurity (see link to report here). The goal of the second listening session was to provide a forum for the community to share their experiences and policy concerns. The session began with a presentation by staff about the services and support available to those who are struggling with varying levels of housing insecurity. The presentation followed with an opportunity for community participation. In addition to establishing a space for residents to voice their thoughts, our hope was to provide participants with clear and helpful information about how to get immediate help for their problem. Moreover, staff was available to help connect participants to services if they had a unique situation that could not be resolved by the resources provided during the presentation. 2. Additionally, we’re happy to have kicked off the Unhoused Joint Committee with the Human Relations Commission. The committee is composed of 2 members from HAB and 2 members from HRC. The Committee has convened each Sunday since August. What did not work well for the Housing Advisory Board in 2020? 1. As outlined in HAB’s role on the city website, the Board is empowered to “develop and recommend, with community input, innovative approaches to accomplish the city's housing goals, including tools for preserving existing housing.” Despite the Board’s intended role, the majority of the Board feels that the City Council has not adequately utilized the Board’s passions, skills, and expertise in pursuit of research, ideas and policy solutions. The members of HAB were appointed by you, City Council members, to“advise the city council and city manager on housing issues, strategies, goals and policies” and we hope to harness our collective desire to support Council’s work on housing moving forward. 2. We further encourage Council to communicate more readily with HAB about issues relating to housing. In 2020, there was little communication between Council and HAB, which left us to 2 devise suggestions and approaches for Council to consider without formal solicitation. We are concerned that the council is neither utilizing nor communicating with HAB because of political consideration; happenings at City Council meetings in 2020 illustrate how certain politically- active groups received more attention than HAB on topics directly related to housing. Policy disagreements should not hinder the role that HAB plays in advising on housing issues, both urgent and long-term, and informing Council’s housing policy discussions. As the official body tasked with these responsibilities, we encourage you to better communicate with HAB and utilize the expertise and advice we can provide in order to develop effective solutions for our community. Suggestions for Council’s 2021-2022 Housing Work Plan Beyond addressing immediate housing concerns triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, HAB has outlined a list of ideas for Council to consider including in its 2021-2022 work plan: Short Term Goals (COVID-related): a. Build upon Governor Polis’s temporary rental late fees and eviction moratorium and extend them through 2021 b. Revisit residential occupancy limits in the context of COVID-19, the Governor’s recent executive orders and long term issues raised by community members c. Examine cooperative efforts with non-profits and faith-based communities to implement Safe Parking Lots for the duration of COVID-19 Long Term Goals a. Pilot Tiny Home Village in collaboration with local non-profit organizations b. Consider reallocating a portion of the City’s current budget for law enforcement to the Boulder Housing and Human Services Housing First initiatives We look forward to collaborating with City Council in the coming year in order to address our community’s housing needs and work towards greater health and happiness in our city. Thank you all very much for your continued service, Boulder Housing Advisory Board