Goleta Seeks Input on Housing and Public Service Needs

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Source: City of Goleta

The City of Goleta has been awarded $230,558 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) upcoming 2021-2022 program year. The programs and activities being carried out with the annual funding are included in the City’s 2021-2022 CDBG Action Plan. The City is conducting a 30-day public review period from April 2 - May 3, 2021, where the community can review the draft Action Plan available here on the City website and provide input. The final Action Plan will be considered by the City Council at its May 4, 2021, meeting, and will be submitted to HUD by the annual May 15 deadline.

Claudia Dato, Neighborhood Services & Public Safety Senior Project Manager said, “The City is very pleased to be an ongoing recipient of CDBG funding which allows us to provide important services to our low-income population. Among the awards for the coming year is a grant to provide essential medical and dental services to low-income residents and the homeless at the Goleta Neighborhood Clinic on Calle Real and the Goleta Dental Clinic on Kinman Avenue, both operated by Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics.”

The City is grateful to have been a HUD award recipient since 2004. These grant funds are intended to help communities accomplish HUD's overall goals by carrying out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, engaging in economic development, and providing important services of benefit to low-income residents, seniors, disabled individuals, and the homeless, in addition to other targeted populations. The CDBG program is principally targeted toward assisting low- and moderate-income persons.

Each year the City prepares an Action Plan that includes one-year goals and objectives, and funding allocations for activities to be carried out in the coming program year. The City of Goleta predominantly relies on nonprofit organizations to help carry out the goals of its CDBG Program. To allow for this, the City awards grant funds on a competitive basis to organizations that are considered grant subrecipients under the City's CDBG Program.

Community participation is at the forefront of the City’s housing and neighborhood services strategies, planning, and implementation. The CDBG program requires that community members, particularly persons of low- and moderate-income, minorities, and persons with disabilities, be given an opportunity to participate in an advisory role in the planning and implementation of the CDBG program.

Please visit http://tinyurl.com/GoletaCDBG to review the draft Action Plan during the 30-day public review period (April 2 – May 3, 2021). The public is encouraged to share any comments and input with Senior Project Manager Claudia Dato at cdato@cityofgoleta.org or 805-961-7558.

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Becky Apr 06, 2021 09:36 PM
Goleta Seeks Input on Housing and Public Service Needs

If only our elected officials and the government employees showed as much common sense and long-term thinking as the above comments. We've already outgrown our carrying capacity (the ability to live within our local environmental means), and we need to stop growing. It's past time to tell Sacramento that we won't take our share of the increasing population because the population needs to quit increasing. I have lived here for 50 years, and am appalled every time I see yet more "rack 'em, pack 'em, and stack 'em" condos and apartments crammed into every available open space. If we wanted to live in a crowded city, we would have moved there. We wanted to live in uncrowded suburban surroundings, so we moved here. Quit ruining it by making it more and more dense please.

a-1617728757 Apr 06, 2021 10:05 AM
Goleta Seeks Input on Housing and Public Service Needs

We moved to Goleta to get out of the urban traffic and crowding that has afflicted Santa Barbara. Hopefully Goleta will live within its resources and fix the existing roads, bike lanes, parks and other infrastructure before burdening us with more more more homes and people. The lack of middle class homes doesn't mean we need to squeeze tiny units into existing family neighborhoods, causing cars to park along curbs (rather than driveways and garages which have been converted to AUD), crowded schools and parks and more misery. And where's the water going to come from for all this squeezed in population?

PitMix Apr 06, 2021 07:19 AM
Goleta Seeks Input on Housing and Public Service Needs

If the world's population is continuing to grow, and the US is a desirable place to live, especially the coastal areas, then we will need more housing. If you stop building, you just make it unaffordable for everyone but the rich and doom poor people to a 1.5 hr commute each way to their jobs. Someday we will have to make a hard choice about how our nation will look in 100 years.

Basicinfo805 Apr 05, 2021 08:11 PM
Goleta Seeks Input on Housing and Public Service Needs

Goleta - here's my advice, stop building. There's already way too much housing here. It's absolutely unsustainable to build more for anyone - single families, homeless, or otherwise. SB has gone down the tubes big time and I'm glad I don't live there anymore, but if Goleta keeps building homes like it has for the past decade or so it's a recipe for disaster.

RHS Apr 05, 2021 06:18 PM
Goleta Seeks Input on Housing and Public Service Needs

The city should learn to live within its resources. The idea that growth is needed is ultimately self-destructive. We will continue to chase our tail until we learn about sustainable life.

bosco Apr 05, 2021 11:30 AM
Goleta Seeks Input on Housing and Public Service Needs

It's not just low income that needs help. Middle income families are struggling. There needs to be more single family homes as workforce housing. Enough foreign investors and wealthy retirees. Businesses here are struggling to hire and retain professionals because of the high cost of housing.

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