LA County housing commission seeks public input before spending $44M

Los Angeles County housing officials today asked for input from residents in unincorporated areas on how to spend about $44 million in community development and housing funds.

The money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is designated for low- and moderate-income areas and individuals, but it can be used for a range of purposes, such as child care or low-interest business loans, according to Elisa Vasquez of the Community Development Commission.

The commission will hold a series of five public meetings from Sept. 14 to Sept. 28 to take public input. Most of the money will benefit unincorporated areas of the county, because incorporated areas get their own HUD grants.

About $1 million of the total is designated for temporary shelter for the homeless during cold and wet winter months.

A pool of more than $12 million can be used for housing rehabilitation, first-time homebuyer programs or construction in low-income neighborhoods.

The balance, about $30 million, may be used for a wide range of items, including services for senior citizens, child care programs, graffiti removal, low-interest business loans or street and sewer repairs, said Vasquez.

Residents, community organizations and local interest groups will be surveyed about needs in their neighborhoods and how they would like to see the money spent.

Here's a rundown of the meeting, all of which start 6 p.m.:

Those unable to attend may submit comments until Oct. 28 via email to Raymond.Webster@lacdc.org, by fax to (323) 890-8595 or by mail to the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles, CDBG Division, 2 Coral Circle, Monterey Park, 91755.