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Poll: Does Menlo Park Need a Housing Department?

City’s Housing Department on the Chopping Block.

Menlo Park’s City Council is discussing the termination of the city’s housing department to reduce operating costs. 

The California Supreme Court said the governor can close the state’s redevelopment agencies earlier this year, a decision which will cost the city about $3 million.

Council discussed ways to offset that cost Tuesday night during their regular meeting. They did not take action, and will meet again in five days to continue studying the issue. 

Sandy B January 26, 2012 at 07:26 AM
Does anyone expect to find reasonably priced housing in Menlo Park is the question.
Elidia Contreras January 26, 2012 at 08:50 PM
They do need a housing dept. ONLY if they are hoping to help Menlo Park residents in need of housing services. If they are not willing to help, then I don't see this department as a necessity.
Alan Dale Brown January 27, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Belle Haven is low income; most people seem to think that area is part of East Palo Alto. I guess it depends on how effective the department has been in exercising its duties.
A. Lee January 31, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Would we lose the following, if there were no Housing Dept.? City of Menlo Park Affordable Housing Programs: Housing Rehabilitation Loan Programs Emergency Repair Loan Program (ERL) Below Market Rate Housing Program (BMR) Purchase Assistance Loan (PAL) for first-time home buyers Additional Housing Programs and Resources: Includes affordable rental housing, fair housing services, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and more. Additional Affordable Housing Programs and Resources in the Area Sources for Finding Rental or For-Sale Housing in Menlo Park
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) January 31, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Good question, A. The last service you've listed will probably remain available. But the future of the first five are in the balance. I would like to be able to say with certainty that non profits would swoop in to provide those services.

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