Wednesday, May 28, 2014

So Many Face Palms

Federal dollars will no longer be available to fund a day laborer site in Thousand Oaks, so the City Council will be asked Tuesday night to have general fund money cover the bill.
For 11 years, the city has been qualified to use Community Development Block Grant money for expenses at the site on Royal Oaks Avenue.
Work by the city’s contractor to coordinate activities at the site was classified as code enforcement, which aligned the work with construction work and other improvements in Old Town West. It was “complementary actions to address deterioration in the neighborhood,” according to a report prepared for the council.
With the improvement work now complete, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has alerted the city that as of June 30, it can no longer use the block grant money.
City staff is asking the council to approve $36,000 for July 1 through Dec. 31. The money will pay for a contract with Cyrus Urban Inter-Church Sustainability of Oxnard, a faith-based, nonprofit that monitors activities at the day laborer site.

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