On Monday's city council agenda is discussion to sign a Cooperative Agreement with DeKalb County. The purpose of this agreement is to allow the City of Dunwoody to apply for Community Development Block Grants.
And what is the purpose of these grants? "to expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons" and focuses on "providing decent housing, a suitable living environment".
The first mayor/council did not sign the agreement in 2011because they felt the DeKalb County could make the Grant decisions, not Dunwoody. In the newest memorandum on the topic our city staff says not true, that Dunwoody would have to sign off on any grants to be used for HUD or other type of housing grants.
So, do we rely on the city's legal staff and sign? Or, do we (council and mayor) not sign since the city does not qualify, allowing perhaps other cities to take advantage of this program?
Let your council and mayor know how you feel about signing an Agreement with HUD and DeKalb County today, before Monday night's meeting.
You can read more HERE.
And a final thought, why was staff attending a workshop detailing the requirements and application process for 2014 Community Development Block Grants? Whose idea was this? Or, was this one part of a workshop that had discussions of things actually relevant to Dunwoody?
The memo states Dunwoody as a city does not qualify for the grants. I know other parts of DeKalb may benefit from these grants.
Here's a piece at HuffPo on 'Moving to Opportunity'.
HERE'S a different opinion
And one more HERE.