The City of San Leandro recently sent out this letter to community members:
March 6, 2009
Dear San Leandro Resident or Interested Party:
The City of San Leandro invites you and your neighbors to attend a community meeting on local housing issues. The meeting will be held at City Hall's South Offices Conference Room (835 E. 14th Street) from 6:30-8:30 PM on Wednesday March 18, 2009.
The purpose of this community meeting will be to discuss proposed policies for meeting San Leandro's affordable housing needs during the next five years. We are seeking your input on these policies as part of a year-long process to update the San Leandro Housing Element, the state-mandated plan addressing affordable housing and housing conservation in the city.
An introductory meeting op.this topic was held in June 2008. Since last summer, staff has collected and analyzed data, met with community members and housing providers, and held work sessions with the City Council and Planning Commission on housing issues. Through this process, new policies and priorities have been identified. The March 18 workshop provides an opportunity for residents to weigh in on these policies before formal Planning Commission and City Council hearings take place later this Spring.
The current San Leandro Housing Element was adopted in 2003. The Plan guides City decisions on new housing construction and rehabilitation, affordable housing development, first-time homebuyer programs, housing for seniors and others with special needs, and fair housing practices. State law requires that an updated Housing Element be adopted by the City Council and submitted to the State Office of Housing and Community Development by June 30, 2009. State certification is an important prerequisite for affordable, housing funds, grants, and other programs that benefit San Leandro residents.
Please visit http://www.ci.san-leandro.ca.us/CDPlanHousElement.asp for more information. We look forward to seeing you on March 18.