California Redevelopment Law (section 33334.2) requires a redevelopment agency to set aside at least 20% of all tax increment generated from the project areas for the purpose of increasing, improving and preserving the community's supply of low- and moderate-income housing. The Economic Development Department is charged with administering this program on behalf of the Hesperia Community Redevelopment Agency.
Activities carried out by staff are directed at enticing private and public sector affordable housing investment within the City's Redevelopment and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) target areas.
The Economic Development Department develops, manages and promotes programs and projects that improve the City's housing stock and provide affordable housing opportunities. Several affordable housing programs, including the Energy Efficiency and Minor Home Repair Program (CDBG-EEMR) Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program (CDBG-HRLP), Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program and Sewer Connection (HRLP-SCP) and numerous rental housing projects.
The Department provides initial on-going subsidies to affordable rental housing projects within city limits. These affordable housing projects are targeted to very low, low and moderate-income persons. The Department also contemplates participation in developer-based proposals for affordable housing projects throughout the year.
In December 2007, the Department created the Redevelopment Foreclosure Remediation Implementation Program (RDA FRIP) and approved the use of $12.5 million of Housing Fund moneys to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed homes in Hesperia, $2.5 million of which were previously authorized in 2006 for use in the Township Area. The funds will be used for the acquisition and rehabilitation of foreclosed and vacant properties.
Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board
The City of Hesperia's contracted Fair Housing service provider is the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board, a non-profit, public benefit corporation that has served San Bernardino County and parts of Riverside and Imperial Counties in Southern California since 1980. Funded by numerous grants and awards, IFHMB serves as an intermediary to assist individuals in resolving issues related to housing discrimination, homeownership sustainability, rental complaints, and disputes in court through the provision of resource recommendations, education, and mediation. Located in the City of Ontario with satellite offices in San Bernardino, Victorville, Barstow, Indio, and El Centro, California, IFHMB assists thousands of individuals each year through its numerous programs at no charge to the consumer.
Fair Housing Information / Useful Links
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- The Seven Access Requirements
- HUD Reasonable Accommodations
- HUD Reasonable Modifications Q&A
- Civil Rights Act of 1866
- The Fair Housing Act as Amended
- The Community Reinvestment Act of 1977
- The Equal Credit Opportunity Act
- Limited English Proficiency
- Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995
- Housing for Older Persons Act Q&A
- Housing Advertisement Guidelines
The National Fair Housing Alliance website contains legal resources, reports, research, links to government agencies, public service announcements, and fair housing videos.