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Feldman CDBG & HOME Recommendations PY07/08 to City of Somerville, MA


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Feldman CDBG & HOME Recommendations PY07/08 to City of Somerville, MA

  1. 2. <ul><li>January 1, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>The Honorable Mayor Joseph Curtatone </li></ul><ul><li>The Honorable Board of Alderpersons </li></ul><ul><li>James Kostaras, Director Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development </li></ul><ul><li>Somerville City Hall </li></ul><ul><li>93 Highland Avenue </li></ul><ul><li>Somerville, MA 02143 </li></ul><ul><li>Dear Honorable Friends, </li></ul><ul><li>Because of a lifelong interest in developing opportunities and resources for families, children, and adults with disabilities, I (a pianist and arts therapist) have also been privileged to serve as an advocate for people with disabilities for over thirty years. </li></ul><ul><li>This Recommendations Report FY07/08 CDBG Annual Action Plan is submitted with the aspiration to guide my friends in understanding the types of opportunities that can enrich many lives here in Somerville, available through the flexible Community Development funds of these HUD Programs (CDBG, HOME & ESG) </li></ul><ul><li>In Union Square alone, people with disabilities comprise a large proportion of the population. The American FactFinder 2000 Census maps Union Square as having between: </li></ul><ul><li>7.3 - 9.7 percent aged 5 - 20 with disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>14.5 - 18.2 percent aged 21 - 64 with disabilities; and </li></ul><ul><li>44.3 - 50.8 percent over age 65 with disabilities in over two-thirds of this small area, with a slightly lesser percentage in the other third (Source: Somerville, MA Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, Summary File 3). </li></ul><ul><li>Since these programs can also enrich the diversity capabilities of Somerville, and can help the increasingly older population &quot;age in place,&quot; my recommendations focus on inclusive priorities such as adaptations, accessibility, universal design practices, and usability as they relate to the three basic goals of these HUD Programs: Decent Housing, A Suitable Living Environment, and Expanding Economic Opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>The opportunity to weigh in with ideas about how to increase the welfare of low-income members of the community is truly priceless. Thank you very much. </li></ul><ul><li>Sincerely, </li></ul><ul><li>Eileen Feldman </li></ul><ul><li>Disabilities Commission Chair. & resident, Ward 3 </li></ul>
  2. 3. Table of Contents <ul><li>Introduction………………………………………………………….. 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Disability & Income, Somerville 2005………………………………. 3 </li></ul><ul><li>General Disability & Income, Selected Info…………………………. 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing Housing Options………………………………………… 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing Housing Options and a Vital Administrative Initiative… 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring Compliance, cont……………………………………… 7 </li></ul><ul><li>New Plans For Tomorrow-an idea for staying in place……………. 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a Suitable Living Environment…………………………….. 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Improving Transportation Infrastructure- GIS Mapping Project idea…. 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Public Facilities ADA Improvement- A Critical Need………………. 11 </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies for Programmatic and Communication Access……………. 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Access For All Can Be Achieved Step By Step……………………….. 13 </li></ul><ul><li>A Picture is Worth A lot of Words, #1………………………………… 14 </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding Economic Opportunities……………………………………. 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Opportunities idea: Bridging the Digital Divide …………. 16 </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding Economic Opportunities & Administrative Tools………… 17 </li></ul><ul><li>A Picture is Worth A lot of Words, #2…………………………………. 18 </li></ul><ul><li>Summary………………………………………………………………. 19 </li></ul><ul><li>APPENDIX ONE, Summary of 12/18/06 Public Meeting Comments….20 </li></ul>p. 1, Feldman CDBG FY07/08 Recommendations
  3. 4. “ The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program requires grantees to consider the needs of persons with disabilities in planning and carrying out activities financed with CDBG funds. Grantees need to report on the number of persons with disabilities that have benefited from certain types of activities…” (from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website.) HUD’s capacity and commitment to learn from, understand, and respond to the needs and potentials of people with disabilities grows stronger each year. Although Civil Rights legislation establishes the rights of adults and children with disabilities to be granted equal access to health, education, housing, employment and all municipal services, it is the spirit of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) that goes to the heart of the matter, calling upon us to consider how best to ensure the equal success of people with disabilities in all activities of life. An emerging understanding is that people with disabilities are more disempowered by attitudes of prejudice than by the actual conditions of certain illnesses, which create functional limitations. Like all people, the abilities of a person with physical, sensory, cognitive and/or mental impairments are potentiated by circumstances that engage those abilities and allow for their expression, enrichment, and enhancement. And the reverse is also true. Thus, it is appropriate for local entities to ask, “How will people with disabilities be directly affected by these plans?” and, “How can we ensure that people with disabilities will be most able to benefit from, participate in, and contribute to, the community’s CDBG activities?” HUD Programs are oriented toward such goals. Somerville’s Annual CDBG Action Plan for April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008 can be a strategic agent for maximizing the potentials of all community members. p.2, Feldman CDBG FY07/08 Recommendations
  4. 5. How much do CDBG/HOME/ESG Programs affect people with disabilities in Somerville? <ul><li>According to the 2005 Census, </li></ul><ul><li>At least 16.2% Somerville residents (who are not institutionalized, in college, or otherwise undocumented by Census collection ) have reported disabilities. * </li></ul><ul><li>Of People with disabilities in Somerville, </li></ul><ul><li>32.6% are below poverty level </li></ul><ul><li>Of People with no disability in Somerville, </li></ul><ul><li>14.1% are below poverty level </li></ul><ul><li>*2005 Census Findings : Out of the entire Somerville population, 5 years and older, </li></ul><ul><li>Members with one type of disability: 4.9 (M) + 1.6 (F) = 6.5%of total. </li></ul><ul><li>Members with two or more disabilities: 7.9 (M) + 1.8 (F) = 9.7% of total. </li></ul><ul><li>Sensory, physical and mental disabilities only reported. Presumably, people with cognitive disabilities are in group housing, and not represented by this particular survey. </li></ul><ul><li>See : </li></ul><ul><li>p. 3, Feldman CDBG FY07/08 Recommendations </li></ul>
  5. 6. How much do CDBG/HOME/ESG Programs affect people with disabilities in general? <ul><li>ESG Continuum of Care Programs: it is documented that at least 40% of persons served have severe disabilities (Source: Permanent Supportive Housing and Mental Health System Transformation: Key Elements in the Efforts to End and Prevent Homelessness presented at Ending Homelessness: Plan, Act, Succeed. The National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Meeting July 17, 2006 , report by Marti Knisley and Steve Day, The Technical Assistance Collaborative.). </li></ul><ul><li>People over age 15 with functional limitations* tend to be members of lower income households. Almost one out of five persons (19.8%) over age 15 with functional limitations have adjusted incomes of less than the poverty threshold, while only 12.2% of people with no functional limitations receive less than the poverty threshold amount. On the other hand, 34.1% of people with no functional limitations have monthly household incomes of more than four times the poverty threshold, but only 18.4% of people with limitations receive that amount. Note, however, that older people, who have higher rates of limitations, have lower incomes, explaining some of the relationship of income and limitations. (Source: ACCESS TO DISABILITY DATA, </li></ul><ul><li>*functional limitations is defined as : Difficulty in performing any of these activities: (1) seeing ordinary newspaper print (with glasses or contacts if normally used); (2) hearing normal conversation (using aid if normally used); (3) having speech understood; (4) lifting or carrying 10 lbs.; (5) walking a quarter of a mile without resting; (6) climbing a flight of stairs without resting; (7) getting around outside; (8) getting around inside; or (9) getting into and out of bed. </li></ul><ul><li>p.4, Feldman CDBG FY07/08 Recommendations </li></ul>
  6. 7. Increasing Housing Options <ul><li>“ Housing that is available and accessible to persons with disabilities is a cornerstone of America's disability policy -- from the Fair Housing Act to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Federal regulations and state initiatives have enabled people with disabilities to have access to public housing and greater opportunities to live in the home of their choice. And thanks to creative builders and universal design, people with disabilities can make any private residence accessible.” (from the New Freedom Initiative’s online resource for Americans with Disabilities.) </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 25% of CDBG funds and all of the HOME program are dedicated to Housing Projects. People with disabilities are directly affected by these programs, because, unless Community Builders are directly affected by disability, features of accessibility are not generally included in the planning, rehab., or construction process. Therefore, compliance with Section 504, FHA, and the ADA is of great value in CDBG and HOME-subsidized projects for people with disabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>MONITORING COMPLIANCE IN ALL CDBG PROGRAMMING, AND IN ALL HOME REHABILITATION AS WELL AS CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IS VITAL TO ENSURING THAT SOMERVILLE SERVES PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THROUGH THESE EFFORTS. </li></ul><ul><li>p. 5, Feldman CDBG FY07/08 Recommendations </li></ul>
  7. 8. INCREASING HOUSING OPTIONS- MONITORING COMPLIANCE <ul><li>Monitoring Compliance in all Programs, and with all Sub recipients of CDBG & HOME Funding, is a Vital Step Toward </li></ul><ul><li>Increase Integrated, Accessible, Affordable Housing Options </li></ul><ul><li>HOW CAN SOMERVILLE’S ADMINISTRATIVE OVERSIGHT BE IMPROVED? </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage the adoption of building codes at the local level that are consistent with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act. </li></ul><ul><li>Educate all sub recipients by including some or all of the following HUD materials to each Program Coordinator: the Fair Housing Act Design Manual , Homes for Everyone , Cost of Accessible Housing , and Residential Remodeling . </li></ul><ul><li>Create incentives for sub recipients and Community Builders to create accessibility right in the beginning planning stages- and to regularly update their Self Evaluations in order to transition older housing projects towards maximum feasible accessibility. </li></ul><ul><li>p.6, Feldman FY07/08 CDBG Recommendations </li></ul>
  8. 9. INCREASING HOUSING OPTIONS- MONITORING COMPLIANCE, cont. <ul><li>Section 504, FHA and ADA Monitoring is a Vital Step … </li></ul><ul><li>HOW CAN SOMERVILLE’S ADMINISTRATIVE OVERSIGHT BE IMPROVED?, cont. </li></ul><ul><li>Take responsibility in the procurement stage to ensure that accessibility is included in all budgeting and preplanning of HOME rehab and renovation projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize the HUD monitoring review checklist and Section 508 standards to ensure that all City HUD Programs are standardized to provide accessible program and communication features- such as providing program information in alternative formats. </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize the Region’s ADA & IT Technical Assistance Center: </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive Environments | 180-200 Portland Street, Suite 1 | Boston, MA 02114 1-800-949-4232 voice/tty 1-617-695-0085 voice/tty | fax: 1-617-482-8099 | email: </li></ul><ul><li>I urge you to adopt at least two of these strategies this year, and to continue to improve the compliance monitoring standards for all HUD-funded programs. This is the kind of step-by-step planning that will ensure success for all. </li></ul><ul><li>p.7, Feldman FY07/08 CDBG Recommendations </li></ul>
  9. 10. INCREASING HOUSING OPTIONS- NEW PLANS FOR TOMORROW: <ul><li>idea! Somerville Home Accessibility Program : </li></ul><ul><li>Somervillians who are catastrophically disabled, or in danger of losing the ability to stay in their affordable home or rental property due to decreasing mobility or other disability issues may need to equip their homes or rental apartments with special features, such as : </li></ul><ul><li>ramps; </li></ul><ul><li>extra-wide doors or passages; </li></ul><ul><li>stairlifts (not counting public elevators); </li></ul><ul><li>hand rails or grab bars (other than normal hand rails on stairs); </li></ul><ul><li>raised toilets; </li></ul><ul><li>levers, push bars, or special knobs on doors; </li></ul><ul><li>lowered counters; </li></ul><ul><li>slip-resistant floors, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>HOW ABOUT OFFERING A MODEST GRANTING PROGRAM TO HELP WITH THE PROCUREMENT AND/OR OUTFITTING OF THE HOME WITH THESE ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES? Include modest incentives for landlords in policy/program. </li></ul><ul><li>p.8, Feldman FY07/08 CDBG Recommendations </li></ul>
  10. 11. A SUITABLE LIVING ENVIRONMENT <ul><li>PUBLIC FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS- </li></ul><ul><li> IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE: </li></ul><ul><li>At the first Citizen participation meeting for this 07/08 cycle (December 18, 2006), ten citizen participants showed up to testify. Six people testified for the need for safer, more accessible streets and pedestrian routes (including sidewalks, curb cuts, and Pedestrian Talking Lights). Several mentioned the need for streetscape improvements to be thoughtful and lasting; one explicitly stated, “not just putting a little tar there.” </li></ul><ul><li>In FY06/07, $150,000 was added to the East Somerville Streetscape Improvement Project. Somerville Avenue is also slated for improvements. While construction is ongoing, there is a critical need for people with mobility and vision impediments to have information about alternate, accessible street routes; and, importantly, to be able to easily access their bus stops, so that they are not further impeded in transportation options. </li></ul><ul><li>It seems that the excellent 3-1-1 Program would be perfectly suited to create a more streamlined program for improving the streets of Somerville for all consumers. How about adding some state-of-the-art smart technology? See next page… </li></ul><ul><li>p.9, Feldman FY07/08 CDBG Recommendations </li></ul>
  11. 12. A SUITABLE LIVING ENVIRONMENT- Public Facilities Improvement Projects <ul><li>IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE, cont.: </li></ul><ul><li>idea! Somerville Integrated GIS Mapping Project </li></ul><ul><li>Using Integrated GIS Technology (allows for improved data collection and innovative planning techniques) and with public participation at its core, Somerville can specifically address various issues, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>access for blind pedestrians at street crossings, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wheelchair access to on-street parking, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>roadway design practices, slope, and terrain, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pedestrian & Wheelchair Access to sidewalks and streets, including crosswalks, curb ramps, street furnishings, pedestrian signals, parking, and other components of public rights-of-way. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ESTIMATED COST FOR PHASE ONE IMPLEMENTATION FY07/08: $100,000. </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage this program -apply by 12/07 to the FTA’s Public Transportation Participation Pilot Program (PTP) (see: </li></ul><ul><li>p.10, Feldman FY07/08 CDBG Recommendations </li></ul>
  12. 13. Public Facilities Improvement Projects, cont. <ul><li>PUBLIC FACILITIES ADA IMPROVEMENTS </li></ul><ul><li>This is a critical need in Somerville. </li></ul><ul><li>In Somerville’s ConPlan FY03-08, $200,000 were planned as “Critical needs” allocations for (10)Public Facilities ADA Improvements; and another $400,000 for “moderate and low priority” ADA Improvements. </li></ul><ul><li>Have any CDBG Funds since 2003 been used to plan and implement ADA/ACCESSIBILITY of PUBLIC FACILITIES? </li></ul><ul><li>By leaving the majority of Public Facilities inaccessible, the City institutionalizes exclusionary policies and practices. There is no grandfathering policy for City owned-and operated buildings. Structural barriers imply programmatic, communication, and policy barriers. </li></ul><ul><li>Many inaccessible City buildings are located in “low income” tracts. </li></ul><ul><li>The following two pages describe a step by step process that should be taken to address this extremely important agenda. This knowledge is widely disseminated by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights , and reiterated by HUD. </li></ul><ul><li>CDBG FUNDS ARE APPROPRIATELY USED TO EASE LOCAL ENTITIES FISCAL BURDEN TO COMPLY WITH THE ADA. PLEASE PRIORITIZE ACCESS IN THE FY07/08 CDBG Action Plan. </li></ul><ul><li>p11, Feldman FY07/08 CDBG Recommendations </li></ul>
  13. 14. Public Facilities ADA Improvement Project, cont. <ul><li>Strategies for Programmatic & Communication Access Include: </li></ul><ul><li>Modify physical structures. </li></ul><ul><li>Relocate services to accessible locations. </li></ul><ul><li>Enrich services, programs and activities with the addition of state-of-the-art assistive and adaptive technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Reach Out to Isolated Community Members with Creative Media & Alternative Formats. </li></ul><ul><li>The ADA TITLE II contains 5 Administrative Mandates: </li></ul><ul><li>Hire a knowledgeable ADA Coordinator, </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct a Self Assessment, </li></ul><ul><li>Make a Transition Plan, </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen Grievance Procedure is accessible and useable, and </li></ul><ul><li>Conspicuous posting of ADA Office and Grievance Procedure information in various formats and media. </li></ul><ul><li>The ADA & IT Resource Center (Adaptive Environments) has complete information about the ADA Coordinator’s job and other resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: e mail: info[at]AdaptiveEnvironments[dot]org </li></ul><ul><li>IF NOT NOW… WHEN? </li></ul><ul><li>Please see next page for a step-by-step Plan. </li></ul><ul><li>p.12, Feldman FY07/08 CDBG Recommendations </li></ul>
  14. 15. STRUCTURAL, PROGRAMMATIC and COMMUNICATION ACCESS FOR ALL CAN BE READILY ACHIEVED STEP-BY-STEP. ESTIMATED COSTS FY07/08: $120,000 p.13, Feldman FY07/08 CDBG Recommendations Achieve Accessibility Step By Step
  15. 16. p. 14, Feldman CDBG FY07/08 Recommendations A PICTURE IS WORTH A LOT OF WORDS
  16. 17. EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES <ul><li>According to the 2005 Census, 39.1% of people with disabilities in Somerville are working. </li></ul><ul><li>The primary impediments to employment for people with disabilities are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>exclusionary attitudes, which prevent simple accommodations from being envisioned and offered; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lack of accessible job training programs. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Primary impediments to employers in hiring people with disabilities are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>lack of information regarding what are reasonable and necessary accommodations; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>misunderstandings about the scope of accommodations needed. Often, the necessary accommodation is readily achievable; however, lack of communication on both sides prevents opportunities from becoming available. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Primary impediments to businesses becoming accessible are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>misunderstandings about the scope of readily achievable barrier removal; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lack of information regarding the tax incentives and free technical assistance programs offered by Federal and State programs to assist businesses in becoming structurally and communicatively accessible. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION SHARING IS KEY TO PROMOTING EQUAL OPPORTUNITY </li></ul></ul>p. 15, Feldman CDBG FY07/08 Recommendations
  17. 18. EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES <ul><li>idea! BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE- PARTNERSHIP FOR AN ACCESSIBLE DIGITAL JOB TRAINING CENTER IN SOMERVILLE </li></ul><ul><li>The digital revolution can be a catalyst in closing the participation gaps between people with and without disabilities in a desktop environment. Universally designed adaptive and assistive technologies are available, which offer a level competitive playing field for all talented individuals in a variety of fields, such as the arts, businesses, and social enterprises. Budding entrepreneurs can also reach for the stars in the digital marketplace. </li></ul><ul><li>How about granting a Partnership Initiative to incubate an Accessible Job Training Center in at least one of the low/moderate communities in Somerville? Low-English speakers as well as people with disabilities are especially likely to benefit from such an economic initiative. </li></ul><ul><li>An accessible Community Digital Training Center can provide the link to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>job training, computer skills building, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>expanded education opportunities, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased self-sufficiency. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ESTIMATED CDBG FUNDING FOR FY07/08 Incubation Phase: $30,000 </li></ul></ul>p. 16,, Feldman CDBG FY07/08 Recommendations
  18. 19. EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES <ul><li>SELECTED ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS TO ENSURE EQUAL ACCESS and CATALYZE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL </li></ul><ul><li>When Section 3 and other HUD-related Bidding Opportunities are advertised, please ensure their broadcasting in alternate formats and media, such as multiple language posters placed in strategic community locations, non-English radio announcements, Large Print notices, and via captioned announcements on the local cable access stations. </li></ul><ul><li>When creating economic initiatives, and administering City Programs, which are designed to expand opportunities for low-income and all residents, please ensure that Section 504, 508, ADA and FHA compliance is strictly planned for, monitored, and adhered to throughout all programs. In addition, update policies and information to ensure that all applicants to these programs are well aware of, and prepared to adhere to, accessibility requirements for structural, programmatic, and communication features. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek opportunities to purchase adaptive computer equipment and increase the availability of assistive communication device in City Departments and HUD program offices- and create an assistive-technology loan program for sub recipients , to give them communication tools toward accessibility as they build capacity. </li></ul>p. 17, Feldman CDBG FY07/08 Recommendations
  19. 20. p. 18, Feldman CDBG FY07/08 Recommendations A PICTURE IS WORTH A LOT OF WORDS
  20. 21. SUMMARY, Recommendations FY07/08 Annual Action Plan <ul><li>This document features several Project and program recommendations, which are focused on increasing the value and potential of the City’s CDBG and HOME programs in the coming years. A step-by-step approach is recommended, in order to thoughtfully eradicate Citywide barriers to equal participation in programs, policies, and planning. </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative oversight for compliance is a vital tool for sustaining the gains of each program, and will provides a template for future enhancements of other City programs as well. Suggestions are made to streamline and standardize the equal access mandates when monitoring sub recipients of HOME and Economic Development Initiatives, as well as for all City HUD-funded programs in general. </li></ul><ul><li>Structural barriers to equal access must be eradicated throughout the City; and assistive and alternate formats for communication access should be resourced and implemented. </li></ul><ul><li>Several new ideas are offered; please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email to discuss these possibilities and collaborate on expanding the resources necessary to implement any and all of these ideas, in whole or in part. </li></ul><ul><li>I look forward to hearing from you before the Annual Action Plan is finalized, and will appreciate a written response to these comments. </li></ul><ul><li>Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year to all! </li></ul><ul><li>Eileen Feldman </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>p. 19,, Feldman CDBG FY07/08 Recommendations </li></ul>
  21. 22. <ul><ul><ul><li>1st CITIZEN PARTICIPATION MEETING 12/18/06 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ten members of the public showed up to testify. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SUMMARY OF COMMENTS in order of presentation: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve MBTA bus station comfort, safety, access; Fix streets for safety, not simply “a little tar.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increase or maintain funding for Eviction-Prevention program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain, increase Homelessness Programs: Food Pantry, Subsidized housing, Family Shelter, PASS program, volunteer capacity-building </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve Pedestrian safety; support accessible Recreation Programs for children & adults. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prioritize ADA Improvements of Public Facilities. Implement ADA Title II Compliance. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Buildings are not handicap-accessible; Sidewalks are difficult to maneuver in wheelchairs; Increase safety of streetscapes.; Implement planning with handicapped people in mind. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Work with Disabilities Commission and go beyond minimum accessibility requirements; Provide maximum support to PSAs. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Help paratransportation be more creative in business plan; Community Outreach is key. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What’s up with the sidewalks?; Increase adequate curb cuts; be smarter with crosswalks and pedestrian safety planning.; Clear sidewalks in inclement weather; especially at curb cuts; involve citizens in Citywide Access Survey; Mark parking lots accurately, and with HP aisles; increase number of HP parking spots throughout City; Enforce HP parking rules and regulations; ADA Improvements in Public Facilities; ADA improvements in streetscapes.; Upgrade the parking lots.; Improve crosswalk and pedestrian safety; Increase Talking Pedestrian Signals; Increase street crossing times. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve Pedestrian Safety, enforce crosswalk rules. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>NOTE: Citizens were instructed, at the outset, to take no longer than three minutes for our comments, and told that any further comments should be sent, faxed or emailed within 2 weeks. </li></ul><ul><li>Documents Presented to the Record & City Staff by #5: TITLE II and TITLE III booklets, published 1993 w/ 1994 Supplements, from the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Also, Easter Seals booklet re: BUS ACCESSIBILITY PLANNING. </li></ul><ul><li>p. 20,, Feldman CDBG FY07/08 Recommendations </li></ul>