The Community Development and Human Services Committee (CDHSC) was established in 1994 by Resolution No. 94-120 and is a combination of the Citizens Task Force on Community Development and the Human Services Committee. The City annually receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the Federal government to be used for activities that eliminate slums and blight. Activities may include housing, public/human services, capital projects and other eligible activities. Since 1975, citizen participation in allocating these funds has been provided.
Each year funds are also allocated from the City's General Fund for the Human Services Program which provides services to youth, seniors and the disabled as well as some health services, with a primary focus on emergency services such as shelter, food and safety. Evaluation of proposals from agencies which provide such services, and fostering integration and cooperation between these agencies, is a function of the Community Development and Human Services Committee.
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|Membership||13 Members, one from each of the following categories
|Qualifications||Must be residents or employees of the designated organizations, but need not be qualified electors of the City, and must represent one of the specified categories or organizations.
|Length of Term||Four years and until successors are appointed and qualified. Staggered terms expire on December 31 of the appropriate year.|
|Meeting Schedule||The Committee meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the David Gebhard Public Meeting Room, 630 Garden Street, and also meets twice a week during the month of February.|
|Time Involved||Meetings average 2 - 3 hours per month, except during budget/proposal review sessions (January through March) which requires a greater time commitment (as much as 40+ hours in February).|
|Financial Disclosure Requirement||Members must file a Statement of Economic Interests upon appointment, annually and when leaving the advisory group.|
|Ethics Training Requirement||The City of Santa Barbara requires members of this committee to take City ethics training within one year after member is appointed or reappointed.|
|Staff||Administration, Housing and Human Services Division, Community Development Department, (805) 564-5461|
|Reference||Resolution Nos. 07-081, 06-085, 05-031, 02-126, 96-026, 94-120,92-170, and 90-039.|