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Resident Files Claim Against City to Reinstate Rental Subsidies

Glendora resident Sharon Green claims the City has a legal obligation to provide affordable housing options for its low-income residents.

While more than 60 Glendora tenants face evictions following the demise of a state-funded Tenant Based Rental Assistance program, one Glendora resident is fighting to keep her rental subsidy and prevent other low-income residents also receiving government assistance from losing their homes.

Sharon Green, 70, has filed a claim against the City, arguing that the City has a legal obligation to continue providing rental subsidies to her and 65 other low- to very low-income, mostly senior residents based on the 2012 appellate court decision that ruled in her favor. Still, City officials refuse to admit any involvement in Green’s case, nor any obligation to provide rental subsidies following the demise of its major funding source.

City Manager Chris Jeffers said the city’s rental subsidies were funded solely under the city’s now defunct Redevelopment Agency until two years ago when the city began using the state-funded HOME grant to cover rental subsidies. But the City will exhaust all funding from the grant by the end of June, according to Jeffers. The next grant cycle begins in August and funding for all 66 rental subsidies from June until August would come out of the city’s general fund.

“We’re not in position to use general fund money, especially when we have had to cut $1 million from all of our city departments,” said Jeffers.

Furthermore, funding from the Department of Housing and Çommunity Development is diminishing every year, and city officials say the chances of receiving another grant to pay for the 66 rental subsidies are grim.

The next grant cycle is expected to be even more competitive and brick and mortar projects tend to gain preference over rental subsidies because they prove to be more stable, said Jeffers.

“What’s the upside to have the general fund pay for this, and then try to work with these people if we’re not successful in obtaining the grant?” said Jeffers. “I think the council feels the best, most humane solution is to work with residents from now until June to find other viable housing options.”

Green, who has long been embroiled in contentious legal battles with Anchor Pacifica management and the City of Glendora over what she claimed was a wrongful eviction from her apartment at Heritage Oaks in 2010, says the City has a preexisting obligation to provide rental subsidies to low income residents, despite less avenues of funding.

According to Jolene Larimore, Green’s attorney, an agreement between the City’s Redevelopment Agency and the developer of Heritage Oaks senior apartments ensured that 47 units at Heritage Oaks would be made affordable for qualified low-income residents.

“We think the original agreement binds [the City] to keep those 47 units affordable, whether they have to lower the rent so these people can afford it, or they pay a subsidy,” said Larimore. “I just can’t believe they’re going to kick these people out in the street.”

Larimore cites the appellate ruling, which states Green had a legitimate entitlement to her lease and the rental subsidies based on “a governmentally conferred benefit that is rooted in a legal obligation."

City officials have always stood on the premise that the city and its former redevelopment agency were never involved in Green’s case, and any agreements made by its former redevelopment agency were dissolved once Gov. Jerry Brown terminated redevelopment agencies last year.

Larimore rejects city claims that the demise of redevelopment agencies or less available state funding are grounds to cut off government assistance to affordable housing.

“That’s not an excuse because they had an opportunity to name preexisting obligations before the RDA’s were terminated and they didn’t name Heritage Oaks as a pre-existing obligation,” said Larimore. “I just don’t see any effort from the city to want help these residents. They don't even want to try to pursue any funding that would help these people.”

Green and her supporters are encouraging Glendora residents to reach out to the city council and their local representatives to reinstate rental subsidies for the city’s low and very low-income residents.

Still, city officials say rental subsidies in Glendora have run their course.

“If what [Green and her lawyer] are arguing is that they have a lifetime entitlement to taxpayer housing subsidy, then we would humbly disagree,” said Jeffers.

jammer February 26, 2013 at 11:18 PM
"The world owes everyone a living". When is this ridiculus sense of entitlement end?
Cathy Newcomb February 26, 2013 at 11:29 PM
I agree Im low income and Im losing my place..I dont think it is fair where are we suppost to go live now..
Cathy Newcomb February 26, 2013 at 11:30 PM
where do i go to live i dont make that much at work..And when they help me i could live here
Sparks February 26, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Really sad! It all boils down to accounting...you can't take out what you don't put in...So many of the population doesn't understand that. As the numbers of dependents begin outnumbering the numbers supporting, something has to give and the losers will not be happy....Maybe they could co-habitat or move to another and lesser expensive area. There are many people in our community who might benefit from a room renter.....More to come!
jolene larimore February 27, 2013 at 12:02 AM
cathy newcomb: please contact me about your subsidy. jolene42@earthlink.net
B.C. February 27, 2013 at 01:24 AM
This was wasteful spending even when the RDA was in effect. Time to stop relying on other people (taxpayers) and agencies to pay for your rent.
Bill C. February 27, 2013 at 03:35 AM
So Sharon Green is under the impression the city should help her though Gov. Jerry Brown terminated redevelopment agencies? City services should suffer more to make sure they can help pay the rent of her and others? The city should fight this and the arrogance of even thinking she's entitled to the assistance should amaze me but sadly it doesn't. Maybe she should get some help from her two friends that make themselves look like idiots at every council meeting.
jammer February 27, 2013 at 04:55 AM
The whole problem of Socialism is being fueled by the #1 Socialist/Communist at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. District of Corruption. He has just about completed the transition of The U.S, from a freedom loving productive society, to a useless Socialist, I will give you anything you want freeloaders.
Safeguard EnviroGroup February 27, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Isn't this what children are for? You take care of your kids when they were unable to provide for themselves.
jammer February 27, 2013 at 09:07 PM
You must be up in years, because you still remember when The U.S. was a republic, before it became a Socialist dominated society, as it is today, where the lazy, and illegal bast_rds have, "the world owes me a living" attitude. It is too bad that we are now known as: U.S.S.A., United Socialist States of America.
Ken February 28, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Eventually when the tax takers outnumber the tax payers, this sort of thing will become more prevalent. Last time I checked charity was not something that anyone should be entitled to. If you don't like what the state has done, go make the change at that level. Better yet, move somewhere where you can live within your means rather than expecting hand outs to maintain your lifestyle. Instead of blaming the city perhaps everyone should reevaluate their choices for Governor and state seats next time. The current class is more concerned with funding state workers than your housing problems.
jammer March 01, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Excellent comment, however with the dictatorship having taken over in The District of Corruption, I believe the shift lever will never be able to be put in reverse.
Cathy Newcomb March 01, 2013 at 07:41 AM
dont really agree with any of you guys
Nancy March 01, 2013 at 08:07 AM
I dont agree with you guys
Nancy March 01, 2013 at 08:11 AM
We low income deserve help..Maybe you rich people should help and stop think you are all better then us
jammer March 01, 2013 at 06:32 PM
I am not wealthy, if I was, I would not be living in Baja Glendora. I worked hard for what little I have, and have to be really careful wit my spending, so I do not end up losing what I have. I cannot afford more ridiculous taxes to support a bunch of freeloaders. Dosen't really make much difference, the freeloaders have The District of Corruption, and the Socilist/Communists on their side, and eventually we will all be living in shanties, or crammed into living quarters like shrimp.
Ken March 01, 2013 at 07:38 PM
I wouldn't expect the tax takers to agree or understand, but when the tax payers get outnumbered the takers need to be grateful they are getting anything at all. If you are not getting what you need, move on to where you can rather than loudly demanding what you think you are entitled to. Stop blaming the city or locals for things your state government has failed you on. When a popular bakery went out of business and stopped delivering to the markets, you can't demand the markets to start baking you bread.
Jon Kasper March 01, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Nancy, please help me understand why "we low income DESERVE help"?. As jammer, said, i work hard for what I earn. why should my $ go to support you or Mrs Green.
johnr01 March 01, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Nancy, So you think that YOU are ENTITLED to MY money so that YOU can live in a BETTER neighborhood than ME!
johnr01 March 01, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Cathy Newcomb Try living within your means, instead of mooching off of the taxpayer so that you can live in Glendora, while those who are working hard to pay your way are living in far less desirable cities!
Cathy Newcomb March 02, 2013 at 03:11 AM
why dont you all mind your own business i dont get my money from my parents
Cathy Newcomb March 02, 2013 at 03:14 AM
I work hard at my job but really dont make that much money..and who ask have your kid help you out if i could i would but my son pass away at the age of 12 years old
Cathy Newcomb March 02, 2013 at 03:18 AM
john i do live my means and you stop moooching off your parents
Cathy Newcomb March 02, 2013 at 03:35 AM
and i know cathy is she is living her means too and she not mooching
Cathy Newcomb March 02, 2013 at 03:37 AM
all you guys i know cathy and she works and you dont know her
johnr01 March 02, 2013 at 10:33 PM
If you don't call it mooching off the tax payer, then what do you call it??!! Furthermore, if you were living within your means, you would NOT be MOOCHING off of the taxpayer. I personally live in a lower income neighborhood, because that is what I can afford. Perhaps if I didn't have to pay your way, so that you can live in a city like Glendora, I could afford to live in a better area myself!!!
Rosa March 07, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I can't help but to think that we are all loosing our city subsidy BECAUSE of sharon green. The city volutarily gave us this subsidy a few years ago and I have watched sharon ungratefully be a problem ever since. I don't blame them for not wanting to find a way to continue it. Green seems incapable of taking any responsibilty for her situation and or helping herself other than blaming others. I watched in disbelief as she stood in front of the city council and blamed them for giving her a common cold. What a kook!
Linda Mansour March 15, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Well Rosa it seems you take everything on face value and without knowing the details. Also, how stress affects the body and if you we're the victim in this situation you might think different.

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