Housing Authority – Successor Housing Agency to
the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Burbank
Affordable Housing in Burbank
The City of Burbank, like many communities in California, maximized the use of its former Redevelopment Agency Housing Set-Aside Funds to improve neighborhoods and to address the needs of the most vulnerable members of the community. During the life of the former Redevelopment Agency, over 1,600 affordable housing units have been created, an independent living facility for individuals with cerebral palsy was constructed, and transitional housing programs were developed for:
- Victims of domestic violence;
- Homeless families, and;
- Young adults and emancipated youth who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless.
United States Veterans who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness (in process – December 2014 completion)
These past successes are something that the City of Burbank is very proud of. However, due to passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 1X 26, redevelopment agencies across California have been eliminated as of February 1, 2012, removing the primary local tool for creating affordable housing for hardworking families while revitalizing neighborhoods.
As a result of the dissolution of the Redevelopment, the City of Burbank’s primary funding source for affordable housing is now through the Federal HOME Investment Partnership Fund (HOME Program). Since 1992, Burbank has received approximately $15 million in HOME funds from the Federal government. Although a significantly smaller funding source than the former Redevelopment Agency Housing Fund, the City of Burbank fully utilizes its HOME entitlement to create affordable housing opportunities in Burbank.
Burbank Housing Authority
The Burbank Housing Authority was formed in 1975 for the purpose of administering the Federal Section 8 Rental Assistance Program. The funds for this program are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on an annual basis. The Section 8 Voucher Program provides rent subsidy payments directly to landlords on behalf of very low income tenants. The Section 8 Voucher Program also provides a tremendous resource in the city for the provision of affordable housing opportunities for very low income people.
On January 31, 2012, the City Council and Housing Authority adopted resolutions designating the Housing Authority of the City of Burbank as the entity to retain without limitation, all of the housing assets (except any monies in the Low and Moderate Income Housing fund), rights, powers, duties, obligations, liabilities and functions previously performed by the former Redevelopment Agency.
Additional State and Federal Affordable Housing Resources
The following governmental links provide additional affordable housing resources:
- California Department of Housing and Community Development
- U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD)
Housing Asset Transfers List
- Housing Asset Transfers List - approved by Department of Finance
- Department of Finance Housing Asset Transfers Approval Letter
Successor Housing Agency - Burbank Housing Authority:
Equal Opportunity and Fair Housing
Fair Housing Laws prohibit discrimination based on:
- Race or Color
- National Original or Ancestry
- Sexual Orientation
- Marital Status
- Age / Familial Status (having children or being pregnant)
- Mental or Physical Disability
- Source of Income
Resources on Fair Housing:
- The Fair Housing Council of the San Fernando Valley (FHCSFV) is a private, non-profit, civil rights advocacy organization founded in 1958 to eliminate housing discrimination. http://www.fhcsfv.org/
- The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice. http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/eeo