Burbank 2017 Housing Strategy
One of the goals of the City Council is to provide a diverse mix of housing options for all segments of the population. The City seeks to protect single family neighborhoods while implementing projects and programs that encourage: affordable, subsidized housing for lower-income persons and households; housing options for the Burbank workforce; and housing alternatives overall to meet the varying needs of current and future residents. The 2017 housing strategy includes an analysis on: housing type definitions; recommendations for limited financial resources; and seven (7) housing policies. Action items related to the housing policies will require further Council consideration as projects and programs are developed.
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.
Beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15, the City of Burbank will have a second dedicated funding source for affordable housing. The former Redevelopment Agency accumulated roughly $50 million in debt from the City of Burbank that will begin to be reimbursed in FY 2014-15. Pursuant to AB 1484, 20 percent of these annual payments must be reserved for affordable housing purposes. It is estimated that the City of Burbank will receive approximately $10 million in the next 10 to 12 years that will be used for the specific purpose of expanding affordable housing in Burbank.
Regional Housing Needs Allocation and Housing Elements
Since 1969, California has required that all local governments (cities and counties) adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community. California’s local governments meet this requirement by adopting housing plans as part of their “general plan” (also required by the state). General plans serve as the local government’s "blueprint" for how the city and/or county will grow and develop and include seven elements: land use, transportation, conservation, noise, open space, safety, and housing. The law mandating that housing be included as an element of each jurisdiction’s general plan is known as “housing-element law.” California’s housing-element law acknowledges that, in order for the private market to adequately address the housing needs and demand of Californians, local governments must adopt plans and regulatory systems that provide opportunities for (and do not unduly constrain), housing development. As a result, housing policy in California rests largely on the effective implementation of local general plans and, in particular, local housing elements.
For a summary of projects that have been constructed, approved and planned for the future please click here.
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
- Annual Report (FY 2013-14)
- Annual Report (FY 2014-15)
- Annual Report (FY 2015-16)
- Annual Report (FY 2016-17)
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:
- Housing Rights Center (HRC) is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting housing discrimination. For free assistance please call: Toll Free (800) 477-5977 or visit www.housingrightscenter.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