Lawrence city commissioners will consider approving a measure Tuesday that would help low-income families, elderly residents or people with handicaps or disabilities get financial aid for apartment rent.
The meeting will get under way at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
With the commission's approval, the Lawrence Housing Authority will apply to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developemnt for 50 Section 8 certificates, which provide rental aid for families with very low incomes, elderly people or people with disabilities.
The housing authority expects a new round of funding to become available for HUD's Section 8 program and plans to apply for 50 certificates, said Charlotte Knoche, the authority's Section 8 director.
THOSE GIVEN a certificate must find a landlord willing to participate in the program. The certificates are good for five years, and even longer if renewed by HUD.
The prospective tenants agree to pay about 30 percent of their income for rent, and the housing authority pays the rest through HUD funds awarded with the certificates.
The housing authority only can ask for 50 certificates, the maximum number allowed per application. Competition for the certificates is stiff, Knoche said.
"It's a competitive application process," she said. "The last time we applied for 50 and we got 17."
The housing authority currently maintains 378 Section 8 certificates and vouchers. About 120 to 130 eligible applicants remain on the waiting list.
THE FOCUS of the application is families. "We have a big need for certificates for three- and four-bedroom units," Knoche said.
The maximum annual income of a family of four eligible for the program is $18,250. An individual who is elderly, handicapped or disabled must make less than $12,800.
Commissioners must approve the housing authority's application and authorize the mayor to sign it.
Here's Tuesday's agenda:
On the consent agenda, commissioners will:
Consider minutes of the previous commission meeting and several city organization meetings.
Consider payment of city expenses.
Consider a class B club license for Louise's West, 1307 W. Seventh.
Consider a drinking establishment license for King Arthur's Inc., 2228 Iowa.
Consider awarding a $146,895 contract with LRM Industries Inc. for installation of storm sewers and preparing the ground for future construction at 19th Street and Moodie Road.
Consider setting a bid date of 2 p.m. Sept. 8 for runway repair and replacement of runway lighting for the Lawrence Municipal Airport.
Consider on final reading an ordinance approving, adopting and authorizing the city to make commitments to spend money from the 1993 city budget.
CONSIDER on final reading an ordinance authorizing issuance of $3.5 million in industrial revenue bonds for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and a 50 percent tax abatement on the $3.5 million.
Consider on first reading an ordinance authorizing issuance of $4 million in industrial revenue bonds for Packer Plastics Inc. and a 50 percent tax abatement on the $4 million.
Consider a resolution authorizing the city to issue $178,500 in major trafficway improvement bonds for creation of left turn lanes and installation of a traffic signal at 33rd and Iowa and setting a bid date of 2 p.m. Sept. 8 for the project.
Consider a recommendation from the Traffic Safety Commission to install stop signs on Lonetree Drive and Shoal Lane at Riverridge Road.
CONSIDER an amendment to the 1992 CDBG final statement reallocating $70,000 from the Comprehensive Deferred Rehabilitation Program to a community homebuyers program.
Consider an application from the Lawrence Housing Authority for 50 additional Section 8 certificates to assist low-income families with paying their rents. The application must be approved by the commission and signed by the mayor.
Consider a request from the Oread Neighborhood Assn. to erect "Welcome to the Oread Neighborhood" signs in residents' yards from next Friday to Aug. 30.
On the regular agenda, commissioners will:
Conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. or thereafter on assessing affected property owners for the following benefit district projects performed by the city: sanitary sewers for Stone Meadows West No. 3, $50,107; streets, sidewalks and storm sewers for Stone Meadows West No. 2, $87,495; streets, sidewalks and storm sewers on Harper Street, $94,896; streets, sidewalks and storm sewers for Tiffany Addition No. 2, $79,695.
Consider a sign variance for an area marker at College Hill Condominiums, 927 Emery Rd.
Receive a report centering on the city's compliance with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.