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The powers and duties of the commission shall be as follows:

A. To monitor and assess the continuum of housing and human services needs of the community, and utilize this information to advise the City Council regarding policy and funding strategies relating to housing and human services;

B. To consider the feasibility of and advise the City Council on programs that assist in addressing the unmet utility, medical, transportation, and food needs of seniors, children and families in Ashland, and other related human services programs;

C. To review and make recommendations to the City Council on Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) related allocations;

D. To review and make recommendations to the City Council on the Housing Trust Fund and related allocations;

E. To monitor projects funded with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), City of Ashland Social Service Grants, and the Housing Trust Fund;

F. To investigate federal, state, county and private funding for implementation of Housing and human services programs;

G. To foster public knowledge and support of official city housing and human services Programs;

H. To enhance cooperation between the public and private sectors by promoting integrated approaches that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons;

I. To evaluate, review, and recommend to the Planning Commission and City Council innovative land use strategies targeted at promoting a broad variety of housing types; and

J. To monitor housing discrimination complaints and corrective actions within the City, and to report to the City Council measures taken to further equal opportunity to all persons to live in decent housing facilities regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, source of income, or familial status. (Ord. 3086, added, 09/17/2013)

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