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Jacksonville releases CAPER report for 2012

The City of Jacksonville Thursday released its CAPER report, which stands for Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report for calendar year 2012.

The 27-page report details how the city performed in helping do what it can to assist low and modern income citizens with fair housing opportunities.

“As part of its mission, the city continues to strive to meet the goals of homeowners, homebuyers, public service and neighborhood revitalization,” states the report. “2012 presented many challenges and barriers; however, the end results were very rewarding. Despite the challenges, the city maintained its course to meet the goals and programs stemmed from the priority needs identified in the city’s five-year consolidated plan covering 2011-15.”

The report indicates that the city’s efforts and expenditures of funds in 2011 were consistent in meeting its priority needs and with objectives outlined for U.S. Housing and Urban Development activities.

From Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012, Jacksonville received $211,778 in Community Development Block Grant funds; and approximately $11,845 in loan accounts receivable.

“The city was approved in November 2011 for Phase I and Phase II projects through the Arkansas Development Finance Authority (ADFA) Home Program,” states the report. “We started the first project in March 2012. We started the process for two new applications in March 2012 with plans of submitting by year-end. As of late January 2013, we are back on track and hoe to finalize the application by year end or sooner.”

The report indicates that the Jacksonville Care Channel is the city’s clearinghouse for homeless of families needing temporary shelter and/or food, clothing or medicine.

“The city provided CDBG funds for the agency’s program in the amount of $6,000,” states the report.

Plans were underway for the required “Point in Time Count” which took place in January.

“The count is a HUD requirement of all continuum and done every other year,” according to the report. The city of Jacksonville was in charge of getting the “goodie bags” again this count.

“This year bags were donated by Fishnet Missions. With the monetary assistance from Inter-Agency Council, the city of Little Rock, Fishnet Missions, Salvation Army of Little Rock, GAINES House, St. Francis House, Our House and the City of Jacksonville, we were able to fill the bags with fleece jackets, socks, an assortment of toiletries snacks, bottle water, can meat/cracker/peanut and sods. We utilized volunteers from the Jacksonville community as well as our usual volunteers for this project.”

The report indicates that one of the programs Jacksonville administers annual to help the disadvantage has focused on the Sunnyside Addition as its first priority.

“One of the projects for the Sunnyside area is the expansion of Galloway Park,” states the report. “During 2012, we purchased two properties that will be used for this project.”

Other projects included a drainage program in Sunnyside, renovation of the boys/girls bathroom at the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club, repairs to the police substation in Sunnyside, the Self-Help Demolition Program, additional gravel parking for Fishnet, computer software for code enforcement’s office as well as the normal projects of rehabilitation, elderly transportation and public services.

“Low and moderate-income individuals account for 97.41 percent of homeowners assisted,” states the report. “This year, we did not process any applications for homebuyer assistance grants; however, we are in the process of funding one this first quarter of 2013.”

There are 11 CDBG rehab projects, ranging from HVAC to roof replacement to minor repairs and wheelchair ramps.

“We funded two self-help demolition projects, two sewer replacements and one Care with Color project,” states the report.

The city of Jacksonville’s sewer loan program is available for citizens whose incomes are above the moderate level.

“It provides private funding which is vital in correcting sewer line service problems, identified as damaging to health and the environment,” according to the report. “The need for assistance has reached a low for the city sewer program. No awards were made from the program in 2012 but monies are still available for those needing the assistance.”

Public transportation within Jacksonville continues not to exist but the Community Development Office’s elderly transportation program continues to be a big success.

“The program is designed to give independence to our elderly by issuing 10 coupons per month (each couple is valued at $2) which can be used to pay part or all of the fare for a taxi,” states the report. “Participants are allowed to use their coupons to go shopping, make doctor’s visits/appointments, run errands, go pay bills, make trips to the post office, etc. We added 27 new taxi participants to the program.”

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