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Historic Cannon's Addition
Community Development Neighborhood Report 2001

Introduction - Meeting Highlights - Recommendations for Expenditures - Summary - Membership - Standing Committees -
Needs and Priorities Work Sheet 1 - Needs and Priorities Work Sheet 2

To: The Community Development Board
From: John Downes, Neighborhood Chairman
Subject: Historic Cannon's Addition Steering Committee recommendations
for the expenditure for the expenditure of $25,000

       Historic Cannon's Addition Community Development Neighborhood herein summarizes
        various activities and meeting agendas during 2001 and recommends the expenditure
                 of $25, 000 in 2002 Community Development Block Grand Funds.

Since 1990, Historic Cannon's Addition has been a Community Development neighborhood
encompassing the area on the City of Spokane's lower southwest side - between
Cedar Streets west to the bluff, and from approximately I-90 south to 14th Avenue.  The City
of Spokane is eligible to receive CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development.  Historic Cannon's Addition CD neighborhood is eligible to participate based on
U.S. Census information indicating that the majority of the residents living within its boundaries
have low and moderate incomes.

   Increasing membership on the Steering Committee is a constant challenge, and the week
prior to each of our meetings at the Woman's Club at 9th and Walnut on the first Tuesday of
each month during the year except for January, February, July and August, we mail flyers either
to (A) all households in the area or to (B) active members of the Steering Committee.  The
choice is determined by whether it includes a neighborhood wide notice, for example, the
Annual Allocation Meetings, Needs and Priorities or Fall Cleanup campaign.  We generally partner
these important meetings with social events such as the Summer Picnic or Winter Potluck Dinner
hoping to increase participation.  Additionally, we have a Phone Committee that phones each
active member of the Steering Committee to remind of the upcoming meeting each month.

   Even though the neighborhood houses a high percentage of renters, 2001 has been
a good year for producing new members who have shown a propensity to become actively
engaged in our agendas.  A majority of our members have taken an active part since 1990.  We
support the grassroots philosophy that allows citizens, who will be most affected, to influence
and direct the spending of public funds to improve "our own neighborhood" by allowing us the
opportunity to participate as representatives in a democratic process of making choices within
the framework and guidelines of this citizen/government alliance.

   During this and the past several years our neighborhood has benefited greatly from the use
of CDBG moneys with hundreds of feet of restored sidewalks; wheelchair ramps at street
intersections; dozens of newly planted trees; the creation, maintenance, and improvement of
Polly Judd Park at 14th and Cherry; the installation of a COPS Shop at 6th and Maple; neighbor-
hood cleanups; the rehabbing of several homes; countless social gatherings; and the opportunity
to assist (to the maximum allowed) in the financial support of various Public Service Agencies.

   The impact of Community Development definitely works well in Historic Cannon's Addition
as it has a multiplier effect as shown by the countless number of owner-paid-for improvements,
upgrades, rehabs, in the form of new roofs, new paint jobs, remodels, and beautiful gardens
throughout the entire area.  Pride of ownership and residence is clearly evident.

Highlights of the Historic Cannon's Addition Neighborhood
Steering Committee meetings:

 March 2001 - 10 in attendance
 We approved a recommendation to the Park Board for improvements to Polly Judd Park for
 the budget amount of $8,000 for wild rose plantings for erosion control, picnic table with
 benches, and playground equipment.  There was a guest speaker from RSVP who spoke on
 helping seniors remove household hazardous waste.  As a result several members volunteered
 in several capacities for RSVP's Earth Day program on April 21, 2001 to distribute flyers and
 pickup the hazardous waste throughout our neighborhood in assigned blocks.  We chose the
 dates for the Summer Picnic (Saturday, 7/14/01) and for the Fall Cleanup (10/25 and 10/27).
 Members for various standing committees were named.

 April 2001 - 13 in attendance
 Assignments for the RSVP household hazardous waste program were made.  The list of
 sidewalks to be repaired was approved.  There was much discussion about publishing a
 neighborhood brochure for membership recruitment purposes.

 May 2001 - 10 in attendance
 A follow-up report on the hazardous waste pickup revealed that two full truckloads of waste
 was picked up in our neighborhood, and a total of 9 members of the Steering Committee
 worked as volunteers in some capacity in that program.

 June 2001 - 15 in attendance
 The Needs & Priorities worksheets were distributed and filled out.  A report regarding our
 neighborhood sign that has been constructed from donated funds and has been an issue for
 several years revealed that a street project to reconfigure the streets and islands on Cedar
 Street between 10th and 11th is scheduled to take place next year, according to Bob Turner
 of the City Engineering Department.  A Motion was made and approved that we table the
 sign installation project until resolution on the street reconfiguration is final.  Regarding a
 neighborhood brochure, a Motion was made and approved that we proceed with an
 independent brochure solely about Historic Cannon's Addition CD neighborhood to be
 funded from our Communications budget.

 July 2001 - 25 in attendance
 The annual Potluck Picnic was held in lieu of the regular meeting at Polly Judd Park.
 City Councilman Dean Lynch was the guest speaker.

 September 2001 - 17 in attendance
 The list of completed work on sidewalk repairs was distributed.  The Fall Cleanup campaign
 was finalized and volunteers signed up.  Additions were made to various standing
 committees.  The Chairman read a letter from the CD department concerning transferring
 unused $2,544 CDNC salary to another account for capital improvements.  It was decided to
 vote on that at the next meeting.

October 2001 - 15 in attendance
We voted unanimously to transfer $2,544 unused funds from the CDNC salary to the
Sidewalk Reconstruction account.  A proof copy of the 4 page flyer for the Cleanup
Campaign was passed around and approved.  Sandy Gill from the Institute of Neighborhood
Leadership was our guest speaker, who solicited ways her agency can be useful to our
neighborhood and Steering Committee members.  We approved the date for our December
Potluck dinner.

November 2001 - 18 in attendance
The list of sidewalks recommended for repair next year was presented by the Sidewalk
Committee.  A Motion was made to approve the list with several additions, and the motion
passed unanimously.  A report was made by the Cleanup Committee about the success of
the late October 3 pronged cleanup.  Public Service agency grant applications were
distributed and discussed individually.  A Motion was made that we support 5 of the 7
agencies requesting grants, which included Institute for Neighborhood Leadership,
Emergency Food Distribution, RSVP, Emergency Assistance Program, and Hope House
Emergency Shelter.  The motion passed unanimously.  A Motion was made that we give
Institute for Neighborhood Leadership and RSVP the entire amounts that they requested,
$500 and $400 respectively, and divide the remaining amount available by 3 so that the final
three programs would each receive $950.  The motion passed unanimously.  An idea was
presented for the Steering Committee to have a Web Page on the internet.  After much
discussion, we chose to consider it at our next regular meeting.

December 2001 - 11 in attendance
We finalized our Allocations recommendations for 2002 and held our Winter Neighborhood
Potluck simultaneously.  New officers will be elected in January 2002.

            ATTENDANCE RECORD  - AVERAGE 15
              March 13 ----13          September 17 ---- 17
              April 13 ---- 13           October 15 ---- 15
              May 10 ---- 10             November 18 ---- 18
              June 15 ---- 15             December 11 ---- 11

 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EXPENDITURES

The recommendations were discussed and chosen at the Steering Committee's November
and December meetings.  We have selected projects and public services that will benefit low
and moderate income residents in our neighborhood.  The needs and priorities were identified
at a variety of our meetings, and a copy of the results is included in this report. many of the
recommended expenditures are a continuation of previous priorities and activities.  These include
sidewalk repairs, housing rehabilitation, trees and Polly Judd Park.  The Steering Committee
has strived to take full advantage of available matching funds programs in these areas.


Public Service                                                $3,750 (15%)

         Agency: Northwest Regional Facilitators                       $500
         Program: Institute for Neighborhood Leadership (INL)
         Location: 525 E Mission Avenue, Spokane, WA
         Contact:  Sandy Gill, (509) 484-6733

 Institute for Neighborhood Leadership (INL) provides training and technical assistance that's dedicated to
 Grassroots empowerment, building organizational capacity, promoting democratic principles, strengthening civic
 life and fostering neighborhood revitalization.  The goal of the program is to equip residents with the skills,
 information and confidence to become more active and to generate greater citizen involvement in neighborhood
 issues. Over the last six years INL has helped many neighborhood residents (including Historic Cannon's Addition
 Steering committee and COPS Southwest members) become more skillful, knowledgeable and comfortable taking
 part in their neighborhoods.  CDBG funds will be directed toward: the costs of staff and materials for basic
 and advanced community leadership skills training and technical support for our neighborhood.

 Benefit:    Direct and Area Benefit
 Priority: High (Public Service: Neighborhood communication, Volunteer recruitment, COPS)


         Agency: Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest      $950
         Program: Emergency Food Distribution
         Location: 1234 E Front Street
         Contact: Al Brislain, (509) 534-6678 ext. 207

 The goal of the program is to support all Spokane agencies operating an Emergency Food Box Outlet
 by providing sufficient food for all clients.  This equals at least a 3 day supply of emergency food per
 client per visit.  CDBG funds will be directed toward: supporting distribution of foods to the
 hungry throughout network of food outlets - one specifically serving Historic Cannon's Addition
 neighborhood - City Gate Food Bank, 170 S. Madison.

Benefit: Direct Benefit
Priority: Medium (public Service Family Support Services, Health Services, Homeless, Services, Emergency and Transitional Services)


     Agency:         Volunteers of America                     $950
     Program:       Volunteers of America - Emergency Assistance Program
     Location:        525 W Second Avenue
     Contact:         Marilee K. Roloff, (509) 624-2378

In its Emergency Assistance Program Volunteers of America provides emergency services to low income individuals
and families residing in our neighborhood.  VOA will provide information and referral services to other human
service organizations when appropriate.  VOA fulfills its mission through innovative services and facilities for
community groups such as street kids, teen mothers and their babies, homeless single women, the chronically
mentally ill, persons with HIV/AIDS, as well as those in need of mediation services.  CDBG funds will be
directed toward: services including rental assistance, utilities (power, water, phone), prescriptions and
transportation (bus passes/tokens) as well as miscellaneous services that cannot be located elsewhere.

Benefit:         Direct and Area Benefit
Priority:        High (Public Service: Family Support Services, Youth Services, Homeless
                      Services, Emergency Services and Crime awareness/prevention)


     Agency:         Volunteers of America                     $950
     Program:       Hope House Emergency Shelter
     Location:        111 W Third Avenue
     Contact:         Diane Leigland, (509) 455-2886

Hope House provides emergency shelter for a diverse community of homeless women, many who are not
eligible for other shelters in the area.  The goal is to provide 21 beds of emergency shelter and basic needs
including: daily nutritional snacks, one outfit of clothing per week, improve hygiene through distribution of
toiletries and showers, and provide information and referral for services not offered by the emergency shelter.
All of the women had an income less than 30% of median income. CDBG funds will be directed toward:
paying part of the annual salary and expenses for the full time emergency shelter manager.

     Benefit:         Direct and Area Benefit
     Priority:        High and medium (Public Service: Homeless Services, Emergency Shelter)


     Agency:          YMCA of the @d Northwest               $400
     Program:         RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Spokane County)
     Location:        507 N Howard Street
     Contact:         Susan Russell, (509) 344-7787 ext. 136

RSVP helps mobilize, support and recognize one of our community's most valuable resources: our senior
citizens. Volunteer involvement improves the physical and mental health of seniors - while their services
impact many of our community's most critical needs (illiteracy, support for low income children and
families, services to the elderly and physically challenged, for example).  CDBG fiends will be directed
toward: supporting RSVP's outreach to seniors through recruitment, support, training and recognition of
volunteers. Funds will help pay for salary, mileage, volunteer insurance, and general operating expenses.

     Benefit:         Direct Benefit
     Priority:        High/Medium (Public Service: Youth Services, Senior Services,
                      Family Support Services, and Services for those with Physical Disabilities)


Physical Improvements                       $19,906 (79.6%)

Sidewalk Reconstruction (1:1 Match)               $10,000

Since 1995, sidewalks repairs have been a top priority of our neighborhood wide plan, as each block contains
areas in sore need.  Many neighborhood residents rely on either public transportation or walking.  Historic
Cannon's Addition is one of Spokane's oldest neighborhoods, and consequently contains many of the region's
oldest sidewalks.  The Matching Funds program from last year has been invaluable in reconstructing many
sidewalks throughout our neighborhood, and we are extremely pleased that the program has been offered
again for 2002.  These additional funds will go a long way to chopping away at a lengthy list of candidate
sidewalk repairs that are on the waiting list.  The 1:1 match that was granted by the CD Board during the
past two years is greatly appreciated.

    Benefit:         Area Benefit
    Priority:        High (Infrastructure: Repair sidewalks)


Neighborhood Park Development (1:1 Match)        $3,906

Polly Judd Park in Historic Cannon's Addition Neighborhood was completed and opened in the spring of
1997.  It is utilized by many neighborhood residents.  It was financed to a large extent with CD funds.
It has been a high priority and major focus of the Steering Committee from the outset.  The 1:1 Match
program available this year along with funds carried over from last year will enable us to petition the Park
Department for improvements including safety, tables and benches, and additional playground equipment.

    Benefit:         Area Benefit
    Priority:        High (Public Facilities: Parks & recreation facilities, Crime awareness/prevention)


Street Trees (1:1 Match)      $1,000

The tree lined streets of Historic Cannons' Addition are an important feature throughout our entire
neighborhood and continue to be a high priority.  We are gratified by the CD Board's decision to offer again
its 1:1 Match program to assist our neighborhood in this regard.

    Benefit:         Area Benefit
    Priority:        High (Public Facilities: Street tree replacement, historic preservation, air quality)


Housing Rehabilitation Program (3:1 Match)       $5,000

This program provides low interest loans to qualifying low-income homeowners for the rehabilitation of their
 houses.  Several homes in Historic Cannon's Addition Community Development Neighborhood have already
 benefited from previously allocated funds.  Several are currently on the waiting list.  We strive to maximize
 our available funds to take advantage of the CD Board's generous 3:1 Match program ($3 for every $1 we
 allocate).  This is an "everybody wins" program ... i.e. just as the individual family whose house is improved
 benefits, so does the entire neighborhood; in fact, a domino effect of improvements to surrounding homes
 oft times results at no lost to CD funds.

    Benefit:         Direct Benefit
    Priority:        High/Medium (Housing: Rehabilitation of owner occupied)


Administrative & Planning                                                $1,344 (5.4%)

CDNC Salary Supplement                            $1,344

The work that the CDNC provides the Steering Committee is invaluable.  The CDNC provides
specific tasks as directed by the Steering Committee officers.  Tasks include, (but are not limited
to) copying, mailing, producing flyers and newsletters, attending CD related meetings, contacting
implementing departments on all allocations made at the fall meeting, and assisting in the preparation
of the Annual Report.  Other requests will be made of the CDNC's time as needed.




                   Summary - 2002 Projects and Allocations
 

        Public Service ..... $3,750        (15%)
          Institute for Neighborhood Leadership (INL)                 $500
          Second Harvest Food Bank Emergency Food Distribution         $950
          Volunteers of America - Emergency Assistance Program         $950
          Hope House Emergency Shelter                        $950
          RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Spokane County)     $400

        Physical improvements ......  $19,906         (79.6%)
          Sidewalk Reconstruction                            $10,000
          Neighborhood Park Development                      $3,906
          Street Trees                                   $1,000
          Single Family Housing Rehabilitation Program               $5,000

         Administration/Planning .....   $ 1,344    (5.4%)
           CDNC Supplemental Salary                          $1,344

     Total  .....   $25,000

     If in the event the current allocation for Historic Cannon's Addition CD Neigbborhood is
     increased, the additional funds should be added equally to Physical Improvement items that
     include.- 1. Sidewalk Reconstruction; 2. Neigborhood Park Development; and 3. Street Tree
     Planting Projects.

     If in the event the current allocation for Historic Cannon's Addition CD Neigborhood is decreased,
     the reduced funds should be subtracted first from Single Family Housing Rehabilitation Program
     for the first up to $5,000 reduction; then thereafter in equal amounts from Neigborhood Park
     Development and Street Tree Planting Projects.



Membership


John Amarant Izzy Hawkins Virginia Schurra
Ted Barnwell Tom Hemken John Simanton
Gene Bronson Pacti Krafft Marcia Simanton
Mary Bronson  WayneKrafft Steve Spickard
Edward Brown Susan Marion Ted Wert
Jackie Brown Edna Meyer Shirley Wilson
Sheila Collins Laura Mincks  Diane Zahner
John Downes Joanne Moyer John Zahner
Susan Downes John Moyer
Barbara Freeman Betty Nichols

Standing Committees

Park Committee
Virginia Schurra, Barbara Freeman, Marcia Simanton

Cleanup Committee
John Downes, Susan Downes, Betty Nichols, Tom Hemken

Trees Committee
Marcia Simanton, Joanne Moyer, Izzy Hawkins, Tom Hemken

Sidewalk Committee
John Downes, Susan Downes, Gene Bronson, Mary Bronson, Ted Barnwell,
Barbara Freeman, Sue Marion, Steve Spickard

Telephone Committee
Beny Nichols, Edna Meyer

Historic Cannon's Addition Community Development Neighborhood
Steering Committee Officers and Meeting Information

Meeting Place: Women's Club -- 9th and Walnut
Meeting Date: First Tuesday of the month except January, February, July and August
Meeting Time: 7 p.m.

Steering Committee Officers

Officers:
John Downes, Chairman
Tom Hemken, Vice-Chairman
Susan Downes, Secretary
Edna Meyer, Membership
Laura Mincks, CDNC

New Officers: new officers have not been elected.

Respectfully submitted by John Downes, Chair
 

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