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 Steve, Sue and Laura

Nighborhood Report of
The Historic Cannon's Addition
a community development nighborhood
December 13, 2002

Links to sections within this report:
Introduction - Meeting Highlights - Recommendations for Expenditures - Summary - Membership - Standing Committees - Needs and Priorities Work Sheets

To: The Community Development Board
From: The Historic Cannon's Addition Steering Committee., Steve Spickard, Neighborhood Chair
Subject: Historic Cannon's Addition Steering Committee Report and Recommendations for the expenditure of $25,000 in 2003 Community Development Block Grant Funds, available July 1, 2003
Boundries: North: I-90 Freeway to Maple/6th to Cedar
East: Cedar Street (both sides)
South: 14th Avenue (both sides)
West: The Bluff

Since 1990, Historic Cannon's Addition has been a Community Development neighborhood encompassing the area on the City of Spokane's lowers southwest side from the East side of  Cedar Street west to the bluff and from approximately I-90 through the South side of 14th Avenue. In 2002 the neighborhood was extended to include both sides of Cedar Street. In December we adjusted the by-laws to reflect the change.

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.

We had meetings on the first Tuesday of each month except for the months of January, February, June, July, & August at the Woman's Club at 9th and Walnut on the first Tuesday of each month during the year. We had meetings in July and August at 918 S. Cedar. To inform the neighborhood we mailed flyers to all households in the area if the meeting was has major significance to our constituents, 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. We have a mailing list fo active and semi-active members we send flyers to the other meetings. Additionally, we have a Phone Committee that phones each active member of the Steering Committee to remind of the upcoming meeting each month.

In 2002, to better inform our constituents,  we established a web site: Included on the site is the complete text of all of 2002 meeting minutes, a calendar, the by-laws, Steering Committee membership list, this report, the 2001 report, a Summary of Eligible CDBG Activities, Crosswalk and Traffic Concerns, and a resource area with a local history section, map and information from S.N.A.P. regarding the living green initiative.

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; 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; neighborhood 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 2002 -14 in attendance
We had guest speaker, CW a RSVP representative  who presented her program for picking up hazardous waste materials from the elderly and shut-ins throughout the city.  She reported that the program in 2001 picked up more than 11 tons of toxic chemicals and showed us a video about it.  Volunteers  were assigned to notify our neighborhood with door knob notices.  The Annual Report to the CD Board was reviewed.  Steve Spickard was handed over the position of chair for Cannonís Addition Community Development Committee from John Downes.  John Downes read the current Balance Statement to the group.   Discussion of annexing the East side of Cedar Street from 14th to the Northern border of the Downtown CD Neighborhood sighting the benefits that would be afforded in the improvements  to the damaged sidewalks. A sub-committee was formed to evaluate this possibility. The role of  CDNC liaison between the CD department and our Steering Committee was discussed . Concerns regarding traffic problems that will result to the neighborhood when the Monroe Street Bridge is closed for two years were aired.

April 2002 -13 in attendance
A plaque in appreciation for outgoing chair John Downes was presented to him.  The minutes from March Steering Committee meeting were read and approved.  RSVP and the Cannonís Addition CD Neighborhood will have a hazardous waste pickup on Saturday April 20.  The notices have been delivered to the neighborhood. A sign similar to the one in  Brown's Addition was discussed as far as placement.  This sign was not funded from the HUD funds.  The Spring Clean Green  event was moved to the Fall and a Large Appliance Pick Up Event was scheduled in its place. Committee volunteer appointments were updated. A spokesperson for the Neighborhood Leadership Committee gave a report. Priority Needs questionnaire  and the Summer Potluck Notification was discussed for the upcoming mailing.

May 2002 - 15 in attendance
The minutes from April were read and approved.  A guest speaker from the Office of Historic Preservation Program outlined this program.  The boundary expansion sub committee gave their report.  It was agreed that this request  for expansion  be given to the to the Community Development Board. The Large Appliance Pick Up Event was scheduled.  The importance of the Needs and Priorities Worksheet for the CD Neighborhoods was discussed.  Our neighborhood web site was discussed .  The date of our Fall Clean Green Event was chosen.

July 2002 - 8 in attendance
The minutes from May were read and approved. Arrangements for the sign were made to get it to a location where it can be worked on. Sheila Collins stopped in to discuss her positions in the upcoming November election.  The traffic safety issue of 10th and Maple was discussed.  A letter to the Traffic Department will be written and sent.

August 2002 - 8 in attendance
The minutes from July were read and approved. Steve Spickard reported that the sign had been assembled and painted. The sign was discussed as far as the graphics and placement. A letter was written to the Park Department as to placement.

September 2002 - 8 in attendance
The minutes from August were read and approved.  The sign was discussed.  Content of the letter going to the Traffic Department was ironed out.

October 2002 - 12 in attendance
The minutes from September were read and approved.  Kevin Brownlee from the CDNC was our guest speaker.  He discussed the Social Service aspect of the funding allocations.  The letter sent to Bob Turner of the Traffic Department was sent. The Cliff Cannon Nighborhood hosted a Public Meeting at Roosevelt Elementary School where Mr. Turner and Traffic staff discussed a proposed change to the traffic configuration.  The Sidewalk Committee will meet to finalize the locations of the replacement work to be done.  The Parks and Trees Committees were reminded of the funds available.

November 2002 -18 in attendance
The minutes from  the October meeting were read and approved.  A guest speaker from Peaceful Valley Community Center came to request funding.  Consideration for the CDBG (Community Development Block Grants) was discussed.  15% of the $25,000 or $3750, is to be granted to social service agencies.  Our recommendations for 2003 allocations are as follows:

  Coalition of Responsible Disabled $415
  Institute of Neighborhood Leadership $415
  Peaceful Valley Community Center $415
  Second Harvest Food Bank $415
  Spokane Youth Sports Association $430
  Volunteers of America Emergency Assistance Program $415
  Volunteers of America HOPE House $415
  YMCA, RSVP program $415
  YWCA Alternatives to Domestic Violence $415

  Public Service Total $3750

December 2002 - 18 in attendance.
With the  by-laws of our CD neighborhood in mind, we approved a motion to change the description in Section 3 - Neighborhood Boundaries to read, "both sides of Cedar" instead of , "the West side of Cedar".  This motion was approved by all.
As per the by-laws, the election of Chairperson, Vice Chair, Secretary, Membership Chairman was held. With unanimous approval, the following people were elected for the Historic Cannonís Addition Community Development 2003 positions;

Chairman: Steve Spickard
Vice-Chairman: Ted Barnwell
Secretary: Sue Marion
Membership Chairman: Edna Meyers

March 5----14        September----8
April  2----13         October----12
May 7----15            November----18
July 8 ----8              December----18


The recommendations were discussed and chosen at the Steering Committee's October and November 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 striven to take full advantage of available matching funds programs in these areas. We are allowed to make recommendation for Public Service in the amount of 15% for a total of  $3,750.  In our November meeting we agreed the amounts should be allocated as follows:

Agency:  Coalition for Responsible Disabled
Our Recommendation:  $415
Program: Volunteer/Resource Coordinator
Location: 612 N. Maple Street
Contact: Linda Schappals-McClain (509) 326-6355

The program goals of the Coalition For Responsible Disabled (CORD) are to offer persons with disablities opportunitities for personal growth through skills training, advoancy, resource brokerage, barrier removal, volunteerisum, and participation in community education, outreach, and self-advocacy activities. The CDBG funds would be used to fund a part-time staff person, Volunteer Resource Coordinator, to recruit, train and oversee volunteers as well as assist with producing and mailing our monthly newsletter. CORD volunteers will learn entry-level job skills and representing the agency i public meetings, such as resource fairs.

Benefit:   Direct and Area Benifit
Priority: Medium (Public Service: Services for those with Physical Disablities, Employment Training)

Agency: Northwest Regional Facilitators
Our Recommendation:    $415
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 seven 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:  Peaceful Valley Community Center
Our Recommendation: $415
Program: Community Center Operations Support
Location: 214 N. Cedar Street
Contact: Mark Reillty, (509) 624-8634

Peaceful Valley Community Center services the surrounding neighborhood including Historic Cannon's Addition. Their goal is to ensure no one in the neighborhood's commuinity center serves goes without the basic essentials. They offer various programs (free of charge) which include Enough to Eat Program, Free Laundry, Free Coffee and Free Clothes. Ninty-eight percent of those served are below the median family income (MFI). The CDBG funds will go toward sstaff time to run these programs and maintenance of their two washers and dryers.

Benefit: Direct and Area Benifit
Priority: Medium (Public Service: Family Support Services, Community Center Operation, Homeless Services)

Agency: Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest
Our Recommendation: $415
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:  Spokane Youth Sports
Our Recommendation: $430
Program: SYSA Summer Camp and After School Program
Location: 2002 E. Sprague
Contact: Don Graves, (509) 536-1800

Spokane Youth Sports provide all children, in the grater Spokane area, the opportunity to participate in physical education activities and sports to help empower body, mind and soul. Their purpose is to implant youth with good sportsmanship and ideals for how to be good citizens, which benefits the whole neighborhood and community. CDBNG funds will provide financial aid to children who lack funds to paarticipate.

Benefit: Direct and Area Benefit
Priority: High/Medium (Public Service: Youth Services, Family Support Service, Crime Prevention)

Agency:  Volunteers of America
Our Recommendation:  $415
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
Our Recommendation:   $415
Program: Hope House Emergency Shelter
Location: 111 W Third Avenue
Contact: Marilee K. Roloff, (509) 624-2378

Hope House provides emergency shelter for a diverse community of homeless women, many who are not eligible for other shelters in the area.  Hope House's first goal is to provide safety to vulnerable women. The program goal is to provide 28 beds of emergency shelter and basic needs including: light snacks, clothing, toiletries and showers. Shelter guests recieve information and referal for long-term housing placement and provide information and additional services such as health and chemical dependency treatment. 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/Medium (Public Service: Homeless Services, Substance Abuse Services, Emergency Shelter)

Agency: YMCA of the Northwest
Our Recommendation:  $415
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.  RSVP has five programs which serve illiterate children and adults, seniors and disabled, low income children and their families, seniors and their families and emergency preparedness.  CDBG fiends 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)

Agency: YWCA Alternatives to Domestic Violence
Our Recommendation:  $415
Program: YWCA Alternatives to Domestic Violence
Location: 829 W. Broadway
Contact: Pat Gruis, (509) 326-1190 ext,. 146

The mission fo the YWCA Alternatives to Domestic Violence is to provide intervention services to women and their children who are in danger of imminent violence. This is the only comprehensive program in Spokane City and County combiningprevention and intervention services. The vast majority of clients are in low-income family groups, and many of the adult femails have little or no means of financial support apart from their batterers. Anually over 5,000 victums access services. In 2002, the need for services increased by 60%. Funds will be used to meet the increasing cost of food for women and their children living in the confidential safe shelter.

Benefit: Diret and Area Benefit
Priority: High/Medium (Public Service: Family Support Services, Homeless Se4rvices, Crime Awareness/Prevention, Youth Services, Transitional Shelter)

Physical Improvements:                       $21,250

Sidewalk Reconstruction (1:1 Match)               $14,906

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 2003.  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)        $1,344

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)

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)

Summary - 2003 Projects and Allocations

Public Service ..... $3,750
Coalition of Responsible Disabled
Institute of Neighborhood Leadership
Peaceful Valley Community Center
Second Harvest Food Bank
Spokane Youth Sports Association
Volunteers of America Emergency Assistance Program 
Volunteers of America HOPE House
YMCA, RSVP program
YWCA Alternatives to Domestic Violence

Physical improvements ......  $21,250
Sidewalk Reconstruction 
Neighborhood Park Development 
Single Family Housing Rehabilitation Program 

Total  .....   $25,000

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

If, in the event the current allocation for Historic Cannon's Addition CD Neighborhood 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 Neighborhood Park Development and Street Tree Planting Projects.

   Membership and Meeting Information
Izzy Hawkins
Virginia Schurra
Ted Barnwell
Tom Hemken 
John Simanton 
Gene Bronson 
Mary Bronson 
Steve Spickard 
Susan Marion 
Edna Meyer 
Shirley Wilson 
Sheila Collins 
Laura Mincks 
John Zahner
John Downes 
Susan Downes 
Barbara Freeman 
Betty Nichols
George Pigman
Tim Martin
Rachel Martin
Susan Mitchell

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
Betty Nichols, Edna Meyer

Meeting Place: Women's Club -- 9th and Walnut

Meeting Date: First Tuesday of the month except January, February, July and August - Unless called by the Chairman

Meeting Time: 7 p.m.

Steering Committee Officers:

Steve Spickard, Chairman
Tom Hemken, Vice-Chairman
Sue Marion, Secretary
Edna Meyesr, Membership
Laura Mincks, CDNC

Officers elected in our December Meeting for 2003:

Steve Spickard, Chairman
Ted Barnwell , Vice-Chairman
Sue Marion, Secretary
Edna Meyers, Membership
Laura Mincks, CDNC

Respectfully submitted by Steve Spickard, Chair

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