COMOX VALLEY HOUSING TASK FORCE REPORTApril 2012 - February 2013
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ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCES
The CVRD provided VIHA Building Capacity to Address Homelessness fund to the HTF for two purposes: (1) to support the HTF mandate, as outlined in the approved Terms of Reference, and (2) todesign and distribute a $75,000 grant program to community organizations.The HTF has met twice as often as mandated by the Terms of Reference. In addition, members also participate in sub-committee meetings. In November, Finance Sector representative, MaureenHaslehurst, was thanked for her contribution to the HTF, as she moved on to other endeavours, andsubsequently, business owner, Michael Pitcher, was welcomed as the newest member of the HTF. (SeeAppendix #1 for current membership list.)During the process of contract development for grant projects, risk exposure was considered. BrianHunt, a corporate governance expert, offered his assistance to understand and respond to the questionof liability/indemnification. The HTF is not an entity and lacks the capacity to be indemnified. A draftMemorandum of Understanding (MOU) was developed, but due to the lack of direct responsibility for the HTF, and in consideration of Municipal Insurance Association advice on such matters, it is not possible for the CVRD to sign a MOU. This limits the extent of activities that the HTF can undertakewithout indemnification of the community members.The City of Courtenay holds the Task Force's funds in trust. Of the $114,482 Building Capacity toAddress Homelessness VIHA funds provided to the HTF, an average of $1043/month (staff time,advertising, etc) has been spent in support of the Task Force over the last 20 months, and $60,000 of the $75,000 grant program has been disbursed. The Task Force has budgeted for continuingadministrative support, completing the public awareness strategy and future organization development,as well as other building capacity initiatives. A financial statement is attached as Appendix #2.
BUILDING CAPACITY GRANTS
The Building Community Capacity Grant Program is fully subscribed and contracts were developedand are in place, as follows:
$2,500 to Wachiay Friendship Centre, in support of the Ad Hoc Emergency ResponseOrganization (AHERO) Community Resource Fair, which took place in October 2012.
$7,500 has been forwarded to the Denman Community Land Trust Association (DCLTA) for its agricultural housing initiative. The HTF also provided funds to the DCLTA for the $2million insurance coverage required by the City of Courtenay.
$25,000, as the first instalment for the $65,000 Comox Valley Community Capacity Initiative,with Dawn to Dawn as the lead proponent with partners AIDS Vancouver Island, ComoxValley Transition Society, and Wachiay Friendship Society. The second instalment of $25,000was released early in 2013. (The final disbursement will be $15,000.)A requirement for all three projects is a final report and joint public presentation, which has beententatively scheduled for the end of September, 2013.