Menlo Park has revised the ordinance that governs its below-market-rate housing program, streamlining the document and adding several provisions to make life easier for people in the program.
Among other things, the revised ordinance would add provisions aimed at better educating applicants, facilitating emergency repairs, and making it easier for one- and two-person households to obtain affordable housing.
The revisions come as part of a joint effort between city staff and the Housing Commission, and some come in direct response to frustrating experiences with program participants. The city tweaked the wording of one clause after being repeatedly nagged about it by a homeowner, and added a provision aimed at expanding its education efforts after one family repeatedly applied to purchase a home without understanding eligibility requirements.
The City Council could approve the changes to the ordinance at its March 2 meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, located in the Civic Center complex between Laurel and Alma streets.
Correction: In an earlier version of this article, we incorrectly reported that the city had added a clause to the ordinance that would make it easier for it to reclaim a home from a homeowner in the below-market-rate housing program. That sentence has been removed.