County Commissioner Cavell Discusses New Housing Safety Efforts • Oakland County Times

VIDEO: County Commissioner Cavell discusses new housing safety efforts

VIDEO: County Commissioner Cavell discusses new housing safety efforts

(Crystal A. Proxmire, April 18, 2022)

Oakland County, MI – The Oakland County Board of Commissioners passed two resolutions at Wednesday night’s meeting that are aimed at increasing housing safety in Oakland County. The first creates the Oakland Together Housing Trust Fund to encourage accessible housing with funding for developers who agree to include accessible housing units in their plans.

The second, allocates funds to create a Shelter Capacity Fund to increase the number of emergency shelter beds available for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in our community, and to unbundle currently available units to improve security and privacy. In addition, the resolution restores the Oakland County Roofs, Ramps and Repairs program, which provides essential home repairs to Oakland County residents and will prioritize seniors.

Commissioner Charlie Cavell of Ferndale was among the Commission members working to research the issues and present the resolutions, including discussions with housing professionals.

Cavell spoke with Oakland County Times writer and editor Crystal Proxmire in a Zoom interview about the resolutions, including details of the plans, other ideas in the works, and a bit about why these topics matter to Commissioner.

The housing security measures adopted by the council follow the recommendations of the 2021 Oakland County Blueprint to End Homelessness which was made possible by a $250,000 state grant secured by Michigan State Senator Rosemary Bayer of Keego Harbor.

For more information on the Board of Commissioners, visit www.oakgov.com/boc or call 248-858-0100. To contact Commissioner Charlie Cavell, email him at [email protected] Learn more about the Housing Alliance at https://www.oaklandhomeless.org/.

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