THOUSAND OAKS LEADERS SUPPORT DRIVE TO RENOVATE AGING HOMES.Byline: Sonia Giordani Daily News Staff Writer
With dozens of the city's 40- and 50-year-old homes visibly deteriorating, Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. officials are looking to expand rehabilitation programs Noun 1. rehabilitation program - a program for restoring someone to good health
program, programme - a system of projects or services intended to meet a public need; "he proposed an elaborate program of public works"; "working mothers rely on the day care into older neighborhoods to make houses safer and more attractive.
Officials will meet next week to discuss ways to target neighborhoods with aging houses and apartments. One proposal would send city staffers to look for building code violations in older homes, and to notify owners that the time to start making repairs is now.
``Rather than allowing the condition to continue and spread throughout a neighborhood, my idea is to let people know that they have to keep up the level of maintenance,'' said Councilwoman Judy Lazar.
Homeowners also would be told about existing housing rehab programs, said Lazar, who wants the council to adopt a proactive program for a six-month trial period.
The City Council last month indicated a renewed interest in housing, particularly in increasing affordable housing in Thousand Oaks. The council allocated $2.7 million to Many Mansions, a nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.
Nonprofits are also called not-for-profit corporations. Nonprofit corporations are created according to state law. housing advocate, to help acquire and rehabilitate re·ha·bil·i·tate
1. To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education.
2. To restore to good condition, operation, or capacity. the Island Village apartment complex.
On Tuesday, the council is expected to create a Housing Issues Committee that would include representatives of Many Mansions, the Council on Aging and the Area Housing Authority. The housing committee would advise the city on affordable developments and would work with the city to improve aging residences.
Additionally, the council is scheduled to reconsider drafting an ordinance to crack down on landlords who allow the apartments to deteriorate.
``In view of regular concerns with unsafe and unsanitary un·san·i·tar·y
Not sanitary. housing in the city, this item is of utmost importance and it should be prioritized and expedited,'' Councilman Andy Fox For the FoxTrot character, see .
Andy Fox is a first base/infield coach for the Florida Marlins and a former professional baseball player. In Major League Baseball, he played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Montreal Expos, and the Florida Marlins. wrote in a memo to city officials.
The issue of ensuring safe and affordable housing has been a growing priority among city officials. In the early 1990s, the city worked with Many Mansions to rehabilitate the Shadow Hills complex.
``At that time, the city considered it a rogue project. The fact is that all through California and especially Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, , private rental housing has become the housing of last resort for many low-income residents. They tend to get overcrowded o·ver·crowd
v. o·ver·crowd·ed, o·ver·crowd·ing, o·ver·crowds
To cause to be excessively crowded: a system of consolidation that only overcrowded the classrooms. . The landlords sometimes don't maintain the complexes,'' said Olav Hassel, housing services manager.
With more than 5,000 rented apartments in the city and about a quarter of the city's condominiums and homes also leased - accounting for roughly 35 percent of the city's housing stock - Hassel said the city's priority now has turned to making sure all residential communities are maintained.
``This City Council meeting is really addressing the fact that Thousand Oaks will not take it lying down. Apartments and all rental units will maintain high standards,'' he said.