Santa Ana : Relocation Grant Tied to City Council Action

A $109,000 federal grant will be earmarked for relocation of tenants displaced by the city’s code enforcement program if the City Council approves the plan today.

The City Council approved a like amount of cash for the program last December, about nine months after the city began an aggressive code enforcement effort on blighted apartments in the city.

The Feedback Foundation, a nonprofit organization that administers Meals on Wheels and other programs for the elderly, was selected in January to oversee the relocations. To date, 59 families have found new homes through the program and a total of 150 have been deemed eligible for assistance.

The major problem for the foundation, says LaDale Dunbar, who heads the tenant assistance program, is finding affordable replacement housing in Santa Ana. “Most of our families have five or six people and the average income is about $10,000,” she said.