U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Community Planning and Development

Consolidated Plan Contact


Burbank's 1995 Consolidated Plan constitutes a strategic vision for housing and community development in the City. This summarizes that plan so that citizens in the community can have a quick overview of Burbank's,housing and community development problems; the 5-year broad goals, strategies, and actions proposed to deal with those problems; and the specific projects proposed for 1995 to carry out this strategy, along with maps showing the location of most of these projects and how they relate to neighborhood conditions.


The goal of this program is to benefit very low and low income persons by providing them with decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities.

Action Plan

General housing objectives for the action plan include promoting the provision of adequate housing for all persons regardless of income, age, race, sex, or marital status; promoting provision of adequate housing choice by location, type price and tenure; and promoting the development of a balanced residential environment with access to employment opportunities, community facilities and services.

Citizen Participation

In September 1994, at the discretion of the Mayor and City Council, City staff mailed a citizen survey to 41,772 residential households. The purpose was to assess Burbank's desirability as a place to live, work, shop, and raise a family. A total of 9,146 (21%) households responded. This survey expressed the sentiment that the top 10 concerns of Burbank citizens are: crime & safety, schools, business retention & retirement, traffic, employment, population, airport issues, excess development, parking, city policy & services.


Burbank's population has grown dramatically since its incorporation in 1911. Between 1940 and 1950, population increased from 34,377 to 78,577. Burbank's estimated population as January 1, 1994 is 98,678. The City estimates that its population will reach 103,359 by the year 2000.

According to the 1990 census, Burbank is 69 percent white. Hispanics are the largest minority group (22%), having grown by 50% during the 1980's. The Asian population grew by 165% and represents 6.6% to the total. The number of Blacks increased almost four fold but represents less than two percent of the population.

Burbank is a regional employment center for the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas because of its unusually large and varied economic base, anchored predominantly by the manufacturing and motion picture/media industries. In 1990, manufacturing accounted for 35 percent of jobs. High technology manufacturing represents over 23 percent of employment, if production of aircraft and aircraft parts is included. The motion picture industry accounts for over 8 percent of employment. (See Map 2 for unemployment percentages in Burbank.)


The needs section of the plan outlines the extent of need by various groups for housing and the problems with community development that need to be addressed.


Multiple family dwellings comprise 48% of the City's housing stock and renter units are up 22% since 1980. Approximately 55% of the total rental housing units have been developed since 1960. Over 93% of all rental units are 0-2 bedroom units. Overall, the housing in Burbank is in good condition. Nevertheless, the City has previously identified some substandard units within the jurisdiction. In 1988, the City estimated it had 2,332 substandard units, 2,189 of which were suitable for rehabilitation and 143 units that were in need of replacement. Substandard units were estimated to comprise approximately 5.8% of the City's housing stock in 1988 as compared to 9.6% in 1980.

Homeless Needs

The 1990 Census identifies 45 homeless persons in Burbank. There are no homeless shelters in Burbank, however, there are local motels and YMCA facilities that provide temporary shelter. In addition to these facilities, the Burbank Temporary Aid Center and the Salvation Army provide many other services for the homeless.

Currently, there is not an accurate assessment of the needs of homeless persons in Burbank. However, a needs assessment for the homeless is in process. This study will assess the homeless population, facilities and services available, immediate and future needs, goals and objectives, and a plan of action.

Community Development Needs

In 1988, the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) called for 2,970 new housing units by 1994. The assessed called for 1,729 units affordable to very low, low and moderate income households, and 1,241 units for upper income households.

As of August 1992, 376 new upper income ownership units and 1,698 new rental units (1,600 moderate income and 98 very low income) have been completed. Deducting these newly constructed units from the total RHNA requirement leaves a need for 1,913 additional units. Of this amount 1,048 must be for very low and low income households.

Public and Assisted Housing Needs

The City has no public housing inventory. However, Burbank currently maintains 961 units of tenant based assistance composed of 615 certificates and 346 vouchers, while large family assistance is made up of 21 certificates and 36 vouchers. As a result of the Northridge earthquake that occurred in January 1994, the Burbank Housing Authority (BHA) issued 18 month certificates to 71 households.

Other Issues

Burbank currently estimates its lead paint housing stock based on national averages. These average reflect that housing built before 1940 has a 90% incidence of lead paint. Units built between 1940-1959 and between 1960- 1979 have lead incidence of 80% and 62% respectively. Applying the nation averages would indicate that an estimated 24,416 units, out of a total of 31,229, could possibly contain lead paint. Based on information received from the County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services, Burbank has had only one case of child lead poisoning from 1/l/94 to 1/28/94. for the same period, Los Angeles County had 351 reported cases. To address any problems that might occur Burbank will complete a survey of all housing units to determine their condition. From there, the necessary steps will be taken to reduce lead-based paint hazards.


The strategic plan lays out a long-term strategy to deal with the housing and community development needs.

Housing and Community Development Resources

The City faces a big challenge in marshaling the resources necessary to implement its plan. The Consolidated Plan contains an inventory of Federal, State, and local programs available to carry out the plan.

Priority Housing and Homeless Objectives

First Priority:

Very low income (0-30% and 31-50% Median Family Income) These priorities are to help individuals or families that fall into the following categories: elderly 1 & 2 member households (Renters), small related households (Renters), large related households (Renters), All other households (Renters), Existing homeowners, homeless persons (Individuals and Families), non-homeless persons with special needs.

Second Priority:

Other low income (51-80% MFI) This priority is specifically to help individuals or families that are existing homeowners and are in the 51-80% MFI bracket.

Third Priority:

Other low income (51-80% MFI) This priority is similar to the first priority except that the income bracket in this group is not as needy.

Non-Housing Community Development Objectives

On April 18, 1995 the City Council of Burbank met to appropriate funds for fiscal year 1995-96 CDBG projects. The following projects are ones that received approval and financial support.

Public Facilities and Improvements

The funds allocated for public facilities and improvements total $857,754. $600,000 will be used towards Burbank Unified Schools and the remaining $257,754 will be used for sidewalk repair and alley reconstruction.

Removal of Architectural Barriers

The City of Burbank will allocate $236,500 in fiscal year 1995-96 for the removal of barriers from city facilities. This includes the removal of structurally substandard buildings, elimination of environmental deficiencies, and the removal of impediments to land disposition and development.

Other Considerations

Public Policy: Burbank expects to add 400 residential units to its housing stock each year through 2010. Factors that affect the City's ability to develop these units include land availability and suitability, market costs and activity, recycling potential, rate of household formulation, public policy concerns, and infrastructure capacity.

Lead-based Paint: Burbank has a plan that includes a number of actions to reduce lead-based paint hazards and prevent childhood lead poisoning. Many of the actions are educational in nature and are designed to inform the public to the potential dangers they may face.


This section constitutes the annual plan for utilizing Community Development Block Grant funds and other resources available to the community in 1995.

Overview of Proposed Activities

Section 8 Program - expand the monthly rental assistance program to help more very low income households. Currently the Section 8 certificate and voucher program is helping 961 tenants to achieve an independent living standard. Burbank plans to expand this program by applying for 200 units of new assistance this year.

New Construction Program - the Redevelopment Agency has a proposed project (City Center Mixed Use Project) for 144 new units of very low and low income senior housing for this year. In addition, approximately $1.1 million are projected for new projects and continuing projects already under construction.

Acquisition & Rehabilitation Program - the Redevelopment Agency has acquired and plans to rehabilitate 60 units of very low and low income multiple family residential property. Total expenditures are estimated to be $1.8 million and may include $558,000 of HOME funds. Properties will be acquired by June 1996 and are located in the 100 block of West Elmwood Avenue.

Residential Rehabilitation Program - This program will rehabilitate 50 units of lower income residential property, consisting of 25 single family units and 25 multiple family units. The program provides low interest, deferred loans in varying amounts to homeowners and investor owners. Total expenditures are projected to be $400,000. Special marketing efforts are conducted in lower income or minority concentrated areas.

First Time Homebuyers Program - This program provides mortgage assistance to low and moderate income first time homebuyers. Total expenditures are estimated at $200,000 and the goal is to assist 20 households. Programs will be administered through the Los Angeles County Mortgage Credit Certificate Program and the California Housing Finance Agency with participation by private lenders.

Neighborhood Revitalization Program - This program targets specific areas of the City for concentrated community development activities to maintain and preserve viable neighborhoods. When activities are conducted in eligible areas, CDBG funds will be used to partially offset program costs.

Fair Housing Program - The City provides CDBG funds to the Fair Housing Council of the San Fernando Valley to implement fair housing and increase the choice of housing opportunities for all residents. Special emphasis is directed toward areas of concentrated low income and/or minority populations.


MAP 1 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas, and minority concentration levels.

MAP 2 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas, and unemployment levels.

MAP 3 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas, unemployment levels, and proposed HUD funded projects.

TABLE (without associated map) provides information about the project(s).

To comment on Burbank's Consolidated Plan, please contact:
Mas Yoshinaga
(818) 238-5160

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