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

Consolidated Plan Contact


A suburb of Los Angeles County, Glendale was formed in the 1880's after the railroad connection was made between Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. The City was incorporated in 1906. Light industry includes aerospace-related facilities and other defense-oriented operations, and the City is a center of the film industry as well.

Action Plan

The CDBG program is one of the three grant program components of the Consolidated Plan. The ESG and HOME programs represent the other two grant program components. The proposed funding appropriation for the 1995-96 CDBG program is $4,425,577. The entitlement amount for the 1995-96 ESG homeless program is $109,000 and $1,375,000 for the HOME program.

Citizen Participation

The City's Citizen Participation Plan process was developed to address regulatory requirements for citizen participation, and for allowing citizens adequate opportunity to review and comment on the development of the proposed plan. This process included: 1) two public hearings and focus groups (which were announced in Armenian, English and Spanish) that were held on November 9, 1994 and March 30, 1995 to solicit input on the development of the Consolidated Plan, 2) recommendations of various committees including the Community Oriented Police Partnership, Glendale Youth Task Force, the Glendale Homeless Coalition, and the Neighborhood Planning task Force, and 3) a community needs survey mailed to residents of seven low-moderate income census tracts, and three commercial streets.

Based on the aforementioned process and input, the City advertised a Request for Proposals, and held a bidder's conference to assist social service agencies, community residents, and interested groups in developing proposals for funding assistance through the CDBG and ESG programs. A three member panel of the Glendale Homeless Coalition reviewed ESG proposals. A six member CDBG citizen proposal review committee was appointed to review CDBG funding proposals. Both the panel and committee made funding recommendations to the City Council.


Improvements to the City's infrastructure and neighborhood commercial areas will help to mitigate problems like urban blight, economic decline, and traffic congestion, and also helps to foster a sense of community pride. The City's Neighborhood Services Section will carry out planning activities which are aimed at improving and maintaining Glendale neighborhoods, promoting personal responsibility, and encouraging citizen participation.

Glendale had a predominately White (91.7 percent) population in 1980. Due to an influx of ethnic persons since 1980, the ethnic composition of the City has changed. According to the 1990 census, 63.7 percent of the Glendale population is White, 21.0 percent is Hispanic, and 13.7 percent is Asian. The remainder consists of Black (1.2 percent), American Indian (0.3 percent), and other (0.2 percent).


Housing Needs

According to HUD data, approximately 81 percent of Glendale's extremely low to middle income renter households experienced one or more housing problems in 1990. In addition, over 90 percent of the City's extremely low income large renter families are living in overcrowded conditions. In general, overcrowding in Glendale is a far more acute problem among renter households than among owner household, regardless of income levels.

In 1990, approximately 43 percent of the City's low and moderate income owner households has a housing cost burden of over 30 percent of their income. The housing needs for the community are centered around low and moderate income families in each of the following categories:

Market Conditions

Although residential development in many urbanized areas of the County is beginning to slow, Glendale experienced a 17% growth in its housing stock during the 1980's, when its housing stock rose from 61,653 units in 1980, to 72,114 in 1990.

In addition, Glendale is experiencing a changing trend in the composition of its housing stock. Whereas single and multi-family units were once the predominant housing type, multi-family units now comprise 60% of the City's housing stock.

Affordable Housing Needs

High land values in Glendale make home ownership prohibitively expensive for lower and moderate income households. In 1990, approximately 43 percent of the City's lower and moderate income owner households faced a housing cost burden of over 30 percent of their income. Also, given that over 65 percent of the City's households are families, and that 88 percent of the City's lower to moderate income large renter families are living in overcrowded conditions, the City's housing strategy will be to encourage home ownership through the provision of first time home buyer assistance.

Homeless Needs

Needs for the homeless in Glendale were largely derived from the Glendale Homeless Coalition report. The Coalition is comprised of social service agencies, churches, government agencies, City departments, hospitals, schools, business, homeless and formerly homeless individuals. Based on local homeless studies conducted in 1992, the current number of Glendale homeless persons and individuals is as follows:

Public and Assisted Housing Needs

Approximately 81 percent of Glendale's extremely low to middle income renter households experienced one or more housing problems in 1990, demonstrating a significant need for subsidized affordable rental housing in the City. While there are no public housing projects in Glendale, the City's strategy has been and will continue to be to assist in the development and rehabilitation of privately owned, both for-profit and non-profit, affordable rental housing using federal, state and local resources

Barriers to Affordable Housing

The City has sponsored and subsidized a number of federally and locally assisted housing projects for low and moderate income households. However, the private sector continues to experience barriers that impede the development of affordable housing units for these households. Three main zoning requirements negatively impact the development of affordable housing projects: conditional use permits, design review of affordable housing projects and the California state law regarding density bonuses. Land use controls may limit the amount or density of development, thereby increasing the per unit cost of housing. Building and utility fees contribute to the cost of housing and may constrain the development of lower priced units. However, Glendale's Community Development and Housing Department pays all fees for City assisted affordable housing projects. Also, Glendale is essentially built out and there are few large parcels of land available.

Fair Housing

There is an overall disproportionate housing assistance need among extremely low- and low- income minority households. All extremely low- and low-income Hispanic household (except small family owner-households) have disproportionate housing assistance needs compared to the City as a whole.

The City has contracted with the San Gabriel Valley Fair Housing Council for Fiscal Year 1995-96, beginning August 10, 1995 to provide services for affirmative marketing and minority outreach. Services include: investigation of fair housing complaints, random audits of available housing, home ownership workshops, public education and a newsletter.

Lead-Based Paint

Starting in 1978, the use of all lead-based paint on residential property was prohibited. However, it is estimated that 75% of all residential property build before 1978 contains lead-based paint, older properties having the higher incidence.

Seventy-five percent of Glendale's housing stock was built prior to 1978, making lead-based paint an environmental hazard to a substantial portion of the city's residents of all income groups.

Community Development Needs

The City has identified five high level community facility priorities: youth centers, neighborhood facilities/multi-purpose community centers, parks/recreation facilities, parking facilities, and one-stop employment and training facilities.

The following have been identified by the City has the three highest level public social service priorities: crime awareness, youth services, and employment training services. Other services needed by the community include senior services, child care services, fair housing services, health services, and services for the disabled.

Neighborhood revitalization continues to be a major national objective of the CDBG program. The immediate need is to emphasize the revitalization of neighborhood and residential commercial zones on Colorado Street and Adams Square. The San Fernando Rd. redevelopment area has also been identified as needing public improvement upgrades in order to stimulate public-private redevelopment projects.

Economic development needs include commercial rehabilitation and improvements, micro- business development, and small business technical assistance.


The City of Glendale's Department of Community Development and Housing took the lead on behalf of the City in developing and coordinating activities for the Consolidated Plan.


Vision for Change

Glendale's five year strategic plan for affordable housing establishes housing program priorities as well as prescribes programs and actions to resolve the housing issues identified in the Housing Market Analysis and Housing Needs Assessment portions of the Consolidated Plan.

Housing Priorities

Glendale has placed a high priority on addressing the following categories of housing needs: owner households, small renter households and elderly renter households.

The greatest amount of funding will be used to assist renter households. This results from the inclusion of HUD Section 8 Rental Assistance which accounts for 44 percent of the City's anticipated affordable housing funds. The majority of HOME funds will be used to assist small related renter households ($2.04 Million), elderly renter households ($680,000) and owner households ($1.6 Million). Large related renter households are allocated $680,000.

Non-Housing Community Development Priorities

The Community Development and Housing Department has structured itself around providing and facilitating priority services to local neighborhoods and the City's surrounding regions. Over the course of the next five years, the Department will allocate resources in the areas of: community facilities, infrastructure improvements, public services, accessibility needs, economic development, planning, and other community development needs such as code enforcement.

Anti-Poverty Strategy

The community development and housing strategies are intended to reduce the number of households with incomes below the poverty level. The programs are intended to assist poverty level community residents with expanded economic opportunities, decent housing and a suitable living environment.

The goal of the City of Glendale is to reduce the number of southern Glendale households with incomes below the poverty line from 22.84 percent of the area's population to below 20 percent during the 5-year Consolidated Plan period provided funding levels remain level or rise. To work towards achieving this goal, the City will aggressively implement programs and policies in a comprehensive and coordinated manner to provide the greatest impact possible.

Housing and Community Development Resources

The Glendale Department of Community Development and Housing is the primary agency dealing with affordable housing in Glendale. The City of Glendale continues to improve its housing, homeless, and community service delivery system in order to more efficiently provide services and programs to its residents. The Department is currently comprised of the following five sections: 1)Housing Assistance(Section 8 rental assistance, Family Self- Sufficiency, Senior Homesharing); 2) Housing Development and Preservation (new construction and rehabilitation funded with redevelopment set-aside funds, HOME, Section 811/202 housing, density bonus projects); 3) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG and ESG funded programs including public social services, public and community facility improvements and homeless programs); 4) Neighborhood Services (code enforcement, anti- graffiti, community education, neighborhood planning and youth employment programs); and 5) Employment and Training (JTPA/PIC).

The City General Fund "Special Revenue Fund" is used to fund a variety of social service programs in Glendale. The Glendale Redevelopment Agency sets aside 20 percent of the tax increment generated from its redevelopment project for low and moderate income housing.

Non-profit organizations are playing an increasing role in the provision of public social services and affordable housing in Glendale. There are many private for-profit builders, developers and contractors in the Glendale area. In addition, firms outside the region often do projects in the City as long term investments or for resale. Private lending institutions provide funds for housing development and rehabilitation. The City has worked with banks to leverage public monies for affordable housing projects, and to process loans for City housing rehabilitation programs.

Coordination of Strategic Plan

The City will continue to improve on coordination activities between assisted housing providers and private and governmental social service agencies.


The 1995-96 CDBG, ESG, and HOME Action Plan represents the first year of a Five Year Consolidated Plan. Each project that is approved for funding between now and the next five years relates to the needs and priorities addressed in the Five Year Consolidate Plan.



Summer Basketball Program
Homenetmen Ararat Chapter
$ 12,000
Case Manager for Homeless People in Glendale
The Salvation Army Glendale Corps
$ 29,771
Seven Month Emergency Shelter Program
Lutheran Social Services of Southern California
$ 10,940
Case Management for the Homeless & At Risk Loaves & Fishes
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc.
$ 38,414
Fair Housing
Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley
$ 15,000
Community Outreach Project
Armenian Relief Society of Western U.S.A. Inc.
$ 45,000
Varsity Spirit Program
Verdugo Hills Council, Boy Scouts of America
$ 35,216
Glendale Healthy Kids Program
Glendale Healthy Kids
$ 8,000
Senior Employment Service
Greater Glendale Council on Aging
$ 17,395
Job Development/Job Training Project
Glendale Association for the Retarded
$ 12,000
Youth Sports Outreach Program
Glendale Presbyterian Church
$ 15,450
Glendale Youth Opportunity and Outreach Project II$ 25,000
SUB TOTAL$ 264,186

Neighborhood Beautification Program$165,600
Youth Employment Program$ 92,000
COPPS (Community Police Partnership)$ 46,000
Employment and Training Kiosk$ 27,600
SUBTOTAL$ 331,200

Cerritos Plus
Cerritos Elementary School (Glendale Unified School District)
$ 24,719
Resurfacing Outdoor Court
Homenetmen Ararat Chapter
$ 11,500
Shelter for Battered Women & Children, Lead Abatement Project
YWCA of Glendale
$ 16,972
SUB TOTAL$ 53,191

Maple Park Gymnasium Floor$ 150.000
Neighborhood Park Development$ 500,000
Multi-Purpose Community Center Development$ 500,000
Employment and training One Stop Center$ 400,000
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Modification$ 42,000
SUB TOTAL$ 1,592,000

Colorado Facade Improvements$ 100,000
Colorado Street Enhancements$ 430,000
San Fernando Public Improvements$ 400,000
Adams Square Improvements$ 50,000
Neighborhood Improvement Projects$ 100,000
SUB TOTAL$ 1,080,000

Housing Rehabilitation$ 195,000
Code Enforcement$ 230,000
SUB TOTAL$ 400,000

Micro-Business Assistance$ 50,000
SUB TOTAL$ 50,000

Program Total$ 3,540,000
Administration$ 630,000
TOTAL$ 4,425,577

Entitlement (includes $ 20,097 reallocated funds)$ 3,970,577
Reprogrammed Funds$ 430,000
Program Income$ 25,000
GRAND TOTAL$ 4,425,577

Seven Month Emergency Shelter Program
Lutheran Social Services of Southern California
$ 27,060
Homeless Prevention-Loaves & Fishes
Catholic Charities
$ 49,490
Glendale Emergency Cold Weather Program
for the Homeless
Glendale Presbyterian Church
$ 18,000
Glendale YWCA Domestic Violence Project
YWCA of Glendale
$ 6,000
Assist Care For Homeless Patients
Glendale Adventist Medical Center
Community Services Outreach
$ 3,000
Administration$ 5,450
GRAND TOTAL$ 109,000

Multi-Family Housing Acquisition and Rehabilitation
Community Development & Housing Department
$ 800,000
Single Family Housing Rehabilitation
Community Development & Housing Department
$ 200,000
First Time Home Buyer Program
Community Development & Housing Department
$ 237,500
PROGRAM TOTAL$ 1,237,500

Administration$ 137,500
GRAND TOTAL$ 1,375,000


MAP 1 depicts points of interest in the jurisdiction

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

MAP 3 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas, and minority concentration levels.

MAP 4 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas, and unemployment levels.

MAP 5 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 Glendale's Consolidated Plan, please contact:

Mr. Moises Carrillo
Senior Administrative Analyst
PH: (818) 548-2060

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