Here’s a recap of our live coverage of tonight’s Evanston City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting.

A packet with information on tonight’s agenda items is available online (.pdf).

It’s a short agenda for the committee tonight. The aldermen will vote on an honorary street name designation, two requests for sidewalk cafe permits and a proposal for a $500,000 grant of federal HOME funds to Connections for the Homeless for a tenant-based rental assistance program.

Meeting called to order at 7:18 p.m.

Minutes approved.

Honorary street sign designation for Mary Lou Smith (former operator of the Top of the Tracks cafe). Poplar Avenue between Central and Harrison streets. Approved.

Sidewalk cafe requests for Farmhouse Evanston and for LaMaccina Cafe. Approved.

HOME funds for tenant-based rental assistance program.

Sue Calder of Housing and Homelessness Commission speaks in favor of the proposal.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says city hasn’t gotten data to support similar programs in the past.

Sue Loellbach of Connections says one program in the past, the FIT program, aided five people and four of them have now moved on to permanent housing.

Says would be happy to provide more frequent reports.

Rainey asks how would be able to get a tenant out of a unit if they become disruptive and need to be gotten out of the unit — given the constraints of the city’s landlord-tenant ordinance?

Sarah Flax, the city’s housing administrator, says will get more information about that.

Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, suggests looking at performance beyond the end of the three year grant and also tracking performance of children in families in school and other metrics. Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, makes similar request.

Rainey asks whether clients will be screened for drugs. Told Connections has no objection to doing that..

Rainey asks to hold the proposal for the committee’s next meeting.

Flax and Loellbach say they’ll have more information for that meeting.

So issue is held in committee until July 22.

Meeting adjourned.

City Council to start about 7:52 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

Leave a comment

The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *