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File #: 2020-7686   
Type: Consent Calendar Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 2/18/2020
Title: Recommendation to: 1) Authorize the City Manager to Execute an Amendment to the Service Provider Agreement with Centro Legal de la Raza to Revise the Scope of Services, with No Change to the Compensation, for Legal Services to Lower-Income Tenant Households in Alameda; and 2) Accept Centro Legal de la Raza's Annual Report Concerning Free Legal Services for Low Income Tenants in Alameda. (Community Development 266)
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - Agreement, 2. Exhibit 2 - Annual Report, 3. Exhibit 3 - First Amendment, 4. Correspondence
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Recommendation to: 1) Authorize the City Manager to Execute an Amendment to the Service Provider Agreement with Centro Legal de la Raza to Revise the Scope of Services, with No Change to the Compensation, for Legal Services to Lower-Income Tenant Households in Alameda; and 2) Accept Centro Legal de la Raza's Annual Report Concerning Free Legal Services for Low Income Tenants in Alameda. (Community Development 266)

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To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In November 2018, the City Council approved a three-year Services Provider Agreement (Agreement) with Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal) to provide legal services to lower-income tenant households in the City of Alameda (City) (Exhibit 1). These services include legal consultation at weekly drop-in clinics and legal representation in matters such as unlawful detainers (evictions proceedings). There were also performance goals concerning delivery of services, developing housing stabilization strategies and reporting requirements. The total compensation for these services is $500,000, spread over the three years.

The Agreement also states that Centro Legal will provide an Annual Report setting forth its assessment of its performance under the Agreement, impediments to greater program success and proposed program and scope of service amendments. The Annual Report is attached as Exhibit 2.

Based on the first year of the Agreement, City staff and representatives of Centro Legal concluded that the Scope of Services should be revised to reflect more accurately ongoing outreach efforts and work on referring cases to the City Prosecutor (a staff position that the Council recently authorized and funded). The first amendment to the Agreement includes a revised Scope of Services that is better aligned with the needs of the clients being served. No budget adjustment is needed to deliver the amended Scope of Services but part of the budgeted funds would be allocated to ...

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