COSTA MESA — Forced to choose between handing to the county the responsibilities for the city's affordable housing or creating a city-run housing agency, the City Council on Tuesday elected to keep the responsibility in-house.
The Costa Mesa Housing Authority will now oversee $9 million in affordable-housing accounts. The accounts used to belong to the city's redevelopment agency (RDA) until it was dissolved by Sacramento legislation, which cities challenged but the state Supreme Court upheld in December.
The RDA lent funds to the projects, which pay the city back over time.
City officials are still trying to determine how much will come back to Costa Mesa annually. Like the RDA, the entire City Council comprises the Housing Authority board.