Social Services Grants

Some changes may come to the city’s social services grant program.

City staff held an open house at the municipal center where they answered questions and gathered feedback on proposed changes, which included doubling its funding from $250,000 to $500,000.

The city created the grant program in 2007 to provide financial assistance to municipal and not for profit social service agencies such as 360 Youth Services and Loaves and Fishes.

Besides having more money to allocate to these organizations, the city’s also making the grants a reimbursement and requires documentation of expenses.

“Previously what was happening is if organizations were awarded grant money at the beginning of the fiscal year, we would just cut them a check for their awarded money and this will just change that a little bit to make sure we have documentation of the expenses,” said Karen Robles, the city’s Transportation and Planning Team Leader.

That documentation can include invoices and receipts, payrolls, and voided checks.

“With the potential for more money being available, the fact that they want the agencies to be more responsible in vouching for what we do and specifically how we’re using the money, I’m fine with that,” said Ron Hume, Executive Director for 360 Youth Services. “It’s just the city being good stewards of taxpayers money and as a taxpayer, I like that myself.”

Applicants must also prove they comply with all obligations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The proposed changes must be approved by city council members, who are expected to vote on them at their August 20th meeting.

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