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City Council approves more than $475,000 for social service needs


  June 18, 2014

  Contact:  Jan Cameron, Parks, Recreation & Human Services Dir.,
  City Council approves more than $475,000
  for social service needs


The Scottsdale City Council on Tuesday, June 17, approved $487,501 to fund nonprofit agencies that provide programs and services to assist thousands of residents in need.

These programs and services help people like *Cesar, a middle school student who comes from a single-parent home. Thanks to financial support, Cesar’s mom has been able to send him to the Boys and Girls Club as a safe after-school haven. He completes homework there, participates in various club programs and even teaches the younger kids how to play soccer and football. It’s hard to imagine where Cesar might be today if not for the opportunity to attend the program.

Funding to permit Cesar to attend the Boys and Girls Club came from Scottsdale Cares, the city’s voluntary utility bill donation program. Scottsdale Cares will allocate $140,000 to 12 agencies in the upcoming fiscal year.

In addition to Scottsdale Cares funding, the city’s General Fund will allocate $200,000 to eight other agencies. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community grant funding will provide $167,951 to three agencies that serve the most vulnerable populations of the Scottsdale community.

Here’s an overview of the programs and how money is being distributed. Detailed information is available by viewing the June 17 City Council Agenda.

Scottsdale Cares is a voluntary donation program that allows residents to add an extra $1 per month to their monthly utility bill. Monies support programs such as teen suicide prevention, drug intervention and prevention, youth mentoring and job skills for people with learning disabilities. Agencies funded:
• Aid to Adoption of Special Kids: $8,926
• Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation: $5,000
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona: $5,000
• Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale: $20,000
• Community Bridges, Inc.: $15,374
• Cortney’s Place: $10,000
• Family Promise Greater Phoenix: $27,500
• Homeward Bound: $5,400
• notMYkid: $2,800
• Save the Family Foundation of Arizona: $10,000
• Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS): $15,000
• Teen Lifeline: $15,000

General Fund monies are part of the city’s operating budget. Allocations will go to nonprofit agencies that provide services such as shelter assistance, crisis intervention and counseling.  Agencies funded:
• A New Leaf, Inc. – East Valley Men’s Shelter: $32,000
• A New Leaf, Inc. – East Valley Women’s Shelter: $9,000
• A New Leaf, Inc. – La Mesita Family Shelter: $20,250
• Central Arizona Shelter Services: $55,000
• Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence: $9,500
• Family Promise Greater Phoenix: $28,500
• Jewish Family & Children’s Service: $23,750
• Sojourner Center: $22,000

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community grant funding will go toward agencies that provide meals to those in need:  
• Concerned Citizens for Community Health: $22,900
• Foothills Caring Corps, Inc.: $16,771
• Tempe Community Action Agency – Senior Action Congregate Meals: $53,280
• Tempe Community Action Agency – Scottsdale Home Delivered Meals: $75,000

In April, the City Council approved two federally-funded programs. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program ($1,233,861) supports housing rehabilitation, improvements to public facilities and economic development activities. A minimum of 70 percent of the funds must benefit low- and moderate-income households. The HOME program ($209,671) supports a range of high quality, safe and affordable housing projects targeted to lower-income households. Agencies funded: 
CDBG – Public Services - $149,006
• Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services: $40,000
• Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, Inc.: $24,828
• Family Promise Greater Phoenix: $20,828
• Homeward Bound: $19,181
• Save the Family Foundation of Arizona: $20,169
• Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona: $15,500
• Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Arizona: $8,500
CDBG – Housing and Non-Public Services - $905,841
• Arizona Bridge to Independent Living: $34,886
• City of Scottsdale Housing Rehabilitation Program: $400,000
• City of Scottsdale Roof Repair and Replacement Program: $40,000
• City of Scottsdale Emergency Repair Program: $130,000
• Central Arizona Shelter Services, Inc. - Vista Colina Improvements: $100,955
• City of Scottsdale Economic Development – Building Façade Improvement Program: $200,000
CDBG –Administration - $179,014
• Community Assistance Office - CDBG Planning and Program Administration: $179,014
HOME - $209,671
• Newtown Community Development Corporation, Inc.: $209,671

Learn about resources to help residents. Those interested in donating to programs can visit Scottsdale Shares.

*Omission of last name requested.