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Councilmember Tyson Announces Pilot Human Services Funding Program

For Immediate Release 
September 11, 2013 

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Councilmember Tyson Announces Pilot Human Services Funding Program

(Columbus)—Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla R. Tyson and Mayor Michael Coleman are proud to announce the 2013 Pilot Human Services Funding Program designed to align human services funding with community needs and improve the lives of Columbus families.    Following a competitive grant application process, City Council approved ordinance 2084-2013 to support seven agencies selected to participate in the program because of their services for the working poor and offender re-entry programming.

“Now more than ever, we need to concentrate our efforts on breaking the cycle of poverty so that our children are ready to contribute their full potential to building a healthy community,” said Councilmember Tyson, who chairs the Health and Human Services Committee. “This will make our families safer and help our workforce compete in the global economy.” 

The grant funding model was based on feedback received from nonprofit leaders, research on national best practices, and an analysis of underserved needs in Columbus.  The goal of the pilot program is to create a competitive grant process by 2015 that will allow agencies that have an established relationship with the city, and organizations that do not yet receive funding, a chance to secure city support. A competitive process will ensure that Columbus tax dollars are invested strategically and responsibly to help our most vulnerable populations and make Columbus a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

The seven agencies participating in the program are:

Physicians CareConnection - $30,000

Funds will assist in providing for patient primary care through free clinics, specialty care for the uninsured, dental care, linkage to insurance and care coordination.

HandsOn Central Ohio - $30,000

Funds will help procure a new phone system to improve and increase call volume, increase referral services and save monthly phone expenses.

Alvis House - $100,000

Funds will support the Community Empowering Change Program, which allows those involved in the criminal justice system to access job readiness services, case management and support, self-employment training and peer-to-peer mentoring.

Goodwill Columbus - $55,000

Funds will support the re-entry program to help those with criminal justice histories obtain employment through work readiness programs, paid transitional work and job development/coaching activities.

United Way of Central Ohio - $10,000

Funds will support the Tax Time Coalition (formerly known as the EITC Program) by connecting qualified households to financial education and savings opportunities and enable families to claim tax deductions and tax credits.

Columbus Early Learning Centers - $25,000

Funding will assist families with special “step up” scholarships from publicly funded child care subsidies by assisting those who marginally exceed the 125% federal poverty level.

Legal Aid Society of Columbus - $50,000

Funds will be used to provide legal assistance to women who have children and are victims of domestic violence by expanding legal clinics, civil protection orders, advice and counsel for post-separation, and other civil needs.

“These seven programs were selected based on the strength of their outcomes, the capacity of the organizations and innovative collaboration with niche human services organizations,” said Councilmember Tyson.

Click here for more information on the pilot program.


Attached: Councilmember Tyson congratulates the recipients of pilot program funding.