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What is Human Service Funding?

 

HUMAN SERVICES FUNDING 

The Housing Development provides funding to local 501(c)(3) and 509(a) non-profit agencies for the provision of human services to low and moderate-income persons in the community.  These activities are governed by the federal regulations for the Community Development Block Grant.

Funding is available for agencies that provide Emergency Care and Shelter and Youth Services.

For several years, the City has partnered with Pikes Peak United Way to create a seamless application process for human service agencies.  The application process combines City discretionary human services dollars with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  The process enables nonprofit human service providers to submit only one application for City funds. This reduces the time spent in these efforts by the City, United Way and agency staff.  United Way handles the application process and manages the contracts for services with the nonprofit agencies.

The process used to determine funding for the nonprofit agencies consists of committees with representatives from the City, United Way, the Non-Profit Center, the private sector, and the community at large. These committees review all submitted proposals, attend agency presentations, and rate the proposals based on relevant criteria. These ratings are then used to determine the funding recommendations to City Council.

2014 Awards:

The City has allocated $375,100 for 2014 for youth services and emergency care and shelter programs.  Agency awards were determined through a competitive application process.

The following agencies were selected to service funding in 2014:

 

2014 HUMAN SERVICES PROJECTS

Ascending to Health Respite Care$36,640

Ascending to Health Respite Care provides a safe and supportive place for homeless individuals to recuperate once ready for release from the hospital.  Client Navigators provide case management support for up to eight clients each.  This includes placement into local motels or hospital beds in a dedicated space within the RJ Montgomery Center.  Each client then receives daily nutritional support and other social supports as part of intensive case management.  Clients receive a social and health benefits assessment and evaluation by an Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor.

CASA – Dependency and Neglect Program - $14,000

This agency provides and manages CASA volunteer advocates for children who are in out-of-home placements through the courts. Trained community volunteers monitor child abuse cases in which domestic violence is also present. The volunteer advocates represent the child’s best interest, assuring intervention and prevention throughout the case. The goal is a safe and permanent home for each child.

CASA – Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time - $6,500

This program provides a court-ordered service to protect children and adult victims from witnessing or involvement in physical conflict. The program enables adult victims of domestic violence to permit parenting time with the offender without face-to-face contact, alleviating further domestic violence, trauma or revictimization. The program provides accountability, and courts are informed of lack of compliance and/or inappropriate behaviors.

Catholic Charities $45,460

Funds will be used to support the Marian House Soup Kitchen.  The Marian House Soup Kitchen is the region’s largest daily-serving soup kitchen.  A hot, nutritious meal is served 365 days a year.  Guests experience the health benefits of a well-balanced main meal. The soup kitchen serves approximately 600 guests most days, including struggling families, seniors on fixed incomes, the working poor, veterans, persons with disabilities, unsupported teens and those who are homeless.

Colorado Springs Teen Court - $5,000

The Restorative Justice Sentencing Program seeks to provide the City’s at-risk young people with positive peer influence, community engagement opportunities and pertinent education so that they may become responsible citizens and future leaders. Any eligible juvenile charged with committing a misdemeanor offense in the City of Colorado Springs can choose Teen Court as their sentencing option.  Based on the severity of the offense and age of the offender, cases are forwarded to Peer Panels, Trial by Peer Jury or Restorative Mediation. 

Early Connections Learning Center - $18,500

This agency offers child care and education all day and throughout the year for low and very low-income families and single parents. The early learning program offers families comprehensive and affordable services including a literature-based curriculum focusing on literacy and school readiness, a well designed and implemented health and nutrition program, a professional development and training program for classroom staff, developmentally appropriate assessment tools, and a variety of family support and engagement opportunities.

Ecumenical Social Ministries (ESM)$6,000

The ESM Housing Program provides emergency rental assistance, temporary hotel/motel stay (maximum of one week) or assistance with payment of a security deposit in order to secure housing to those at risk of becoming homeless and who are currently working to stabilize their income, but who lack current income to maintain their current housing.  The program’s focus is primarily families with children.

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) $7,500

IHN provides temporary housing to homeless families with children who are referred by local agencies such as the New Hope Center, Department of Human Services and other local referral agencies. Strength-based case management is the primary tool to help guest families return to independent living. Homeless families are housed in existing space in churches and synagogues. Overnight accommodations and evening fellowship are provided to the families by the congregations’ own volunteer resources.

Lutheran Family Services $5,000

Lutheran Family Services provides services in foster homes to abused, neglected, and drug-endangered children and youth that have been referred by the courts and county human services departments for out-of-home placement. This program is a foster-to-adopt program, wherein families selected for foster care are also certified as prospective adoptive families.  The program specializes in the placement of the most difficult to place foster children – those eligible for adoption, two or more siblings cared for in a single foster home, minority children, and disabled children.

Safe Passage$9,000

This agency provides a comfortable, private, child-friendly environment in the Fourth Judicial District Court for children from birth to age 17 involved in the investigation of child abuse. Safe Passage also provides support and system education to child victims and their non-offending parents in order to strengthen the families’ abilities to begin the healing process. Services include forensic interviews and onsite sexual assault medical exams, crisis support, community referrals, court preparation and support, and educational support groups for parents and child victims.

Salvation Army – Children’s Discovery Center8,000

This program provides an environment designed to meet the specific needs of homeless families with children. The environment includes child and family friendly space with developmentally appropriate games and activities and quiet family gathering space. Included are meals and nutritious snacks, educational tutoring, bringing together community and educational resources, providing clothes and school supplies, and offering parenting education.

Salvation Army – Red Shield After School Program $15,000

The Red Shield After School and Summer Day Camp provide a safe, caring haven for children to learn and grow.  The children served come together with their peers and complete homework and learn social skills, as they develop their skills and talents.  90% of the children come from single parents who are the working poor. These children would be left home alone, if this program did not exist.  Red Shield provides tutors and mentors to help them achieve and succeed in school. 

Salvation Army – RJ Montgomery Center$72,000

The RJ Montgomery New Hope Center is the City’s only 24/7 walk-in emergency shelter for the homeless.  It can house and feed up to 210 residents per night.  Residents receive a safe and warm place to sleep, meals, showers and laundry facilities as well as case management to help them overcome the cycle of homelessness.  The New Hope Center also collaborates with the City of Colorado Springs to provide a warming shelter when the temperature falls below 32 degrees.

Special Kids/Special Families – Zach’s Place - $17,000

This program provides respite and independent life skills training for children between the ages of 5 and 21 with cognitive, physical, neurological, and medical disabilities. The focus of the program is directed at preserving the family unit. This facility is the only one of its kind in the Colorado Springs area, the only place where parents of children with special needs can find qualified before and after school, summer, evening, weekend, and overnight care for their children.

Springs Rescue Mission - $39,700

The Springs Rescue Mission’s Winter Shelter is a seasonal, cold-weather overnight shelter for homeless men and women.  The shelter opens on November 1st and is operational every night through April 15th with an expected 2014-2015 seasonal capacity of 50 beds per night. 

TESSA$15,000

TESSA provides intervention services for adult and child victims of domestic violence.  Funds will provide emergency care and shelter, support, advocacy, restraining order assistance, case management, 24-hour telephone crisis intervention, and information and referral services.

Urban Peak - $54,800

Funding will support the continuation of the shelter and outreach services as well as expand capacity for homeless street outreach to youth and young adults, ages 15 through 24.  Funding would allow Urban Peak to increase outreach hours to include weekends and evenings and would increase access and safe space potential through a “drop in” collaboration with Inside Out Youth Services, a local LGBT youth center. 

For additional information, please contact:

Housing Development Division
Carla Wilson
(719) 385-5335
cwilson@springsgov.com

Pikes Peak United Way
Claire Sanderson
(719) 955-0746
Claire@ppunitedway.org
www.ppunitedway.org