Ann Arbor doles out additional human services funding to prevent evictions, fight hunger
Several nonprofit human services agencies are getting a boost in funding after the Ann Arbor City Council took action Tuesday night to revise its 2011-12 allocation plan.
The $85,600 increase in payments actually represents a previously decided restoration of human services funding that was to be eliminated in the last round of city budget talks.
The council took action in May to dig into the city's reserves to stave off deeper cuts, and it finally voted 10-0 Tuesday night on a plan for how to allocate those dollars.
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Meanwhile, Legal Services of South Central Michigan is getting a $55,816 boost in funding to prevent evictions, bringing total city funding for that program up to $157,055.
Additionally, the city is kicking in $455 extra for legal services for seniors provided through the same agency, bringing city funding for that program up to $21,455.
Avalon Housing Inc. will get an additional $3,054 for supportive housing services, bringing its city funding up to $144,028.
Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw also will get an additional $2,169 for supportive housing services, bringing its city funding up to $102,294.
The Community Action Network will get an additional $1,971 for programs including youth enrichment, bringing its city funding up to $92,974.
The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, which runs the Delonis Center homeless shelter in Ann Arbor, is getting a $4,402 boost in city funding — up to $207,551.
Meanwhile, Home of New Vision is getting a $542 boost for its transitional housing program — up to $25,542.
Altogether, the city is doling out $1.24 million from its general fund for human services programs this year. With another $1 million from Washtenaw County, $348,460 in block grants channeled through the Urban County, and $1.68 million from the United Way, a total of $4.29 million is being awarded to 40 agencies for the delivery of 65 human services programs.
The council voted 6-5 in May in favor of a one-time use of fund balance to restore the $85,600 it has now allocated. Council members who supported the measure then included Sabra Briere, Marcia Higgins, Margie Teall, Stephen Kunselman, Mike Anglin and Mayor John Hieftje.
Anglin, D-5th Ward, was absent from Tuesday's meeting when the rest of the council voted unanimously on the new allocation plan.
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