Ann Arbor giving $1.24M to community nonprofits for human services programs
The Ann Arbor City Council voted 10-0 Monday night to allocate $1.24 million in human services funding to various community nonprofit organizations.
That includes $144,028 for supportive housing services through Avalon Housing Inc., $95,955 for hunger relief through Food Gatherers, $20,000 for eviction prevention through Barrier Busters, and $247,551 for the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County.
Other allocations include $14,400 for family planning services for low-income women through Planned Parenthood, $27,594 for mental health safety net services through the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan, $12,877 for supporting persons with developmental disabilities and mental illness through the Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy, and $23,914 for meal delivery to homebound individuals through Meals on Wheels.
The Perry Nursery School of Ann Arbor is getting $110,756 for its Great Start/Great Life programs, while Legal Services of South Central Michigan is getting $178,510 for legal services for seniors and to help prevent evictions.
The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Washtenaw County is getting $92,400 for shelter and support for families experiencing homelessness, and Home of New Vision is getting $63,942 for transitional housing, case management and peer recovery support programs.
Another $4,599 is going to the HIV/AIDS Resource Center, while the Community Action Network is getting $105,809 and Catholic Social Services is getting $102,294.
The city is one of a handful of partners that annually funds nonprofit human services providers in the community through a collaborative funding process.
In addition to the $1.24 million from the city's general fund, another $1.68 million is expected to come from the United Way of Washtenaw County, $1 million is coming from county's general fund and $348,460 is coming from the Urban County, for a total of $4.29 million.
City and county officials have prided themselves on maintaining funding for human services in recent years despite grappling with tough budgets.
Council Member Sandi Smith, D-1st Ward, was absent.
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