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File #: 2117-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 9/14/2020 In control: Health & Human Services Committee
On agenda: 9/21/2020 Final action: 9/24/2020
Title: To amend Ordinance 1794-2020 so as to authorize Columbus City Council to enter into a grant agreement with Goodwill Columbus, not The Columbus Foundation, in support of its BINS Youth Homelessness Storage pilot project; and to declare an emergency. ($0.00)
Sponsors: Shayla Favor, Shannon G. Hardin, Priscilla Tyson
Explanation
The purpose of this ordinance is to amend Ordinance 1794-2020 to authorize Columbus City Council to enter into a grant agreement with Goodwill Columbus, not The Columbus Foundation, in support of its BINS Youth Homelessness Storage pilot project.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the homelessness issues that Columbus is facing, including the challenges faced by homeless youths. In seeking to achieve economic stability through work - a concern that is even greater now given the rising unemployment associated with the COVID-19 pandemic - homeless youths often cite the anxiety stemming from having to balance work with keeping personal belongings safe while living in unstable environments.

The youth homelessness storage pilot project is designed to help homeless teens and young adults (ages 18-24) work with dignity on their path to stability. Providing a safe place to store personal belongings while working allows a youth experiencing homelessness the opportunity to sustain work long enough to begin the process of moving toward stability. Expected outcomes are active usage of storage, change in work flexibility, ability to take advantage of time to meet basic needs without the burden of unsafely stored belongings.

Emergency action is requested in order to deploy the resources necessary without delay to initiate the BINS storage pilot.

Title
To amend Ordinance 1794-2020 so as to authorize Columbus City Council to enter into a grant agreement with Goodwill Columbus, not The Columbus Foundation, in support of its BINS Youth Homelessness Storage pilot project; and to declare an emergency. ($0.00)

Body
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the homelessness issues that Columbus is facing, including the challenges faced by homeless youths; and

WHEREAS, homeless youths often cite the anxiety stemming from having to balance work with keeping personal belongings safe while living in unstable environments; and

WHEREAS, providing a safe place to...

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