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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 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; and

 

WHEREAS, expenditure of CARES Act funding to support Goodwill's, not The Columbus Foundation's, BINS pilot project is necessary to address the demand for services supporting the homeless population, demands that have increased as a function of the COVID-19 public health emergency; and

 

WHEREAS, such expenditure of funds has not been previously accounted for in the 2020 Budget; and

 

WHEREAS, it is necessary to amend Ordinance 1794-2020 to correct the name of the organization that is entering into the grant agreement; and

 

WHEREAS, an emergency exists in the usual daily operation of the City in that it is immediately necessary to amend the ordinance to authorize City Council to enter into a grant agreement with Goodwill Columbus to support its BINS pilot project to provide assistance for the homeless population, for the preservation of the public, health, safety and welfare; now, therefore,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS:

 

SECTION 1. That Ordinance 1794-2020 be and hereby is amended as follows:

 

SECTION 1. That Columbus City Council is hereby authorized to enter into a grant agreement with The Columbus Foundation Goodwill Columbus in support of its BINS Youth Homelessness Storage pilot project.

 

SECTION 2. That for reasons stated in the preamble hereto, which is hereby made a part hereof, this ordinance is hereby declared an emergency measure and shall take effect and be enforced from and after its passage and approval by the Mayor, or ten days after passage if the Mayor neither approves nor vetoes the same.