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File #: 2130-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 9/16/2020 In control: Health & Human Services Committee
On agenda: 9/21/2020 Final action: 9/24/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of Development to execute a grant agreement with Community Refugee and Immigration Services to provide resettlement, relocation, job preparation and placement, immigration legal services, mentorship, community engagement, elder and family programming to refugees and immigrants in an amount up to $100,000.00; to authorize an expenditure up to $100,000.00 from the CARES Act Fund; to authorize the payment of expenses starting March 1, 2020; and to declare an emergency. ($100,000.00)
Attachments: 1. ORD2130-2020 2020-09-16 Admin Alvis Resilience Initaitive CARES Act
Explanation
BACKGROUND: This legislation authorizes the Director of the Department of Development to enter into a grant agreement with Community Refugee and Immigration Services for the provision of services for a nine-month period that begins on March 1, 2020, and terminates on November 30, 2020. The total amount of this grant is $100,000.00 and will be funded from CARES Act funds.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unforeseen needs among Columbus and Franklin County residents. In addition, human service agencies working to meet those needs have been impacted by unforeseen and unbudgeted costs. As a result, many residents and nonprofit human service providers are experiencing economic instability. It is essential for the City of Columbus to invest in ways that increase their resilience and stability. The Resilience Initiative was implemented to increase the capacity of human service providers to recover quickly and meet the increasing demands of residents for goods and services.

To support the City’s regional vision for economic security and resilience for all, the City, in partnership with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, conducted a competitive funding process in July and August 2020 from which the City and County received 247 proposals representing 247 agencies with over $91million in requests. From those proposals, 110 agencies were selected for funding. Eighty (80) agencies will enter into agreements with the City of Columbus and thirty (30) with Franklin County. This ordinance is one of four ordinances seeking approval to award these grants.

Community Refugee and Immigration Services is one of the agencies selected for funding. Community Refugee and Immigration Services provides resettlement, relocation, job preparation and placement, immigration legal services, mentorship, community engagement, elder and family programming to refugees and immigrants.

These services provided by Community Refugee and Immigration Services cannot be provided ...

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