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File #: 2406-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/20/2020 In control: Criminal Justice & Judiciary Committee
On agenda: 11/9/2020 Final action: 11/12/2020
Title: To authorize the City Attorney to accept SVAA and VOCA funding from the Ohio Attorney General in the amount of $248,606.54 to support the victim advocacy services; to authorize the transfer of matching funds in the amount of $49,141.31 from the General Fund; to authorize total appropriation of $297,747.85; and to declare an emergency. ($297,747.85)
Attachments: 1. Ord 2406 2020_Ordinance Attachment
Explanation

Background:
This legislation authorizes the City Attorney to accept State Victims Award Act (SVAA) and Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant funding from the Ohio Office of the Attorney General, Crime Victims Section. Grant funds support the City Attorney’s Victim Advocacy Services program. Award dollars fund 1) salary for five Domestic Violence Advocates and one Pretrial Services Advocate; 2) professional development for grant staff; 3) and bus passes for prosecution witnesses.

This program guides and supports victims of misdemeanor domestic violence and related crimes as they navigate legal processes and systems. In addition, advocates provide information on victim rights; promote safety planning and connect individuals with community-based services and resources. This ordinance accepts and appropriates grant funds and transfers and appropriates matching funds required by the grant award.

The SVAA grant is a $2,900 award that requires no city match. The VOCA grant is $245,706.54 award requiring a 20% ($49,141.31) match for a total appropriation of $297,747.85.
Fiscal Impact:
SVAA is a $2,900 State of Ohio award requiring no city match. VOCA is a $245,706.54 federal award administered by the State of Ohio requiring a 20% cash match ($49,141.31). Matching funds are included in the City Attorney 2021 General Fund budget.

This piece is contingent upon passage of 2462-2020, the third quarter transfer legislation.

Grant Period: 10/01/20 - 09/30/21

State Share SVAA (2021-SVAA-133900043): $ 2,900
Matching Funds (2021-SVAA-133900043): $ 0
Total Grant Project: $ 2,900

Federal share via State VOCA (2021-VOCA-133900039) $ 245,706.54
Matching Funds (2021-VOCA-133900039): $ 49,141.31
Total Grant Project: $ 294,847.85

Total SVAA + VOCA awards: $ 248,606.54
Total combined grant awards + match $297,747.85
Emergency Action:
Emergency action is requested to allow the grant activities to commence at the beginning of th...

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