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File #: 0788-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 3/23/2021 In control: Environment Committee
On agenda: 3/29/2021 Final action: 4/1/2021
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Public Service to enter into grant agreements with various social service agencies in support of the Cleaner Columbus Employment Program; to authorize an appropriation and expenditure within the Job Growth subfund; and to declare an emergency. ($550,000.00)
Sponsors: Emmanuel V. Remy
Attachments: 1. 0788-2021
Explanation

This ordinance authorizes the Director of the Department of Public Service to enter into grant agreements with various social service agencies in support of the Cleaner Columbus Employment Program.

According to a July 2020 study on the impact of COVID-19 in major US cities, more than half of residents reported experiencing serious financial problems. In 2020, the Cleaner Columbus Employment Program offered residents in five neighborhoods the opportunity to have temporary employment performing neighborhood beautification and cleanup. The funding provided temporary assistance due to financial hardship experienced because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The three-week initiative was a resounding success. Residents collected 5,789 bags of litter and debris for a total weight of 173,670 lbs. That is 53 percent of the total weight of litter and debris collected in all of 2019.

Just as the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to impact the workforce, the need for economic assistance remains. The Cleaner Columbus Employment Program will continue to offer employment opportunities to residents by paying $15 per hour. Community partners soliciting temporary workers will prioritize enrolling residents that have experienced employment disruption.cohorts in 2021

The Cleaner Columbus Employment Program will host three different cohorts in 2021. The social service agencies listed below are for the Spring and Summer cohort. The social service agencies for the Fall cohort have yet to be identified. The city will be identifying neighborhoods of need so it is possible that the agencies could be different from the ones in Spring.

Fiscal Impact: Funding is available within the Job Growth subfund.

Emergency action is requested in order to avoid any delay in providing the resources necessary to initiate the 2021 Cleaner Columbus Employment Program for those who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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