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File #: 0888-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 4/2/2021 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 4/5/2021 Final action: 4/9/2021
Title: To authorize the Director of Finance and Management to enter into a grant agreement with Elements of Change in support of community violence intervention; to authorize an appropriation within the Reimagine Safety subfund; to authorize a transfer and appropriation of funds; to authorize an expenditure of $500,000.00 within the general fund; and to declare an emergency. ($500,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 0888-2021
Explanation
This ordinance authorizes the Director of Finance and Management to enter into a grant agreement with Elements of Change in support of their End the Violence community violence intervention program.

End the Violence (ETV) is a crisis management and intervention program that leverages the widely-recognized “credible messengers” approach to stemming violence before it escalates. ETV utilizes a team of community-based interventionists to provide alternative activities for residents who may otherwise engage in criminal and/or violence activity. ETV’s goals are to engage underserved hotspots in a culturally-informed manner, provide close-to-home work opportunities with pay, and to expose residents to opportunities for sustainable employment paying a living wage. In addition, ETV interventionists provide continuity and connections to supportive services to residents needing additional ongoing assistance.

This funding is expected to support five community interventionists working throughout Columbus neighborhoods, as well as the funding necessary to support the activities that engage youths and residents most at-risk of engaging in violence. Elements of Change will potentially subcontract with Columbus NextGen Corporation with regard to tracking and reporting on the use of grant funds. Distribution of funds to Elements of Change will be executed in two equal tranches, with a report to the community preceding the distribution of the second tranche.

Fiscal Impact: Funding is available within the Reimagine Safety subfund.

Emergency action is requested in order to immediately address rising neighborhood violence in Columbus.

Title
To authorize the Director of Finance and Management to enter into a grant agreement with Elements of Change in support of community violence intervention; to authorize an appropriation within the Reimagine Safety subfund; to authorize a transfer and appropriation of funds; to authorize an expenditure of $500,000.00 within the ge...

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