Children, youth and family social service funding receives City Council's approval

Monday, December 5, 2011 | 10:31 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Recommendations to fund city social services related to children, youth and family services were unanimously approved during Monday night's City Council meeting.

The Boone County Community Services Advisory Commission and the city's Division of Human Services presented their proposal to fund these services before the meeting.


Funding, by agency, for social programs that deal with children, youth, and family issues for the 2012-to-2014 contract period with the City of Columbia:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri

  • Community-Based Mentoring $28,954
  • School-Based Mentoring $2,500
  • SOAR $6,240

Boys and Girls Club of the Columbia Area

  • After-School Program $4,000
  • Summer Camp Program $13,000

Centro Latino

  • La Escuela Latina - Youth Tutoring $10,000

Columbia Housing Authority Low-Income Services , Inc.

  • Moving Ahead Program $55,000

Child Abuse and Neglect Emergency Shelter, Inc.

  • Child Advocacy Center $3,797
  • Children's Emergency Shelter $13,601
  • Teen Emergency Center $10,290
  • Transitional Living Program $11,092

Children's Foundation of Mid-America

  • Como In-Home Family Program $10,700

Family Counseling Center of Missouri

  • Child and Adolescent Counseling $9,000

Lutheran Family and Children's Services

  • Resource Parents $48,000

Phoenix Programs, Inc.

  • Project Apex $25,000

The Intersection

  • After School Program $10,500
  • Summer Program $4,500

Total: $266,174

The full report can be found on the city's website.

"It is important to know that this is a purchase of services model, it is not a grant process, and the funding is not intended to support agencies," commission chairwoman Cathy Thorpe said.

The total funding for social services in the current budget year is $979,794. Children, youth and family services will receive about 27 percent of that amount.

There are four other categories of services: mental health, basic and emergency needs, independent living and economic opportunity.

Each service area has a three-year contract cycle. During the last year, the commission conducts an analysis and evaluation to see the performance and quality of the currently engaged services. 

In July, the commission published a request for proposals for social services addressing children, youth and family issues for the 2012-to-2014 contract cycle.

Thirteen organizations presented proposals for 22 programs the city could use. The commission examined the proposal using two reports: Boone County Issues Analysis: Children, Youth, and Families and City of Columbia, County of Boone, and Heart of Missouri United Way Social Service Agency Evaluation: Children, Youth, and Families.

The commission outlined in its report the following sub-issues:

  • Teen pregnancy
  • Academic achievement
  • Mental health
  • Child welfare and safety
  • Child and youth development
  • Positive family development
  • School readiness

Based on the analysis the commission has done about these sub-issues, its members recommended the city council enter contracts for 17 programs provided by 10 organizations.

The Columbia Housing Authority presented its Moving Ahead Program, and it will receive the most money for one program, $55,000. This program provides free, after-school child care to low-income families, according to a previous Missourian article.

"Clearly the amount of funding is not enough to fully address the needs of children, youth and family in our community," Thorpe said of all the money available. "However, the commission feels that these funding recommendations propose the best utilization of limited funds in addressing the most critical issues."

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