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  • Supervisors approve $3.6M in Outside Agency public services funding

    Jun 23, 2020 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved funding of $3,664,906 in Outside Agency Grants for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

    Food bank distributionThe Outside Agency Program provides financial support to nonprofit community agencies that collaborate with the County to provide public service assistance for economic development, health, and social services. The program targets economically disadvantaged and other at-risk populations, and specifically assures that support is provided to meet basic needs and services in rural areas.

    "The Outside Agency program exemplifies Pima County’s commitment to assist County residents in need via established and valued nonprofit relationships that provide direct, outcome-based, community resources," said Daniel Tylutki, the Interim Director of the Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation (CDNC) department.

    OA funding by category:
    • Community Services - $367,610
    • Emergency Food and Clothing - $721,255
    • Senior Support Services - $174,795
    • Support Services, Shelter and Domestic Violence - $399,570
    • Youth, Young Adult and Family Support - $625,817
    • General services - $905,199
    Another $470,660 is set aside for County departments managing Outside Agency Programs with other sources, including the Pima Association of Governments. A full list of agencies and funding is available here.

    The largest beneficiary is the Community Food Bank of Arizona, which will receive $431,070 for four programs, including $321,885 for emergency food assistance.

    Overall, OA funding was reduced by about 7 percent – roughly a quarter of a million dollars – from the 2019-20 fiscal year. Given the increasing need of food security amid the COVID-19 pandemic, "we prioritized funding for emergency food services," said Outside Agency manager Ana Basurto.

    The Outside Agency Advisory Committee features six members who are appointed by each Supervisor and the County Administrator to serve as their representatives. The committee heard presentations from 67 community-based agencies that submitted applications for 114 programs, requesting more than $5.9 million for the fiscal year.

    "The Committee asked the tough questions regarding traditional service-delivery models including congregate settings, classroom-style workshops and in-person case management," Tylutki said. "We wanted to determine if applicable agencies could effectively adapt to our new COVID-19 realities incorporating social distancing, virtual learning and adequately addressing overall concerns for health and safety of County residents with taxpayer dollars."

    The Outside Agency Program has been part of CDNC, which is consolidating with the Community Services, Employment and Training department, effective July 1, 2020, the beginning of the new fiscal year. The newly named Department of Community & Workforce Development (CWD) will be a single point of contact for wide-ranging assistance and services.