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Council May Review Focus Areas Of Human Services Funding

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Bill Rinehart

A committee is recommending 43 programs receive human services funding from Cincinnati in the new fiscal year. Those programs are administered by 33 agencies.

Council will have the final say on whether the more than $3.4 million is provided in the budget, which must be approved by June 30.  
Raynal Moore is a member of the Human Services Advisory Committee, and she addressed council's Equity, Inclusion, Youth and the Arts Committee Tuesday.

"We believe in the process and implementation of the human services funding to ensure a competitive and transparent evaluation process," Moore said. "And are confident that the results will lead to greater impact and lasting change in our city."

The priorities for the city's human services dollars have been focused on violence prevention, reducing homelessness and increasing gainful employment.

Council member Greg Landsman suggested it may be time to review those focus areas.

"I do think that us working together to use these resources and our partners on these big outcomes--reducing evictions, reducing shootings, increasing the number of people who now have obtained a good paying job--is where I'd love for us to get," Landsman said.

The Human Services Advisory Committee makes the funding recommendations to council with the help of the United Way, which helps administer the program.  

From September 1 through February 28, more than 9,000 city residents had benefited from human services dollars.

The city has been funding human services programs since 1981. When it started, 1.5 percent of the city's general fund was dedicated to supporting these efforts. That amount has been reduced in recent years because of tight budgets and deficits.