Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: April 9, 2013
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT: NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT PROGRAM (DISTRICT ONE)

SUMMARY
Overview
The County of San Diego is fortunate to have an opportunity to reinvest taxpayer money into our communities for the benefit of the public. This action will assist the County in meeting the needs of the community.

Recommendation(s)
CHAIRMAN GREG COX

  1. Allocate $20,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to St. Paul’s Retirement Homes Foundation for the purchase of a van.  
  2. Allocate $37,859 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to St. Vincent De Paul Village for the purchase of commercial washers and dryers.
  3. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Family Health Centers of San Diego for the purchase of modern digital radiology equipment for the Logan Heights Family Health Dental Clinic.
  4. Allocate $14,526 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Food Bank for upgrades to their freezer and cooler system, training center, and security system.
  5. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the South County Economic Development Council to create an economic development strategy for South County. Waive Board Policy B-72 with respect to the purposes for which grants may be made.
  6. Allocate $28,400 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Ysidro Health Center to purchase new furniture, fixtures and equipment for the  HIV/AIDS Care Center and to expand and renovate this Care Center, located on Euclid Avenue.
  7. Allocate $9,849 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego for the purchase of computers, printers and projectors for the National City branch.
  8. Allocate $75,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the YMCA of San Diego County for costs associated with the construction and renovation of a dining hall and meeting center at their Camp Surf location in Imperial Beach.
  9. Allocate $23,100 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Operation Samahan for costs associated with replacing the roof and the purchase of furniture and a new EKG machine for their National City clinic.
  10. Allocate $50,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Casa Familiar for costs associated with purchasing equipment to upgrade their commercial kitchen for the San Ysidro Civic Center recreation community space.
  11. Transfer appropriations of $20,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Department of Aging and Independence Services (Org 46187) for the production of resource toolkits for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren initiative.
  12. Rescind the June 26, 2012 (12) allocation of $5,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment budget (15650) to the Port of San Diego so that the funds can be reallocated to other projects.
  13. Establish appropriations of $826.68 in the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) for reallocation to other projects based on the unused portion of the February 28, 2012 (12) allocation of $9,300 to the Chula Vista Veterans Home Support Foundation. (4 VOTES)
  14. Establish appropriations of $1,852.26 in the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) for reallocation to other projects based on the unused portion of the December 6, 2011 (34) allocation of $48,545 to The Alpha Project. (4 VOTES)
  15. Authorize the Chief Financial Officer to execute grant agreements with these organizations establishing terms for receipt of the funds described above and to make minor amendments to the agreements that are consistent with the general purpose of the grant but do not increase the grant.
  16. Find that the grant awards described above have a public purpose.
  17. Find that the allocations to the San Ysidro Health Center, YMCA of San Diego County and Operation Samahan are exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15301.                                     

Fiscal Impact
The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $321,055.06. These actions will result in the addition of no staff years and no future costs.

Business Impact Statement
N/A

Advisory Board Statement
N/A

Background

St. Paul’s Retirement Homes Foundation
Originated in the mid-1950s under the leadership of Father Harold Robinson, St. Paul’s Retirement Homes Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been providing communities within San Diego County various assisted living accommodations. These accommodations include: a secure Memory Care Program for those experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease; the John A. McColl Family Health Center, which is rated as a 5-star skilled nursing facility; and the first PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) site in San Diego, providing comprehensive healthcare services to frail, low-income seniors. If approved, today’s grant will assist St. Paul’s with the purchase of a van for their second PACE Center in Chula Vista, serving both the South Bay and East County regions. This van will be used to transport patients, healthcare equipment, and for conducting daily errands.

St. Vincent De Paul Village
St. Vincent De Paul Village is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves approximately 1,625 homeless individuals per year. Their mission as an organization is to help their neighbors in need to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by promoting self-sufficiency through an innovative continuum of care, multi-disciplinary programs, and partnerships. This is done on a practical level through their motto of CREED (Compassion, Respect, Empathy, Empowerment, Dignity), which challenges individuals to teach, learn from, and challenge their neighbors and one another to lead better lives for themselves and the community. If approved, today’s grant will be used to purchase commercial washers and dryers. This project will greatly improve the quality of life to those being served by the agency, as it will provide the ability to properly wash and sanitize materials used for dining, as well as for the residents living in the facility. New commercial washers and dryers will help assure St. Vincent De Paul Village that their facility and materials belonging to those living in the village are properly sanitized and cared for in their pursuit of breaking the cycle of homelessness.

Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD)
Since opening its doors in Barrio Logan in 1970, FHCSD has operated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and expanded to over 33 separate locations throughout the county. Their services include 13 primary care clinics, 4 dental clinics, 3 mental health centers, an HIV clinic, and 3 mobile medical units. Of the approximately 165,000 patients served by the various locations offered by FHCSD, 87% reported living at, or below, the federal poverty line. Their services have allowed patients to receive essential care and attention for health issues that are often neglected or untreated due to being either uninsured or underinsured. In an age where advances in medical technology are made by the day, FHCSD has requested today’s grant money to purchase and install new digital radiology equipment to replace the 20-year-old traditional film imaging equipment at their Logan Heights Dental Clinic. The approval of today’s grant money would provide the patients of FHCSD the best possible treatment and allow for the elimination of costly film processing.

San Diego Food Bank
San Diego Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has been serving the community of San Diego since 1977. The Food Bank regularly provides food to those in need and educates the public about the issues of hunger within our community. As a testament to their long-lasting stewardship, the Food Bank has repeatedly been rated as San Diego County’s top safety net food provider for San Diegans living in poverty. In the past three years alone, the Food Bank has doubled the amount of food they distribute to the point where current levels of distribution equal approximately 18 million pounds of food—equal to 14 million meals—per year. If approved, today’s grant will provide the Food Bank the ability to save more than $15,000 per year in energy costs with the purchase of an Economizer and Digital Evaporator Fan Temperature Controls system for their 72,000 cubic foot freezer and cooler system. Additionally, today’s grant will be used to help purchase a new interactive display system, which includes a 70” monitor, PC, and rolling cart. This technology will assist the Food Bank as they provide training to nonprofits through the Food Bank University and training to volunteers and their staff. The remaining portion of the grant will go toward the purchase of a new security system for their warehouse and office spaces at 9850 Distribution Avenue, as the current security system has not been updated in nine years.

South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC)
The South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and encourage economic development within the region of South County San Diego. By coordinating development among cities within the South County, SCEDC strives to find the most optimal solution to both encourage economic growth and ensure that the interests of both the public and private sector of the region are met. The reports provided by SCEDC are vital when making public policy decisions regarding the infrastructure of our region and are heavily relied upon by the County of San Diego. If approved, today’s grant will assist with costs associated with the creation of an economic development strategy, unifying various economic developmental projects within South County to allow for the creation and promotion of job growth and prosperity throughout the incorporated region. This report will provide a vision and a plan that brings together the major developmental projects, both currently underway and planned for the future, linking them together for the common interest of the region.

San Ysidro Health Center (SYHC)
San Ysidro Health Center (SYHC) is a nonprofit organization providing primary care services to low-income patients living in the southern, central, and southeastern regions of San Diego County. Their services range from medical, dental, and behavioral health care, where over 82,000 patients are served on a yearly basis. Additionally, SYHC provides and operates a highly successful HIV Department, providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS primary care and support services to those infected with the HIV/AIDS virus in the south county. If approved, the grant will go toward  the purchase of new furniture, the construction of a new bathroom, replacing old flooring, and adding a new multi-purpose conference room for client use and staff meetings at their HIV/AIDS Care Center on Euclid Avenue. While today’s money will not cover all the costs of these projects, it will assist in providing essential upgrades to an aging facility, as SYHC continues its pursuit of improving the access to life-saving HIV/AIDS services.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego
A member of our community for 70 years now, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego is a nonprofit organization that offers a positive atmosphere for children between the age of 5 and 18 years of age. Their services include 13 branches throughout the county, as well as various community meeting sites, allowing children to be under the supervision of professionally trained staff during after school hours and over school vacation periods. In their pursuit of providing healthy, educational experiences for the youth of our community, Boys and Girls Club branches are often equipped with computer labs to enhance these experiences to the best of their ability. If approved, today’s grant will go toward the upgrade of the computer lab at the National City branch. Upgrades include purchasing 10 new computers to replace the currently outdated computers, a laser printer and an LCD projector.

YMCA of San Diego County
As the longest lasting and largest youth and family service organization in San Diego County, YMCA of San Diego County oversees a number of camps, developmental programs, service projects, swimming pools, and YMCA facilities throughout San Diego County. In total, nearly one in every ten people in our community will benefit or have benefitted by the services the YMCA provides. One of the longest lasting services the YMCA has provided in our region is Camp Surf. Camp Surf began operation in 1969 in Imperial Beach, and in 1998, received a 50-year lease by the United States Congress to ensure the future of the camp. Today, over 12,000 participants from around the county and across the country participate in the 3-season camp that operates on 45 acres of land, covering beaches, dunes, wetlands, and grasslands. If approved, today’s grant will go toward the construction of a new indoor dining hall and meeting center to meet the increased demand of additional operations, making it necessary for more space to be made available to campers and their families.

Operation Samahan
With their mission of building and bringing together healthy and happy communities, Operation Samahan (translated from Filipino to mean “working together”) is a nonprofit organization that has been providing health care and other services to the Asian Pacific Islander communities in San Diego County since 1973. Serving over 20,000 people per year, Operation Samahan assists the community by providing services that range from women’s health, adult health, adolescent services, geriatric care, pediatrics and prenatal care, and dental services, to go along with many other health and social services.  In the case of their National City clinic location, the building in operation has been in use for over 30 years. The building is in need of repairs to the roof due to leaks caused by rain, as well as new furniture for their waiting area and Youth2Youth homework center. Additionally, the clinic is seeking the purchase of an additional EKG machine, as the current machine is frequently being used, causing long waits for patients needing its use. If approved, today’s grant would greatly assist Operation Samahan in providing a new roof, and purchasing furniture and an EKG machine for the National City clinic.

Casa Familiar
Operating as a nonprofit organization, Casa Familiar has proudly served the residents of San Ysidro and South San Diego County for over 39 years. With their mission being to allow dignity, power, and worth to flourish within the lives of those they serve, Casa Familiar strives to be a leading provider of essential social and human services to their community. They offer more than 40 different programs that assist low-income individuals and households with services that cover those of all ages. More specifically, Casa Familiar is concerned with addressing environmental health, community involvement and sustainability issues within the community that it serves. If approved, today’s grant will go towards the purchase of new equipment for their commercial kitchen, which will enhance their various programs.

Health and Human Services Agency – Department of Aging and Independence Services
On October 25, 2011, the Board of Supervisors directed the Chief Administrative Officer to obtain community input to identify needs, resources and solutions to assist the more than 24,000 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in San Diego County.  As a result, the Department of Aging and Independence Services led a series of meetings with several departments across the Health and Human Services Agency along with community partners to identify resources to assist this population.  Today’s action will support this ongoing effort by assisting with the development of resource guides known as “toolkits” that will be distributed countywide to assist Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

Linkage to the County of San Diego Strategic Plan
These grants provide an opportunity for the Board of Supervisors to assist worthy organizations that promote the County’s vision of a region that is safe, healthy, and thriving.

Respectfully submitted,

 

GREG COX
Chairman        

ATTACHMENT(S)

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REQUIRES FOUR VOTES: [X] Yes   [ ] No

WRITTEN DISCLOSURE PER COUNTY CHARTER SECTION 1000.1 REQUIRED [ ] Yes      [ ] No

PREVIOUS RELEVANT BOARD ACTIONS: N/A

BOARD POLICIES APPLICABLE: N/A

BOARD POLICY STATEMENTS: N/A

MANDATORY COMPLIANCE: N/A

ORACLE AWARD NUMBER(S) AND CONTRACT AND/OR REQUISITION NUMBER(S):
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ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT: District 1, Board of Supervisors

OTHER CONCURRENCE(S): N/A

CONTACT PERSON(S):


Gregory R. Murphy, (619) 531-5511, greg.murphy@sdcounty.ca.gov