DATE: June 21, 2016
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT: NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT PROGRAM GRANTS (DISTRICT: 1)
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.
SUPERVISOR GREG COX
1. Allocate $20,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Blood Bank for purchase of one refrigerated blood storage system located at 3636 Gateway Center Drive in San Diego.
2. Allocate $10,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to Team AMVETS for the purchase of mattresses, bedding, housewares and furniture for the My First Home Program housing homeless veterans.
3. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to The Children’s Initiative for the purchase of office furniture including workstations, cubicles, partitions, conference tables, chairs, storage aids and shelving for the office space located at 4438 Ingraham Street in San Diego.
4. Allocate $19,992 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to Outdoor Outreach for the purchase of aquatic recreation safety equipment including kayaks, life vests, surfboards, wetsuits, kayak paddles, trailer and kayak rack for summer aquatic programs for youth from urban communities.
5. Allocate $48,414 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to South Bay Community Services for capital improvements to La Posada, supportive housing located at 135 Averil Road in San Ysidro, Casa Nueva Vida emergency shelter and transitional housing for homeless families and victims of domestic violence located at 19 Fourth Avenue in Chula Vista, and Casa Estable affordable housing units located at 1260 Calla Avenue in Chula Vista.
6. Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce for costs associated with establishing a maintenance assessment district in Otay Mesa.
7. Waive Board Policy B-72 as applied to grant funding for the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce to the extent it restricts grants to non-profit corporations for outside consulting costs not related to capital improvements.
8. Establish appropriations of $233 in the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) based on the return of an unused portion of the 8/4/2015 (10) allocation of $14,000 to The Urban Collaborative Project so the funds can be allocated to other projects. (4 VOTES)
9. Find that the grant awards described above have a public purpose.
10. Authorize the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer/Auditor and Controller to execute grant agreements with these organizations establishing terms for receipt of the funds described above and to make minor amendments to the agreement that are consistent with the general purpose of the grant but do not increase the grant.
11. Find that the proposed grants to the Children’s Initiative and South Bay Community Services are exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines.
The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $138,406. Funds for this request are included in the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Operational Plan for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (Org 15650). The funding source is General Fund fund balance. These actions will result in the addition of no staff years and no additional costs.
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Advisory Board Statement
San Diego Blood Bank
Since 1950, the San Diego Blood Bank, a nonprofit organization, has saved lives by offering quality blood services in partnership with the community. Every year, more than 100,000 patients receive blood and blood products provided by the San Diego Blood Bank that must be stored in precision freezer systems until delivered to hospitalized patients for transfusion. Currently, the Bank’s freezer system is nearly at maximum capacity with no overflow freezer storage available in the event of freezer malfunction, required maintenance or excess blood supply. With this grant of $20,000, the San Diego Blood Bank will purchase one new refrigerated storage system in order to continue to provide blood and blood products to patients throughout San Diego County.
Team AMVETS is a statewide nonprofit organization that supports California veterans, their families and the communities in which they live. The Team AMVETS Welcome Home program provides furniture, appliances and other household items to homeless veterans who qualify for vouchers through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). If awarded, today’s allocation of $10,000 will assist with the purchase of mattresses, bedding, housewares and furniture for participants of the Welcome Home program in District One.
The Children’s Initiative
The Children’s Initiative (CI) is a nonprofit organization established in 1992 by five local foundations and more than 40 community leaders to serve as advocates and custodians for effective policies, programs and services that support the health, safety, education and well-being of children and families throughout San Diego County. CI provides programs and projects that enhance the quality of life for underserved children, youth and families, removes barriers to high quality healthcare, education and social services to ensure all children have the support they need to reach their maximum potential. In order to increase capacity to serve more children and families, CI is moving to a newer, centrally-located office at 4438 Ingraham Street in San Diego. If awarded, today’s grant of $25,000 will assist CI with the cost of office furniture including workstations, cubicles, partitions, conference tables, chairs, storage aids and shelving.
Outdoor Outreach is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide an opportunity for at-risk and underprivileged youth to gain confidence and improve self-esteem through participation in outdoor activities. Outdoor Outreach programs support underserved youth in San Diego County who are at risk for school dropout, substance abuse, violence and unintended pregnancy. They are the only agency in San Diego, and one of just a few in the country, that utilizes outdoor physical experiences to provide youth with the support, relationships, resources and opportunities they need to become successful adults. To date, Outdoor Outreach has served over 9,000 underserved youth through its programs. If awarded, today’s grant of $19,992 will assist with the purchase of aquatic recreation safety equipment including kayaks, life vests, surfboards, wetsuits, kayak paddles, trailer and kayak rack for summer aquatic programs for youth from urban communities.
Southbay Community Services
Southbay Community Services (SBCS) is one of the largest nonprofit organizations providing social services and community development programs in San Diego County’s South Bay region. Their mission is to offer children, youth and families resources through holistic assessments that empower them to live healthy, productive and self-fulfilling lives. SBCS has over 400 units of emergency, transitional and affordable housing units available to community members in need of crucial services. Currently, three supportive housing sites are aging, requiring capital improvements in order to uphold quality living conditions for clients. If approved, today’s grant of $48,414 will assist SBCS with the costs associated with rehabilitation of La Posada, supportive housing located at 135 Averil Road in San Ysidro, Casa Nueva Vida emergency shelter and transitional housing for homeless families and victims of domestic violence located at 19 Fourth Avenue in Chula Vista, and Casa Estable affordable housing units located at 1260 Calla Avenue in Chula Vista. Improvements to these supportive housing sites will increase the safety and well-being for residents and the community.
Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce
The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization that provides a number of critical economic development activities for over 1,200 businesses in Otay Mesa, including one-on-one assistance to small businesses on government programs, referrals, educational forums on programs impacting the business community and a strong advocacy program for infrastructure development in Otay Mesa.
In order to provide consistent, reliable maintenance services to community members and businesses throughout Otay Mesa, the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce is assessing the feasibility of establishing a Maintenance Assessment District (MAD). A MAD would increase the beautification efforts of city streets and the SR-905 corridor by including amenities such as drought tolerant landscaping, surveillance to avoid dumping on private properties, lighting and community signage in areas prone to illegal trash dumping.
In order to determine the feasibility of establishing a MAD, the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce is seeking funding to obtain expert consultants. If awarded, today’s grant of $15,000 will assist with the cost of obtaining experts to guide the direction of the MAD, develop the geographical boundaries and services provided within the MAD, develop an assessment for property owner fees and conduct workshops with property owners to educate and gain feedback on the feasibility of a MAD.
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.
Supervisor, First District
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ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT: District 1, Board of Supervisors
Khea J. Pollard