Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: April 7, 2020

TO: Board of Supervisors

SUBJECT: Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Grants

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 $100,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank for the purchase of food.

2. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Just in Time for Foster Youth for the purchase of food and basic home necessities. 

3. Allocate $20,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Serving Seniors for the removal of existing flooring and installation of new kitchen health code compliant flooring and its related expenses to expand their kitchen capacity within the existing structure in response to the COVID-19 crisis at their central kitchen located at 525 14th St, San Diego, 92101.

4. Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Community Through Hope, Inc. for the purchase of cleaning supplies such as gloves, masks and sanitizers, as well as plastic bags, food container boxes, canopies, toiletries, food and water to continue servicing those in need. 

5. Allocate $11,525 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Drugs & Diagnostics for Tropical Diseases for the purchase of an IsoFlow or IsoFlow equivalent dispenser to facilitate local testing for diseases.

6. Amend the purpose of the 6/25/2019 (17) Community Enhancement Program allocation of $20,000 to Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce to include staff salaries and support expenses related to converting the MEXPORT Trade Show into a virtual trade show. Authorize the Chief Financial Officer to amend the grant agreement accordingly.

7. Find that the grant awards described above each have a public purpose.

8. Authorize the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Financial Officer to execute grant agreements with the organizations awarded Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds to establish terms for receipt of the funds and make minor amendments to the agreements that are consistent with the general purpose of the grants but do not increase the grants. 

9. Find that the grant identified in Recommendation No. 3 is exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines because the grant is for the minor alteration of existing facilities.

FISCAL IMPACT

The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $171,525. Funds for these requests are included in the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Operational Plan for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (Org 15650). The funding source is General Purpose Revenue. These actions will result in the addition of no staff years and no additional costs.

BUSINESS IMPACT STATEMENT

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ADVISORY BOARD STATEMENT

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BACKGROUND

Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank 

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank (Food Bank) provides over 10 million pounds of food per year throughout San Diego County. The Food Bank collaborates with many distributors to get the most reach. During the current COVID-19 emergency, they have provided over 400,000 pounds of food in South County within just a few days. The purchase of food is essential for them to distribute to all their non-profit partners in the region to address the needs of San Diego seniors, children, working families and members of the military who are currently facing economic hardship as a result of layoffs, school closures and health issues. The number of those being fed is rapidly increasing and distribution lines are getting longer. Today’s action, if approved, will provide $100,000 to the Food Bank for the purchase of food during the COVID-19 emergency. 

Just in Time for Foster Youth 

Just in Time for Foster Youth was founded as an organization committed to aiding transition-aged foster youth who lack the guidance of an adult. Since 2006, it has broadened its mission to assist foster youth in all aspects of life. Services such as College Bound for youth going to both undergraduate and graduate institutions and Bridges to Success for professional development have created a community for those without a family. During the current health emergency, many former foster youth are experiencing challenges and impacts to their income, family childcare and emotional support. Today’s action, if approved, will provide $25,000 for the purchase of food and basic home necessities. This will enable Just in Time for Foster Youth to support their clients during these difficult times.

Community Through Hope, Inc. 

Community Through Hope, Inc. is a non-profit that distributes fresh, nutritious food to the unsheltered and extremely low-income populations in the South Bay since 2018. Due to higher demands during the public health emergency, there are increased capital and supply needs to continue operating. Today’s action, if approved, will provide $15,000 for the purchase of cleaning supplies such as gloves, masks and sanitizers, as well as plastic bags, food container boxes, canopies, toiletries, diapers and wipes, and food and water to continue servicing those in need.

Serving Seniors 

Serving Seniors is an organization dedicated to giving seniors in poverty a helping hand. Since 1970, they have been providing hot meals to thousands of seniors. Although the public health emergency has caused them to close their 15 congregate sites in the region, they have moved forward with home food delivery operating at full capacity. Today’s action, if approved, will provide $20,000 to pay for the removal of existing flooring and installation of new kitchen health code compliant flooring and its related expenses to increase their kitchen capacity within an existing building to address higher food delivery demands during the COVID-19 crisis at their central kitchen located at 525 14th St., San Diego, 92101.

Drugs & Diagnostics for Tropical Diseases 

Drugs & Diagnostics for Tropical Diseases (DDTD) is a San Diego County based nonprofit that focuses on developing ultra-low-cost treatments for neglected diseases that predominantly affect vulnerable populations. DDTD is in need of an IsoFlow or IsoFlow equivalent dispenser, which will be used to develop and manufacture local tests quicker. Although they focus on a variety of disease, such as Hep A, the dispenser would be useful to address the current COVID-19 threat. Today’s action, if approved, will provide $11,525 for the purchase of an IsoFlow or IsoFlow equivalent dispenser to facilitate local testing for diseases.

Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce

The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce is a regional resource that has been supporting business since 1985. Their work has been key to developing trade relations and innovation in our border region. Today’s action, if approved, would amend the purpose of the 6/25/2019 (17) Community Enhancement Program allocation of $20,000 to Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce to include expenses related to salary support and expenses related to converting the MEXPORT Trade Show into a virtual trade show.

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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AGENDA ITEM INFORMATION SHEET

REQUIRES FOUR VOTES: ☐ Yes ☒ No

WRITTEN DISCLOSURE PER COUNTY CHARTER SECTION 1000.1 REQUIRED

☐ Yes ☒ No

PREVIOUS RELEVANT BOARD ACTIONS: 

BOARD POLICIES APPLICABLE:

Board Policy B-58 & B-72

BOARD POLICY STATEMENTS:

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MANDATORY COMPLIANCE:

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ORACLE AWARD NUMBER(S) AND CONTRACT AND/OR REQUISITION NUMBER(S):

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ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT: Board of Supervisors, District 1

OTHER CONCURRENCE(S):   

County Counsel

CONTACT PERSON(S):

Marvin Mayorga

 (619) 531-5511

 Marvin.Mayorga@sdcounty.ca.gov

     

 

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