Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

 

DATE: September 29, 2020

TO: Board of Supervisors

SUBJECT: Neighborhood Reinvestment Project

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 $66,452 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Alpha Project for the Homeless to fund a new stake bed truck to increase work and transport capacity in response to higher demand for services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2. Allocate $36,125 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Second Chance Program to fund the renovation of a sober living home, including the retrofit of granny flats to bring them up to code and a window replacement project.

3. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Onstage Playhouse to fund theatre upgrades, such as replacement of an antiquated lighting system, new sound system, sound absorbing curtain, and other fixtures.

4. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to WalkSanDiego dba Circulate San Diego to fund a one-time branding, website, and technology update, including digital equipment and other infrastructure updates.

5. Allocate $20,077 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the National Conflict Resolution Center to fund improvements at their Center for Community Cohesion, including furniture, flooring and fixtures.

6. Allocate $50,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Chula Vista Veterans Home Support Foundation to fund the installation of new window treatments for individual rooms and common areas of their domiciliary care and assisted living facilities.

7. Award Community Enhancement Program grants to organizations in amounts and for the purposes identified in the Schedule of Proposed Grant Recipients attached hereto as Attachment A.

8. Waive Board Policy B-58, as indicated in Attachment B with respect to the County’s contribution not exceeding fifty percent (50%) of the recipient’s fiscal year operating budget.

9. Find that the grant awards described above and in Attachment A each have a public purpose.

10. Authorize the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Financial Officer to execute grant agreements with the organizations awarded Neighborhood Reinvestment Program and Community Enhancement 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. 

11. Find that the  Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grants identified in Recommendation Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 6  are exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines and that the Community Enhancement Program grants identified in Recommendation Nos. 2 and 10 are exempt from CEQA review by Section 15323 of the CEQA Guidelines.

FISCAL IMPACT

The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $222,654 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) and $178,600 from the Community Enhancement Program budget (Org 12900) totaling $401,254. Funds for these requests are included in the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Operational Plan for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (Org 15650) and Community Enhancement Program (Org 12900). The funding source is General Purpose Revenue and Transient Occupancy Tax Revenues. These actions will not result in the addition of staff years or other costs. 

BUSINESS IMPACT STATEMENT

N/A

ADVISORY BOARD STATEMENT

N/A

BACKGROUND

Alpha Project for the Homeless

The Alpha Project for the Homeless is a human services organization that serves more than 4,000 men, women, and children each day, providing affordable housing, residential substance abuse treatment, supportive housing for people with special needs, basic and emergency services for the homeless, transportation assistance, mental health counseling, employment training, preparation and placement, emergency shelter, HIV/AIDS education, outreach and prevention, and community services. If approved, today’s grant of $66,452 will fund the purchase of a new stake bed truck to increase work and transport capacity in response to higher demand at their emergency shelters, homeless outreach programs, fire-preventing weed and brush abatement services, and other areas during community crisis, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

San Diego Second Chance Program

Established in 1993, the San Diego Second Chance Program creates opportunities for self-sufficiency for homeless, formerly incarcerated or low-income men, women and youth, providing temporary sober living homes, job readiness training and employment placement programs. The Alumni House supports 30 formerly incarcerated men on their path toward sobriety, employment and long-term stability, and it was recently discovered that the home has a number of code violations and areas needing repair. If awarded, today’s grant of $36,125 will fund the renovation of the sober living home, including the retrofit of granny flats to bring them up to code and a window replacement project.

Onstage Playhouse

Onstage Playhouse (Onstage) is recognized as a significant cultural arts contributor to the community with high-quality productions. Throughout its history, Onstage has received numerous technical, acting, direction, and production awards. Onstage has been performing in Chula Vista since 1986, with its most recent building opened in 1999. If approved, today’s grant of $25,000 will fund theatre upgrades to improve its technical and physical attributes. These include the replacement of an antiquated lighting system, new sound system, sound absorbing curtain, and other fixtures such as an LED Programmable Sign and new exterior safety doors.

WalkSanDiego dba Circulate San Diego

In the year 2014, the nonprofit organizations WalkSanDiego and Move San Diego joined to create WalkSanDiego dba Circulate San Diego. Circulate San Diego works to promote public transportation, active transportation, and accommodate sustainable growth. The organization engages in a variety of educational and community outreach activities, and with a recent transition to digital and virtual activities, it is timely to refresh its brand and website. If approved, today’s grant of $25,000 will fund a one-time branding, website, and technology update, including digital equipment and other infrastructure updates. This includes one-time updates to their Dropbox, server, and employment equipment.

National Conflict Resolution Center

The National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) was founded in 1983 by the University of San Diego Law Center and the San Diego County Bar Association, and provides the resources, training and expertise to help people, organizations and communities manage and solve conflicts, with civility. Their mission is to resolve issues with the highest possible degree of civility and equitability to all parties involved. With more than 35 years of experience and tens of thousands of cases managed, NCRC is recognized as an international leader in mediation instruction and conflict resolution. The NCRC established the Center for Community Cohesion (CCC) in 2015 to serve as a resource for community residents with training programs, community dialogues, career workshops, restorative justice conferences and community celebrations. If approved, today’s grant of $20,077 will fund capital improvements to the CCC, including flooring, fixtures, such as a bathroom sink and vanity, and furniture, such as conference chairs, shelves, lamps, bookcase and other items, improving overall functionality and aesthetics.

Chula Vista Veterans Home Support Foundation 

The Chula Vista Veterans Home Support Foundation was established in 1990 to support the quality-of-life for elder veteran residents of the California Veterans Home in Chula Vista. It is a senior living provider offering residents assisted living and nursing homes. If approved, today’s allocation of $50,000 will fund the installation of new window treatments for individual resident rooms and common areas, like the lobby, of their domiciliary care and assisted living facilities. New window treatments, or draperies, would improve privacy, lighting, temperature, and overall quality of living in the facility.

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):

Attachment A – Memo from Chairman Greg Cox: Schedule of Proposed Grant Recipients

Attachment B – Community Enhancement Grant Awards Board Policy Waivers

AGENDA ITEM INFORMATION SHEET

REQUIRES FOUR VOTES: ☐ Yes ☒ No

WRITTEN DISCLOSURE PER COUNTY CHARTER SECTION 1000.1 REQUIRED

☐ Yes ☒ No

PREVIOUS RELEVANT BOARD ACTIONS: 

N/A

BOARD POLICIES APPLICABLE:

Board Policy B-58

Board Policy B-72

BOARD POLICY STATEMENTS:

N/A

MANDATORY COMPLIANCE:

N/A

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

N/A

ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT: Board of Supervisors, District 1

OTHER CONCURRENCE(S):   

County Counsel

CONTACT PERSON(S):

Genevieve Fong

(619) 531-5511

Genevieve.Fong@sdcounty.ca.gov