Community Development CommissionDec. 15, 2022

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Community Services Block Grant Programmatic/Financial Report December 15, 2022 The Community Services Block Grant funds the delivery of services to low income Texas residents in all 254 counties. These funds support a variety of direct services in addition to helping maintain the core administrative elements of community action agencies. For the City of Austin, the grant provides funding for the delivery of basic needs, case management, preventive health and employment support services through the City’s six (6) Neighborhood Centers and the three (3) Outreach Sites. Mission: The Neighborhood Services Unit improves the lives and health of people experiencing poverty by providing public health and social services and connecting residents of Austin and Travis County to community resources.  Basic Needs (food, clothing, information and referral, notary services, transportation, car safety education and car seats, tax preparation, Blue Santa applications, fans, Thanksgiving food baskets and other seasonal activities);  Preventive Health (screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar including a1C, and cholesterol; pregnancy testing; health promotion presentations, coordination and participation in health fairs, immunizations, coordination of wellness activities, linkages to medical home providers and diabetes case management);  Case Management (individual/family support counseling, advocacy, self-sufficiency case management, crisis intervention, linkages with employers, educational opportunities and training, and working with individuals on quality of life issues);  Employment Support (intake, assessment and goal setting, job readiness training, job placement assistance, and job retention services) Expenditures Categories 2022 Contract Budget % of Total Cumulative Expenditures as of 10/31/22 Personnel Fringe Benefits Total $1,106,822 $462,010.68 $207,084.90 $669,095.58 60.5% 1 SRV 3O 4 4E 5 5B 5D 4C 4c 4I 5A 5JJ 7A 7B 7D 7N Transition Out of Poverty Goal Goal Achieved TOP Individuals who transitioned out of poverty 43 34 Success Rate% 79% Austin Public Health Report on PY22 Community Action Plan MISSION: To prevent disease, promote health, and protect the well-being of our community. TOP 5 NEEDS: Housing; Health; Employment; Basic Needs; Education Report Date October 2022 FNPI Outcome Description Target #Enrolled #Achieved Success Rate % Housing Households who avoided eviction Health and Social/Behavioral Development Individuals who demonstrated improved physical health and well being Individuals who improved skills related to the adult role of parents/caregivers Service Description Tax Preparation Programs Rent Payments Rent Payments (ERA) Non-CSBG Funds Utility Payments Immunizations Food Distribution Case Management Eligibility Determinations Transportation Emergency Clothing 3A.1 Total number of volunteer hours donated to the Agency Programmatic/Administrative Updates 400 50 25 1,051 1,051 263% #Enrolled #Achieved 0 28 Success Rate % On hold due to COVID-19 54% 0 15 Number Served 768 377 674 298 118 26,694 40 1,466 44 125 1,228 1. Neighborhood Services – Reopened our Neighborhood Centers to the public on Monday, May 2, 2022. We offer Food Pantry Curbside & HOPE services, Home Delivery Program, Emergency Rental assistance in collaboration with Catholic 2 Charities of Central Texas, Self-Sufficiency case management services and utility assistance through the Austin Energy Plus 1 program. 2. CDC Nomination/Selection (Elections) - A Nomination/Selection meeting for the Rosewood Zaragosa-Blackland Seat on the Community Development Commission was held on December 6th. An individual was nominated and selected to fill this seat. The City Clerk’s office has been notified to begin the onboarding process. 3. Fresh Foods For Families (FFFF) – The Neighborhood Centers in collaboration with the Central Texas Food Bank holds Fresh Food For Families events that provide free monthly distributions of fruits, vegetables and other fresh foods to low-income families. These distributions supplement existing grocery budgets with much-needed nutritious foods. The events are drive-thru. 4. Home Delivery Program – In collaboration with the Central Texas Food Bank and Amazon, the NSU launched a home delivery program. Eligible individuals (Travis County Resident, “Low Income” and Target Population (Household with children 0- 18 or Senior 60+) have begun signing up for monthly deliveries of pre-packed food boxes. Expanded eligibility in August 2021 to include individuals with a disability, Veterans and Active Military members. In October 1,952 Households/5,776 Individuals had food boxes delivered to their doorstep. Started with deliveries 1 day a week, now 5 days a week, 4 weeks of the month. Since the start of this program, 18,076 deliveries have been made. 5. COA Financial Stability Funding – In partnership with Catholic Charities of Central Texas, the Neighborhood Services Unit provides rental assistance to clients facing a crisis that puts their housing at risk. January 1st – October 31st 2022 we assisted 377 people. 6. Emergency Rental Assistance Funding – Austin Public Health has accepted funds from the United States Department of the Treasury, Emergency Rental Assistance Program to provide rental assistance to households that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In August we began working with the Austin Area Urban League to begin processing financial assistance payments for eligible clients. From August 15th – October 31st we assisted 674 people in 247 households avoid eviction using these funds. The total amount of rent assistance payments was $703,640.97. 7. Austin Energy Plus 1 Program – Serious illness, a recent job loss, or the pandemic can make it difficult for some customers to pay their utility bills. The Plus 1 fund helps by providing emergency financial aid to customers who are having a temporary problem paying their utility bills. 8. NSU Public Health Nursing - Between January and October, the NSU nurses and the Vaccine Group provided 6,521 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. In November, after 1,000 3 days, the NSU nurses were demobilized from the COVID-19 and MPX response operations. They are now back at their respective Neighborhood Centers providing Public Health Nursing services to our clients. 4