Community Development CommissionJune 11, 2024

Item5-CDC CSBG Report June 2024 — original pdf

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Community Services Block Grant 2024 Contract Programmatic/Financial Report June 11, 2024 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 two (2) 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, 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 2024 Contract Budget % of Total Personnel Fringe Benefits Other Total $1,129,050.00* *Final CSBG allocation for CY24. Cumulative Expenditures as of 4/30/24 $49,167.96 $21,602.54 $70,770.50 6% 1 4 4E 5 5B 5D 4C 4I 5A 5JJ 7A 7B 7D 7N Transition Out of Poverty Goal Goal Achieved TOP Individuals who transitioned out of poverty 43 7 Success Rate% 16% Austin Public Health Report on PY24 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 April 2024 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 800 10 50 513 0 29 SRV 3O Service Description Tax Preparation Programs Number Served 356 A Year Ago #Enrolled #Achieved Success Rate % 513 0 19 317 93 459 42,890 24,998 513 64 59 695 7 588 908 Rent Payments 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 1. Neighborhood Services – We offer Basic Needs including Food Help, Emergency Rental assistance in collaboration with Catholic Charities of Central Texas, Utility Assistance, Self-Sufficiency Case Management services, Bus Passes, Health Screenings, Information & Referrals, and Seasonal Services* at our six Neighborhood Centers.** 64% 66% 2 *Child Safety Seats, Fans and Income Tax filing. ** The South Austin Neighborhood Center closed for major HVAC renovations at the end of May. It will reopen in January of 2025. 2. Rosewood Zaragosa/Blackland CDC Nomination/Selection Update – We are reviewing the process of amending the bylaws to create more efficiencies in the nomination/selection of CDC commissioners. 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. We have experienced increased demand for these services. 4. Home Delivery Program – In collaboration with the Central Texas Food Bank (CTFB) and Amazon, the NSU offer a home delivery food program. Eligible individuals (Travis County Residents, “Low Income,” Target Population (Household with children 0-18 or Senior 60+), Individuals with a disability, Veterans and Active Military members) can sign up to receive a box of shelf stable foods monthly. In April, 2,072 Households/6,122 Individuals had food boxes delivered to their doorstep. We are working closely with the CTFB on adding 10 lbs. of fresh produce to each box. 5. Community Needs Assessment – Woollard Nichols Torres Consulting is conducting the Neighborhood Services Unit Community Needs Assessment. The 2024 Neighborhood Services Unit Community Needs Assessment will be presented today to the CDC for review and approval. Our grantor, the Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs (TDHCA), requires this to be done every 3 years. 6. Emergency Rental Assistance Funding – Austin Public Health accepted funds from the United States Department of the Treasury, Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA 2) to provide rental assistance to households that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In late February, we began working with the Austin Area Urban League to begin processing financial assistance payments for eligible clients. From February 26th – May 30th we assisted 503 people in 187 households avoid eviction using these funds. The total amount of rent assistance payments was $447,669.90. 7. Financial Stability Rental Assistance Funding – From January - May, we have assisted 273 people in 95 households avoid eviction using these funds. The total amount of rent assistance payments was $220,799.32. 8. 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 3 helps by providing emergency financial aid to customers who are having a temporary problem paying their utility bills. 9. NSU Public Health Nursing - The Neighborhood Services nurses are offering free health screenings at the Neighborhood Centers. Services included: blood pressure screenings, blood sugar screenings, cholesterol screenings, health education, hemoglobin A1c, pregnancy tests, and general health information & resources. In March, the NSU nurses also attended events at the Consulate of Mexico, Gus Garcia Recreational Center, Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center (CGSAC), and the Baptist Community Center Mission. 10. Self-Sufficiency Case Management Services – The Neighborhood Services Unit social workers help clients reenter the world of work, connecting them with resources, agencies, and training opportunities; including assistance with housing stability, basic needs, and public transportation. 4