At the Tuesday Leon County Commission, officials voted to approve a $1.3 million funding level for the Community Human Service Partnership (CHSP) for fiscal year 2020.
In addition, the County Commission voted to approve a five-year annual commitment of $100,000 to the Kearney Center/Homeless Shelter, $87,500 for county commissioner district budgets and $27,000 for special events.
Community Human Service Partnership
The Community Human Service Partnership is a collaboration between Leon County and the City of Tallahassee. It was established to effectively distribute community funds for human services.
It was noted that in 2018 was the final year in which the United Way participated as a partner in the CHSP process. After the United Way left the CHSP partnership, at the end of the FY 2019 two-year grant cycle allocation process, some agencies received significant reductions in recommended funding due to the amount of funding available in certain service categories.
To avoid interruption in services from affected agencies, the County increased funding for the Community Human Service Partnerships program by $100,000 at the September 24, 2018 meeting ($1,200,000 to $1,300,000) for the two-year period FY 2019 – FY 2020.
Kearney Center/Homeless Shelter
During the FY 2015 budget process, Leon County entered a $500,000 funding commitment towards the capital construction of the Kearney Center to be paid in $100,000 increments over five years. Leon County made the final payment for this arrangement this fiscal year.
However, the Kearney Center has requested a continuation of the funding to assist with paying down the debt service on the capital construction of the facility for an additional 5-year period in the amount of $100,000 annually.
After a lengthy discussion about the Kearney Center, the County Commission voted unanimously for the funding request contingent on the City of Tallahassee providing the same level of funding.
Listed below is the distribution of special event funds of $27,000 for 2019 and 2020.