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File #: 66232    Version: 1 Name: Approving the allocation of funds authorized by the Common Council in the 2021 Adopted Operating Budget for use in expanding housing-focused street outreach services and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute agreements with Catalyst for Change a
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/30/2021 In control: Community Development Division
On agenda: 7/20/2021 Final action: 7/20/2021
Enactment date: 7/26/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00522
Title: Approving the allocation of funds authorized by the Common Council in the 2021 Adopted Operating Budget for use in expanding housing-focused street outreach services and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute agreements with Catalyst for Change and MACH OneHealth to provide those services.
Sponsors: Christian A. Albouras, Nikki Conklin, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Syed Abbas, Charles Myadze, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Regina M. Vidaver, Juliana R. Bennett, Brian Benford, Nasra Wehelie
Fiscal Note
No additional City appropriation required. Following an RFP process, a staff review panel recommends funding Catalyst for Change in the amount of up to $137,000 and MACH OneHealth in the amount of up to $33,000.
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Approving the allocation of funds authorized by the Common Council in the 2021 Adopted Operating Budget for use in expanding housing-focused street outreach services and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute agreements with Catalyst for Change and MACH OneHealth to provide those services.
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BACKGROUND

The number of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness-sleeping outside, in cars, and in other places not meant for human habitation-has been increasing in recent years across the country, and Madison has seen a similar trend. Dane County Homeless Services Consortium identified approximately 150 to 250 people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in the last three July point-in-time (PIT) counts.

Solutions for unsheltered homelessness must include multiple strategies and interventions. Strategies should include the provision of safe, welcoming and low-barrier shelters; development of affordable and accessible housing options; meaningful collaboration with multiple systems of care such as community justice, health, behavioral health, and domestic violence support; and increased support for culturally competent and housing-focused outreach services.

In the 2021 budget process, the Common Council increased funding available for street outreach services and housing strategies by $175,000. The Community Development Division conducted a Request for Proposals process to allocate those funds. This resolution seeks approval of CDD recommendations from that RFP process.

ACTION

WHEREAS, the Common Council has adopted the 2020-2024 City of Madison Consolidated Plan, which identifies homelessness as a critical issue within the community and outlines a set of strategies and priorities to address those problems using commun...

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