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On Nov. 9, City Council unanimously approved allocations in the amount of $737,055 to social service agencies to provide needed social services to Evanston residents in 2016. The allocations range in size from $7,850 to $92,655 to 15 different agencies for 20 individual programs.
The Mental Health Board of Evanston (MHB) recommended the allocations based on three priority areas that it defined: address and reduce youth violence, address mental health needs and substance abuse of Evanston residents with an emphasis on youth and young adults, and enable challenged adults to meet basic human needs including food, shelter and access to health care.
After reviewing applications for funding and hearing presentations from the applicants, MHB recommended making allocations totaling $767,055, the same amount as FY 2015. City staff supported the recommendations, except for a $30,000 grant to fund Trilogy Inc. for a mental health case coordinator to work with Evanston residents who have hoarding issues. Staff questioned whether that service would duplicate existing services, including those provided by Presence St. Francis Behavioral Health through an existing contract with the City.
The Committee decided to hold the Trilogy item until its Dec. 7 meeting, when more information would be available. City Council approved funding allocations to the following agencies:
• Childcare Network of Evanston, Learning Together program – $39,900
• Childcare Network of Evanston, scholarships – $83,855
• Family Focus, afterschool program – $29,895
• Housing Options for the Mentally Ill, mental health clinical services – $58,900
• Legal Assistance Foundation, legal services – $11,900
• Meals at Home, meals for seniors – $7,850
• North Shore Senior Center, social services for seniors and families – $27,000
• Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, legal and social services – $41,500
• Child Care Center of Evanston, child care services – $19,600
• Connections for the Homeless, homeless stabilization services – $29,700
• Infant Welfare Society, early child development services – $74,500
• Metropolitan Family Services, family support and prevention – $63,300
• Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault, sexual assault intervention – $16,500
• PEER Services, adolescent substance abuse treatment – $12,100
• PEER Services, adult substance abuse treatment – $34,000
• PEER Services, DIMENSIONS: dual diagnosis treatment – $ 43,700
• PEER Services, early intervention for youth – $11,200
• Shore Community Services, Lois Lloyd Center – $19,000
• Shore Community Services, residential services – $20,000
• Youth & Opportunity United, youth and family services – $92,655