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City Council’s Human Services Committee members recommended in favor on Jan. 7 of allocations for a wide range of social service programs serving at-risk populations, including three that had not received funding in recent years.

Members of the committee voted in favor of recommendations from the City’s Mental Health Board (MHB) and staff to allocate $763,373 in 2019 to 19 non-profit agencies to provide needed social services to Evanston residents.

The allocations, which can be key for agencies living on small budgets, range from $9,000 to $73,000 for 23 individual programs.

The recommendations are scheduled to be considered at the Jan. 14 full City Council meeting.

Officials noted in a memo that the MHB recommendations “address priority needs of Evanston residents, particularly at-risk residents.”

The MHB gave priority to programs which responded “to mental health and substance abuse needs; met basic needs, including access to food, shelter and health, in order to promote mental health; enhanced the health, safety and protection of children, youth and families; and promoted mental health, cultural diversity and social inclusion for all, including refugees and immigrants,” staff noted in their memo.

The recommendations include assistance for the three agencies/programs – Books and Breakfast, the Harbor Emergency Shelter and Interfaith Action of Evanston – which have not received MHB funding  in recent years, staff noted.

The Books and Breakfast “provides morning tutoring and a nutritious breakfast to students identified by teachers as needing additional support, and by school principals as being income eligible based on criteria used for the federal free and reduced lunch program at Dewey and Kingsley elementary schools,“ staff noted.

The Harbor Emergency Shelter, located in Des Plaines “provides shelter to otherwise homeless girls ages 12 to 21. Evanston students living in the shelter continue to attend their Evanston school and are transported to and from daily by The Harbor.”

 Interfaith Action “has received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding in prior years for its cold weather overnight shelter on nights when the temperature is 20 degrees or below by rotating the shelter among six faith-based sites in Evanston,” the staff memo noted.  The agency has also been allocated CDBG funds for 2019, the memo noted.

Recommended Allocations

• Books and Breakfast, Books and Breakfast:  $9,996

• Center for Independent Futures:  $10,000

• Childcare Network of Evanston (CNE), Learning Together: $ 33,600

• CNE, Early Childhood Education & Family Support: $ 43,257

• Connections for the Homeless, Outreach & Drop-In: $ 56,000

• Family Focus, After-School Program: $ 33,600

• Impact Behavioral Health, Clinical Services $ 51,840

• Infant Welfare Society, Teen Baby Nursery: $ 62,400

• Interfaith Action, Emergency Overnight Shelter: $ 7,000

• James B. Moran Center, Legal & Social Services: $ 39,360

• Learning Bridge, Infant Toddler Program: $ 16,650

• Learning Bridge, Scholarship: $9,000

• Meals at Home: $9,000

• Metropolitan Family Services, Family Support & Prevention: $67,200

• North Shore Senior Center, Social Services: $25,920

• North Shore Senior Center, PEARLS CareOptions: $10,000

• Northwest CASA, Sexual Assault Prevention: $19,000

• PEER Services: $88,200

• Shore Community Services, Lois Lloyd: $15,300

• Shore Community Services, Residential Services: $20,000

• The Harbor, Safe Harbor Emergency Shelter: $10,000

• Trilogy, Inc., Evanston Mental Health Care Coordinator: $28,800

• Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), Youth & Family Services: $70,250.