Toledo City Council approved millions in federal community development block grant funding for social-service agencies and homeless shelters Wednesday with last-minute changes that eliminated funding for an after-school program operating at two city schools and shifted that money to other groups.
After-School All Stars, a national program that operates in Toledo, Columbus, and Dayton, requested $50,000 for its activities at Birmingham and Walbridge elementary schools. A citizen-review committee and Mayor D. Michael Collins’ administration recommended it get $49,150 for the upcoming federal funding grant year that runs from July 1 through June 30, 2015. Last year, the group got $50,000 in CDBG money.
Councilman Jack Ford suggested that money instead be directed to UpTown Association Inc., a community development corporation in the UpTown neighborhood; Adelante Inc.; and the Economic Opportunity Planning Association.
Toledo got a reduction in block grant money this year — down about 1.7 percent from last year to nearly $6.89 million for the upcoming federal funding grant year.
UpTown Association requested $78,309, but was recommended to receive $40,000; Adelante requested $40,000, but was recommended to receive $30,640, and EOPA requested $451,000 in block grant money, up from the $300,000 it received last year. It was recommended to receive just $196,000.
Council voted 11-0 to approve the allocations with changes to the list of recommendations handed over by the Collins administrations. Councilman Tom Waniewski was not present.
UpTown will get $55,000, Adelante $35,640, and EOPA gets $216,600, with the stipulation the extra money be used for homes on its waiting list for repairs. Each home’s project would be limited to $3,000. Council also increased funding for Family House, a homeless shelter, from the 2014-15 recommended $56,466 to $59,716; Believe Center’s recommended $15,000 to $17,950, and Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center from the recommended $35,000 to $37,950.
Twenty-eight social service agencies and 13 homeless services providers applied for federal funding through the city. Many took funding cuts compared to what was received last year.