City of Austin recommends $13.2 million in social service contracts, but, who gets the money?
More than a few Austin nonprofits are frustrated with the 'scoring system' that the city has come up with to allocate funds to local organizations. The cities Health and Human Services department has recommended that 16 of the highest scoring programs receive the funds. Though the city is set to vote on the final contracts on May 26, concerns may force a delay...
A weighted system is being used that has the cities funding priorities divided into five sects: support services, i.e., food, shelter and health care, poverty depletion, problem prevention, family and societal support and enrichment programs. The programs in the highest rated category determined by the City, were those in support services. These organizations could score a mazimum of 100 points on the system, whereas enrichment programs (the lowest within the 'point system') could only earn 70 points, maximum. Over the past year, nonprofits have been competing for the money.
In compliance with the scores awarded, organizations like Meals on Wheels and More, LifeWorks and SafePlace would receive funding while others like the Austin's Children's Shelter, the Salvation Army and Capital Area Food Bank would not benefit from any of the contracts. The vote stands to drastically change what certain Austin nonprofits can and cannot continue to do.