2015 Hopkins funding package

The social services funding committee has recommended which agencies should be funded when the city council votes to distribute the Hopkins grants this Wednesday. Here is what the council will vote to approve in two days:

Amethyst House
Men’s ¾ Way House Repair & Restoration & Multi-Facility Refurnishing
Area 10 Agency on Aging
More Than a Meal Nutrition Program & Mobile Food Pantry
Big Brothers Big Sisters
One-to-One Mentoring
Bloomington Police Department
Downton Resource Officer Program
Bloomington PRIDE
LGBTQ Youth Cultural Competency Training Program
Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington
Roof Replacement – Crestmont Club
Catholic Charities Bloomington
Identifying the Mental Health Needs of Senior Citizens in Bloomington
Habitat for Humanity
Construction Truck and Skid Loader
Middle Way House
Communication Project
Monroe County United Ministries
Community Playground Project
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
Technology Upgrade
My Sister’s Closet
Rising to Meet Needs of Clients
New Hope Family Shelter
Children’s Program House Rehabilitation
New Leaf – New Life
Transition Support Center
Planned Parenthood
Subsidized Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives at Bloomington Health Center
A Floor to Stand On
Shalom – IFWS
I’m Gonna Wash That Homelessness Out of My Clothes Project
South Central Community Action
Increasing Housing Affordability through Reducing Energy
Stepping Stones
Bridge Funding
Stone Belt – LIFEDesigns
Management Training for Frontline Supervisors
Volunteers in Medicine
Early Detection of Cardiovascular Disease in Uninsured Adults

When the county council votes on its own social services funding, they break it down so each allocation gets a “yes” or “no” vote. This would be an improvement on what the city council does now, and would remove the excuse of it being an “all or nothing” vote on the entire package.

In addition to my long-held opposition to funding the local abortion “clinic,” I find it very strange that the Bloomington Police Department is getting over $63,000. It seems like it would be smarter to simply increase the BPD’s budget, even if only for a single year. This is not what the social services fund is for – it should be for helping local social service organizations with one time projects rather than transferring money between departments within city government.

Unless something unexpected comes up, I will be at the city council meeting (again) to register my opposition and encourage the council not to fund Planned Parenthood.

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