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Human Services Funding
Human Services Funding Administration
Human services funds designated by the City of Lansing are administered by the Human Relations and Community Services Department. The department enters into and monitors contractual agreements with community-based non-profit charitable organizations for the provision of human services. Funding through the Human Relations and Community Services Department, pursuant to City Ordinance, seeks to address community needs identified by the City and/or other local, state, federal or public sector sources.
The City of Lansing designates, at a minimum, 1.25% of general fund revenue annually to support Lansing area human services organizations. These funds are used to provide a locally funded revenue base that supports basic human services, and meets local match requirements for grant funds generated from federal, state, foundation and other similar sources. In addition, these funds provide locally generated revenue which assists local human services providers to leverage additional funds in support of service delivery efforts. The percentage of general fund revenue designated for support of human services is exclusive of any direct funding of Community Supported Agencies by the Lansing City Council and any funding allocated for the purpose of supporting Cultural Arts Programs.
Human Services Funding Criteria
Human services agencies and programs must meet the following criteria to receive funding from the City of Lansing Human Relations and Community Services Department.
Provide Human Services: Basic Needs; Life Skills; Employability Development; Health/Mental Health Services as outlined below.
Meet Community Needs: Identification of community needs and successful implementation of appropriate services to address identified needs.
Demonstrate Operational Capacity: Financial and human resources capacity necessary to implement the proposed program or service; a strategic plan to sustain programming after HRCS funding expires.
Demonstrate Lansing Resident Focus: Program services that are primarily designed to address the needs of City of Lansing residents.
Performance and Contract Compliance History: Demonstrated timeliness and accuracy in reporting; expenditure of funds consistent with funding contract budget; successful completion of contract objectives and evidence of the extent to which projected outcomes are achieved.
Program and Funding Categories
I. Basic Need
A. Homeless Shelters
B. Child Care
E. Housing Assistance
G. Senior Citizen Basic Assistance
H. Legal Assistance for Indigents
II. Life Skills
B. Academic Enhancement
C. Social Compentency
E. Conflict Resolution
F. Parenting Classes
G. Structured Recreation
H. Self Sufficiency for Disabled Citizens
III. Employability Development
A. Job Readiness/Placement/Retention
B. Job Seeking Skills
C. Vocational Training
D. Job Site Development
IV. Health/Mental Health
A. Health Awareness Promotion
C. Substance Abuse
D. Health Care Access
E. Crisis Intervention
F. Dental Care
G. Prescription Medications
H. Safety Promotion
I. Respite Care
V. Community Supported Agencies*
Organizations directly funded by City Council through the Human Relations and Community Services Department to help improve social and community conditions.
VI. Cultural Art Programs*
Fine Arts and Cultural Appreciation activities supported through a direct City Council allocation that is administered by the Human Relations and Community Services Department.
*Note: Community Supported Agencies and Cultural Arts Programs are supported by City Council with funds separate from human services designated revenue.