Since its establishment in 1998, the Arvada Human Services Advisory Committee--composed of community members appointed by the Arvada City Council—has awarded grant funding to area non-profits providing services to populations in need. The source of this funding is from the City’s General Fund as well as a portion of the annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocated by the Federal government.
For the 2017 – 2018 budget year, the Committee had a total of $210,000 to allocate--$75,000 in CDBG funds and $135,000 in City General Funds.
Grant applications were due in September; 18 agencies requested funds totaling $421,262. Committee members ranked the applications based on a point system that looks at identified need, benefit to Arvada citizens, leveraging of other funds, agency experience, duplication of services, collaboration with other agencies, measurable outcomes, and program sustainability. This year, the Committee gave extra thought to agencies providing rental assistance, given the rising cost of housing and a growing homeless population.
On October 23, 2017, the Arvada City Council approved the Committee’s recommendations as follows:
A Precious Child (basic essentials for families in need) $7,500
Archway Housing and Services (family services at Willow Green) $5,000
Arvada Community Food Bank (Housing Choice Voucher Program) $14,250
Arvada Community Food Bank (Client Financial Assistance Fund) $22,000
Arvada Community Food Bank (Client choice food program) $30,000
Audio Information Network (audio services for blind and print disabled) $3,000
Carin’ Clinic (health care for children birth – 18 years) $20,000
Family Tree (homelessness program) $15,000
Hope House (educational and housing support for teen mothers) $5,000
Jeffco Action Center (rental assistance and stabilization) $26,250
Jefferson Center for Mental Health (care for indigent Arvadans) $25,000
Project Angel Heart (nutritional program for the critically ill) $15,000
Volunteers of America (Meals on Wheels nutrition for homebound elderly) $12,000
Seniors’ Resource Center (support for seniors and families) $10,000