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2015 Hopkins funding package

By Scott Tibbs, June 15, 2015

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:

AGENCYRECOMMENDED
ALLOCATION
Amethyst House
Menís ĺ Way House Repair & Restoration & Multi-Facility Refurnishing
$19,000.00
Area 10 Agency on Aging
More Than a Meal Nutrition Program & Mobile Food Pantry
$2,875.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters
One-to-One Mentoring
$10,300.00
Bloomington Police Department
Downton Resource Officer Program
$63,400.00
Bloomington PRIDE
LGBTQ Youth Cultural Competency Training Program
$5,700.00
Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington
Roof Replacement Ė Crestmont Club
$25,000.00
Catholic Charities Bloomington
Identifying the Mental Health Needs of Senior Citizens in Bloomington
$0.00
Habitat for Humanity
Construction Truck and Skid Loader
$30,000.00
Middle Way House
Communication Project
$0.00
Monroe County United Ministries
Community Playground Project
$27,475.00
Mother Hubbardís Cupboard
Technology Upgrade
$4,250.00
My Sisterís Closet
Rising to Meet Needs of Clients
$7,000.00
New Hope Family Shelter
Childrenís Program House Rehabilitation
$16,600.00
New Leaf Ė New Life
Transition Support Center
$6,000.00
Planned Parenthood
Subsidized Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives at Bloomington Health Center
$5,000.00
Shalom
A Floor to Stand On
$5,900.00
Shalom - IFWS
Iím Gonna Wash That Homelessness Out of My Clothes Project
$6,800.00
South Central Community Action
Increasing Housing Affordability through Reducing Energy
$0.00
Stepping Stones
Bridge Funding
$20,000.00
Stone Belt - LIFEDesigns
Management Training for Frontline Supervisors
$9,000.00
Volunteers in Medicine
Early Detection of Cardiovascular Disease in Uninsured Adults
$5,700.00

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.