How much six health and human services organizations will receive of $80,000 from the city’s coffers was recently discussed by an Apache Junction commission.
“What was really difficult for this year in particular, doing the math here, there was $184,660 of requests and of course, as we all know, $80,000 is what we have available to us for resources. So we’re going to have to make some tough decisions,” Jeffrey P. Mitchell, chairman of the Apache Junction Health and Human Services Commission, said at the group’s April 25 meeting.
The commission voted to recommend that the City Council give the following:
Each amount was voted on separately as two commissioners had to abstain and provide conflict of interest statements after the meeting, City Clerk Jennifer Pena said at the meeting.
Judy Borey recused herself from the vote on the funds for Apache Junction Community Development Corp. and Michael Brennan recused himself from the vote on the funds for A New Leaf.
The amounts approved in the separate votes were the last of five options the commission considered.
“Option 5 seems to be the one that is probably the fairest of all of the various manipulations that we’ve made thus far,” Brennan said prior to the votes.
The commission on May 16 will present its recommendation to the City Council. The council will vote on the amounts at a June 21 meeting, with contracts effective July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023.
The Health and Human Services Commission conducts public hearings to determine the needs of city residents with regard to public health, provision of human services and care of the elderly, handicapped and developmentally disabled.
Apache Junction Community Development Corp., 300 E. Superstition Blvd. in Apache Junction, sought $6,260 for community revitalization projects, household hazardous waste transport assistance, “Make A Difference Day” projects throughout the city, Focal Point brick memorial and residential address identifiers, according to the organization’s application.
AJCDC has a mission of working to maintain and create safe affordable housing, support economic opportunities, instill a sense of community pride and commitment, and enhance the physical image of Apache Junction. The website is apachejunctioncdc.com.
A New Leaf, 868 E University Drive in Mesa, which in July 2021 merged with Community Alliance Against Family Abuse in Apache Junction, sought $21,263 for:
“A New Leaf requests funding to support the continuation of food box distribution and emergency hotel nights for Apache Junction’s most vulnerable community members. The agency’s food box program supports the basic needs of struggling residents and connects survivors to other vital services,” it states in the application.
The website is turnanewleaf.org.
Boys & Girls Club of The Valley, 4309 E. Belleview St. Building No. 1 in Phoenix, sought funds for the Superstition Mountain Branch at 2805 S. Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction.
“BGCAZ is respectfully requesting $35,000 in support of our ‘Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Good Character & Leadership’ program that will empower young people to reach their full potential as productive adults. BGCAZ Superstition Mountain Branch staff are a critical support for families, providing academic support, health and wellness activities, sports leagues, healthy snacks and meals, career exploration and workforce readiness, and a positive, stable community of support of Apache Junction youth. The overall goal for youth is to improve their social-emotional development, peer and parental relationships, and academic attitudes and performance,” it states in the application.
The website is bgcaz.org.
Superstition Community Food Bank, 575 N. Idaho Road Suite No. 701 in Apache Junction, is a regional food bank that aids individuals, families, seniors and children facing food insecurity. The website is superstitionfoodbank.org.
“We are asking for $50,000 to help purchase food and holiday food to help meet the growing need of food-insecure individuals in our community. Our need is greater due to raw material shortages, rising food and fuel prices,” it states in the application.
Genesis Project, 564 N. Idaho Road Suite No. 5 in Apache Junction, sought $22,800 for:
“The proposed project is to secure funding which ensures that the community resource center remains open to those in need and a navigator will be hired to further address the issue. ... Genesis Project will schedule outside agencies Monday-Friday from 11:30-2:30 and have a navigator on site for 12 hours per week,” it states in the application.
Genesis Project was founded in 2006 to address the needs of homeless individuals in Apache Junction experiencing hunger and an inability to find respite from the extreme heat. It has expanded its services over the years and now feeds, clothes, hydrates and provides a community resource center where individuals have access to all nutrition, hydration, clothing, hygiene and social services in one centralized location free of charge. The website is genesisprojectaz.com.
Salvation Army Apache Junction, 605 E. Broadway Ave.,sought $39,600:
The Apache Junction Corps provides food, rent, utility, homeless and seasonal assistance for those in need throughout the area, according to the application. The website is apachejunction.salvationarmy.org/apache_junction_corps.
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