Scottsdale City Council recently approved over $1.9 million for nonprofit agencies that provide programs and services to assist thousands of people who are at risk and in need.
As a certified mechanic, drywall hanger and painter, 58-year-old Ken can fix or build just about anything, but a difficult season left him financially stretched and eventually homeless, a city press release stated. Desperate to put a roof over his head, Ken wound up at A New Leaf’s Mens’ Shelter, where staff worked with him to set goals.
Ken then found employment that allowed him to buy a bike and save money for an apartment.
“I’m an optimist, and I know how much A New Leaf can help me and others if we work hard,” Ken stated in the release.
The nonprofit, which provides shelter and support services to single men, is just one of several nonprofit agencies supported by the city of Scottsdale.
And the need is critical, according to the release. In Ken’s case, single men make up the largest homeless population in Arizona and struggle the most to find assistance.
Some funding for A New Leaf comes from the city’s general fund. General funds are revenues that accrue from taxes, fees, interest earnings and various other sources which can be used for the general operation of city government.
In addition to A New Leaf, the general fund allocated funds to four other nonprofits for fiscal year 2022-23, which ends in June 2023.
The general fund supports five nonprofits for a total of $198,522: A New Leaf ($28,000), Area Agency on Aging ($13,560), Duet: Partners in Aging and Health ($8,440), Fresh Start Women’s Center ($2,522) and Tempe Community Action Agency ($146,000).
In addition to general funds, the Endowment Program funded $8,600 to two nonprofits -- the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy for Expedition Days STEM program and the Arizona Burn Foundation for early childhood burn prevention and education programs.
The city’s Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community grant funding provided $125,000 to nine agencies that provide food and shelter services including Catholic Charities ($28,000), Central Arizona Shelter Services, Inc. ($13,580), Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence ($3,396), Duet Partners in Aging and Health ($9,060) and Family Promise ($21,279) among others.
Another source of human services funding comes from Scottsdale Cares, a voluntary donation program that allows residents to add an extra $1 or more to their monthly city utility bill.
Monies support programs that provide meals, emergency rent and mortgage, drug intervention and prevention, youth mentoring and self-sufficiency.
The Scottsdale Cares-funded agencies that received $150,000 are:
More detailed information is available on the June 21 city council agenda.
In May, the city council also approved $1,198,070 in community development block grants, which support a variety of public facility improvements and community programs including high-quality, safe and affordable housing for lower-income households.
These are federally backed grant monies that must be used to benefit those whose income falls below 80% of Scottsdale’s median level.
To learn about resources to help residents, visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/human-services, and those interested in donating to programs can visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/shares.
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