Grace Marketplace Homeless Center Gets $308,000 In Local Government Funding
GAINESVILLE - Alachua county commissioners have a pot of gold, and are deciding how to spend it. Funding for non-profits, health care and grace marketplace were discussed by county commissioners today. One commissioner had a different say as to what is best for the community.
Choices was a health service in Alachua county for the working poor that ceased to exist at the end of 2013. It continues to be a subject of discussion for having $7.2 million of unspent money left over. Now the question is-- where will that money go?
The choices advisory board recommended that the $7.2 million left over get set aside to be used over a 10 year span. With the funds they hoped to create the Indigent Healthcare Trust to reduce gaps in health care. The criteria for residents would change a bit. For example, employment wouldn't be a requirement anymore. County commissioners approved this. However they asked choices to come up with a breakdown of money that will go into medical, mental and dental expenses.
"I guess my concern is ten years is a long time, a lot changes in ten years. We might be better off spending this down in 4, 6 or 8 years instead of 10," county commissioner Robert "Hutch" Hutchinson said.
More than $960,000 CAPP-- or the Community Agency Partnership Program-- funds were also discussed. 28 different non-profits are on the advisory board's recommendation list. The board proposed no money for four different organizations.
One of them was the Reichert House, for lacking a board of directors and for having leftover funds in their account. However representatives of many organizations expressed support for Reichert House and the county commission reconsidered, allocating $25,000 to them.
John Alexander, the Executive Director of Reichert House said, "We really plan to utilize these funds to train our teachers and tutors an evidence based curriculum that is specifically designed to address reading."
County commissioners also approved an agreement with the city. Each will give $154,000 to the Grace Marketplace Homeless Center; a total of $308,000 in local government funding. All agreed except for Susan Baird, who seemed to disagree with the majority on all motions.
County commissioner Susan Baird said, "And because I just don't see that amount I have to keep voting no to all these different programs because it keeps adding, adding and adding. Especially with something that is going to be much larger than $300,000."
More CAPP decisions are still pending. For example it was discussed that some funding for acorn clinic come from the 7.2 million left in choices as opposed to CAPP. The next meeting will be on September 2nd at 10am.
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