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Council Favors Santee Food Bank in Allocating Federal Funds

The City Council was forced to choose which public service organizations would receive federal funds, and how much.

The divvied out federal (CDBG) funds to public service projects such as the Santee Food Bank and Meals on Wheels at .

During two public hearings on the subject, 18 nonprofit organizations requested a portion of the $46,200 allotted. Unfortunately their total requests totaled $99,200, so not all requests could be filled.

The councilmembers all indicated how tough a decision it was to allocate the money, especially since the amount of available CDBG funds have shrunk.

"The funds get smaller and smaller every year," said .

The Santee Food Bank and Meals-on-Wheels received the majority of the money, the Council focused on organizations providing absolute necessities to those in need.

The National Center for Deaf Advocacy (NCDA), SD Youth Services (SDYS), East County Transitional Living Center, Santee Communities Against Substance Abuse and Santee Senior Nutrition Center got the shaft and were denied funds this year. Councilmember John Minto spoke out for NCDA and SDYS, the only councilmember to vote for giving them funds.

This table shows all organizations that requested funds, what they received last year, their request this year and what they were finally allocated last night:

Organization Last Year Request This Year
$20,000 $20,000 $20,000 National Center for Deaf Advocacy
$20,000
Meals-on-Wheels $10,000 $10,000 $9,000 $5,000 $10,000 $5,000 Elderhelp $3,500 $5,000 $3,500 $1,000 $5,000 $1,000 $2,000 $5,000 $1,200 SD Youth Services
$5,000
Crisis House $4,500 $4,500 $4,500 $2,000 $4,000 $1,000 Center for Community Solutions $1,000 $3,000 $1,000 East County Transitional Living Center
$3,000
Santee Communities Against Substance Abuse
$3,000
Santee Senior Nutrition Center
$1,700

Total
$99,200 $46,200
marymfinch February 25, 2011 at 06:10 AM
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