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File #: 23-0614    Name:
Type: Written Report Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 12/20/2022 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 1/24/2023 Final action:
Title: Consideration of the Transmittal of the Alexandria Fund for Human Services Reform Committee Recommendations.
Attachments: 1. 23-0614_Attachment 1_AFHS Community Listening Session PowerPoint Presentation, 2. 23-0614_Attachment 2_AFHS Reform CommitteeRecommendationsFINAL.pdf
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM


DATE: JANUARY 17, 2023

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

THROUGH: JAMES F. PARAJON, CITY MANAGER /s/

FROM: KATE GARVEY, DIRECTOR, DCHS

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Consideration of the Transmittal of the Alexandria Fund for Human Services Reform Committee Recommendations.
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ISSUE: Receipt of recommendations from the Alexandria Fund for Human Services (AFHS) Reform Committee.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:

1) Receive the recommendations from the AFHS Reform Committee; and

2) Request that the City Manager direct staff to implement the recommendations as accepted by City Council.

BACKGROUND: Earlier this year the City Manager informed City Council that the FY 2019 to FY 2021 AFHS grant cycle would be extended for an additional year as grantees and the community continued to encounter COVID-19 related challenges. These included reduced in-person client participation, the need for program shifts to virtual offerings, and staff and volunteer vacancies and exposure to the virus. It was felt that the extension would also increase the opportunity for stronger responses to the next request for grant applications as they would be able to articulate the current unmet human service needs more effectively in the city.

During the grant extension period the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) staff were charged to accomplish the following:

* Gain a greater understanding of the outstanding needs, gaps in services, and alternative resources available and the ongoing needs, gaps in services, and alternative resources available and ongoing challenges faced by the non-profit community to further stabilize the sector.
* Explore alternative approaches for the use of funds reflective of the new normal following COVID-19.
* Explore new priorities reflected in updated Strategic Plans and other shifts in Alexandria...

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