Tompkins County
New York


Appropriation of $50,000 from Contingent Fund to Support the Ithaca/Tompkins Continuum of Care’s Transitional Housing Plan


Department:County AdministrationSponsors:
Category:HousingFunctions:Human Services Agencies


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Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, the shortage of affordable housing has been identified as one of Tompkins County’s most critical challenges, and


WHEREAS, as one of many initiatives undertaken by this Legislature to understand and help mitigate the affordable housing crisis, a “multi-year over-target” request was approved as a part of the 2017 County Budget process that provided $50,000 per year for three years to support the development and implementation of a plan (the “Plan”) by the Human Services Coalition, as lead agency for the Ithaca/Tompkins Continuum of Care, for transitional housing serving the homeless or those re-entering the community from incarceration and/or recovery, and


WHEREAS, $50,000 was allocated to the 2017 Contingent Fund awaiting the development of such a Plan by the Ithaca/Tompkins Continuum of Care, and


WHEREAS, the Human Services Coalition, as lead agency for the Ithaca/Tompkins Continuum of Care, has undertaken an inclusive process of soliciting proposals from area non-profit agencies and has recommended funding three projects with 2017 funding, namely:

              $27,000 to Catholic Charities, in partnership with the Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS), for a “bridging the gap” rental subsidy intended to assist individuals meet the tenancy criteria for a rental unit through INHS,

              $5,000 to the Advocacy Center to establish an Emergency Housing Fund for victims of domestic violence with the intent of preventing homelessness through this one-time financial support,

              $18,000 to Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources (OAR) to support renovations to its “Endeavor House” project, a four-bedroom house that will provide transitional housing for those returning to the community from the Tompkins County Jail, and


WHEREAS, this Legislature concurs that the proposed use of funds is consistent with the intent established during the 2017 Budget process, will contribute toward the mitigation of the County’s housing crises, and should be released to support the Plan, now therefore be it


RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services and the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committees, That funds in the amount of $50,000 for the housing initiative be allocated to the Human Services Coalition, as lead agency for the Ithaca/Tompkins Continuum of Care, for the purpose of supporting the three projects stated herein,


RESOLVED, further, That the Director of Finance be and hereby is authorized and directed to make the following budget appropriation in fiscal year 2017:

FROM                            A1990.54400              Contingent Fund                                                                      $50,000

TO:                            A6305.54400              Human Services Coalition-Program Expense                            $50,000




Meeting History

Jun 19, 2017 4:30 PM  Health and Human Services Committee Regular Meeting
MOVER:Will Burbank, Member
SECONDER:Carol Chock, Member
AYES:Anna Kelles, Will Burbank, Carol Chock
EXCUSED:Peter Stein
AWAY:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne
Jul 10, 2017 4:00 PM  Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee Regular Meeting
MOVER:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Member
SECONDER:Michael Sigler, Vice Chair
AYES:James Dennis, Michael Sigler, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Glenn Morey, Daniel Klein
Jul 18, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

This resolution was adopted by a short roll call vote.

MOVER:Anna Kelles, Member
SECONDER:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Peter Stein
EXCUSED:Carol Chock, Martha Robertson