ADOPTED - NOVEMBER 22, 2005
Agenda Item No. 10
Introduced by the Human Services and Finance Committees of the:
INGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A 2005 AGREEMENT FOR THE CAPITAL AREA COMMUNITY SERVICES UTILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
WHEREAS, Capital Area Community Services has operated a low income Utility Assistance Program since the early 1970’s to serve County residents; and
WHEREAS, due to the loss of funding sources and the high cost of petroleum based residential heating this winter, the Capital Area Community Services low income Utility Assistance Program will be under funded this 2005 heating season; and
WHEREAS, Capital Area Community Services has requested an emergency appropriation to adequately fund the Capital Area Community Services Utility Assistance Program; and
WHEREAS, this request is consistent with the Board of Commissioners’ priorities of “Meeting Basic Needs”.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ingham County Board of Commissioners hereby approves entering into a contract for $20,000 with Capital Area Community Services for the Utility Assistance Program, for the period of December 1, 2005 through February 28, 2006, for services to Ingham County residents as outlined in their attached proposal.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Controller is authorized to appropriate $20,000 from the 2005 Contingency Fund for this purpose.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board Chairperson and the County Clerk are authorized to sign the necessary contracts consistent with this resolution as prepared by the County Attorney.
HUMAN SERVICES: Yeas: Hertel, Weatherwax-Grant, Celentino, Dedden, Holman, Severino
Nays: None Absent: None Approved 11/7/05
FINANCE: Yeas: Dedden, Swope, Hertel, Schor, Thomas, Dougan
Nays: None Absent: None Approved 11/16/05
Capital Area Community Services, Inc.
Funding from the Ingham County Board of Commissioners in the amount of $20,000 will be used to provide direct utility assistance as follows:
$ Eligible households must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level guidelines and reside in Ingham County.
$ Applicants must attend a C.A.C.S. sponsored Energy Education workshop prior to payment to the service provider. If there are extenuating circumstances, an exception may be granted to provide alternate energy education materials.
$ Payments are made directly to the vendor on the clients’ behalf.
SCOPE OF SERVICES
$ Funding from the County Board of Commissioners is expected to serve approximately
seventy (70) households with an average payment of $285.
$ These funds will be designated as locally raised funds for the Agency=s Annual Walk for Warmth fund raiser.
$ CACS will apply for match funding from the Michigan Public Service Commission to match dollar for dollar Ingham County=s contribution, thus leveraging an additional $20,000 in low income heating assistance.
$ The total project is expected to serve 140 households in Ingham County with direct utility assistance and, participation of a minimum of 135 persons in the Energy Education Program.
$ Services will be delivered between December 1, 2005 and February 28, 2006.