Agenda Item No. 30


Introduced by the Human Services and Finance Committees of the:










WHEREAS, the Volunteers of America Michigan has operated a low income New Hope Day Center Program to serve County residents and requested a one time emergency appropriation of $50,000 from Ingham County for 2005; and


WHEREAS, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners approved entering into a contract for $30,000 with Volunteers of America for the New Hope Day Center Program for services to Ingham County residents and agreed to consider the balance of their request at the conclusion of the year; 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 a supplemental appropriation of an additional $20,000 to fully fund their one time request of $50,000, so that the Volunteers of America Michigan may operate the New Hope Day Center Program for the period of December 1, 2005 through April 30, 2006 for contractual services for Ingham County residents as outlined in their attached scope of services..


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Controller is authorized to appropriate an additional $20,000 from the 2005 Contingency Fund for this purpose.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board Chairperson and County Clerk are authorized to sign the necessary contract documents consistent with this resolution as prepared by the County Attorney.


HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE:  Yeas:  Hertel, Celentino, Dedden, Holman, Severino

   Nays:  None               Absent:  Weatherwax-Grant       Approved 12/5/05


FINANCE:  Yeas:  Dedden, Swope, Hertel, Schor, Thomas, Dougan

   Nays:  None             Absent:  None                 Approved 12/7/05



Ingham County

New Hope Day Center

Grant Period: December 1, 2005 to March April 30, 2006

Agency Name: Volunteers of America Michigan




1.         Program Goals

Provide a safe haven for homeless men, women, and children during the time period when overnight shelters are inaccessible.


Address underlying causes of homelessness through collaboration with other service providers in the community.


2.         Program Objectives: 

A.        Conduct initial intakes for 100 different homeless clients based on an unduplicated count for the term of the contract.


B.         Provide safe haven, daily nutritional meals and snacks, Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, for all homeless, Day Center clients based on an anticipated daily census of approximately 100 persons.


C.        Maintain inter-agency agreements with a cadre of service providers who will provide on-site resources at the Day Center that seek to address the underlying causes of homelessness.  Such on-site resources shall include, but not be limited to:


ICMD – Ingham County Medical Department (Clinic Bus)

Cristo Rey

Advent House Ministries

Community Mental Health (CMH)

Salvation Army

Lansing Area Aids Network (LAAN)

Veterans Administration Battle Creek

Legal Aid

Capital Area Community Services


D.        Arrange and facilitate ongoing meetings of Day Center Collaborators.


E.         Provide referrals of Day Center clients to on-site resource providers and other community providers as necessary to address clients’ underlying causes of homelessness.


F.         Collect aggregate data from on-site providers and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) that reveal, minimally: the number/percent of service recipients who follow through with referrals provided by the Contractor; the number/percent of Day Center clients whose functioning improves; the number/percent of Day Center clients who secure employment; the number/percent of clients who are placed in Transitional Supportive Housing; the number/percent of clients who achieve independent living in permanent housing.


A report provided to the Ingham County Controller’s office detailing:

A report of Outcomes

A Program Management Report


3.         Measurable Outcomes:

Pursuant to 2A and 2B above, the basic and emergency needs of all homeless Day Center clients will be met as indicated by documentation in case files maintained by the Contractor.


Pursuant to 2C and 2D above, a schedule will be established and space provided in the Contractor’s facility for collaborating providers to assist Day Center clients in overcoming functional barriers.


Pursuant to 2E above, functional barriers will be removed for a percentage of day Center clients as indicated by Contractor observation and reports Contractor requests for on-site providers.


Based on 2F above, the Contractor will show: the number/percentage of Day Center clients who show functional improvement; the number/percentage of Day Center clients who become employed; the number/percentage of Day Center clients who move into transitional housing; and, the number/percentage of Day Center clients who move into permanent housing as indicated reports the Contractor receives and inter-agency contacts.