CITY OF WORCESTER

Public Health and Human Services Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 5:30 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:57 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Sarai Rivera
Vice Chairperson George J Russell
Councilor Gary Rosen
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Sarai Rivera Councilor Gary Rosen
 
Also:Director of Neighborhood Development Gregory Baker Director of Housing Development James Brooks Deputy City Clerk Stephen A.J. Pottle, clerk
 
1.

Approval of the Minutes

1a.

Order- That the City Council Standing Committee of Public Health and Human Services hereby approves the minutes of the Public Health and Human Services Committee meeting on August 5, 2020.

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Chairperson Councilor Rivera read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (Russell recused).

2.

Public Participation

2a.

In order to ensure the continuation of active public engagement, the City of Worcester will now use a phone conference line for members of the public to participate in all public meetings. To participate during the public participation phase of City Council, you may call the direct line indicated: Levi Lincoln Chamber - 415-655-0001 (Access Code: 173 806 2123) or enter the below URL into your web browser. If you would like to raise your hand when in the meeting as a call-in user during public participation you may dial *3. https://cowevents.webex.com/cowevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed2527e3cdcd5893b52402c317e8729d6

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Chairperson Councilor Rivera read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Ron Hayes, Open Sky Community Services, spoke in favor of item #3a
2. Linda Cavaioli, YWCA, spoke in favor of item #3a
3. Martha Sullivan, Family Health Center of Worcester, spoke in favor of item #3a
4. Anh Sawyer, Southeast Asian Coalition of Central MA, spoke in favor of item #3a
5. Daniel Sherman, Family Health Center of Worcester, spoke in favor of item #3a
6. Julie Nathan, Family Health Center of Worcester, spoke in favor of item #3a

3.

Community Development Block Grant Item

3a.

Communication of the City Manager recommend City of Worcester Fiscal Year 2021/Program Year 46 Funding Recommendations for U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Entitlement Programs Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) # 9.4A CM September 22, 2020

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Chairperson Councilor Rivera read the item and recognized the Director of Neighborhood Development, who provided an overview of the item, including information relative to the changes in timing relating to the program due to COVID-19 and increased allocations to the program due to CARES Act funding.
Chairperson Councilor Rivera expressed gratitude for the Executive Office of Economic Development working through COVID-19 complications to provide funding for the organizations associated with complex issues within human services.

Chairperson Councilor Rivera recognized Councilor Rosen, who discussed the differences in funding that could have occurred if CDAC had been involved for selections associated with funding, more funds that may be allocated to some of the programs at a later time and oversight of the accounts to ensure the organizations were using the funds correctly with the Director of Neighborhood Development.

Chairperson Councilor Rivera moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be approved. Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (Russell recused).