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.
Joseph M. Petty
Clerk of the City Council
|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|
Approval of the Minutes
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.
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).
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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
Community Development Block Grant Item
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
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).