A second round of Jack Hopkins social services funding this year has pushed the historical amount of awards to $5,006,856. The program started in 1993.
On Monday night, the Bloomington city council’s Jack Hopkins committee made recommendations for awards to 25 different local social services nonprofits totaling $224,905. A total of $591,599 had been requested by the applicants.
The five largest awards are recommended to go to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard ($19,100), Shalom Community Center, Inc. [Beacon] ($17,500), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana ($15,000), Bloomington St. Vincent de Paul ($15,000), and New Hope Family Shelter, Inc. ($14,020).
The city council will have the awards on its Nov. 18 meeting agenda for final approval.
An additional $200,000 in funding for Jack Hopkins social services this year was a part of the $2-million Recover Forward package proposed by Bloomington mayor John Hamilton’s administration and approved by the city council at a mid-August meeting.
The extra funding is meant to shore up nonprofits for the additional work they are doing this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The extra $200,000 in funding for Jack Hopkins social services funding, like the rest of this year’s Recover Forward initiatives, came from reversion money, unspent in the 2019 budget.
The regular round of annual Jack Hopkins social services funding, approved by the city council in June, totaled about $319,000. The normal round of funding is allocated from the general fund. In the 2021 budget, approved by the city council two weeks ago, the usual Jack Hopkins social services funding is approved in one line item at $311,000 with a supplemental line, parallel to this year’s supplemental round, with another $200,000.
That means in 2021, about a half million dollars in awards could be made all in one round.
The second round of funding this year totaled $224,905, which is more than the extra allocation of $200,000. According to city council administrator/attorney Stephen Lucas, there was an extra $25,000 available, because South Central Community Action Program was not able to follow through with the program for which the nonprofit had received funding in the first round, due to some unexpected staffing changes.
It’s common for the committee to recommend partial awards for approved applications. So the committee’s approach to the second round of funding was a hybrid between considering re-applications from first-round applicants for complete funding and new applications from scratch.
For the extra, special round of funding, 36 agencies submitted applications, of which 26 were “express applications” from applicants earlier this year. Ten were full applications from new agencies.
The basic criteria for Jack Hopkins social services funding were first written down in a 1993 letter by councilmember Jack Hopkins, after whom the fund was named. The resolution that named the fund after Hopkins, who was a professor at the Indiana University’s public and environmental affairs, was approved by the city council in 2002, the month after Hopkins died.
Table: 2020 Second Round Recommended JHSS Funding
|Mothers Hubbard’s Cupboard||Staff support ($10,000); Hand warmers, work gloves, lights, space heaters, insulated coveralls, insulated jackets, warm weather accessories, outdoor patio heater, and tent ($9,100).||$19,100||$25,000|
|Shalom Community Center, Inc.||Restroom repair and renovation expenses, rental of handwashing station, and stocking the Crawford Homes hygiene pantry.||$17,500||$24,500|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana||Personnel expenses.||$15,000||$38,000|
|Bloomington St. Vincent de Paul||Utility bill assistance.||$15,000||$15,000|
|New Hope Family Shelter, Inc.||High capacity clothes washers and dryers, metal bunk beds, and mattresses.||$14,020||$30,000|
|Amethyst House, Inc.||Personnel expenses for residential case managers and technicians for November and December 2020.||$13,000||$25,000|
|Wheeler Mission||Personnel expenses for emergency services Case Manager.||$12,990||$15,600|
|Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington||Personnel expenses.||$10,400||$24,000|
|LIFE Designs Inc.||Personal Protective Equipment for Disabilities Services (KN95 masks, gloves and disinfectant, isolation gowns).||$10,000||$15,000|
|Bloomington Meals on Wheels, Inc.||Medically tailored meals.||$10,000||$10,000|
|New Leaf New Life||Staff support for reentry liaison and reentry mentor, tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, tarps, blankets, gloves, beanies, hygiene kits, can openers, hand/feet warmers, food bank funds.||$9,540||$9,540|
|Monroe County United Ministries||Supplies for restocking cleaning and hygiene closet; meals and snacks for Compass students.||$9,500||$23,500|
|Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County||Construction materials (materials for floor system, wall framing, roof system and trusses, or porch and decking).||$8,862||$21,185|
|Centerstone of Indiana, Inc.||Elite 33 ThermalFlowTech 300 sq.ft. Bed Bug Heat Treatment Package; metal shelves; and linens for 50 units.||$8,250||$18,900|
|Middle Way House, Inc.||Paper sanitary and cleaning products, hand sanitizer and cleaning solution, facemasks, hardware to replace used sanitation/healthcare equipment as needed.||$8,000||$10,000|
|Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky||Contraception subsidies.||$7,500||$10,000|
|Hotels for Homeless||Hotel room payments during winter months.||$7,400||$18,600|
|HealthNet, Inc.||Purashield 500 air purifiers and replacement cartridges.||$5,519||$5,519|
|Refugee Support Network||Housing and medical support||$5,000||$5,000|
|All Options Pregnancy Resource Center||Essential supplies for local families (facemasks, menstrual products, pregnancy tests, soap/shampoo, condoms, reusable bags, hand sanitizer).||$4,450||$4,450|
|Indiana Recovery Alliance||Narcan and supplies for Syringe Service Program.||$4,430||$20,000|
|Courage to Change Sober Living||Personnel expenses (extra hours for house managers).||$3,430||$4,439|
|Catholic Charities Bloomington||HEPA air filters, wall unit dispensers and disinfection solution.||$2,014||$2,014|
|Monroe County Humane Association||Immediate and extended emergency housing for pets (direct boarding and care, including housing, food, needed vaccines, and basic animal care).||$2,000||$2,000|
|Safe Families for Children in Bloomington, Indiana||Transportation and tangible needs for families, including diapers, formula, and gas cards.||$2,000||$10,000|