CDBG Projects

2017 CDBG Projects

The deadline to vote and turn in our CDBG budget has been moved up to June 30th.  This gives us two neighborhood council meetings to discuss where we would like our dollars to go and to vote.

The executive board has decided to make this as easy as possible while trying to keep our voting meeting time under control. This will require you to do some work at home before the meetings. We will begin discussing projects at our next meeting on May 16th and then we will vote at our June 20th meeting.  In the time between May 16th and June 20th we will be sending out a link to an electronic poll where you will be asked to rank each project.  The top 5 projects will then be submitted for vote and dollar amounts on June 20th.  We will also have paper copies of the poll available at the meeting in May, the community center and the library for those of our members who do not have access to a computer.  Please remember that only voting members may vote in the electronic poll at the June 20th meeting.  This year we have $60,000 in CDBG funds.

Below is a synopsis of each project submitted to ONS for CDBG funds.  There are 16 projects this year!  I ask that you please read through them – each title is a link that will take you to the submitted paperwork for that project. Copies of the information below will be provided at our May 16th meeting. It is very important that you familiarize yourself with the projects!

You can visit the city site to learn more about CDBG Funds by clicking here: Spokane City CDBG.  You can see the application we will fill out after our vote in our June 20th meeting complete with links to the full paperwork submitted for each project here: Spokane CDBG Application

If you have any questions about this process please contact the East Central Neighborhood Chair, Karen at

eastcentralneighborhood.chair@gmail.com

 

Myrtle Woldson Institute Elevator

$131,425.00 Requested

All families in Spokane seeking publicly-funded homeless housing support are served at the Myrtle Woldson Institute. Services include Homeless Families Coordinated Assessment, Rapid Rehousing, Diversion (diverting families from homelessness), internal and external referrals, and more.

Experience Managing Public Funds/Grants:

CCS has extensive experience managing public funds and grants and is committed to good stewardship and accountability. CCS meets the standards of charitable accountability of the Better Business Bureau’s Philanthropic Advisory Service (2005-2014). CCS continually attains the highest 4-star rating for sound fiscal management by Charity Navigator. CCS adheres to all accreditation and industry-appropriate standards.

Scope of Work:

The requested funding will purchase and install a new elevator in the building, including electrical and construction costs.

Briefly describe:

Improve Quality of Life: An elevator in the building would provide ADA access to a building that was grandfathered into ADA compliance. We serve many households that have mobility challenges. Having access to and from each floor is critical and would improve the quality of life for those we serve. Safe and Decent Housing: Our Rapid Re-Housing program is located on the 2nd floor of the building where the offices are more private and confidential. We also lease space to Goodwill Industries’ Support Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program on the 2nd floor. Clients accessing these programs must navigate two flights of stairs to meet with case workers in each of these permanent housing programs. This creates a barrier to accessing safe and decent housing subsidy programs.

 

O’Malley Low-Income Apartments Window Replacement

$144,005.00 Requested

O’Malley Apartments house and support low-income, vulnerable community members ages 62+ and/or disabled. All tenants pay rent on a sliding scale. This funding will replace drafty, old, original windows, and help CCS provide low-income apartments with dignity for our residents.

Experience Managing Public Funds/Grants:

CCS has extensive experience managing public funds and grants and is committed to good stewardship and accountability. CCS meets the standards of charitable accountability of the Better Business Bureau’s Philanthropic Advisory Service (2005-2014). CCS continually attains the highest 4-star rating for sound fiscal management by Charity Navigator. CCS adheres to all accreditation and industry-appropriate standards.

Scope of Work:

For many years, CCS has been working to replace old, inefficient, original windows at The O’Malley Apartments. There are 39 more units in need of window replacement, all more than 50 years old. In addition, the Community Center and the Lobby have inefficient, original windows and glass doors. The requested funding will allow us to finally complete this project to replace all of the remaining old windows and glass doors in the entire building.

Briefly Describe:

Replacing the original inefficient windows with new insulated windows will keep our residents’ apartments and building more habitable and improve the quality of life for residents. This will also save CCS on utilities expenses, which can instead be spent on other improvements to the property and improve every tenant’s quality of life. To keep residents safe the building limits access to residents or those with keys. To keep a high-quality living environment, we meet or exceed Spokane Housing Authority and HUD standards. Many of our residents when they move in tell us its the nicest place they’ve ever lived. And when we make decisions about the building, we always ask “Would I want my mom to live here?” We provide senior programs by staffing a full-time social service coordinator to plan social, nutritional, and educational events.

 

St. Anne’s Roof Replacement

$58,775.00 Requested

St. Anne’s Children’s and Family Center houses two programs, one of which is CAPA (Childbirth & Parenting Assistance), serving at-risk, low-income parents of young children in the community. This proposal requests 50% of the required funding to replace the entire roof on the building.

Experience Managing Public Funds/Grants:

CCS has been managing public funds and grants for decades and is committed to good stewardship and accountability. CCS meets the standards of charitable accountability of the Better Business Bureau’s Philanthropic Advisory Service (2005-2014). CCS continually attains the highest 4-star rating for sound fiscal management by Charity Navigator. CCS adheres to all accreditation and industry-appropriate standards.

Scope of Work:

The entire roof at St. Anne’s Children and Family Center is in disrepair and in need of replacement. The roof is leaking in multiple areas and causing damage to the interior, costing more long-term to continually fix than it is to replace. The roof will be replaced with a new 20-year roof and membrane wall, curb, and pipe flashings. CCS will pay for 50% of the project. CCS is requesting the remaining funds so that we can complete the project.

Briefly Describe:

There are multiple leaks in the roof. This impacts our ability to provide our full range of services in the building. By replacing the roof, St. Anne’s Children and Family Center can continue to house CAPA (Childbirth & Parenting Assistance), which provides critical support and resources to low-income, at-risk parents of children ages 0-5. Although CAPA is open to anyone with young children (even expectant mothers), CAPA targets at-risk mothers and children to intervene and help them make positive life choices. CAPA provides counseling, mentorships, job training, free diapers, children’s clothing, parenting classes, and social support groups – all of which improve the quality of life for parents and their children. By replacing the roof, we are able to continue these important programs uninterrupted.

 

Excelsior Youth Center Roof Replacement

$217,500.00 Requested

We serve a diverse group of youth (age 10- 24) with a range of presenting difficulties, which compromise their abilities to live happy, healthy lives. One unifying factor in a majority of their lives is the experience of some form of trauma during critical developmental periods.

Experience Managing Public Funds/Grants:

Excelsior Youth Center has a long history of managing a variety of grants, successfully. Excelsior contracts with County and State entities that require managing public funds

Scope of Work:

A leaking roof does not promote a sense of safety. Replace three of 10 roofs needing replacement. The three roofs requested protect the living environment of our child welfare program, which exclusively serves abused and neglected children with no other placement option. Due to the placement crisis, abused and neglected children are being housed in hotels in our community.

Briefly Describe:

Excelsior Youth Center was built over 60 years ago. Since then significant repairs have been needed to improve the quality of life for child welfare residents. Leaking roofs have been a significant need for improvement for several years and as a nonprofit capital improvement grants are very limited. This proposal will aid in the quality of life of the residents that are housed at Excelsior. This will also provide a better sense of safety and security for abused and neglected children. Many of these children come from environments that are unsafe and a not well maintained. Excelsior is committed to provide a clean safe living environment that promotes the sense of having a safe home. It is unacceptable and potentially re-traumatizing to house victims of abuse and neglect in an environment that has ANY symbol that challenges their perception of safety and security. Excelsior and many community members acknowledge many needs of marginalized state dependent children are left unmet. The state and federal government struggle to provide adequate resources to meet the needs of many entitlement groups including abused and neglected children. These children are our community’s children and we are eager to share in the community pride of responding to the needs of this vulnerable population.

 

Excelsior Youth Center Fencing Improvements

$79,550.00 Requested

Excelsior has over 35 years of experience providing intensive and sub-acute child and adolescent behavioral health residential services. We provide intensive inpatient substance use (ASAM 3.5- co-occurring enhanced) and the State’s most intensive level of care for child welfare. Many served in residential services have a history of chronic and significant traumatizing injuries (Adverse Childhood Experiences- ACE’s). We provide holistic trauma-informed care.

This proposal will have a significant impact on residents with an improved atmosphere that will aid in connecting youth to their future. This proposal will aid our agency with guiding our population during elopement to areas that staff are able to engage and de-escalate during traumatic episodes. This fence will prevent elopement onto personal properties and improve the aesthetics for our neighbors and community.

Scope of Work:

Excelsior will repair and install fencing along the perimeter of our 34 acres campus, which will aid in security from eloped residents as well improve the aesthetic view of the agency for our neighbors and community.

Briefly Describe:

There has been significant neighborhood input on the desire to secure areas of the parameter to aid in the redirection of staff and residents hiking beyond the property boundaries and concerns regarding eloped residents. Various neighbors have given input on the desire to secure areas, remove potential fire hazards, and improve the overall aesthetics of Excelsior.

 

Hillyard Senior Center Renovation

$42,400.00 Requested

The proposed project in conjunction with the Hillyard Senior Center will greatly enhance the quality of life of senior residents by improving flooring surfaces, reducing slips, trips and falls; enhance audio/visual equipment with the addition of assisted listening devices; add natural lighting to reduce the institutional feel, tailored to meet the needs and preferences of active older adults.

Experience Managing Public Funds/Grants:

NECCA has managed CDBG funds annually since 1982 for both operational and capital projects. Specifically; Federal and State and private foundational funds 2009-11 for the NECCA Medical Wing addition; 2013 INWCF funding for the Center’s Head Start kitchen remodel project with leveraged funds from Head Start; 2015 Empire Health Services and Avista Foundation playground improvements; 2016 HSSA and INWCF remodel counseling space for CHS.

Scope of Work:

Sand and seal flooring to reduce slips, trips and falls and provide a durable finish to improve navigability of walkers. canes. wheelchairs and scoters ($6,000); Modernization of audio visual equipment and addition of assisted listening devices ($25,200) to improve acoustics and video quality/user friendliness; Installation of two 4′ x 4′ Daystar Daylighting system skylights to improve energy conservation and efficiency and reduce the institutional feel by bringing in natural lighting ($11,200). Improvements will also assist in future rental income by eliminating institutional look/feel.

Briefly Describe:

Improves the quality of life of active senior residents by providing a safe, warm and welcoming environment for social interaction, meals and information. Improves safety by ensuring flooring is level and smooth. Enhances audiovisual quality to reduce ambient noise and provides assisted listening devices to enhance senior programs.

 

Napa St. Gateway Project

$70,000.00 Requested

Scope of Work:

Gateway projects were an identified priority n the 2014 East Sprague TIP Advisory Board Implementation Plan (Plan). Specifically N. Helena, N. Madelia, and N. Napa Streets were identified as important north-south district gateways. These priority projects have not yet been funded and are supportive of a broad range of Plan goals including support for residential living, connectivity, safety and security, and economic development. To complement the streetscape enhancements and Combine Sewer Overflow (CSO) investment slated for construction in 2017 along with many other public and private investments in the area the Napa gateway enhancement project will fill gaps in the pedestrian environment along N. Napa Street (generally between East Sprague Ave. and the Rail Road Viaduct to the north) including, but not limited to, street trees and shrubs/landscaping (code requires trees planted at 20-ft on-center), sidewalk extension and ADA accessibility improvements, pedestrian amenities like trashcans, and the potential for public art when topography and/or space do not afford the planting of street trees or other landscaping.

 

 

North Spokane Community Dental Clinic

$240,000.00 Requested

Our mission is to serve all, especially the poor and vulnerable. The north side dental clinic will serve 9,000 low-income patients/year, many of them on Medicaid/Medicare. Spokane’s existing low-income dental clinics are at capacity

Scope of Work:

Installation of permanent/fixed dental care equipment for four “operatories” (patient stations). Each operatory includes non-movable equipment: dental chairs, overhead operating lights, dental handpieces (instruments that attach to the vacuum system, such as drills and polishers), and structural casing to support the equipment.

Briefly Describe:

Access to dental care is critical to maintain overall oral health. Poor oral health negatively impacts overall health. Quality of life is reduced when overall health is compromised. A recent community needs assessment identified the lack of access to dental care among low-income adults in our community as a top concern. The new dental clinic will provide a “dental home” for approximately 9,000 residents who are currently unserved/under-served regarding dental care. The clinic will also create new jobs in Spokane: 20-24 permanent staff positions (clinical and administrative/support) will be required to operate the clinic.

 

Shalom Ministries ADA Chair Lift

$61,606.00 Requested

Shalom offers meals and other services to Spokane’s poor and homeless people. Through their Dining With Dignity meal program, over 5200 meals are served each month to downtown Spokane’s homeless community.

Experience Managing Public Funds/Grants:

Shalom has received federal funding through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) for four years, City of Spokane grant for 1 year, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) for 22 years, Inland NW Community Foundation (2 yrs), Quarterly Appeals (22 years) and Individual/Church donations (22 years). Additional grants have been received from the business community, including Rotary, Kiwanis, Sodexo, Molina Healthcare and United Healthcare.

Scope of Work:

The project includes installation of a lift for ADA access for disabled patrons and safer delivery of palletized food donations. Please see attached scope of work for detail.

Briefly Describe:

Shalom Ministries’ Dining With Dignity has cultivated a safe and stable location for meals to Spokane’s downtown low-income and homeless community for more than 20 years. Outreach staff from SNAP, healthplan navigators, Fulcrum (employment assistance), Center for Justice (criminal history vacating), CHAS, WSU’s Nursing program, Goodwill’s Veteran Services and Frontier Behavioral Health offer on-site services to help move patrons from poverty and homelessness. Additional opportunities to volunteer contribute to increased communication and teamwork skills, housing and job placement and support through a site-based case manager. By addressing co-occurring disorders simultaneously, in a zone acceptable to the patrons, they experience improvement to their quality of life and instill hope for a better future.

 

Sinto Senior Activity Center Accessible Facility Entrance

$50,000.00 Requested

Sinto’s Mission: “Sinto improves senior health and prolongs an independent lifestyle by providing activities for the body and mind, social connection, and great low cost nutrition.” This proposal involves property development to increase access to our facility and to our activity transportation. It is phase two of a construction that began in 2017 to build a new 30’ x 50’ addition onto our center to house our vehicles and provide needed storage. Phase two will finish that project by adding an accessible entrance to the center from the back lot where the new addition is located.

Experience Managing Public Funds/Grants:

SSAC has been in partnership with the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department since 1969. Since that time the city of Spokane has supported Sinto’s mission in various financial ways, staffing, general operational annual contracts, and capital projects. Spokane Parks and Rec currently include SSAC within their annual budget and provide direct funding to our mission. That contract is managed by SSAC’s Executive Director and renewed annually. Additionally, SSAC has received many federal, state, and local grants for capital projects, building maintenance, facility remodeling and new construction. Most recently SSAC was awarded $110,000 from the 2017 CDBG grant cycle through the West Central Neighborhood Council and the City’s general CDBG distribution. Those funds along with SSAC’s own leveraged funds allowed the project to begin. This 2018 cycle request will allow us to continue the project.

Scope of Work:

Background: To proactively meet the needs from the expected doubling of the senior citizen population, Sinto Senior Activity Center has begun an aggressive expansion program. As the existing facility is already at capacity during peak hours, in July 2015 Sinto purchased an adjacent property and house in the West Central neighborhood of Spokane. The house is rented and is providing a new revenue stream for Sinto until the space is needed for programs and/or parking. Improvement to the grounds have been made through partnership with Comcast and construction of a 1,500 square foot addition to our center is underway with funding from the 2017 CDBG, INWCF, and SSAC fundraising. The original fundraising budget was insufficient to cover the acquired bid to complete the entire project that was planned. Therefore the 2017 scope of work was reduced to the match the funds available. The exterior construction portions of the scope of work that were removed from last year’s funding cycle are being resubmitted for this current funding cycle. Scope of Work: Construct an accessible entrance on the west side of the center. This includes cutting in and installing an exterior doorway, constructing a concrete landing, concrete ADA ramp, and required steel railings. Install concrete sidewalk along the south side of the building addition that connects the ADA ramp to the concrete driveway and parking area. Extend the south roofline on the addition eight feet to provide an all-weather cover over the landing, ramp and sidewalk. This new entrance allows program participants to load and unload from the buses to and from the center without exposure to inclement weather. Additional exterior lighting and surveillance equipment will also be added to those areas. Sinto has leveraged $188,356 of its own funds toward the overall expansion project and has received an additional $120,000 in grant funding from CDBG and the Inland Northwest Community Foundation.

Briefly Describe:

This overall expansion and improvement project is a continuance of the rich history that the SSAC community center has with Spokane neighborhoods. SSAC has taken a piece of real estate that was a deteriorated negative for the community and has converted it into a pleasant and enjoyable space that our community can be proud of. These expansion improvements make the senior programs that SSAC provides more accessible for more at risk senior population. Since parking is often insufficient in our parking lot, the new entrance allows those parking along the streets direct access to the center from the west side without having to walk around the block to the front entrance. This is a much safer option for our seniors. Moving the buses to the new parking structure and paving a portion of that new lot removes more vehicles from our main lot and allows the addition of 5 new parking spots in our main lot.

 

SNAP Pacific Apartments Play Equipment

$22,000.00 Requested

SNAP’s mission is to connect and provide access to resources that create opportunities, with dignity, for people of low income. The Pacific Apartments consist of 11 units of two-bedroom townhouse style affordable housing units. Creating a safe place to call home helps create opportunities for increased independence for the adults and children living at the Pacific Apartments.

Experience Managing Public Funds/Grants:

SNAP has 50+ years of experience with all types of Federal, State and Local funding including CDBG.

Scope of Work:

The Pacific Apartments (Pacific) is home to 11 households living in two-bedroom units. Many of these households include children. The property includes a play area for the use of the residents living there. A risk assessment was performed on the play equipment and it was discovered that the play structure does not meet Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards. The play equipment provides the residents a place to spend time and have fun. SNAP is proposing the purchase and installation of new play equipment for Pacific that meets CPSC standards. This play equipment would be a permanent fixture on the property site. This new playground structure would also be ADA compliant creating more accessible play options for our residents. During the installation of this equipment SNAP also proposes to expand the fall protection area to meet CPSC standards.

Briefly Describe:

The installation of new playground equipment that meets CPSC standards preserves quality affordable housing for the East Central Neighborhood Area. It provides residents with a safe place to enjoy outdoor time and an improved quality of life. The existing play equipment currently gets a lot of usage from both residents and community members. Improving the quality of this play equipment and purchasing ADA Accessible equipment helps to ensure safer and more accessible use by residents and community members. Additionally. continuing to provide this property amenity helps attract new residents and helps to sustain building operations by keeping residents more long term.

 

The Gathering House Building Improvements

$26,000.00 Requested

This is a proposal to increase meeting room space used for local non-profit charities, supportive service agencies, community events, business and leadership groups, and neighborhood meetings. The Gathering House is a job training café during the week with a focus on helping people coming out of addiction, poverty, or the department of corrections. On Sundays the café is closed and the space is used for church worship services. Currently the Gathering House is turning away numerous meetings due to a shortage of rooms.

Experience Managing Public Funds/Grants:

We are First Covenant Church, DBA The Gathering House. Twice in the past at our previous location we received HUD grants through the city for our meals to the downtown homeless community. In 2015 we were also awarded a Community Capital Facilities Reimbursement Grant from the state of Washington. In addition, we have received and managed professional business and foundation grants in the past.

Scope of Work:

This project is being undertaken because The Gathering House hosts many meetings every month as a community hub location. Our church, with its job training café has attracted numerous groups and agencies that need additional meeting space for their organization to be successful. We are inundated with requests for meeting rooms and times. Our second largest conference room has the potential to be subdivided with a movable partition wall which would allow us to keep the large space available as needed but also give us the flexibility to subdivide it into two rooms in order to hold simultaneous meetings. This division will require two main structural changes. 1) The purchase and installation of a flat panel folding wall partition that runs along a ceiling track which can be pulled out or pushed back flat against the wall when not needed. The partition will need to be somewhat sound proof, aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. It will also require some minor additional structural support above the ceiling in order to bear the weight. Initial bids for a Commercial partition of this kind range from $15,000 -$16,000. 2) The subdivision of the large conference room will require changes in lighting, outlets, switches, and additional light fixtures. Additional lighting fixtures are projected to be installed and some of the scope of this work will require additional breakers in the main electrical panel. Electrician bids are between $,8000, – $10,00.

Briefly Describe:

It may be best to communicate this goal by simply listing some of the numerous groups and agencies that are vying for space in our location. It should be noted that all this participation helps our café trainees in their job skills and overall training to get their lives back from addiction, poverty or incarceration. · The Spokane Homeless Coalition continues to hold monthly meetings here where the mayor, city council members, Salvation Army, DSHS, Providence Healthcare, and many other agencies present information on how Spokane groups are helping to change society with advocacy for the poor. Each month their meetings require additional breakout rooms for smaller group discussion. · The Spokane Fatherhood Initiative meets here weekly as they plan strategies for strengthening families in Spokane by encouraging and training fathers. · Spokane County’s Supportive Living Program (SLP) as well as The ARC of Spokane both bring mentally and physically challenged people into the café monthly for training and personal growth. · International Assistance Partners (IAP) a group of Christian business leaders whose ministry is to help create and sustain micro-business enterprises in the third world, held monthly board meetings here in addition to numerous other training and planning meetings. · Garland Business District holds their monthly meetings here as well as most of their meetings planning and strategizing the Summer Neighborhood festival which drew a crowd of 8,000 people. · The North Hill Neighborhood Council held their monthly meetings in our large room. · Women Empowering Women, an organization consisting of women in leadership positions in their organizations, corporations, and chosen career fields came here several times for luncheon meetings. · Young Life used our facility for leadership meetings for Rogers High school staff, and regular meetings of the Young Life expansion at the college level for Spokane Falls. Their major training event for new staff this last year was hosted here at the Gathering House. · We Did The Time – an organization of ex-cons with felony’s who are now major movers and shakers in shaping political strategies to help former felons get their lives back, meet here weekly. · Health Market Training – where Health Insurance brokers were taught how to negotiate the Washington State laws and the Federal Affordable Care Act on behalf of under privileged people was hosted here. · Union Gospel Mission, books some staff training events here. And More….

 

Transitions Transitional Living Center (TLC) Flooring Improvements

$81,230.00 Requested

With this request, Transitional Living Center seeks to improve the quality and safety of its available housing, and ensure the residents remain stably housed. This CDBG request will improve the infrastructure of our facility by addressing physical plant issues such as unhealthy and deteriorating carpet in the units. It will also help move us closer to ending family homelessness by reducing the number of homeless families in Spokane. Our program also provides a safe and nurturing environment for children being returned from foster care or other placements, increasing the need for health and safety. Our program is a part of the retooling of the homeless system; we have opened our doors to new populations and expanded the populations we serve. With the shorter stays in transitional housing we have higher turn-around costs relating to cleaning and addressing safety issues of the existing carpet. Many of the women we serve come from episodes of homelessness and/or are victims of domestic violence. They often are also recovering from addiction and dependency. This funding with help to improve and preserve existing housing stock as well as support infrastructure and services that enhance the health and quality of life in our neighborhood and for our families.

Experience Managing Public Funds/Grants:

Transitions’ programs have 78 years of combined experience in serving single women and families. This experience includes managing and accounting for City, County, State, and Federal funds including funds from 2060, 2163,City HSG General Funds, HUD’s CoC, THOR, Consolidated Homeless Grant, CDBG,SHARPP-CREST, ATOD, Dept. of Commerce, DSHS, and USDA. Transitions also has staff serving on the CoC Advisory committee.

Scope of Work:

We will be preserving housing stock by replacing hazardous flooring. Remove old carpets and old baseboard trim in apartments. Replace carpet with vinyl flooring. Replace new vinyl or rubber trim. We will replace the flooring as units become vacant.

Briefly Describe:

By removing the old and worn carpet in the units and laying vinyl flooring, the quality of life for families is improved. The carpets had been used by many families since 2008; , although they are cleaned professionally, they are no longer sanitary or safe and with recent concerns about bed bugs, changes need to be made. In some units the carpet is so worn that there is stapling and raw flooring exposed, creating a safety hazard as well. It is important that the families have safe and decent housing and the carpet in the units can no longer be considered safe or decent. Having safe and decent housing contributes to the overall community pride in the program, thereby affecting their housing in the larger community.

 

Transitions Women’s Hearth Facility Improvements

$15,100.00 Requested

Transitions works to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane. The Women’s Hearth is a drop-in center for women in downtown Spokane. We provide resources and a community center atmosphere to improve the quality of life for women experiencing homelessness and extreme to low income. Through numerous outreach and stabilization services such as showers, food, emergency clothing, hygiene products, life skills groups and recreational activities, we offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere where women can find safety and resources to address the numerous issues that accompany extreme poverty. Having a safe, well-maintained building is an essential element of the services we provide. There is no other program quite like the Women’s Hearth. The sense of safety and comfort that a well maintained facility provides, invites women, who face numerous barriers to accessing services, to address those barriers and find programs and services tailored to their needs.

Experience Managing Public Funds/Grants:

Transitions’ programs have 80 years of combined experience in serving single women and families. This experience includes managing and accounting for City, County, State, and Federal funds, including funds from 2060, 2163, City of Spokane HSG General Funds, HUD’s CoC, THOR, Consolidated Homeless Grant, CDBG, ESG, SHARP-CREST, ATOD, Dept. of Commerce, DSHS, and USDA. Transitions was selected by the City of Spokane in 2013 to implement two new grant initiatives, the Strong Families Initiative & the Single Homeless Outreach Project. Transitions also has staff serving on the CoC Advisory committee and various Page 2 of 10 implementation teams. Administrative expenses are kept to a minimum, good stewardship is of key concern to the Board and staff. Transitions has annual independent audits. The Executive Director and key staff have decades of experience in non-profit organizations and the Finance Director is a CPA. The Board of Directors includes professionals in banking and finance, social services, government contracting, construction, health care and spiritual leadership. Term limits, committee service and annual evaluations are also Board practices.

Scope of Work:

The facility improvements include exterior and interior improvements. Exterior work: Replace awning on front of building. A new “shed-styled” awning structure will be built to match the same size specifications as the existing awning. A marquee will be attached at approximately 13’ wide x 6’ drop x 4’ projection with 18” hard valance. Two side wings will be installed with one at approximately 14’ wide by 5’ drop x 3’ projection with 18” hard valance and 1 at 22’ wide x 5’ drop x 3’ projection with 18” hard valance. Fabric and graphics to match what was on original awning. Awing will be manufactured off site, brought to the site and installed after removal of existing awning. The awning was installed in 2004 and is deteriorating due to UV rays and corrosive environmental factors such as dirt and exhaust from urban traffic and street construction equipment. It is important to preserve the safety, functionality and visual appeal that this awning provides to the street scape in this part of downtown. In 2006 it was estimated that it had approximately 10 years of life left. By 2019 it will be 14 years old, well past its projected functional life. The lettering has peeled completely off in some places and is difficult to read in others. Women’s Hearth Program Director and Daily Operations Manager will coordinate with vendors to obtain updated cost estimates. Transitions’ maintenance staff person will liaison with the vendor selected to perform the work and in coordination with the Program Director will schedule and oversee completion of the project. Interior work: Replace large bulk storage racks in store room with permanent heavy duty storage racks that will be bolted to the concrete floor with welded footplates and replace wall mounted shelving in food pantry. Bulk Storage Racks: Existing units will be removed off premises and replaced with bulk storage racks with welded 14 gauge steel uprights with cross braces for maximum strength and heavy, compressed particle board shelves. They will be approximately 60 x 24x 96” and attached to each other and bolted to the floor with welded foot plates at install. The Women’s Hearth provides a weekly food bank, serving an average of 95 unduplicated women who access this vital service. Women access this service an average of 160 times every month. We participate in the Federal commodities program (TFAP) as well as food pantry service through 2nd Harvest. We also provide household goods for women moving into housing, and for women experiencing homelessness, we provide emergency blankets and other items such as flashlights and whistles. We also store supplies for our hygiene closet which is open twice per day 5 days per week. Storing such items requires heavy-duty shelving that can take considerable weight. Sections of our shelving units have warped and some of the metal support columns have buckled, which is compromising the strength of the units. To prevent risk of further damage to the structure of these shelves, we have had to monitor the amount of product and weight of product we place on the shelves. This creates difficulty in managing our inventory in the small space available in our facility. New shelves will correct this challenge and safety risk and allow us to better serve our program participants. Women’s Hearth Program Director and Transitions’ maintenance staff person will liaison with vendor selected to perform the work and will schedule and oversee completion of the project. Wall Mounted Shelving: This project will replace a wall of shelves in our food pantry near the kitchen that are sagging from the wall. Several years ago we obtained funds to replace some of the shelves in this pantry, but lacked the funds to Page 4 of 10 replace them all. The remaining shelves need to be replaced with stronger wall-mounted brackets and thicker shelf planks. This will accommodate the weight of food we store for meals and food we distribute to women in need between food bank days.

Briefly Describe:

Improved Quality of Life: There is no other program quite like the Women’s Hearth. The sense of safety and comfort that a well-maintained facility provides, invites women, who face numerous barriers to accessing services, to address those barriers and find programs and services tailored to their needs. Public Safety: Having a safe, well-maintained building is an essential element of the services we provide. Having an attractive and structurally sound awning on the front of the building beautifies the neighborhood and contributes to Spokane’s image as a welcoming city. Community Centers: Though not a traditional “community center” the Women’s Hearth serves in such a capacity for over 1,400 unduplicated women who live within the low to extremely low income brackets. Over 60 groups and classes are offered each month as well as stabilizing services such as food bank and hygiene closet. Safe and adequate shelving allows the Hearth to store food and necessities for the benefit of those we serve. Equal Access: Our facility is ADA compliant and includes a shower facility, restrooms, phones and a computer lab for able-bodied and persons with a disability alike. We work to ensure services are accessible to any woman who comes through our doors. We have a designated drop off space directly in front of our doors for para-transit vans. Senior Programs: A large number of our most regular attendees are over 55. Overall, approximately 26% of our program participants are over 55. Low income, older adult women have easy access to food, hygiene products and an atmosphere that promotes socialization and the building of peer support networks. Our building’s infrastructure such as heavy-duty shelving supports the programming we offer.

 

West Central Community Center Security Improvements

$15,565.00 Requested

Our newly updated mission statement is “Enriching Lives. Creating Community.” Safety and security are central to our ability to carry out our mission statement.

Experience Managing Public Funds/Grants:

Since our inception in 1980, WCCC has had the opportunity to manage numerous grants from CDBG funding, and other state, federal, local government sources as well as private foundations. We have active grants with the City of Spokane, including a capital grant to fund our vehicle enclosure project.

Scope of Work:

Upgrade video surveillance from 16 cameras to 24. Relocate existing cameras to better locations for improved surveillance. Upgrade existing infrastructure necessary to support additional cameras (replace DVR with NVR and replace the Server).* *WCCC is paying these costs. Please see the attached budget for more detail.

Briefly Describe:

Increasing our surveillance monitoring will support a central aspect of keeping West Central Community Center safe, secure, and fully operational.

 

Women and Children Free Restaurant HVAC Improvements

$41,816.00 Requested

These capital improvements will allow us to properly heat and cool our entire building, which allows us to carry out our mission of cooking and serving nutritious meals in our restaurant and through community partners.

Experience Managing Public Funds/Grants:

WCFR has managed CDBG Public Services and Public Facilities grants. We also manage FEMA Emergency Food funds that are administered locally by the United Way

Scope of Work:

Neighborhood Council funds are requested to perform a scope consisting of HVAC upgrades to allow more efficient zoning related to building cooling and heating. This will also include one new roof top unit supplying conditioned air to areas that are currently without heating or cooling, making those areas virtually unusable the majority of winter and summer months.

Briefly Describe:

This improvement to our building is part of a broader capital project. In July 2014, WCFR purchased the former Center Pointe building at 1408 N Washington Street to house our organization’s program operations. After completing the kitchen and dining room renovation, we began delivering services at our new home on June 2, 2015. We are carrying out our capital project in phases as we meet fundraising milestones. The requested funds will allow us to fully utilize the building in our work to address food insecurity through our model of scratch-cooked, nutritious meals that we serve onsite in our restaurant and through 17 partners.

 

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