March 7, 2014
CCC testified about the impact the Fiscal Year 2015 Preliminary Budget would have on children and families served by the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Human Resources Administration (HRA), and Department of Homeless Services (DHS) at the City Council Finance, General Welfare, Women’s Issues, and Juvenile Justice Committees Hearing on March 24, 2014.
CCC’s testimony recognized the critical steps taken in the Preliminary Budget to expand and strengthen the City’s social service network for children and families. CCC expressed gratitude for the baselining of funds for ACS, DHS and HRA services, including funding for child care centers and family child care networks, Teen RAPP, and emergency food programs, but also noted that the contracts with all of these programs expire on June 30, 2014.
CCC urged the Council to work with the Administration to extend all of the contracts for the City Council discretionary programs now baselined for one year, to give time to institute a more permanent procurement process that recognizes the value of programs long-serving the community. In addition, CCC made several recommendations with regard to the Executive Budget and urged the City Council to support these priorities. These recommendations included: