Recommended Program Increases Included in the FY 2010 Proposed Budget FY 2010 Safety Net Plan - Department of Human Service Programs Funding Rental Assistance Through Housing Grants: Rental subsidy to low-income $600,000 working families, disabled, and elderly; average subsidy is $460 per month. Applications increased 27% percent for the period of October – December 2008 compared to the same period in 2007. The number of households receiving housing grants rose from 720 in December 2007 to 833 in December 2008, an increase of 16 %. Food Assistance Through Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC): 170,000 Weekly food provided by non-profit organization, with majority of funding coming from individual contributions; referrals come from service providers and eligibility screening is done by County. Increase of 40% of households served comparing December 2007 to December 2008. An average of 1,046 households served weekly in December 2008. Expect continued increase in demand. FY 2010 may reach 1,500 per week. General Relief: Emergency funds for rent, utilities, medical, clothing; monthly subsidy to 146,293 severely disabled awaiting a decision from the Social Security Administration on SSI/SSD; provides emergency payments once in six months to households in crisis. 30% higher average monthly expenditures in emergency relief for the 2nd quarter of FY 2009 compared to the 2008 average. Co-funded by the Virginia Department of Social Services (62.5 %) and the County (37.5%). Emergency Cash Assistance Through AMEN (Carter-Jenkinson Fund): 166,000 Cash assistance to cover past due rent, security deposits, and other housing-related expenses; primary resource to prevent homelessness. Emergency assistance generally up to $1,500 per year. Current funds are exhausted by third week of each month. Additional funding will provide higher level of assistance to increase household stability and increased number of clients assisted. Emergency Lodging: Emergency housing when shelters are full and no other housing 40,000 exists; funding will house 40 families/individuals for 10 nights each in hotel lodging, until a place becomes available in a shelter. Currently 18 families are on the shelter waiting list. Permanent Supportive Housing: Affordable housing and supportive services for 230,000 people with serious mental illness, intellectual, and physical disabilities who can live independently with supports. Currently 26 clients are waiting for units needing rental subsidies. Transitional Housing: Rental subsidy to families in scatter-site housing; targeted to 100,000 those who leave shelters and enroll in non-profit Transitional Housing Program. Reduces length of stay in shelters and frees up space for new families waiting for shelter placement. 18 additional families can be served. FY 2010 Safety Net Plan - Department of Human Service Programs, continued Funding Mortgage Foreclosure Assistance: Assistance for elderly, disabled, and low 65,000 income families facing foreclosure. Provides 3 months of mortgage assistance or other needed payments for 10 households, financial counseling from the VA Extension Service, and assistance from AHOME in renegotiating their mortgage. Funding consists of $45,000 for payments, with $20,000 for additional staffing from AHOME to work with referred families. Dental Program: Dental Assistance for low-income adults. Funding of $25,000 for 25,000 Northern Virginia Dental Clinic (NVDC) will leverage $25,000 in additional funding from Alexandria and $50,000 from Fairfax County. Current funding only provides 10 appointment slots per month to Arlington; average appointment wait time is 3 months. Additional funding will support hiring one additional dentist and allow Arlington to more than double its appointment slots. Assistance to Apply for Income Payments (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and 30,000 Recovery (SOAR) Initiative): Provides support to homeless, those at risk of homelessness, and other low-income clients who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) payments by assisting clients through the application and determination process. Best practice methodology for successful completion of SSI/SSDI applications increases likelihood of obtaining benefits quickly. National study shows that, in participating localities, 70% of applicants assisted were approved in an average of 93 days, compared to only 15% of applicants who receive no assistance. Funds will pay for part-time contractor that prepares applications as well as trains others in successful application procedures. Rapid Assessment and Intake Staffing: Funding for one social worker and two 223,758 intake workers in the Department of Human Services seeing a 30% increase in clients seeking assistance with basic needs such as housing and shelter, jobs, financial assistance, food, and other emergency assistance. Homeowner Grant Program Savings: Savings in the program resulting from (471,340) 771 fewer homeowners participating in the program in FY2009 compared to FY2008. TOTAL $1,324,711 Fire Department Program - Inspections Funding Addition of 9.0 fee-supported positions in Fire Inspections: Eight 803,088 inspector positions and one administrative position are recommended in the FY 2010 Proposed Budget to ensure compliance of building fire monitoring and suppression systems with the County code. These positions are fully funded with fee revenue which will be generated based on the inspections performed. The County will recruit for these positions internally in an attempt to place the employees which may have been displaced due to budget reductions in the FY 2010 Proposed budget. Background: Currently, only 10% of the County’s buildings are being inspected on an annual basis. The addition of the nine positions will allow for approximately 84% of the building in the County requiring fire prevention inspections to be performed.