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County Council approves reduced allocations to local nonprofits

Charitable and nonprofit organizations that help people in need in St. Charles County are getting by this year with a little less funding from county government.

The County Council approved allocating $325,000 in funding at its Jan. 12 meeting for services ranging from temporary housing assistance, medicine and food, transportation, case management and other services for the 2015 fiscal year, which began Jan. 1.  That amount compares to about $355,000 last year.

The county has three funds within its budget to provide aid to nonprofit agencies serving people in need.  A county Community Assistance Board, made up of nine citizens, annually reviews applications for funding from eligible agencies.

The council reviews the board’s recommendations for three separate funds – homeless, indigent and Project CARE – and makes a decision.

The funding for the largest fund, the homeless fund, is derived from a $3 fee on all recorded documents in the county that was approved by voters in 1991. The recovering economy may have been a factor in why allocations from this fund are down from previous years. Wayne Anthony, director of the county’s community development department, said the number of transactions that went through the county’s Recorders Office were down last year.

Another source of funding is Project CARE (Community Assistance Relief Effort), a new fund established in 2014 that allows residents to donate $1, $5, or $10 when they pay their taxes.

At its Jan. 12 meeting, the council approved allocating $275,000 in homeless funds to 11 agencies, $40,000 in indigent funding, and $10,000 in Project CARE funding. Last year, the county allocated $315,000 in homeless funding and $40,000  in indigent care funding.

This year, as in 2014, Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service received the largest allocation of funding with $112,876 in homeless funding, 5,751 in indigent funding, and $1,438 in Project CARE funds in 2015.

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