Social services in Walla Walla County get funding boost

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WALLA WALLA — More than $3.7 million dollars has been awarded to community agencies by Walla Walla County’s Department of Human Services through a competitive bid process.

This is the second year of funding area housing, chemical dependency, drug prevention and employment services, said Debbie Dumont, contracts manager.

The money flows in through about 40 local, state and federal funding sources. Two years ago the agency decided to solicit proposals from community providers of social and health services to serve county clients. The move has been applauded as a much more open and fair process, she said.

Citizen participation in scoring proposals and awarding contracts ensured a more varied perspective, Dumont added.

Alcohol, drug prevention and treatment

  • YWCA — $1,852 for life skills training for elementary students in two schools.
  • Children’s Home Society of Washington — $15,000 for parenting programs.
  • Trilogy Recovery Community — $7,268 for family connection work.
  • Serenity Point Counseling Services — $428,731 for treatment services.

Developmental disability employment services

  • About $856,483 distributed to the following organizations for direct client support, according to DHS officials:
  • Community Options — individual supported employment, community access and individual technical assistance.
  • Goodwill Industries — group supported employment, individual technical assistance, and individual supported employment.
  • Lillie Rice Center ­— child development services and group supported employment, pre-vocational services, individual supported employment, community access and individual technical assistance.
  • The Place — individual supported employment, community access and individual technical assistance.
  • Walla Walla Senior Center at the Park — community access and individual technical assistance.
  • Service Alternatives — individual supportive employment and individual technical assistance.

Housing programs and poverty response projects

  • Blue Mountain Action Council — $57,313 for transitional housing, rental assistance and case management services; $88,127 for public services.
  • Catholic Charities of Walla Walla — $20,000 for development of a homeless youth shelter business and funding plan.
  • Walla Walla County Department of Human Services — $65,505 for transitional and supportive housing for individuals with chronic mental illness.
  • Helpline — $131,626 for emergency housing vouchers, rental assistance; STEP homeless women’s shelter and housing coordinator services, $396,758 for housing and essential needs.
  • STAR Project — $28,200 for housing services for just-released ex-convicts.
  • YWCA — $9,000 for the women’s domestic violence shelter.

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