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Meeting Date: May 25, 2004

Subject/Title: Consideration to renew grant to Delta Community Services, Incorporated, in the amount of $24,000 for fiscal year 2004/05 for the provision of social services representation

Prepared by: Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

Submitted by: Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

Consider the renewal of a one-year grant request from Delta Community Services, Inc. for $24,000 for fiscal year 2004/05 to provide social services representation for the community.

On August 22, 2000, City Council approved a partnership between the City of Brentwood and Delta Community Services, Inc. On October 10, 2000, City Council approved the transfer of Delta Community Services, Inc. staff positions into the City of Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department. On February 11, 2003, Delta Community Services, Incorporated made a request for consideration of grant funds to represent the City to social service providers. Staff was directed to meet with DCSI members, along with Council Members Petrovich and Gutierrez and return with a recommendation. On July 8, 2003, City Council approved an 11-month grant for $2,000 per month for the provision of social services in fiscal year 2003/04.

The City of Brentwood and Delta Community Services, Inc. (DCSI), agreed to a merging of some services and responsibilities effective October 2000. At that time, the responsibility for operation and maintenance of the Community Center and provision of senior citizen programs became the responsibility of the City of Brentwood. The one full-time employee of DCSI and a variety of part time positions also became City of Brentwood employees, housed, along with the new facility and program responsibilities, in the Parks and Recreation Department.

The City of Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department continues to be responsible for the operation, maintenance, and programming for the Community Center. The Department has also continued to work to expand senior citizen programs, including the formation of the Senior Advisory Board, which has finalized their 501(c)3 non-profit status. This non-profit status is allowing the Senior Advisory Board the ability to solicit funds on behalf of our seniors to continue to expand our program offerings. The City has also partnered with Contra Costa County since July 2002, by providing space for the CoCo Café, a senior nutrition site that is held Monday through Friday at the Community Center.

Since the merger, DCSI has continued as an independent organization, working in the community on a variety of social service programs. As a result of City Council action on July 8, 2003, DCSI was given $2,000 per month for fiscal year 2003/04, and was also provided with desk space, a phone and rent-free space, with limited support by the administrative staff of the Parks and Recreation Department for the provision of social services for the community.

One of the conditions of the City Council action for consideration of renewal of the grant for fiscal year 2004/05, was a requirement for the DCSI Board to return to City Council in May of 2004, with a report as to what DCSI has done in serving the community since August 1, 2003.

DCSI has provided an attachment of their summary of assistance provided to Far East county residents during fiscal year 2003/04 and will be in attendance at the City Council meeting to discuss their progress with City Council.

Approval of the grant request for 2004/05 would cost $24,000 to the City from the General Fund.

DCSI Summary Report

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