The Contract Unit partners with community-based non-profit agencies to purchase services to meet diverse human service needs in Lee County. The services that are purchased addresses numerous social service needs and includes:
- child care and children's programs
- home visiting and nutrition programs for the elderly
- training services for persons with visual impairments and other disabilities
- supportive living programs for persons with disabilities and/or persons who are homeless
- construction and rehabilitation of community and housing facilities
- public infrastructure projects
- state-mandated services such as public health, behavioral health treatment, and medical exams for allegedly abused children
The unit provides oversight, monitoring, and technical assistance to ensure services are delivered to Lee County residents in accordance with federal, state and local funding regulations and requirements that contractual terms and conditions are met.
- Managed an average of 84 contracts/agreements with 35 organizations
- Utilized and maintained compliance with varying local, state, and federal requirements for 11 different funding sources
- Expended $13,556,355
Projects Financed with Federal Funding
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) were used to fund the following projects:
- The Oasis Youth Shelter, owned by Lutheran Services Florida, located in Fort Myers, offers a safe and supportive environment to youths who are at risk due to family conflict or because they are homeless, runaway, truant and/or engaging in ungovernable behaviors. Lutheran Services offers early intervention and prevention services to at-risk youth ages 10-17 years of age and their families through a continuum of services providing both residential and non-residential options. Funds were used to provide structural renovations to the aging shelter facility to improve the living space, assist with ADA compliance and decrease operational expenses (water/heating/cooling). Modifications to the facility included renovation of the boys and girls bathrooms and roof replacement.
- Funds were used to renovate the Bob Janes Triage Center/Low Demand Shelter located in Fort Myers, a multi-agency collaboration emergency shelter, which provides an alternative/diversion to incarceration or involvement with the criminal justice system and inappropriate use of emergency rooms for individuals who are homeless and experiencing a behavioral health issue. Modifications to the facility included renovation of men and women's bathroom/shower areas and replacement of the piping of potable water system.
|Bob Janes Triage Center Renovation|
|Shower Area (before)||Shower Area (after)|
- The City of Bonita Springs rehabilitated the restrooms at a Community Park located in a low/moderate income area to address accessibility issues for elderly and disabled persons.
- Lee County Department of Human Services partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc. to complete a housing project that had stalled during the economic recession. Federal Community Block Grant Development (CDBG) and Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds were utilized for the project. The project consists of 26 single family homes to be built and available to low/moderate income households in the City of Bonita Springs. Habitat for Humanity completed seven homes which are now owned by low/moderate households and work continues on the remaining lots with plans for all 26 homes to be completed by 2020.
|Completed Habitat for Humanity Home|
Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME)
HOME funds were utilized by Lee County Housing Development Corporation, a certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), to construct a 4 bedroom rental home in Charleston Park neighborhood that is rented to an eligible low income household.
Funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care Program were utilized to support numerous nonprofit agencies to develop and manage ten (10) supportive housing programs including the provision of supportive services to assist homeless persons in the transition from homelessness and to enable them to live as independently as possible. Agencies funded during this fiscal year include: Community Assisted Supported Living, Inc. (dba Renaissance Manor); SalusCare, Inc.; and The Salvation Army.
One of these projects was a newly created Rapid Re-Housing project whose goal is to prioritize and assist families who are homeless move into permanent housing more quickly. Funds were awarded to The Salvation Army, one of the largest providers of homeless services in Lee County. The Salvation Army has been operating an emergency shelter for women and families for more than 25 years. The new project became operational in June 2015 and 46 families have enrolled with 33 being housed.
Projects Financed with Local General Funds
Partnering for Results
County general funds are used to purchase services from nonprofit agencies which address one of the following priority areas:
- Supportive Living - Special populations will attain, restore or preserve their highest potential of functional abilities, independence and remain living in the least restrictive setting.
- Activities for Children and Youth - Youth achieve their highest potential by improving their abilities to make safe, responsible decisions and reduce safety risks.
- Emergency Assistance - Families and individuals meet their emergency needs for food and shelter in coordination with other supportive services which facilitate self sufficiency. (Emergency is defined as "an unexpected and sudden event that must be dealt with urgently").
24 agencies and 35 programs were funded during fiscal year 2014/2015.
State Mandated Projects
Florida statutes require county participation in funding of certain Human Services including: public health, mental health, substance abuse treatment programs, and medical exams for abused and neglected children.
In addition, Lee County purchased specialized substance abuse treatment services provided to participants of the Adult Criminal Drug Court, a multi-phase diversion program offered in lieu of incarceration. Non-violent offenders who have committed crimes related to their substance abuse or dependency, and who qualify, may choose to receive specialized outpatient substance abuse services, stay in recovery and become productive members of society. The program typically takes one to two years to complete.
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