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Funding sought to help unemployed fathers in nine Ohio counties

 If a $560,000 proposal to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance is funded, 200 families in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, Seneca, Hancock, Crawford, Marion, Richland and Morrow counties will receive assistance to help them achieve economic stability during the next three years.
 
The Board of Directors of the WSOS Community Action granted approval to submit the proposal along with four other new proposals.
 
The grant, called the Responsible Fatherhood grant, will provide access to employment, education, training, intensive family-centered case management as well as a range of other support services customized to each family – all with the goal of helping the family achieve economic stability.
 
WSOS will also apply on behalf of the Sandusky County Homeless Coalition for $2,550 from the Sandusky County Community Foundation. The funds will be used to provide 60 needy county residents to secure driver’s licenses, birth certificates, and state identification cards necessary for them to obtain or retain employment.
 
The two other proposals will be made by the Community Development Department to assist Ohio communities. One proposal will seek $105,000 from the Governor’s Office of Appalachia that will be used to provide leadership training to small community water and sewer personnel for one year. The Ohio Water District Association (OWDA) will provide matching funds up to $45,000. Another proposal for $250,000 to the same office will provide technical assistance to small communities for GPS data collection and GIS mapping. OWDA will again provide matching funds of $38,000 while the participating communities will contribute another $247,194.
 
 
 
 
In addition, the board agreed to let WSOS enter into an agreement with the U.S. State Department for $449,694 to be used to conduct a “citizens’ legislative advocacy in minority communities” project for 28 participants from Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Solvakia. Through visits with local communities in NW Ohio and SE Michigan, the participants will gain insights on ways to actively encourage citizen participation in their communities, fight public corruption and develop accountability procedures, and develop an understanding of how community leaders can collaborate to create changes in legislation.
 
In other business, the board:
  • Agreed to the renewal of five grants currently operated at the agency
  • Agreed to amend the current Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) with the Ohio Department of Development to accept an additional $3,521,000 from NSP 2 as well as $500,000 in HOME Discretionary funds to develop the 24-unit Shirley Daley Senior Village in Lima. This project is a partnership of WSOS and New Lima-Housing for the Future Inc., a nonprofit housing development organization and the City of Lima.
  • Seated new board member Carmen Beltran of Bowling Green. She replaces Kellee Downard of Weston.
  • Accepted the resignation of Misty DeSelms of Oak Harbor. DeSelms cited changes in her work schedule that will prohibit her from attending board meetings.
  • Agreed to withdraw up to $500,000 from its investment portfolio to provide funding for a facility improvement and a revolving loan fund the agency operates.
 
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