Agenda Item Cover Sheet

Agenda Item #9.11


Regular Item


Consent Item


Workshop Item

Item Submitted By:

Gary Balmain, Project Coordinator

Council Meeting Date:

February 8, 2001

Director Approval:

Glenn Brown, Assistant City Manager

City Manager Approval:


Item: Presentation, discussion and possible action on service contract for the design, initiation and implementation of a variety of activities and services to improve the delivery of health and human services to low-moderate income families of College Station. Staff recommends contract award to Unity Partners (d.b.a. Project Unity) for $20,000.00 (RFP #01-25).

Item Summary: This purchase is to provide a variety of activities and services to develop capacity among local service providers and the CITY to develop and implement an effective and efficient social service delivery system. These efforts will be in support of the City's Five-Year Consolidated Plan which states that "the focus on families and the importance of collaboration will be enhanced" by the collaborative efforts of public service agencies to decrease the need for these services by our families. Duplication of services has been reduced and a forum has been established in Bryan and College Station for agencies to discuss resources and needs. Other key services provided by this purchase includes the development of "outcome measurements" to track how effective our community is at "enabling families in breaking the cycle of poverty". Assistance will also be provided to City staff with the development of updated objectives and strategies for the 2001-2002 Action Plan through the implementation of public hearings, focus groups, surveys, public meetings and other methodologies as catalysts for citizen participation and building consensus. As stated in Strategy #4 of Vision #2, the focus of these services and collaborative efforts among public service agencies is to decrease the need for these services by our families by "placing a stronger emphasis on funding programs that will result in more permanent changes for both present and future generations".

Item Background: The City of College Station has been one of Project Unity's vital partners by providing a portion of the 25% match funding required by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, Project Unity's major funding source. As stated in the Consolidated Plan for 2000-2004, the focus on families by coordinating the delivery of health and human services in the Bryan and College Station community has been enhanced by the coordination and communication provided by Project Unity, beginning in 1995.

Budgetary and Financial Summary: The funding for this project shall be as budgeted from the Community Development Block Fund for fiscal year 2000-2001. Sealed competitive proposals were solicited from eleven (11) companies. Only one (1) proposal was received from Unity Partners.

Staff Recommendations: Staff recommends contract award to Unity Partners for $20,000.

Council Action Options:
1. Approve staff recommendation

2. Reject proposal and redirect staff

Supporting Materials:
Contract resolution

2. Contract