Austin Business Journal – City stalls social services rebidding after concerns from orgs

The city of Austin decided to slow plans to rebid social services after the nonprofit community raised concerns with the process.

About 250 people converged on city hall Wednesday to voice concerns during a health and human services committee on the planned social service contract rebidding. Of those, about 50 people — many of whom lead nonprofits or work for programs that are facing funding cuts under the new model — signed up for public comment.

The city has set aside $13.2 million for social service contracts. Both city staffers and the nonprofit community said that the new funding model leaves out service areas. The staff recommendations would cut funding in mental health, childhood education, substance abuse, legal services and long-term employment training.

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