In 1991, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners created the Human Services Advisory Board (HSAB). The HSAB reviews applications from not-for-profit organizations that provide needed health and social services for the citizens of Monroe County and then makes funding recommendations to the County Commission.
In the Fiscal Year 2018 proposed budget, HSAB has recommended 26 non-profit agencies in the Keys receive a combined funding of $2 million – the same amount that was allocated this fiscal year for HSAB. The Board of County Commissioners reviews the recommendations and makes decisions on HSAB funding during the budget process. All HSAB funding is paid as reimbursements.
The proposed $2 million funding is .44 percent of the total proposed County budget of $455 million and 3.25 percent of the $61.5 million General Fund budget, which is supported by property taxes.
Over the past 26 years, community-based agencies have used the HSAB funding to help thousands of Keys citizens, young and old. These organizations also have been able to use the funds as leverage to obtain outside funding through state, federal and private grants.
“This is probably one of the most helpful things we do for the County with our tax dollars,” said Monroe County Commissioner Sylvia Murphy, who served on the Human Services Advisory Board for many years. “We are one of the few counties in Florida that support our non-profits in this manner. It not only allows the non-profits to take care of our citizens who need help, short term or long term, but it also allows the non-profits to leverage the funding for tens of thousands of more dollars in outside grants.
“And, when we help those in our community, it makes Monroe County a better place to live for all of us.”
For FY 2018, service providers included in their applications how they plan to use the funding. Here are a few examples:
The Monroe County Commissioners each appoint one person from the community to serve on the Human Services Advisory Board
Photo provided by The Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens (MARC).
Caption: (L-R) Pam Nelson, staff member Jenn Marchiano and Briana Galvan serve up a delicious meal at the Rainbow Café, part of the The Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens’ Adult Day Training Center that is helped with HSAB funding.