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The Children & Families Commission of Orange County’s regular monthly meeting was held on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. The following is a summary of the Commission actions
Commissioners Participate in Budget Workshop Commission members participated in a budget workshop designed to evaluate a multi-year financial plan for Proposition 10 funds in Orange County. With declining Proposition 10 revenues and a renewed effort by the Governor to divert Proposition 10 revenues into the state General Fund, Commission members considered various scenarios for continuing support for children and families. Primary funding categories will remain; Healthy Children, Strong Families, Early Learning, and Capacity Building. The Bridgespan Group is engaged in helping the Commission assess priorities for the Early Learning programs. Commission members instructed staff to work with the state Board of Equalization (BOE) to determine reasons for the rise in BOE administrative costs (almost a 1,000% increase in recent years). Recommendations for Commission spending priorities will be presented at the April 2010 Commission meeting. Commission Members Presented County Plan to Address Homelessness Karen Roper, Orange County Community Services Director, presented Commission members with an overview of the county’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in Orange County. The Plan was approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors on January 12 and includes short-term and long-term remedies to the problem of homeless individuals, families and children. The Plan focuses on prevention of homelessness, linking those who are currently homeless to support services and plans to develop permanent and affordable housing. Support for homeless children and families has been a longstanding Commission priority, and Commission staff will continue to work with the county, HomeAid and other community partners in an effort to address the issue of homelessness in Orange County. Governor’s Budget Proposal The Governor’s proposed ballot initiative raises $550 million for the State General Fund for FY 2010-11 -- $308 million from current reserves and $242 million each year for five years from new Proposition 10 revenues. The diversion requires a ballot measure scheduled for June 2010. In FY 2010-11, the Proposition 10 funds are slated for developmental services ($200 million) and child welfare services ($350 million), and further assumes a voluntary contribution of $55.6 million for the Healthy Families Program and $50 million for the Early Start program. The legislative delegation, grantees and community partners were alerted to the impact of the budget proposal to Orange County.
For more information, please visit the Commission website at www.occhildrenandfamilies.com