GREENSBORO — The last of Guildford County’s federal COVID-19 funds will go to various government and non-profit initiatives.
The Guildford County Commission on Thursday allocated the county’s remaining $37 million to fund the U.S. Relief Plan Act.
The Board, which had considered the application at an earlier meeting, approved the funding with little discussion during Thursday afternoon’s working session. All votes were 8-0 unless otherwise noted. Commissioner Justin Conrad was absent.
The following projects were funded under county-preferred categories:
healthy childhood environment
Integrated Collaborative Service Network: $10 million to support partnerships to create integrated systems
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- It is designed to help coordinate and deliver services to Guildford County residents in need.
- Preparing for School, Preparing for Life: $1.5 million to support service navigators at each obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics clinic in Guildford County. From prenatal time, navigators act as liaisons between families and local service providers, social service organizations, and government representatives. They engage in community outreach, screening, document preparation, and application assistance and acceptance. APPROVED 7-0; Commissioner Carly Cook declined to vote on this due to a conflict of interest.
- Titans of Tomorrow: $1 million for programs that support the mental, physical, financial, social health, and overall safety and well-being of youth ages 14-18 and youth ages 19-24. The program aims to reduce violence among young people, reduce the number of young people and young people entering and exiting the detention and criminal justice system, and encourage skills training and full-time employment that provide young people with a living wage and benefits. is intended for
- Shift_Ed (formerly Say Yes Guilford): $500,000 to use an educational care approach to address barriers that impact student success from birth through careers. According to a county news release, the approach aims to “create an evidence-based talent pipeline” that will have a positive impact on individuals, communities and industries in Guildford County.
housing and the homeless
- Guildford County Housing and Homelessness Task Force: To support a new interagency task force tasked with identifying and enacting initiatives to address housing insecurity and other issues leading to homelessness in Guildford County to $8 million.
- Eviction Mediation: $2.2 million to continue expanding tenant education, advocacy, and mediation projects through North Carolina Legal Aid and UNCG. The TEAM program provides legal representation, mediation services, and rental assistance application assistance right outside small claims eviction courts in both Greensboro and High Point. Serving tenants and landlords to help residents avoid eviction decisions and stay in their homes.
Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Resources
- Recovery Housing and Housing Program: $3 million to implement and expand substance use disorder treatment and transitional housing services for pregnant women and women with children.
- Emergency Therapeutic Transitional Foster Care: $1.5 million to support therapeutic services for foster youth experiencing permanent mental illness. The goal is to improve placement stability for high-need youth while they await transition to higher levels of care.
Access to healthcare
- Cone Health: $2.2 million to expand telemedicine services to an additional 20 Title 1 schools as part of the overall goal of making telemedicine services available to all 51 Title 1 elementary schools. Cone Health will establish a pilot telemedicine program in three Title 1 elementary schools in 2021 to address absenteeism, improve access to pediatric care and reduce unnecessary trips to the emergency department Did.
Small business, economy, workforce development
- ArtsGreensboro: $2.5 million will support artists working to recover from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide a framework for a new, more sustainable arts sector.
- Nussbaum Center: $2 million to help complete Phase 1 of the Steelhouse project. A manufacturing incubator at the 11-acre former Carolina Steel facility in East Greensboro. It aims to create opportunities for farms and food producers while serving resource-scarce populations. The project includes a year-round farmers market, clinics and small businesses.
- Action Greensboro: $1.2 million to support programs to develop and connect the Guildford County workforce to industry and to equitably meet the economic and business demands of the workforce. APPROVED 7-0; Commissioner Chairman Melvin “Skip” Alston declined to vote on this due to a conflict of interest.
- Forge Greensboro: $300,000 to purchase, maintain, and repair community maker space equipment and to improve training and mentoring capabilities.
- Transportation Task Force: Convening and supporting a new interagency task force to identify transportation challenges and establish initiatives to help improve transportation for the Guildford County workforce and underserved communities $1 million to do.
The board also decided to allocate $500,000 to Sedalia to support unspecified community projects.
Thursday’s action means the county voted to allocate nearly all of the $104+ million it received to federal ARPA funds.
Other actions in work sessions:
- The board voted 8 to 0 to approve pay increases of at least 3% for all county employees. The increase is based on consultant research to build the county’s new market-based classification and compensation structure.
The increase will take effect on November 6th and employees will see a pay increase with their November 25th salary.
County Manager Michael Halford said employees will continue to receive performance reviews, but the quota means there will be no increase in benefits this fiscal year.
Allocate $20,000 for a stray cat assistance program
- Host 10 additional free or low-cost fertility/neuter clinics. Commissioner James Upchurch requested quotas and said 750 to 1,000 cats could be operated on.
“Things seemed to be under control before COVID, but the population grew exponentially from 2020 to 2022 as many nonprofits were unable to serve. Animals were adopted,” said Upchurch.
Contact Kenwyn Caranna at 336-373-7082.