Council Bulletin, January 24, 2022
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County continues to accept applications for ARPA funds ahead of Feb. 4 deadline
Mecklenburg County is still accepting applications from entities and organizations interested in receiving a portion of the ARPA funds the county received from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in May 2021.
ARPA, which stands for American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, provides relief funds to eligible state, local, and tribal governments that have been negatively affected by the coronavirus. The purpose of the funding is to support the communities hardest hit by COVID-19.
The county is currently soliciting proposals for projects aimed at helping the community respond to COVID-19 and its negative economic impacts.
• Align with the County’s COVID-19 Strategic Recovery Plan and its priorities
• Support equitable outcomes for most affected populations
• Leverage and align with other government funding sources
• Make the most of this unique injection of resources
• Reach a minimum threshold of 250,000 USD
• Have a lasting impact
Funds can also be used for incurred costs dating back to March 3, 2021. All funding must be committed by December 31, 2024. Projects using the funds have until December 31, 2026 to complete.
For more information on the Mecklenburg County Strategic Recovery Plan,
additional eligibility criteria and the application process, contact ARPA@MeckNC.gov or visit https://mecknc.gov/COVIDRelief.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library will host a community event unveiling a new mobile library on January 29
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will host a community event to introduce county residents to MoLi (pronounced “Molly”), the county’s new mobile library. The Mobile Library seeks to connect people of all ages to the
Library Charlotte Mecklenburg making services easily accessible in many underserved communities across the county.
The 33-foot-long vehicle features a wheelchair lift for accessibility, a side awning for outdoor programming, eight Chromebooks for public use, and the capacity to hold up to 2,400 physical media, including books, audiobooks, magazines, CDs and DVDs.
Join the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library staff on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at the Eastway Regional Recreation Center (3150 Eastway Park Drive, 28213) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to learn more about MoLi and its services. The event will include giveaways, tours, story time, a puppet show and more.
For more information, please visit
https://www.cmlibrary.org/mobilelibrary or contact Marketing and Communications Specialist Jessica DiGiovanni at email@example.com.
County Manager’s Office Launches Environmental Justice Action Plan
Mecklenburg County is the organizer of the Environmental Justice Action Plan. Since the adoption of the Environmental Leadership Policy and Action Plan in March 2021, the County Manager’s Office has endeavored to engage a consultant to assist in the development of an Environmental Leadership Action Plan. community-centered environmental justice. This comprehensive plan will serve as a roadmap for making Mecklenburg County a more environmentally just community.
The Environmental Justice Action Plan will be informed of updated environmental justice data (eg, demographics, transportation, health outcomes, equitable access to sustainable resources) as well as input from county residents. The county executive’s office will lead efforts to get input from county residents on what they are going through with regards to environmental justice. In addition to soliciting input from residents to complete the plan, the county executive’s office also seeks advice from county advisory boards.
Commissioners or members of the public who would like additional information on the Environmental Justice Action Plan should contact Erin Stanforth, Manager of Sustainability and Resilience, at Erin.Stanforth@MeckNC.Gov
The results of the Mecklenburg County Government’s 2021 financial year performance report are available online
The County’s FY21 Performance Report, which provides an overview of the accomplishments that took place during the second year of Mecklenburg County’s FY2020-FY2022 strategic business plan, is now available online. The report includes a review of the impact the pandemic has had on the county and highlights some of the county’s accomplishments over the past year.
Fiscal 2021 achievements include:
- A personal and property tax collection rate of 99.22%. The rate has been consistently above 99% for the past five years.
- 786 children served through the county’s MECK Pre-K program
- 97% of people served in three of the county’s supportive housing programs were stable housed and remained in stable housing at year-end.
The report also reveals the impact of the pandemic on the county.
- Customer satisfaction surveys decreased from 216,285 unique responses in FY20 to 120,324 unique responses in FY21 due to closures.
- Active library card holders have fallen from 36% of county households (FY20) to 32% (FY21) due to COVID-19 related closures.
- Unified Workforce Development retention rate increased from 63% (FY20) to 57% (FY21). The decline was driven by layoffs due to the pandemic and customers concerned about job risks.
For more information about the report, please contact the Director of Strategic Planning and Evaluation, Dr. Monica Allen, at Monica.Allen@MeckNC.Gov.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Continuum of Care (CoC) Prepares for the 2022 Point-in-Time Count (PIT)
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Continuum of Care (CoC) is preparing for the 2022 Point-in-Time Count (PIT), locally referred to as “EverybodyCountsCLT”. The PIT count is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 26, and aims to capture the number of homeless people in emergency shelter, safe shelter, transitional housing or in an unsheltered location unsuitable for human habitation.
Mecklenburg County Community Support Services administers the work of the PIT Count on behalf of the CoC, which is a mandatory annual activity across all continuums of care as a condition for receiving federal homelessness assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) .
This year’s PIT Count will highlight the issue of youth homelessness. In addition to the new youth-PIT count, Charlotte-Mecklenburg will complete the unprotected portion of the PIT count relying primarily on street outreach, PATH staff, and grassroots organizations already engaged with homeless people experiencing homelessness. . In response to COVID-19, the PIT Count 2022 will not use volunteers to conduct surveys; however, there are multiple ways for individuals and groups to meaningfully support the homeless service organizations that will take on the bulk of the work.
To learn more about 2022 updates and how to support the PIT Count, please contact Director of Community Support Services, Stacy Lowry, at Stacy.Lowry@MeckNC.Gov; or visit:
Mecklenburg County Weekend Service Operations Update
Extreme Weather Event – Homeless Shelter Update January 21
FY2021 performance report results available
Budget retreat of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners for the financial year 2023
· Gibbie Harris inducted into the Order of the Hornet
BOCC regular meeting on January 19
· Demobilization of emergency shelters on Monday, January 17
County delays opening due to winter weather
Extreme Weather Event – Homeless Shelter Update
Opening of two new COVID-19 testing sites on January 17
First public hearing on budget for fiscal year 2023 scheduled for January 19
County Host Briefing for ARPA Funds – Added Virtual Option
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Thursday January 27 and Friday January 28 – BOCC Annual Retreat
Tuesday, February 1 – BOCC Audit Review Committee Meeting, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 1 – BOCC Economic Development Committee Meeting, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 1 – Ordinary BOCC meeting, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 3 – BOCC Intergovernmental Relations Committee Meeting, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.