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LAS CRUCES CITY COUNCIL

City awards almost $600,000 to nonprofits for health-related services

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The Las Cruces City Council voted May 2 to award grants to 19 local nonprofits who provide health-related public service. Seventeen of the agencies received $32,000 grants, one received $30,000 and one received $25,000. Three other agencies were not approved for funding, but their requests will be reviewed in an upcoming council work session, Mayor Ken Miyagishima said at the meeting.

Funds were awarded as follows:

  • $32,000 each to Casa de Peregrinos emergency food program for its food security program; Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico for its crime and domestic violence program; Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces for its “More Members, More Often” program; Roadrunner Food Bank for its Las Cruces childhood hunger initiative; Jardin de los Niños childcare and education for homeless and near homeless children and their families for its “Healthy and Wise Wellness” program; Mesilla Valley Community of Hope for its SOAR program; Mesilla Valley CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for volunteer development and support; New Mexico Legal Aid for improving health of low-income residents through civil legal services; Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region for one-to-one mentoring for low-income, at-risk youth; La Casa, Inc. domestic violence program for its domestic violence service program; El Calvario United Methodist Church for Afghan health services; Mesilla Valley Hospice for pain control and comfort care for hospice patients; La Piñon sexual assault recovery services for its SANE program; Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach for prevention education and support; El Caldito soup kitchen to deal with food insecurity; Third Judicial District Court for its veterans treatment court; CARE (Cancer Aid Resource & Education, Inc.) for its support program;
  • $30,000 to Amador Health Center for Amador Care Connection;
  • and $25,000 to Families and Youth, Inc. for its El Crucero program.

The funding is “for providing qualified health care and supportive services to the sick, indigent and low-income residents of Las Cruces,” according to city documents.

The $599,000 total funding comes from the city’s Telshor Facilities Fund (TFF). The fund was created by the council in October 2004 with proceeds from the pre-paid lease of Memorial Medical Center to Providence Healthcare Company, according to city documents. TFF currently contains $42.2 million.

The city began allocating TFF funds to nonprofits in FY 2009 “for the funding of health-related public services for the benefit of city residents.” The city created the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee (HHSAC) to evaluate proposals for funding, according to city documents.