The City of Cincinnati allocates a portion of its general fund budget to human services providers to fulfill specified policy objectives, which include reducing homelessness, increasing gainful employment, violence prevention, and addiction treatment. Over the past two years, this human services funding has supported critical job training and homeless services for over 12,000 City residents.
HSC has consistently advocated that the City restore its human services funding to a minimum of 1.5% of the General Fund budget (the level of funding that the City allocated for over two decades until 2004) and that this funding be allocated through a fair and transparent process. To that end, in 2017 City Council approved an ordinance proposed by HSC that will incrementally increase human services funding to 1.5% of the general fund budget over 5 years. In compliance with this ordinance, City Council approved an additional $377K for human services in the 2018 budget and will continue to allocate additional funding every year through 2023 to benefit the city’s most vulnerable residents.