New Human Services Partnership 

New Human Services Partnership 

After 10 years, the Washtenaw Coordinated Funding Partnership has ended. We are proud of the work done by Coordinated Funding (or COFU), and also excited for the opportunity to re-envision Human Services partnership in service of equity, and focused on addressing racism, poverty and trauma.

Washtenaw County and City of Ann Arbor leadership will be meeting four times in early 2022 to finalize the framework for the New Human Services Partnership. As we work through this process, we want to make information and resources available to partners and community to provide access to information, as well as opportunities to engage and inform the process.

This webpage will evolve as the process evolves, so please check regularly for updates including ways to participate. Last updated May 2022.

Main Goals with New Human Services Partners:

  • Incorporate Equity into the process
  • Focus on addressing racism, poverty, and trauma
  • Incorporate lessons learned from COVID-19 response
  • Ease of process – for applicants and staff

Quick Links: 

NHSP Meetings and Convenings  |   Human Services Partnership Timeline  |  Equity Framework and Resources  |  County Publications, Data, and Related Resources

New Human Services Partnership Safety Net Funding Round 

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The 2022 New Human Services Partnership Safety Net Program funding round has closed, and the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will be considering the award recommendations made by the community grant review team at the upcoming BOC meeting on Wednesday, June 1. The BOC documents up for consideration are below:

The Ann Arbor City Council will consider these recommendations at one of their upcoming June meetings, either June 6 or June 20 (awaiting confirmation on when this will be added to the agenda).

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As a reminder, this is one of three funding rounds in the New Human Services Partnership. If your agency or group is not a fit for this funding, it’s likely you may be for a future funding round, including the mini-grants (expected this summer) and the High-impact grants (expected this fall/winter).

Thank you Safety Net Grants Review Team

Thank you to the members of the volunteer community review team for the NHSP Safety Net funding round. Your thoughtful decision making and nuanced perspectives contributed to the success of this process. 

Cherisa Allen - The Dispute Resolution Center, Board Member; Community Action Board Member; Women and Men Working for Change, Founder and President; Ypsilanti Community Schools, Ypsilanti Programs Community Liaison 

Mary Lou Auchus - Secretary, Huron High School PTO; President, Huron High School PTO

Susan Baskett - Ann Arbor Board of Education, Secretary

Patricia Davis - Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Staff Member, Outreach Worker 

Juanita House - Community Action Board Member

Grace Kim - Michigan Medicine; Board Treasurer, Korean Society of Houston (TX)

Maria Militzer - Mexiquenses in Michigan, President 

Gary Munce - Washtenaw Commission on Aging, Former Member; Washtenaw County Broadband Task Force, Member

Maisha Ostergren - Ann Arbor Resident

Patricia Pacania - University of Michigan Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs and Trotter Multicultural Center, Former Director

Florence Roberson - Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, SURE Program Coordinator

Jessica Saborio - Lincoln Consolidated Schools, Teacher

Dana Thomas - University of Michigan School of Public Health, Director of Public Health Practice; Former Board Member for the Ypsilanti Senior Center

Jessica West - Director of Community Development at Pittsfield Charter Township; Urban County Executive Committee, Member; Pittsfield Township Pandemic Committee, Chair

Karen Zaruba - Little Mews Rescue, Board Member 

Karen Zynda - Michigan Medicine, Director of Community Benefit and Community Health Needs Assessment

The Community Reviewers represented the diversity of Washtenaw County well and we are aiming to do even better for the next funding round. We were proud of the racial and geographic diversity of the first group of community reviewers and hope to broaden the gender, income, and age diversity in the next group of reviewers. We encourage you to apply to participate in our next community review process using the Community Reviewer Application.

The below charts represent the demographic information of the Community Reviewer team.

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