New Human Services Partnership Planning

New Human Services Partnership Planning

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.

As we work through a process over the summer of 2021, 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 9-22-2021.

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

Community Engagement Sessions

In August 2021, we conducted five virtual community engagement sessions with a total of 150 participants.

Thanks to all who were able to participate and gave excellent feedback. As promised, we did collect poll results, comments, and questions from those who attended the sessions and rolled them all into a single document found here.

Within the summary document, you can find the following information: 

If you were unable to attend, a PowerPoint presentation from the community sessions is available here.

A recording of the community session is also available below.

General Timeline

July 2021

  • County and City leadership will be meeting separately and then together to ensure that their values, goals and norms for the new process

August 2021

  • Community Sessions will be scheduled for previous grantees, community partners and other stakeholders to provide feedback, perspective and input to the process. Sessions will all be held remotely via Zoom.
  • County and City leadership will invite in United Way and St. Joseph’s Ann Arbor to talk about joining in the Human Services partnership, and if the values, goals and norms fit together to make a new Human Services Partnership

September 2021

  • Leadership team meetings and finalization of process
  • Initial application process expected to start late August/Early September 

October 2021

  • UPDATE: Initial application process expected to start in October

December 2021

  • Recommendations for additional 6 month transition grants to previous Coordinated Funding grantees
  • Ongoing planning between County and City leadership teams

Best Practices in Other Communities & Additional Resources

County Publications, Data & Related resources