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File #: 21-0563    Version: 1
Type: resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/1/2021 In control: City Council
Agenda date: 6/8/2021 Final action: 6/8/2021
Title: Approval of a Resolution Establishing a Utility Customer Assistance Charitable Fund and Authorizing a Contract Between the City of Olympia and the Community Action Council to Administer the Fund
Attachments: 1. Resolution, 2. Agreement, 3. Community Action Council Webpage
Title
Approval of a Resolution Establishing a Utility Customer Assistance Charitable Fund and Authorizing a Contract Between the City of Olympia and the Community Action Council to Administer the Fund

Recommended Action
Committee Recommendation:
The Finance Committee and Utility Advisory Committee recommend the City Council approve a Resolution Establishing a Utility Customer Assistance Charitable Fund and authorizing the City Manager to sign the professional services agreement with the Community Action Council for administration of the Utility Customer Assistance Charitable Fund.

City Manager Recommendation:
Move to approve a Resolution establishing a Utility Customer Assistance Charitable Fund and authorizing the City Manager to sign the professional services agreement with the Community Action Council for administration of the Utility Customer Assistance Charitable Fund.

Report
Issue:
Whether to approve a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to sign the professional services agreement with the Community Action Council for administration of the City of Olympia Utility Customer Assistance Charitable Fund.

Staff Contact:
Eric Christensen, Water Resources Director, Public Works Department, 360.570.3741

Presenters:
Eric Christensen, Water Resources Director

Background and Analysis:
In 2020, the Finance Committee and Utility Advisory Committee reviewed and approved the establishment of a utility customer assistance charitable program fund (proposed to be called the Helping Neighbors program). This program assists customers that are facing financial hardship and that are low income and do not qualify for the City's Lifeline Rate program.

The professional services agreement (PSA) with the Community Action Council (CAC) will allow for the CAC to administer and distribute funds to qualified Olympia community members. The CAC is a local non-profit that provides various assistance programs to low-income residents in Thurston County.

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