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Three local nonprofit organizations receive city funding

Councilmen Hydrick, Joiner oppose spending
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Three local nonprofit organizations will receive a portion of the money they requested from the city of Lincoln after the Lincoln City Council approved the 2016-2017 budget June 28.

The Lincoln City Council voted 3-2 to provide money to the Lincoln Community Foundation, Lincoln Volunteer Center and the Gathering Inn. Mayor Spencer Short and Councilmen Peter Gilbert and Stan Nader voted yes. Councilmen Paul Joiner and Gabriel Hydrick voted no.

The Lincoln Community Foundation will receive $25,000, the Lincoln Volunteer Center will receive $2,500 and the Gathering Inn will receive $15,000. The Lincoln Community Foundation provides local grants through the management of an endowment fund. The Gathering Inn is a Roseville organization that provides services to Placer County’s homeless population.

City Councilman Stan Nader and Police Chief Rex Marks supported the funding for the Gathering Inn.

Hydrick, at the meeting, gave two main reasons for voting against funds for the nonprofit organizations.

“It’s not government’s job to redistribute money; that’s not what we’re here for,” Hydrick said Tuesday night. “We’re here for basic services and to retire debt.”

Hydrick added that he would not support funding for the Gathering Inn until he saw a report on how much money the city has spent on homelessness, including the number of staff hours spent on the issue, total costs of the off-road vehicle purchased for the police department to deal with homeless encampments in the Auburn Ravine, and hours spent attending homeless meetings.

“I don’t know why we don’t look at the money and hours spent on the homeless,” Hydrick said. “The best tools are here locally. I’m not going to redistribute money until I see the numbers.”

Mike Hobson, president of the Lincoln Community Foundation, reminded the council of its part in the organization’s history.

“This body created our foundation, by legislation and funding,” Hobson said. “When you fund money into the community foundation, it stays in managed funds and it is the proceeds that go back into the community. It is an investment in the community.”

Keith Diederich, chief executive officer of the Gathering Inn, said it costs communities $40,000 annually for each homeless person, including police, fire and paramedic contacts; detoxification and mental health programs; crime and the loss of business and hospital stays.

“The Gathering Inn is a public-safety provider,” Diederich said. “I keep 80 to 90 homeless people off the streets. If they are with me, Chief Marks and Sheriff Bonner don’t have to deal with it. I’m here today in solidarity with the people of Lincoln.”

Diederich said the money would allow him to send someone from the Gathering Inn at least twice per week and he said he would respond to police department requests to pick up homeless people and take them to his facility.

“This is a good start, a good opportunity for a relationship,” Diederich said.