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Receive, consider and act upon a budget adjustment for the 2016 Interfaith Service Agreement;
Current FY2016 Budget: $60,000
Requested Adjustment: $15,660
The Township contracts with Interfaith of The Woodlands to provide supplemental transportation services for seniors to destinations within the Township. The Interfaith Senior Transportation Program provides services to enrolled senior adults aged 62 or older that reside in South Montgomery and North Harris Counties who are transportation dependent. The Senior Transportation Program operates under best practices and complements or supplements public transportation services by providing services to all seniors enrolled and in need of transportation to essential destinations.
Interfaith’s Senior Transportation Program acts as a supplement to the FTA Section 5310 Elderly and Disabled Demand-Response service provided by Montgomery County Senior Rides. The Township participates in funding Senior Rides to meet the Demand-Response service requirements of the Conroe-The Woodlands UZA.
The 2016 agreement with Interfaith of The Woodlands provides $60,000 to cover 3,000 individual trips at $19 per trip and up to 12 group trips at $250 per trip for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2016 and ending December 31, 2016.
As The Woodlands has grown, so has the demand for Interfaith's Senior Transportation Program. Interfaith has seen an increase in demand for the program in 2016 of approximately nine percent (9%) over 2015. As such, they have increased the number of weekly rides provided to seniors and added staff dedicated solely to the Senior Transportation Program to meet the demand.
In FY2015, the cost of Interfaith's transportation program was $67,410.00 for The Woodlands service area. Through a service agreement, The Woodlands Township funded $60,000 (about 89%). Interfaith exhausted the Township contract funding by mid-November but continued to provide rides to seniors in the community, leaving Interfaith to fund the balance of $7,410.00 by other means.
Interfaith currently has $15,240.00 remaining in the FY2016 budget. Based on current demand, it appears that Interfaith will exhaust the Township-contracted funding in October 2016.
During Interfaith's budget request presentation in July, this shortfall was noted and the Board of Directors indicated a potential interest in increasing the funding in the current year contract.
A memo from Interfaith is attached as reference.
To be determined by Board of Directors action.
Interfaith Memo & Forecast
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