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Columbia’s CCP: A Case Study

tional agencies, if provided with seed money to develop new capacities, ex- pand or change their basic strategy in such a way that these activities could be sustained into the future? Essentially, their question extended the plan- ning strategies of both the Enterprise community and CCP processes: their idea was to bring to the table both neighborhood representatives and repre- sentatives of traditional (and non-city governmental) agencies, as well as rep- resentatives of city agencies to see if new and innovative partnerships could be developed for neighborhood level problem-solving. This was to be accom- plished in two ways, through the community mobilizers (discussed further below) and by funding existing agencies to provide new services.

In service of the later, on May 20, 1996, the City of Columbia published seven

Requests for Proposals (RFPs), requesting work on:

1) a comprehensive

study of the CPD, 2) job assistance, 3) domestic violence programming, 4) a parenting program, 5) alternatives to incarceration, 6) youth activities, and, 7) treatment services for the drug court. All were to be funded from the CCP grant. In effect, these RFPs represented the consensus that developed out of the city-wide CCP planning process (that also reflected views provided by CCP consultants) about what professional services were required to support the overall goal of the CCP effort. As mentioned previously, the lead citizen organization in the planning process had been the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods.

In September, contracts were awarded in five of the seven categories; in De- cember, a contract was awarded to provide treatment in support of the drug court; a contract will soon be awarded to conduct the study of the CPD (dis- cussed above). These awards were in the following categories, which again reflect the overall planning:

  • Mobilize and empower residents to become more actively involved in the planning and implementation of activities to reduce crime and related problems. Contracts were awarded to Family Service Center, Sistercare, and Planned Parenthood of South Carolina;

  • Implement community-based diversionary programs for at-risk youth in order to reduce crime. Funds were provided to the Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands and a contract awarded to Lexing- ton/Richland Alcohol & Drug Abuse;

  • Develop and implement an alternative to incarceration program for at-risk youthful offenders grades six through eight who are sus- pended or expelled and who are processed through the juvenile jus- tice system in order to increase self esteem, responsibility, respect for self and others, and law enforcement. A contract was awarded to Passport for Success;



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