The Commission shall consist of 13 members, who shall be nominated as follows: Each of the 7 Council members and the Mayor shall nominate 1 member each for a total of 8. The Pasadena Area Community College Board of Trustees shall nominate 1 member who resides within the PCC boundaries. The Pasadena Unified School District shall nominate 1 member who resides in PUSD boundaries. Human services agencies providing services within Pasadena shall recommend 3 members to the Commission for nomination to the Council, provided that each nominee must represent an agency serving Pasadena residents. All nominations are subject to ratification by the City Council. Members shall be required to file annual statements of economic interest pursuant to the city’s Conflict of Interest Code.
The purpose of the Human Services Commission is to advise and make recommendations to the City Council regarding human service needs of people of all ages in this community. The commission will aid the city in facilitating collaborative efforts and a coordinated approach to improve and expand the delivery of quality human services in Pasadena. The commission is established to respond to significant unmet needs and gaps as identified in city documents related to human services.
Term of Office
3 years. Limited to 2 consecutive terms. A term of 1 year shall not be considered a full term. No member who has served 2 terms shall be eligible for reappointment to the commission prior to the passage of a 2 year interval.
2016-2017 Work Plan
The work plan of the Human Services Commission for the 2016-2017 year is strategically focused on the following:
The Early Child Development Policy
In June of 2014 the City Council requested that the Human Services Commission revise the 20-year old Child Care Policy. The revised policy, renamed the Early Child Development Policy, was adopted by the City Council on March 23, 2015. This policy is a 5-year Master Plan to unite diverse programs and services in the City of Pasadena and to meld them into a cohesive coordinated family-centered system that focuses policy, services, and pursuit of public and private funding options to improve the lives of young children, ages birth to five. The Master Plan will bring direction and a comprehensive approach to early childhood policy and services in Pasadena.
One of the key objectives of the Human Services Commission Work Plan for 2015-2016 is to support and monitor the implementation of the Master Plan and the Eight Building Blocks.
- Elements of An Aligned System for Young Children
- Data Collection – Measure of Success
- Health & Wellness Strategies for Infants/Young Children
- Access to High Quality Early Education in Variety of Settings
- Neighborhood-Based Parent Engagement & Family Supports
- Culturally Specific Programs for English Language Learners
- Transition From Pre-School to Kindergarten
The Pasadena Council for the Young Child: An Ad Hoc Committee of the Human Services Commission
The Pasadena Council for the Young Child is an essential element of the Early Child Development Policy. Its purpose is to support the work of the Office of the Young Child and to serve in an advisory capacity to the Human Services Commission. The committee is broad-based and includes cross-sector representatives from the school district, early learning community, public and private agencies and organizations concerned with the needs and welfare of children and families, and representatives from City Departments. Membership of the committee composition is the responsibility of the Human Services Commission.
Foster Care Youth: An Ad Hoc Committee of the Human Services Commission
The commission continues its interest in supporting and serving Foster Youth through involvement in the annual Town Hall Meeting for current & former Foster Youth sponsored by Senator Carol Liu and numerous public and private agencies directly involved with the needs and welfare of Foster Youth. The commission’s Ad Hoc Committee has helped with the planning and implementation of this community effort to focus on how best to support Foster Youth in navigating the systems of support and assistance.
The Pasadena Youth Council
The commission is a support partner for the Pasadena Youth Council and at least once each year holds a joint meeting with the Youth Council. At the annual meeting(s) with the Commission, the Youth Council members present their annual Work Plan that includes their goals for the year, actions and community activities. Currently the Commission is engaged with the Youth Council, City and PUSD staff, and community partners in presenting the Youth Master Plan. The purpose of the plan is to provide a blueprint for Pasadena as it seeks to create a community where youth are seen as assets and thus are able to thrive and reach their full potential. The Plan consists of six Priority Areas: Access to Healthy Food Environments; Life Ready; Feeling Free To Be Me; United Youth Support; Buses & Bikes; and Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco.
On February 16, 2017, at the Joint Meeting of the City Council and the PUSD Board of Education, the Youth Master Plan was received and recognized as a work in progress. The Human Services Commission will continue to support and monitor implementation of the plan.
Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and Pasadena Assistance Fund (PAF) Grants
The Human Services Commission works closely with the City’s Housing and Career Services Department in reviewing applications for the CDBG and PAF funding cycles, every two years. The CDBG grants are awarded through funds the City receives from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The PAF is an endowment managed by the Pasadena Community Foundation, a partnership between the City of Pasadena and PCF to serve the local community. In 2015-16 the commission reviewed applications from private non-profit organizations to provide services and supports for various human services needs for people of all ages in the City of Pasadena. The grants are awarded to local human service agencies serving Pasadena. Following review of the applications, the commission makes funding recommendations for approval by the City Council. The next cycle of funding will occur during the 2017-18 year.