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Ask the Times: Nonprofit mostly funded by feds
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Where does the funding for Ninth District Opportunity originate? What agency or entity conducts the oversight for Ninth District Opportunity?

Ninth District Opportunity is a private nonprofit agency that receives about 75 percent of its funding from federal sources, Program Director Brenda Dalin said. Much of that comes from the Community Services Block Grant, which is appropriated by Congress, sent to the states and distributed between community action agencies, Dalin said.

The organization provides a variety of services, though, with funding coming from different federal pots. Services include crisis prevention, food assistance, Head Start preschool education, heating assistance, homeless prevention, career services, indigent medication assistance and weatherization assistance. Some donations are made as well, which the organization uses.

Ninth District also heads pre-kindergarten, which is funded by the Georgia lottery.

“We get money from different sources. A lot of people ... don’t realize that Ninth District Opportunity is Head Start, is pre-K, does the energy assistance and housing services,” Dalin said. “They separate us instead of thinking we’re all one agency.”

The organization is governed by a board of directors but also monitored and audited by the Department of Human Services, which it has contracts with.

How do we get the city to install a traffic light at Enota and Riverside Drive? It’s very dangerous.
Gainesville Traffic Engineer Dee Taylor said residents should contact his office about traffic light issues.

The office is located at 1039 Hancock Ave. in Gainesville. The phone number is 770-535-6890. Taylor can be reached at deetaylor@gainesville.org.

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