EDMOND — Residents here will continue to receive clothing, food, counseling and reading assistance services because city council members this week agreed to give $838,500 to 15 social and community enrichment agencies for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Monday.
City leaders agreed to spend $78,000 more on the agencies during fiscal year 2013-14 than they spent in the soon-to-end 2012-13 fiscal year.
Next fiscal year's $266 million city budget, which includes about $35 million for the public safety center project, was approved on June 10.
The Hope Center, which provides basic needs like food, clothing, household items and financial assistance for rent and utilities for Edmond families, received one of the larger allocations, with $160,000.
The center provided help to more than 20,000 people and 6,300 families in 2012.
A mother from Mexico who wanted to better communicate with her children's teachers turned to Project Read, which offers free tutoring to people looking to improve their adult basic education, prepare for the GED or learn English as a second language.
Project Read will get $12,000, a $2,000 increase over what they received this year.
LibertyFest, Edmond's 13-day Fourth of July celebration, will receive $60,000, a $6,500 increase from last year.