$300K could be headed to city organizations

By Perry Russom

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:32 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Nearly $300,000 could soon be headed to local organizations in the city of Binghamton.

The Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) presented the recommended allocations to City Council Monday night -- another phase in the allocation of state and federal funds.

The money would help youth programming, homelessness prevention and emergency shelters.

The CDAC says they're looking for the biggest bang for their buck.

"The CDAC itself is working collaboratively," said Marty Doorey, chairman of the CDAC. "We're asking the homeless coalition, the youth bureau and the United Way for input as to how these groups are performing."

New this year is a $50,000 allocation to be spent during the next three years.

That allocation is being recommended to go to VINES -- a volunteer group that supports urban farming.

"We insisted they be highly collaborative and that they attack more than one issue. In this case, it was youth employment and green jobs, green economy," said Doorey.

Receiving the money over the three years is contingent on how well they do and whether they're able to clarify their not-for-profit status with the IRS.

They have 120 days from when the money is allocated to have all of their IRS issues straightened out.

The allocations are expected to be voted on by City Council early next month.