Grace Marketplace + Dignity Village = Empowerment Center
The following documents offer insight into what's been going on.
Grant writing to offer services to Criminals, Crazies and Mental
cases. (often 1 in same)
Criminal Justice, Mental Health, Substance Abuse. It really is a
great idea to attempt to actually provide help for a largely underserved
population. It would be so much better if anyone could actually
use the $ for services. We don't know where the $ went, but we do
know there is next to nothing in services and NOTHING in services
that could really make a difference.
This Empowerment Center is located in Gainesville Florida, near
the airport. It is comprosed of Grace Marketplace and Dignity Village.
Grace marketplace is the planned Service Center. Dignity Village
is the 'unplanned' tent city that automatically and unintentionally
grew outside of the fence of the Grace Marketplace. Grace is owned/operated
by the County and Dignity is owned/operated by the City. It is CHURCHES
that offer the feedings at Grace Marketplace. The CAFO Concentrated
Animal Feeding Operation is the main reason people hang out around
I have been looking for the management of this big fat mess, and
not finding anyone who has the best interests of the place at heart,
and/or any interest in talking with me. The following are various
documents that illuminate the logic and planning behind the Empowerment
Center and the CJMHSAP - Criminal Justice, Mental Health & Substance
Abuse --- Planning --- Grant Planning Committee.
Anyone who wants to review these documents and help reach any conclusion
about what the heck is going on here. It seems to me the entire
place is set up for the convenience of the people who profit from
the crack-heads, and sex trade (crack whores) human trafficking.
See what you think.
Grace Marketplace is 'owned/managed' by the County. It pays the
city, (not rent) a fee for utilities, including grounds keeping
like mowing. One reason the other buildings are not open is because
of the large fee that must be paid to the city to provide these
Dignity Village is not planned, it just kind of HAPPENED. It is
'owned/managed' by the City of Gainesville.
There is a big deal by most people to distinquish if a 'client'
is inside the fence-Grace or outside-Dignity. Yet for the people
who live there, there is little distinction between in and out,
except for paying attention to when the gate is locked.
Legal Description of Grace
Marketplace and Dignity Village
Map with layers --- pdf
ECOCBM - Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Empowerment Center Oversight Commitee
7 pages Quite Illuminating --- is Dignity Village same as recreational
camping? How will rules be enforced, this is not like other city
PP presentation style lots of info 34 pages
on the Empowerment Center Project 3-24-14
3 pages --pdf
Letter from County Manager to City Manager May 14, 2015
15 pages from the grant proposal...Project Narrative, Statement
of problem CJMHSAP 2013
Building Alliances between the Mental Health and Criminal Justice
Systems to Prevent Unnecessary Arrests:
Position Paper --- 27 pages
Release January 7, 2015
web page with media release
Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board Creates Citizens Work
Citizens Work Group
Agenda (September 21, 2015)
Empowerment Center CItizens workgroup
#7 Mr Michael
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC)
Thursday, April 30th 2015
Board Meeting Documents
Criminal Justice, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Grant Planning
Web page with documents like agendas
MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
GRANT PLANNING COMMITTEE
June 30, 2008 Agenda? Minutes?
Minutes October 14 2010 DRAFT.doc
Minutes January 13 2011 DRAFT.doc
Rx's ...hmmm...we filled a few.
Minutes July 12 2012.docx
Minutes January 17 2013 FINAL.docx
Minutes April 15 2013.docx
Minutes July 10 2014 FINAL.docx
Take to Grace involuntarily?
Minutes April 16 2015 FINAL.docx
Minutes July 9 2015 FINAL.docx
Good to know
Minutes October 15 2015 FINAL.docx
Minutes January 14 2016 FINAL.docx
Agenda for April 14 2016 FINAL.docx
Award to Alachua County and others - no date
Criminal Justice Mental Health and Substance Abuse Reinvestment
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Reinvestment Program Grant
no date in doc, could be 02-03-14
The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) has announced
the award of a $1.2 million grant to Alachua County, as a part of
the Department’s Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance
Abuse Reinvestment Program. The DCF competitive grant award process
evaluated applications submitted by 14 separate Florida counties,
and Alachua County was one of eight counties to receive a grant
- glossy brochure with front page news on got the grant.
Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Reinvestment
Request for Applications
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
August 20, 2010