City to spend $70,000 on social strategy
Richmond is preparing to spend $70,000 to hire a consultant to create a strategy around social planning.
On Wednesday the city issued a request for proposals to find a firm capable of drafting a document that will guide politicians and planners on social issues for the next decade.
“As Richmond and the region continue to grow and develop, the type and nature of social issues being faced are becoming increasingly complex and challenging,” reads the proposal document.
Homelessness, addictions and a growing gap between “haves and have-nots” are all issues facing the city, according to the proposal document. It also notes social issues have become a “council priority.”
In 2009 chief administrative officer George Duncan shuffled staff at city hall, creating a new “community services department,” responsible for social planning, affordable housing, diversity services and planning for seniors and youth.
That department undertook a variety of consultations in 2010—information that would be provided to the consultant for the strategy.
The request for proposals closes Feb. 16.