Social Services Funding Overview

    The City of Columbia recognizes that, in addition to physical infrastructure and public safety, it must also make an investment in the social infrastructure of our community.  To this end, the City seeks to assure that adequate levels of needed and effective social services are made available to low-income residents of the City. This is accomplished through a combination of coordinating, providing, and purchasing social services. For those social services which are deemed to be necessary but cannot be provided directly by the City, the City seeks to assure the availability of these services by entering into purchase of service contracts with community-based social service providers.

    The Human Services Commission (HSC) and the Division of Human Services (DHS) are charged by the Columbia City Council to make annual recommendations for the allocation of City general revenue funding for the purchase of social services. To do so, DHS issues targeted “Requests for Proposals” (RFPs) by issue area in a staggered, three year cycle. 

    The current RFP issuance schedule is outlined in the table below:

    Issue Area

    RFP Issued

    Contract Period

    Children, Youth, and Families

    August, 2017 2018 – 2020

    Economic Opportunity

    August, 2018

    2019 – 2021

    Independent Living

    August, 2018

    2019 – 2021

    Mental Health

    August, 2018

    2019 – 2021

    Basic Needs and Emergency Services

    August, 2019

    2020 – 2022

    To receive notifications regarding City of Columbia social services funding, subscribe to the Division of Human Services E-Mail Updates web mail list using the following link:

    Related Documents

    Please refer to the Social Services Funding Policy for detailed information regarding the City’s social services funding.

    The Taxonomy of Services outlines services and definitions indicated in City RFPs for social services.


    Division of Human Services

    1005 W. Worley St.

    Columbia, MO 65203

    (573) 874-7488