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

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

Children, Youth, and Family

August, 2020

2021 – 2023

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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