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Home » Programs » Fund Balance Projects for General Fund
As the City entered the 2023 budget year, it did so with a substantial Unassigned Fund Balance (funds remaining in the City’s budget after appropriating all necessary operational and personnel resources for 2023)—a testament to prudent fiscal management throughout the challenges posed by the pandemic. Coupled with federal funding dedicated to pandemic response and recovery via the American Resue Plan Act, the City’s financial strength presented a unique opportunity to invest in our community's future. The Cantrell Administration has led the effort to allocate a portion of the City’s Unassigned Fund Balance, totaling $196M, to high-priority, multi-year projects aimed at creating a safe and vibrant city for generations to come.
The dedication of $196M in Fund Balance dollars underscores our commitment to meet the evolving needs of New Orleans residents. These one-time investments are designed to improve the City's infrastructure, address critical service backlogs made worse by the pandemic, and strengthen our local social safety net, while maintaining sufficient emergency reserves for future unknowns.
These Fund Balance projects are a testament to our commitment to the growth and well-being of our community. They represent a step forward in leveraging all available funding sources to meet our city's needs and create a safer, healthier, and more vibrant New Orleans for all. We invite you to explore these initiatives further through the visualizations and project highlights included on this page. The figures below are accurate as of December 2023. We are working to revise them with data from the new fiscal year.
Project Status: Ongoing
Family Connects New Orleans provides one to three in-home visits, free of charge, to parents of newborns up to 12 weeks old residing in Orleans Parish who give birth at Ochsner Baptist or Touro Hospital. You can expect a visit with a registered nurse around three weeks postpartum.
Family Connects unites families, healthcare providers, and community agencies to optimize newborn care. Participation eases maternal anxiety, educates parents on childcare quality, and reduces infant hospital visits. Recommended by local medical experts, it complements pediatric visits, offering personalized healthcare at home, benefiting babies, families, and the community.
YouthForce Internship is a paid, work-based learning program that involves work readiness and soft skills training, one-on-one coaching, and a paid internship with a local company. During the training stage of YouthForce Internship, students learn a variety of career development skills, ranging from interviewing to professional attire, that sharpen and strengthen their foundations as job applicants. During their internship, students learn more about potential careers, gain valuable work experience, internalize soft skills, and network with people in a fast-growing, high-wage industry.
In addition to the priority projects outlined above, Fund Balance appropriations filled several budget gaps and covered outstanding payments throughout 2023. Fulfilling these obligations and providing critical supplemental funding to both City departments and external agencies allowed the City to maintain and enhance core service amidst rising costs driven by inflation.
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