Alameda County used to have an assistance program, but poor management lead to the fund’s insolvency. Last month, the County and the 12 cities that are a part of the fund voted to terminate services, after it was revealed that the fund couldn’t pay its employees and had more than $400,000 in unpaid bills.

However, ending the program didn’t erase those debts and liabilities. Now, the cost of ending the program will be shared by all of its members, as each will contribute $25,000 to cover the remaining bills and pay the program’s employees their backpay.

From the Oakland Tribune:

The tab for a soon-to-be defunct Alameda County-wide assistance program troubled by mismanagement and a lack of oversight continues to grow.

The 12 cities in the county that were providing oversight to the Associated Community Action Program — along with the county itself — have agreed to contribute $25,000 each to a pool to pay former employees back wages and cover legal costs as the program winds down.

Last month, the group’s governing board — which is made up of one county supervisor and one elected official from every city in the county, excluding Berkeley and Oakland — voted to dissolve the program after the dysfunction of the program was uncovered, including more than $400,000 in unpaid bills and no money to pay employees.

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