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e-Network News - December 2018
PNC Foundation: Homebuyer Education grant
We recently received a grant from PNC Foundation that provides funding for additional free Homebuyer Education opportunities in Macomb County. This grant also allows us to provide free credit reports to all participants. More information on the Homebuyer Education program can be found   here .
Thank you Adopt A Family donors!
Thank you for your support during our Adopt A Family program this holiday season! Your generosity helped spread holiday cheer to 444 people in our housing programs.
Thank you! Donations made on #GivingTuesday were directed to our Adopt A Family program! Your generosity and thoughtfulness helped us add some sparkle to the holiday season for those we serve! 

Support us while you shop!
During the holidays and all year long, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to us. Bookmark the  Amazon Smile website  here and support us every time you shop, finding the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com.
Please visit our   Amazon Wishlist  to see a list of our current donation needs. Some items on this wishlist will be used in our silent auction at our annual fundraising event, Bring it Home. Household items and cleaning supplies will go directly to those we serve.
Show Me the Money Day 2019: Save the date!
The event will offer a day of family-friendly financial empowerment and will feature:
  • Free financial education workshops
  • Vendor café of community resources and financial institutions
  • Activities for children
  • Gift card raffles
  • Free food
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Location: Bowens Senior Citizens Center, Pontiac, MI ( map)
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

Please contact Daniel Wrona or 248-824-7395 for questions, to register to attend or to volunteer.
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This month I'd like to introduce you to our Critical Needs Fund.

I would like to show you how your generous Critical Needs Fund contributions helped those we served over the past year. One of our goals is to secure funds to fill more of these ongoing critical needs and to  expand assistance through 2019 and beyond. You can help by making an end-of-year contribution here, knowing that 100% of your contribution will be directed to our Critical Needs Fund.

Our Critical Needs Fund was put into place in 2016 in order to help fill the gaps that couldn't be met through any other funding. At times, the barriers to maintaining stable housing can be derailed by something as simple as needing funds to obtain a security deposit for new housing - that's where our Critical Needs Fund comes in to play. This past year, we were able to provide security deposits for 10 families and individuals moving from homelessness into housing.

Mellena Martinez, our Community Programs manager, shares that her team relies on the Critical Needs Fund as a last resort when there is no other funding available from community partners. An example from this past year was when a family in the Rapid Rehousing Program needed assistance with past-due rent in order to be eligible for a Housing Choice voucher. The family did not have any income and therefore needed assistance from the Critical Needs Fund in order to obtain a zero balance with their landlord.  If it wasn't for these funds, this family would not have been eligible for a voucher and would have ended up homeless and without a long-term housing solution. This past year, we were able to assist with more than 22 months of rental payment assistance.

Vital documents such as an ID and birth certificate are mandatory to sign a lease. There are times when people are fleeing an unsafe living situation or may have had documents stolen while living in a shelter, and need help replacing these items in order to secure housing. Our Critical Needs Fund can be accessed to help pay these expenses, resulting in getting a family or individual into a stable housing situation. 

Once we succeed in providing safe, clean, affordable housing, there are other items needed to make a house feel like a home. Furniture, dishes, cookware, and utensils; small appliances; and personal care and cleaning products are items people in stable housing take for granted, but are hard to come by for our program participants as they transition into housing. Your support in 2018 made it possible for us to assist 34 newly housed families with basic furnishings.

Here's how your donation to our Critical Needs Fund can help set someone on the road to recovery, housing and employment. These are typical costs for some of the needs this fund meets:

$10 - $50: secure proof of identity
$50:
cleaning supplies/personal care products
$66:
31-day SMART bus pass provides transportation to jobs, medical appointments, etc.
$100:
cookware, kitchen utensils, four-piece place setting
$250:
twin bed and bedding
$600:
essential furnishings for a one-bedroom home
$1,000:
security deposit
Taylor Eberhart, our Community Programs supervisor explains,"When you make a donation to our Critical Needs Fund, you help keep people housed, provide stability and offer a sense of security."  Please consider a donation to our Critical Needs Fund and help bridge the gap between homelessness and housing for those we serve.

I am grateful for your help in continuing our mission of connecting people to housing resources.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Happy Holidays!

Marc Craig
President
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