Committed to serving low-income urban and rural residents, the community-development corporation offers holistic social and human-services programs in addition to housing and economic-development assistance. Hurt by the economic downturn and government cutbacks, the agency is using this 36-month bridge loan from the Community Relief Fund, which offered program-related investments to high-performance human-service organizations that were providing food, shelter, and other emergency services during the economic crisis, to help cover its current operating expenses.
Dedicated to improving the lives of children through public education, advocacy, and research, the fund’s Minnesota office created the Bridge to Benefits project to bolster the economic stability of low-income families by connecting them to public programs and tax credits. This two-year grant supports expansion of the project to additional sites and four other states.
The statewide nonprofit’s Treasure Coast Division offers counseling, child-abuse prevention and intervention, home assistance, adoption and foster care, and family-preservation services. The construction of a new Transitional Living Center, using challenge grant money, provides homeless young people with apartments and assistance in developing essential occupational and life skills.
The nonprofit organization delivers comprehensive services to children, youth, and families through community-based residential and nonresidential programs, ranging from group homes and rental housing to outpatient mental-health and substance-abuse counseling. The Graham Circle Project, a challenge-grant supported rehabilitation of four residences and construction of a LEED-rated building, consolidates counseling and administrative services.
The agency provides rehabilitation, health care, and housing-support services to extremely vulnerable individuals and families struggling with homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and poverty, and seeks to foster personal independence and reintegration into the community. This grant helps to maintain supportive housing services.
The safety-net organization delivers a continuum of basic services, including emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing, employment, and comprehensive case management for the homeless and other vulnerable persons in New York City. This grant is being used to restore three assistance, prevention, and intervention programs, which were reduced due to funding cuts.
The advocacy organization is dedicated to promoting justice, economic security, health care access, and sound fiscal policies. This three-year grant for general operations bolsters the center’s leadership role with the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force of the state General Assembly, which seeks to cut Colorado’s poverty rate in half by 2019.
The coalition operates 33 programs that provide 15,000 homeless or at-risk adults and children annually with emergency housing and integrated human services. This two-year grant helps the coalition expand its residential facilities to accommodate more than 200 additional homeless families and broaden its support services and job-training programs.
Common Ground has pioneered innovative programs to move the chronically homeless off the streets, and operates 2,000 units of supportive low-income housing as well as free legal aid, financial counseling, and emergency-cash assistance. This grant helps to maintain homeless prevention and support services that have been adversely affected by increased demand and poor economic conditions.
The work force-development organization’s structured holistic approach to providing disadvantaged and low-income people with employment training and placement has resulted in an 88 percent job-retention rate. This program-related investment over 36 months from the Community Relief Fund, which offered program-related investments to high-performance human-service organizations that were providing food, shelter, and other emergency services during the economic crisis, enables the nonprofit to deal with gaps in state funding.