Homelessness in the US needs no explanation. It's an epidemic, especially in California. In 3 years of operation, we have helped over 100 individuals and families stay in their rented homes. These people are going thru a temporary financial emergency from which they can recover. We've found that it takes an average of $2,100 that makes the difference between staying in their home and avoidable eviction and/or homelessness.
Over 78% of full-time workers in America live paycheck to paycheck. Most of these are renters. One unexpected financial emergency outside of their control can put them at risk of eviction and/or becoming homeless. Over 30% of our previous grantees have said they would have been homeless if not for our assistance.
Our applicants provide substantiation that they can get past the current crisis. By providing them a temporary subsidy, they are able to continue on their path, providing a roof over the heads of them and their families.
Keeping people in their apartments is a benefit for everyone. Keeping people off the streets is a benefit for everyone. By providing financial education, which is the one condition for the grant, we add the long-term benefit of the individual's better relationship and management of their money. It also helps the children in the family. The long-term impact is priceless.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).