Activity: During the period October 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 Doorways was asked by Bay County to assist with distribution of CARES Act funding. The funding was allocated for rental/mortgage and utility arrears, child or elder care expenses and food for household that lost income due to COVID-19. In less than 7 weeks, Doorways had 697 visitors to the CRC, processed 459 client applications totaling 761 transactions and nearly allocated $890,000 for CARES distribution alone. The funding had a very short spending period (funds had to be expended by December 20), and since there was quite a bit of overlap with COVID impacted households and those who were also Hurricane Michael impacted, we were able to leverage our GlobalGiving funding by using the COVID money to keep survivors who we had previously assisted stably housed. We were able to preserve our GlobalGiving dollars to assist the 34 remaining FEMA housing cases who are set to vacate between now and the final date of occupancy on March 1.
With the incredible job loss continuing for the foreseeable future, we anticipate the needs of our community to be quite vast. Our area remains in three states of emergency – 2 natural disasters and one pandemic. In addition to Doorways paid staff, we employed 6 volunteer staff representing 1,754 volunteer hours totaling $26,310 worth of labor. In addition, the Community Resource Center, which is operated by Doorways saw 4,590 visitors since its inception in May 2019. 87% of the visitors were Hurricane Michael survivors.
Use of Funding: Doorways was able to serve 18 clients over the period as follows: 3 people were relocated, 7 clients were sheltered, 3 clients were placed in hotels while awaiting permanent housing, 2 clients moved into permanent housing, 2 clients received assistance with past due rent and utility charges and 1 client was assisted with payment of a storage unit while moving. insurance for 2 households who needed homeowners/flood insurance; provided 5 households with
Disaster Case Management: The DCMP program ended on January 8, 2021, which resulted in the transfer of nearly 300 cases to Doorways and Rebuild Bay County. Doorways is handling lot fees and/or insurance for those purchasing the mobile FEMA unit they were utilizing, rental deposits, utility/mortgage arrears and small moving expenses such as storage trailers, etc.