HOP and Granite United Way Awards for SEVCA’s Family Services Program
SEVCA was recently awarded $258,600 in Housing Opportunity Program (HOP) funding to continue our efforts in homelessness prevention and re-housing the homeless in Windham and Windsor Counties. Part of the award will fund continuation of a pilot program targeting homeless individuals and families sheltered in motels, one element in the state’s effort to house people more quickly and appropriately and reduce longer-term reliance on General Assistance (GA) funds to pay for motel housing. The inclusion of the GA funds resulted in an increase of $30,000 over last year’s HOP award, and provides SEVCA with increased capacity to do outreach and provide case management to these homeless households.
SEVCA also received a $20,000 grant award from Granite United Way (GUW), which will support SEVCA’s services to low-income Upper Valley residents in need of housing and fuel assistance. The GUW award is the same amount SEVCA received last year.
SEVCA’s Family Services Program provided 1,111 households with fuel assistance and 425 with housing assistance over the past year, helping improve the lives of over 3,200 individuals in Windham and Windsor Counties.
“If SEVCA hadn’t provided heat this winter, I might not be alive to write this.”