Of the first round of allocations, $129,000 will be used to help families with immediate, basic needs, such as housing, utilities, food, health care or transportation. The help will be short-term (one to three months); therefore all recipients must have a reasonable expectation of being able to sustain themselves after assistance is provided. Assistance is limited to Escambia County residents who can document significant financial hardship as a result of the recession.
Three programs received a portion of the funds for longer-term use (to be utilized within nine months) around the areas of financial literacy education, system change efforts to address the root causes of family financial problems, and reducing duplication of services.
Selected recipients include:
- Catholic Charities: $45,000 (at least $37,500 will be used for short-term financial assistance; $7,500 may be used for approved longer-term use)
- Children's Home Society: $11,500 (short-term)
- FavorHouse of Northwest Florida: $20,000 (short-term)
- Salvation Army: $35,000 (short-term)
- United Ministries: $25,000 (short-term)
- United Way Financial Stability Coalition: $7,500 (long-term)
- United Way First Call for Help: $6,000 (long-term)
Catholic Charities, Salvation Army and United Ministries will primarily use the funds to help families stay in their homes or obtain adequate housing by providing rent/security deposits, mortgage assistance and/or utility payments or deposits. Other assistance, such as bus passes, vehicle repair, or assistance with medication and health care coverage may also be provided. Children’s Home Society and FavorHouse primarily will use funds to further assist clients who come into contact with their agencies as a result of a family crisis. The funds will further ongoing efforts to help these individuals and families regain or obtain stability.
Long-term funds awarded to United Way’s Financial Stability Coalition will help ensure availability of free financial literacy workshops and educational materials that enhance learning and retention of basic financial principles and increase acceptance of financial literacy training as important for long-term financial well-being. Long-term funds awarded to United Way’s First Call for Help information and referral call center will be used to help maximize resource utilization and provide follow-up on a minimum of 10 percent of those served by Chip in $10 contributions, and will lay the groundwork for expanding a community database to help nonprofit organizations avoid duplication of services.
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Our thanks to members of the Chip in $10 Allocation committee: Meri Asmar, The Lewis Bear Co./Board Member; Marvin Beasley, O'Sullivan Creel, LLP/Board Member; Steve Deneke, Emmanuel Sheppard Condon/Board member; Kevin Doyle, Pensacola News Journal/Board Member; Skip Housh, Community Volunteer/Board Member; Suzanne Kahn, Community Volunteer/Board Member; Shannon Lands, Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund; Mary Ellen Spears, Community Volunteer; Sue Straughn, WEAR-TV Channel 3.