Charleston, South Carolina – July 25, 2016 – Today Humanities Foundation announced a $100,000 grant award from the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). Supporting the Foundation’s ShelterNet program, these funds will be used to provide emergency financial assistance for rent/mortgage and utilities to residents of the cities of Charleston and North Charleston. The grant is possible due to a fair housing conciliation agreement reached between NFHA and Wells Fargo Bank in 2013.
ShelterNet targets very low-income households (50% and below of Area Median Income [for example, $27,900 for a family of three]) facing eviction/foreclosure or utility disconnection because they have temporarily fallen behind on their bills. The program also assists homeless individuals and families by helping with deposits to enable them to move into permanent housing. Groups of people served include single mothers with children, older adults, veterans, victims of domestic abuse, those who are disabled, persons with AIDS, and more. Assistance payments are made to landlords, mortgage or utility companies, never directly to the applicant requesting the help.
ShelterNet applicants must be facing a temporary financial setback such as the loss of a job or income, an injury or prolonged illness, or an unexpected car repair. Documentation of the intent to evict or disconnect utilities is required. Also required is proof of income, a summary of the cause of the present crisis, and a plan for sustainability.
Created in 1995, ShelterNet is Humanities Foundation’s response to the realization that its core business, building affordable housing, is not enough to stem the tide of homelessness. More than 25,000 families and individuals have been assisted through ShelterNet since it’s inception.
Rather than taking applications for assistance directly from families or individuals needing help, the Foundation partners with a network of referral agencies who regularly serve people struggling to meet their basic needs. These organizations provide intake, screening, and assessment of applicants, as well as ongoing services. People in need of assistance should go to the Humanities Foundation website at www.humanitiesfoundation.org/what-we-do/shelternet for a list of these referring agencies and should apply for help through one of these organizations .
Since its founding in 1992, Humanities Foundation has endeavored to increase the availability of affordable housing in order to create healthy communities. Humanities works with other nonprofit and government agencies contributing time, resources, and expertise to projects that address the affordable housing and human service needs of Lowcountry citizens. Efforts to date have resulted in the development of over 2,000 rental units of affordable housing in South Carolina, Louisiana, Virginia, and Georgia. These homes enhance the lives of residents, serving low-income individuals including populations such as the working poor, the disabled, single mothers, and senior citizens.
Founded in 1988, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is consortium of more than 220 private, nonprofit fair housing organizations, state and local civil rights agencies, and individuals from throughout the United States. The National Fair Housing Alliance is the only national, nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated solely to the elimination of housing discrimination. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NFHA provides comprehensive education, advocacy and enforcement programs. In addition, the charity provides equal access to apartments, houses, and mortgage loans and insurance policies for all residents in the nation.