My Turn: Call to Action delivers
Recently, a family with three children was spared eviction, thanks to support from the Family Resource Center of Truckee (FRC) and the Truckee Tahoe Community foundation.
and#8220;This working family hit a snag when one of the parents lost their job,and#8221; said Adela Gonzalez del Valle, Executive Director of the FRC.
Because they live in affordable housing, their monthly rent is based on the total family income. The family mistakenly thought that the rent modification would go into effect immediately and when it didn’t, they found themselves short on rent.
The Truckee FRC was one of the recipients of a $5,000 emergency grant from the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. These funds were made available from the successful Call to Action campaign in March that raised more than $115,000 for situations just like this.
The Truckee FRC was able to offer $100 toward their rent, and worked with Cambridge Real Estate Services to reverse the additional penalties and late charges.
and#8220;In addition to the monetary assistance, the FRC advocates on behalf of families in need, whether it’s calling utility companies, or working with a landlord, or helping the family create a workable monthly budget,and#8221; explained Gonzalez del Valle.
The grant allows the Family Resource Center to help up to 50 families who need assistance with their rent, or utility payments, or even health insurance, Gonzalez del Valle noted.
“Requests for help have accelerated dramatically since last November,and#8221; Gonzalez said. and#8220;We are seeing middle class families who have never needed this kind of assistance before.and#8221;
Other local nonprofits that provide and#8220;basic needsand#8221; assistance to community members are receiving assistance, too. The Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation has recently funded the first round of grants requested by organizations. A total of $49,000 is on its way to help seven local organizations help local community members.
There will be another opportunity later this year to apply for grants through the Call to Action program.
and#8220;We have another $40,000 available to distribute this year,and#8221; said Phebe Bell, Program Officer with the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. and#8220;Another $25,000 will be added the endowment fund, which will allow us to continue to fund organizations catering to the basic needs of our local community year after year.and#8221;
Other community organizations have garnered much-needed funds from the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. For instance, in the face of rising operating costs, the KidZone Museum was considering shortening hours and laying off staff.
and#8220;With this money, we can continue to provide an interesting, engaging and educational location for families to bring their children,and#8221; said Carol Meagher, Executive Director of the KidZone Museum. and#8220;We’ve seen an increase in the number of people visiting the museum, and not just kids and#8212; dads are coming, too. It’s really a reflection on the number of people who are out of work.and#8221;
The Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe is seeing a similar increase in the number of kids who come to the center. and#8220;Parents can’t afford day care, and they don’t want to worry about whether their children are safe,and#8221; said Executive Director Isabelle Wilson. The grant received through Call to Action will allow the facility to extend its hours, which will make a huge difference in the lives of local families.
Phebe Bell, of the TTCF, praised the community’s response to the campaign. and#8220;With the Call to Action campaign, we wanted to raise money to help many people who may be in crisis, not just a single person,and#8221; Bell said. and#8220;This community answered the call in a big way. I’m continually touched by their generosity.and#8221;
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