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Helping Hands News

  • Gerstner Philanthropies Awards $4.3 Million For Helping Hands Emergency Grant Program
    January 28, 2021

    Gerstner Philanthropies (gerstner.org) announced today that it has awarded $4.3 million to 36 social services organizations to be used for grants to individuals facing a one-time, urgent need. Gerstner made the awards as part of its Helping Hands program, which has been instrumental in helping households stabilize from the devastating impact of COVID-19. Emergency grants have been a core part of Gerstner’s work for over a decade, with this year’s grants bringing the total Helping Hands funding to over $20 million. Over 60% of grants help people facing eviction, though funds may also be used for other urgent needs, such as utilities, medical expenses, and food. 87% of people who receive an emergency grant for rent are stably housed one year later. Critical to the program’s success is that the emergency grants are made in the context of comprehensive case management and other support services. The organizations who received grants in this most recent round of funding are located in New York City and Westchester County, NY; Palm Beach County, FL; and Boston, MA and are listed here: https://gerstner.org/program-areas/helping-hands/2021/#Grantees

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  • Helping Hands Program Update: Q3 2020 Trends
    December 7, 2020

    Our Helping Hands grantee social services organizations are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. We communicate with our Helping Hands grantee organizations informally throughout the year, and each quarter we ask them to report formally on program statistics, trends, and case studies. Based on the data and conversations with our grantee partners, it is clear that COVID-19 continues to impact Helping Hands grantees and the communities they serve dramatically. A number of our partners have exhausted their Helping Hands funds for the year, while others are bracing for the expected tsunami of need if eviction moratoriums are not extended or if government rent relief programs do not happen.

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  • Gerstner Grantees Provide Over 575,000 Thanksgiving Meal Boxes to Families in Need
    December 2, 2020

    Two of Gerstner Philanthropies’ long-standing grantees recently distributed 575,250 meal kits for the Thanksgiving holiday. Treasure Coast Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast and the only Food Bank serving Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties, distributed 575,000 holiday meal kits, which include a turkey and sides, to families; Gerstner Philanthropies provided funds for 400 turkeys distributed via the meal kits, as well as 151 turkeys for soup kitchens in the area. In Massachusetts, FamilyAid Boston, the leading provider of solutions to family homelessness in the Greater Boston area, delivered 250 meal kits, 200 of which were funded through a grant from Gerstner Philanthropies, to 800 unstably housed or homeless children and parents this Thanksgiving. Gerstner Philanthropies is proud to support families in need through meaningful programs such as these. (Photo Credit: Treasure Coast Food Bank)

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  • Helping Hands Program Update: Q2 2020 Trends
    September 11, 2020

    Our Helping Hands grantee social services organizations are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. We communicate with our Helping Hands grantee organizations informally throughout the year, and each quarter we ask them to report formally on program statistics, trends, and case studies. The immediate impact of the pandemic in Q2 led to some interesting trends, such as an overwhelming need for food, a decrease in domestic violence cases despite reports that violence is escalating, and a drop in rental arrears cases, though an increase in the level of arrears our grantees are seeing.

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  • The Rent Eats First, Even During a Pandemic
    August 31, 2020

    Before the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 800,000 people around the nation were threatened with eviction each month. Today, with unemployment levels unseen since the Great Depression and the expiration of federal benefits along with national and several state eviction moratoriums, millions of renters are at risk of losing their homes by the end of the year. Medical professionals have sounded the alarm about how the eviction crisis will exacerbate our public health emergency. At the beginning of August, 26 medical associations signed a letter urging Congress to provide housing resources to renting families, recognizing the housing crisis to be a health crisis. Our efforts to defeat Covid-19 and recover from the economic damage it has wrought will be deeply compromised if we fail to help families keep their homes. Besides pushing up coronavirus infection rates, the eviction crisis will also aggravate our unemployment crisis, as workers get displaced far from their jobs, and it will further complicate school reopenings, as evicted children, themselves at heightened risk of infection, shuffle from one school to the next.

    Read more at nytimes.com