Ten volunteer caseworkers with SVdP’s Motel to Home (M2H) Program have volunteered to assist the Lawrenceville Response Center in providing 3 months of housing assistance to families at risk of losing their homes due to the financial impact of COVID-19. These caseworkers will be helping with intake, verifying and documenting information, and eventually assisting with referrals for employment assistance, and earned benefits as part of a homeless prevention plan. They will be working alongside the Lawrenceville Housing Authority, Impact46, Village of Hope, and the Georgia Center for Opportunity to achieve this goal.
All of these seasoned caseworkers have previous experience working with families living in motels or who have been recently evicted.
“These caseworkers are committed to housing stability and finding solutions for the clients they work with. In the best of times families with unstable housing have difficulty obtaining the necessary documents to apply for assistance. These caseworkers understand this and are able to adapt and be creative to get the job done. We are so happy to be able to contribute our expertise to help the Gwinnett community during this health and housing crisis” said Denise Fisher program manager of SVdP’s Motel to Home program.
Families who are at risk of losing their housing due to a job loss or a reduction in hours who are living in the Lawrenceville area can apply for assistance online at www.impact46.org.
With the implementation of social distancing and the closing of non-essential businesses due to COVID-19, SVdP Georgia has experienced a 70% increase in requests for assistance during this crisis. Since March 16th, SVdP Georgia Conferences and Family Support Centers have prevented 1,629 people from homelessness through assistance with rent, mortgages and temporary lodging.
Here are ways that you can help:
- Donate perishable and non-perishable food to a local SVdP Conference or the Chamblee Thrift Store or Family Support Center
- Volunteer at the Chamblee or Lakewood Family Support Centers to help with home food deliveries to neighbors in metro-Atlanta. Visit the volunteer page on our website at www.svdpgeorgia.org/volunteer
- Make a financial donation to your local SVdP Conference, or the SVdP Georgia Response Fund at www.svdpgeorgia.org/responsefund
- If, when you receive your stimulus check, it feels more like a windfall than a lifeline, please consider Paying it Forward by donating a portion of it to the SVdP Georgia COVID-19 Response Fund. www.svdpgeorgia.org/response.
- Visit our website to learn more about how we are responding and how you can help www.svdpgeorgia.org/response.
- Follow and connect with us on Social Media @SVdPGeorgia to keep up with our response and share with your friends and family that we are on the frontline of their community helping neighbors in need during this unprecedented time.