United Manner of Higher Greensboro Awards $ 1 Million Grants to Assist Deal with Native Housing Disparities | Firms

GREENSBORO, NC (July 15, 2021) – United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG) is proud to announce that it is using the first million US dollars of philanthropist MacKenzie Scott’s recent donation of US $ 10 million to make five grants to local organizations, run programs to support innovative solutions to address housing disparities.

As part of the UWGG’s focus on ending local poverty, selected programs are designed to help more than 300 local households recover from the economic effects of COVID-19. The grants were approved through a volunteer-led application process that began in April.

“Stable living is the basis of well-being. Research shows that the housing industry is an engine of the economy and, if history repeats itself, it will help fuel our recovery from COVID-19. In the past, communities that invested in their residents’ homes saw economic recovery after virtually every major downturn, ”said Frank McCain, UWGG vice president, Community Investment & Impact.

“We are pleased that this investment will provide 300 or more households with additional support to help them recover from the effects of COVID-19. A $ 1,000,000 investment will help local families build a future that leaves poverty behind with permanent, stable housing. ”

Award-winning programs, descriptions of effects and amounts:

Agency and program

Impact description


Bridging the gaps: Partner Ending Homelessness (lead), Family Service of the Piemont, Room at the Inn, The Servant Center, Youth Focus, YWCA

Jointly providing case management and financial support to clients living in precarious housing, homeless or with barriers to securing permanent housing and who are not entitled to or have expenses that are not covered by public funding sources.

$ 330,000

Emergency aid program: Greensboro Salvation Army

Help individuals and families who are ineligible under federal guidelines with intensive case handling, housing brokerage and financial support in legal and judicial proceedings, tenant insurance violations, rental and utility support and temporary hotel stays en route to permanent accommodation.

$ 200,000

Evacuation project: NC Legal Aid (lead), Greensboro Housing Coalition, UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies

Joint provision of support services in the areas of legal representation, financial assistance, tenant education and case management in order to stabilize tenancies and avoid immediate eviction.

$ 270,000

Bring order into your HOUSE: Housing advisors group

Provides additional down payment assistance to lower income and higher debt homebuyers through the city’s first home purchase program. We also offer courses and coaching to prepare future home buyers and help current homeowners keep the property.

$ 100,000

Home repair program: Solutions for communal living

Preserve home ownership by performing critical home repairs on skilled, low-income homeowners living in substandard housing and elderly and / or disabled homeowners living in unsafe homes that result in falls or the inability to continue living in their home , be performed.

$ 100,000


$ 1,000,000

Why does the UWGG grant housing-specific grants?

While substantial and required federal funds for rent and utility support came into the community, gaps in support remain. Unrestricted and flexible financing is required.

The UWGG believes that housing disparities that existed before COVID-19 still need to be addressed. UWGG supports permanent living along a continuum – from short-term crisis aid to home ownership, a crucial strategy for building up wealth and assets that is needed to end generational poverty.

What is MacKenzie Scott’s $ 10 Million Gift?

In December 2020, Scott donated over $ 4 billion to 384 nonprofits across the country. UWGG was one of only two United Ways in North Carolina to receive funding. At the time, UWGG announced plans to use the funds to make innovative and transformative investments in solutions that work together to end poverty across the community.

END LOCAL POVERTY: United Way of Greater Greensboro leads a movement to end local poverty. We create strategic partnerships and initiatives that are coordinated and serve children, adults and families across the community. More than 57,000 people live in poverty in the greater Greensboro area. One in four children in the city of Greensboro lives in poverty. The federal government defines poverty as a family of four earning $ 26,500 a year. According to local self-sufficiency standards, many households of four must earn around $ 60,000 to meet basic needs without subsidized help.www.UnitedWayGSO.org Local effect for 99 years and counting.

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