$5 Million Granted to Fifteen Marin Organizations For Essential “Safety Net Services”

To continue this tradition of supporting these most basic services for individuals and families who are struggling mightily in Marin, the Buck Family Fund of the Marin Community Foundation has just awarded grants to 15 community organizations. And to increase the stability of support to these nonprofit service centers, and to encourage other funders and supporters to participate, the grants are for a two-year period, July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018.

These nonprofit community organizations provide essential efforts to alleviate hunger and promote food security among individuals and families experiencing a crisis; emergency and short term shelter, and connections to permanent housing for families and adults at risk of homelessness and displacement; multiple services to low income individuals and families, including case management, information and referral, counseling, basic supplies, clothing, transportation assistance, and public benefits enrollment; crisis support and short term shelter for people who are victims of domestic
violence; and financial assistance to individuals and families experiencing a short-term crisis and need food, help with rent and/or other immediate basic needs.

“Many people tend to donate to safety net services most significantly during the holiday season,” said Dr. Thomas Peters, President and CEO of MCF. “With these multi-year grants we want to increase awareness that these services are critical year-round to individuals and families who are struggling. And by making extended grants, we also want to signal long-term commitment to these well-run organizations, with the hope that others will join in supporting their good work throughout the year.”

Adopt a Family of Marin provides support services annually to 400-500 low-income families in Marin, including financial assistance with rental and deposit assistance to prevent homelessness, utility payments and other critical basic needs support. They provide case management to help stabilize families, their housing, and protect children from the trauma of homelessness, and support families to meet their goals towards self-sufficiency. Last year, they served over 1,400 individuals (not including their holiday program helping more than 500 families).