CrossRoads’ Hardship Relief Program
Thanks to the generosity of community partners, the CrossRoads Corporation is offering assistance to Grier Heights community residents experiencing financial hardship due to unexpected and unavoidable emergencies.
Applicants must be a resident of the Grier Heights community to be eligible to apply. Eligible applicants may receive a maximum of one grant during the calendar year for which CrossRoads has funding.
Launched in 2020 as the result of COVID-19, CrossRoads Corporation is offering support for individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardship. Financial assistance is available for help with rental assistance, childcare, transportation, food/household expenses and utilities. Income eligible households, with a verifiable loss of income—related to the COVID-19 pandemic—and a demonstrated need, may be eligible to receive financial assistance up to $750. Higher amounts will be considered on a case-by-case basis. CrossRoads will pay vendors, landlords, mortgage, or utility companies, etc. directly. CrossRoads will distribute funds on a first-come, first-served basis until available funding is expended. CrossRoads may inquire if applicants have sought assistance from other programs when considering a request for assistance.
To comply with IRS guidelines, program guidelines restrict assistance to individuals experiencing severe financial need due to specific unexpected, unavoidable emergencies or hardships which can be documented. While all emergencies and financial hardships are unfortunate, incidents outside of program guidelines cannot be approved.
Beginning in January 2021, if funds are available, CrossRoads will consider requests from Grier Heights residents for assistance that are not specifically related to or the result of COVID-19. In the instance of a hardship due to a natural disaster, CrossRoads will consider an application for assistance prior to January 2021.
- Documentation of the event/incident that has caused a financial hardship
- Documentation of the expense for which you need assistance such as a bill, registration form, invoice, etc.
- Proof of residency (e.g., voter registration, utility bill showing address)
- Proof of income (if applicable)
- If no income is coming into the household at the time of application, the applicant must submit a written statement to explain why
- Applicants may be asked if they have tried to access other resources
Eligibility Expenses and Maximum Grant Amount:
Basic Need Items – Maximum Grant: Up to $500
Assistance for applicants who are unable to purchase basic need items for their household due to unexpected financial burden (e.g., food, clothing, shoes, glasses, furniture, etc.).
Funeral or Emergency Travel for Immediate Family – Maximum Grant: Up to $500
Assistance for those who have incurred the loss of an immediate family member (i.e., a parent, sibling, child by blood, adoption, or marriage, spouse, grandparent or grandchild), if the applicant is financially responsible for funeral arrangements and no other resources exist. The grant is available for applicants needing to travel to care for a terminally ill immediate family member or escort a critically ill immediate family member to an out-of-state medical facility.
Personal Emergency/Hardship – Maximum Grant: Up to $750*
Assistance for applicants who have encountered financial hardships for unexpected, unavoidable reasons beyond their control. This includes rent* (rent only up to $1,000), utilities, and transportation needs. Assistance for applicants who need financial assistance to complete home modifications, alterations or repairs to help maintain their independence and prevent accidents (e.g., handicap accessibility features, wheelchair ramp, etc.).
Catastrophe/Natural Disaster – Maximum Grant: Up to $750
Assistance after a natural or localized disaster has destroyed the applicant’s personal residence, rendered it unlivable or it is otherwise in need of costly repairs, in excess of insurance, after the disaster (e.g., hurricane, fire, flood, tornado, mudslide, etc.).
Medical Emergency – Maximum Grant: Up to $750
Assistance for applicants who have encountered financial hardships due to medical emergencies (e.g., injury, hospitalization, loss of income during medical emergency, etc.).
Medical Non-Emergency – Maximum Grant: Up to $750
For applicants who need financial assistance to purchase or obtain medical assistance that is not an emergency (e.g. wheelchair or other medical device/equipment, transportation, etc.).
Mental Health/Substance Prevention – Maximum Grant: Up to $750
For applicants who need financial assistance for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder or for assistance with drug and alcohol prevention, intervention, or treatment (medication, hospitalization, program expenses, etc.).
Neighbors in Grier Heights are able to talk with a licensed mental health counselor for any reason.
For more information on Disaster Relief or Counseling, email: CDREHF@crossroadscorporation.org