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The Valley Breeze: NeighborWorks wins $200K in AmeriCorps funding

Published on July 14, 2017

WOONSOCKET – NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley will receive $199,715 through Serve Rhode Island to support 20 AmeriCorps members who will provide housing assistance to economically disadvantaged renter households, many of whom are at-risk for homelessness, and transition them into safe, healthy, affordable housing.

The grant was part of $3.7 million in federal funding for the state’s service-oriented non-profits. The federal investment will support AmeriCorps members across Rhode Island as they provide services to youth and families in need and help disadvantaged students. Additionally, AmeriCorps members who complete their 1,700 hours of service may earn a $5,750 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used for continuing education and vocational needs or to pay back student loans.

Last year, Congress provided $1.03 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs the AmeriCorps program.

AmeriCorps requires grantees to leverage the federal investment to secure matching support from private, philanthropic, and local sources.

Courtesy of The Valley Breeze