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Community & Family Storage Working With Summit County Job and Family Services to Help Those on PRC
What would happen to your belongings if suddenly you found your family unable to pay the mortgage or rent on your home?
Many families today live paycheck to paycheck and if something happens to that paycheck, their entire way of life is in peril and losing their home is a real possibility.
Not only can the family members be out on the streets, but their belongs are also. Besides furniture and household electronics, birth certificates, clothes, and other personal possessions are in constant danger of being lost, stolen or seized. That’s why many cities and organizations are offering places for the homeless to store their important belongings.
Summit County Job & Family Services Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) PLAN for now allows for payment of storage units for eligible clients to store household and personal belongings. The grant provides for up to four months of storage plus transportation service fees (both in and out) for approved PRC clients as part of their grant allowance.
‘All the Difference in the World’
“Most people don’t think about this, but the safe storage of possessions can make all the difference in the world for someone who is homeless,” said Jeff Wilhite, Executive Director of Family Promise Summit County. “Most homeless individuals actually have very important possessions like IDs and birth certificates that they need to keep safe on a daily basis,” Wilhite said. “If they don’t, it can be devastating.” The same can be true for those who have removed themselves from a less than secure home, such as women at the battered women's shelter or anyone temporarily removed from their home.
Units are reserved for four months at a time; they usually contain clothes, furnishings that would be expensive to replace, keepsakes and important documents. As with similar storage centers, perishables, drugs and alcohol are prohibited.
If you’re going to a job interview, trying to get housing or just walking around town, having all of your belongings with you can be a significant, and sometimes dangerous, challenge.
“This may seem like a small thing to some people, but providing these units is essential for helping people obtain housing and income,” Wilhite said. “Helping homeless individuals restore their lives is a multifaceted effort with many different components, and storage is a very important part of that mission,” Wilhite said. “The challenge is helping people understand why it’s a benefit to the city’s homeless, it's good that Summit County DJ&FS recognizes this and is doing something to help.”
Grant Funding for Storage of Personal Belongings Available for Select Clients of Participating Agencies
Akron, OH – December 16, 2016: Community & Family Storage, LLC. announces it will be accepting vouchers from the Summit County Job & Family Services Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) PLAN for payment of storage units for eligible clients to store household and personal belongings.
The grant provides for up to four months of storage plus transportation service fees (both in and out) for approved PRC clients as part of their grant allowance. There are eight agencies able to apply for a grant on behalf of their clients: Community Support Services, Family Promise of Summit County, Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit & Medina Counties, H.M. Life Opportunity Services, Salvation Army, Valor Home, ACCESS, Inc., and Harvest Home.
The loss of personal belongings when someone finds themselves suddenly without a home can be as traumatic as the loss of the location itself, especially those with young children. Storage units can hold some appliances, small home furnishings and personal belongings. Once the client is back into a home environment, their belongings are then brought back to the home.
Arrangements can be made through the agencies listed above. Clients of one of the above listed agencies should contact their case manager to determine eligibility. The Case Manager will contact Community & Family Storage during normal business hours to arrange for a storage container. Funding will apply for four (4) consecutive months.
At the end of the four (4) month contract time, the client may continue rental of the storage container at their own expense. PRC Grant Funding will also provide for transportation of the items to and from the units by an approved local carrier. Community & Family Storage will have information to contact the moving company.
To determine eligibility for your client, visit the Summit County PRC Guidelines website at https://www.summitdjfs.org/services/prevention-retention-and-contingency.html and the program details at http://jfs.ohio.gov/OWF/prc/county/SummitCountyPRC.pdf . Then contact Community & Family Storage at 330-535-1754 during normal business hours to arrange for a storage container.
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