Novi Youth Assistance offers COVID emergency grants to families

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Novi Youth Assistance has launched an emergency grant program to help families affected by COVID-19.

Less than a day after the program was announced, 10 families asked for help with food, clothing and rent payments.

“I’m so excited we’ve been working for a few months now trying to finalize this program and once we got it up and running we were really excited to get it up and running,” said Lisa Shields. , youth aid worker from Novi.

Emergency grant money, up to $ 150 per child under 17, is intended for income-qualified families who have lived within the boundaries of the Novi Community School District for at least one year. .

The funds come from a bowling event in March held to raise funds for a teenage center that will remain closed this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now it will be used to help families with basic needs, which could also include utility or gas bills. All assistance is provided through Novi Youth Assistance gift cards or vouchers directly to service providers.

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The mission of community youth assistance programs, which are sponsored through agreements between the circuit court, the school district and local municipalities, is to “strengthen youth and families and prevent and reduce delinquency, neglect and abuse through community participation ”.

“At first it was a big struggle for all family members to be quarantined and all home schooling was a challenge – for the students, but also for the parents having to balance working life and teaching at home. home, ”Shields said. “It’s a lot of stress, but it’s amazing how strong and resilient people are too.”

For more information on how to apply for the NYA grant, visit www.cityofnovi.org/nya

Families across the county who meet the income criteria may also receive assistance with mortgage, rent, and utilities. Visit Oakgov.com.

Contact reporter Susan Bromley at sbromley@hometownlife.com or 517-281-2412. Follow her on Twitter @ SusanBromley10.

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