United Way recognizes that when individuals are unable to meet their basic immediate needs for food, shelter, health, and safety, it becomes more difficult to focus on long term goals such as employment, housing, wellness and education. United Way funds services that provide basic needs in order to help get people back on their feet and on the road to self-sufficiency.
- Shelter, including emergency housing, homelessness prevention, and drop-in/day centers.
- Emergency medical services, including access to medications, mental health crisis services, emergency medical and dental services, behavioral health services, and substance abuse.
- Safety, including domestic violence, child abuse intervention, family reintegration, and crisis centers.
- Emergency food, hunger relief and nutrition.
- Emergency utility and rental assistance (primarily to prevent pending evictions), transportation, referrals, clothes and advocacy.
Learn how United Way is investing in basic needs programs and services through our 2015-2017 Community Impact Grants.