United Way of the Plains has received a $45,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The majority (90%) of the funding will provide needed support for homeless programs, including shelter, transportation and prevention services.
The grant is part of Bank of America’s investment to advance economic mobility by addressing basic needs in communities where they operate. Bank of America funds services for the homeless as part of its effort to help end poverty in all its forms.
Rocky Genz, Market Executive for Bank of America in Wichita, said his team is grateful for the work area nonprofits do to meet the needs of those who require shelter. “Coronavirus has had a significant impact on vulnerable populations and we know that more individuals and families are struggling to make ends meet. We’re pleased to be part of the solution through United Way of the Plains and its nonprofit partners.”
Abel Frederic, Vice President of Community Impact for United Way of the Plains, said business partners like Bank of America are essential in the fight for every resident in south central Kansas to reach their full potential. “Housing is the most basic human need. Our collaborative nonprofit partners provide temporary housing, and their prevention programs have been effective at ensuring that 77% of our homeless population do not re-enter the shelter system. The grant will be utilized as the local match required for federal funding of Impact ICT – Continuum of Care and we are very grateful that Bank of America has stepped forward to help us continue this vital work.”
United Way of the Plains is the lead agency for Impact ICT – Continuum of Care (CoC), a coalition of 170+ people representing nonprofits, the faith community, government, the business community and other area advocates. Impact ICT – CoC works year-round with one common goal: to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. Impact ICT – CoC coordinates the application for U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants that are distributed to program collaborative partners.