Legal-name: Century Villages at Cabrillo
Address: 2001 River Avenue
City: Long BEach
Officer: Brian D’Andrea, President
ContactName: Rene Castro
Title: Director, Community Engagement
GrantPurpose: Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC) seeks to develop an Emergency Fund to support formerly homeless and other high-risk residents at The Villages at Cabrillo (Villages) with urgent needs resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic, such as food, sanitation supplies, and medical emergencies, as well as to provide “hot spots” for those without internet access.
Periodoftime: at least six months
Audienceserved: low income, unemployed, homeless, food insecure, elderly, children, youth, vets
Demoofaudience: veterans and children
Funding: 9 months
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : CVC is currently enacting interim guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control for Administrators of Community Non-profits: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/guidance-community-faith-organizations.html. Currently, any resident needs that result from the current pandemic are addressed through its existing Resident Services framework with these guidelines in place.
While its “normal” in-person group programs and activities have been suspended temporarily (such as after-school programs, group exercise, and cooking and nutrition workshops), CVC continues to deliver individual services such as intensive case management for those with a diagnosed mental illness to the extent possible while practicing safe social distancing. CVC is continuously monitoring the well-being of all its residents in order to ensure continuity of support and that they receive the services or access to resources they need to remain healthy and successfully and stably housed. CVC is ensuring that it maintains individual contact with residents as much as possible until this current crisis has passed in order to sustain a sense of community and ownership among these vulnerable, at-risk residents. For example, CVC and one of its onsite partners, Path Family Ventures, are collaborating on conducting triage with all youth and families in The Villages’ permanent supportive housing—a total of about 280 Units across the campus, serving approximately 600 children. They are working to address food insecurity by coordinating with Meals on Wheels and local Food Banks to meet the need, as well as the need for paper supplies. To date, each unit will receive one roll of toilet paper per bedroom each week. CVC staff are also delivering food and necessary supplies to families or individuals who may be isolated due to pre-existing health conditions.
CVC and its onsite partners are actively planning for potential scenarios involving minimal, moderate and widespread community spread of infection.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : CVC proposes two services to be supported by the disaster recovery grant, as follows:
1) Establish an Emergency Fund with $10,000 of the requested funds, which will be used to support emergency needs such as food, sanitation supplies, or medical needs that are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Needs also include replenishing CVC’s emergency food pantry and sanitation supplies for the entire campus, as well as individual cash assistance to those in need for emergencies that include but are not limited to medication, food not available through CVC’s emergency food pantry, and household supplies, up to $250 per occurrence with a maximum of $350 per year. Individuals who are provided emergency funds will be required to work individually with their respective case manager on the campus to complete three to five worksheets from the Your Money, Your Goals program (a program of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) for a minimum of seven one-hour sessions. Given the expected nature of the emergencies, case managers will work with each individual to set a reasonable time frame to complete this requirement. CVC sees this as an opportunity to work with residents to improve their financial literacy while providing one-on-one finance and budgeting assistance before another crisis occurs.
By adding an Emergency Fund to its service delivery framework in this challenging and extraordinary environment, CVC will ensure residents have the needed support in emergency situations that does not compromise the safety and security they may have attained. The Fund will be managed by CVC Resident Services staff and coordinated with case managers of co-located service providers on the campus of The Villages. As noted above, participating families will work individually with their case manager to complete a minimum of seven one-hour sessions regarding money management.
2) Establish “Hot Spots” for families without internet access: With schools and employers moving to virtual platforms, CVC will also allocate $10,000 for “Hot Spots” to ensure that residents who do not have internet access are able to work and attend school. $10,000 would help support six months of activation per “Hot Spot,” using Verizon Inseego 5G MiFi M1000 Hotspots at $27.08 per month. CVC estimates that 62 households will need this support. CVC is in the process of consulting with its IT department to determine whether there are other options to consider, but this desired plan appears currently most feasible.
3. What organization and or individuals will you assist? : As previously noted, a portion of funds may be used to replenish CVC’s food pantry or its campus sanitation supplies. Additionally, all residents of The Villages will be eligible to seek cash assistance for demonstrated emergencies that are a result of the pandemic. CVC staff will develop guidelines and procedures to assess and prioritize request for cash assistance. CVC staff will also reach out individually to residents who do not have internet access to determine their needs, which would include telehealth, employment requirements, or school.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: CVC has not received any specific disaster recovery funds. Funds designated for Resident Services are being utilized to support any disaster related services.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: CVC recently applied for funds from Best Start to create an Emergency Fund, but this was not specific to disaster recovery and focuses on families with young children. However, leadership expects that most, if not all, emergency needs will be related to the pandemic. CVC has pending proposals with the Weingart Foundation, the Wells Fargo Charitable Foundation, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, and other corporations and foundations for general operating support or specifically for Resident Services that will be utilized to support any disaster related services