West Marin Community Services
Responds to COVID-19
E.D. letter from Socorro Romo
The most vulnerable in our community are suffering during this global health and economic emergency that intensifies every day. We know that we must be prepared for this pandemic to last for months ahead.
The West Marin Community Services COVID-19 Response Fund provides:
- One-month rental assistance ranging from $500 - $3,000: The assistance is for individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardship directly related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Priority is going to be given to households whose income is under the 30% AMI, seniors, and to families who cannot apply for unemployment benefits. (Click here for guidelines, click here for application)
- Motel Vouchers for unhoused residents: Motel rooms will be offered based on referrals from the CARE Team. Please do not refer clients to us. We are prioritizing vulnerable individuals and families, individuals without a car, and those who are not enrolled on VI-SPDAT in HMIS. Motel stays will be 7 days, renewable based on acceptable behavior, until funding lasts. (Click here for guidelines)
- Emergency Assistance:
a. Pre-paid cards in varying amounts between $50-$500 to be used for grocery expenses and other essential needs. These funds are for residents of Dillon Beach, Inverness, Marshall, Olema, Point Reyes Station, and Tomales. Priority is given to households whose income does not exceed the 30% AMI. Similar funds are available in other areas of West Marin: Bolinas Community Land Trust and San Geronimo Valley Community Center.
b. Funds for unexpected expenses, such as minor medical and car repair.
If you meet these guidelines, assistance will be given on a first come, first served basis. We are accepting applications from March 20, 2020 until funding lasts. Decisions will be made within five days after the application and required documents are submitted and reviewed by WMCS COVID-19 Response Fund Distribution Team.
Application instructions: Please click the application link and download the document. The downloaded document can be filled out on the computer and emailed to Yareli Cervantes firstname.lastname@example.org. The application can also be printed, filled out, scanned, and returned by email. We will also be accepting applications by mail at PO BOX 1093, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956. Please remember to include copies of your proof of residence, income verification from the past month, dismissal letter from your employer, and application. Over the phone assistance is also available if you do not have access to a computer, printer, or email address. Please call (415) 663-8361 ext. 304.
As always, local businesses, non-profit agencies and private supporters are standing behind West Marin Community Services.
We would like to thank the Marin Community Foundation, the Nancy H. and James Kelso Fund of the Marin Community Foundation, the West Marin Fund, and the County of Marin for their generosity. None of this would not be possible without their support.
We appreciate your trust and send our best hopes that you are safe and well during these unprecedented times!
We are here for Every One. All Ways. More than ever.