What's New With The Alliance?
Prince William County government will partner with the Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William to allocate $2.7 million of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for area housing rental assistance.
In January 2022, the Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William, a nonprofit association of human services providers that aid residents, partnered with the county to administer $10 million in ARPA funds by 2024. This past year, funding was provided for COVID-19 recovery efforts, including navigation for rent, mortgage, and public benefits assistance; utility assistance; childcare costs; and administration for hunger relief programs, among others.
The county and community partners have identified a need to shift the focus of the remaining ARPA funds to support those individuals who need housing rental assistance. Of the original amount, $2.7 million will be allocated through the Alliance to area nonprofits to provide rental assistance to those in need in Prince William County.
“More than $7 million in ARPA funds were previously allocated in 2022 to give county residents greater access to mental and behavioral health assistance, employment support, and emergency shelter in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” remarks Chair At-Large Ann Wheeler. “Based on current community need, it has been determined that providing rental assistance in the county remains a priority, and these funds of $2.7 million will help fill the gap and best support those in need.”
This funding will be distributed through previously qualified ARPA partners, EduFuturo, New Creatures in Christ Ministries and St. Thomas United Methodist Church.
“Our first round of ARPA funds focused on a broad range of COVID-19 relief efforts. Based on the need that has been identified for rent assistance, round two, as originally intended, has been canceled,” explains Peggy Kimmey, Interim Executive Director of The Alliance.
Applications must be submitted by individuals seeking housing rental assistance. Applications submitted by businesses will not be considered. To learn more about the rental assistance program and for contact information to reach the ARPA partners, go to www.alliancegpw.org/rentassistance.
Dear Alliance Partners and Members,
We are writing to inform you of a couple of team member changes at The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William (i.e. The Alliance). First, please join us in wishing our current executive director, Chelsi Conway, all the best and farewell! Chelsi has decided to take a break from the workforce and will help to ensure a smooth transition through Friday, November 11, 2022. The Alliance has been in operation for three years and Chelsi has been at the helm the entire time. There will more to come on a more befitting farewell for Chelsi in future communications. In the meantime, we introduce to you Peggy Kimmey, who will serve as our interim Executive Director. Peggy is a Prince William County resident and 25-year business professional. Peggy can be reached by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, 703-334-4729 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Please feel free to begin reaching out to her immediately, she is at the ready!
The next change is that Reginald Thomas, our Operations Officer, wrapped up his service with The Alliance on Tuesday, October 12, 2022. Please join us in wishing Reginald the very best! We were already positioning to expand the Operations Department by hiring, Tashbia Chowdhury, who joined The Alliance in September, as the Program Specialist. This new role was created to assist with managing the ARPA Grant process. She can be reached by email, email@example.com, or by phone, 703-919-1932 Monday through Friday during regular business hours. You may begin reaching out to Tashbia immediately for the same matters you have contacted Reggie. If you hear or see Kim McGuire around, she is The Alliance contracted CPA/Bookkeeper moving forward. She has been working as an accountant in Prince William County for many years. As a subject matter expert, she will ensure a smooth transition with all financial matters to include audits, and bookkeeping.
The Alliance is here to support both your membership and grants’ management needs. You can also expect more non-profit collaborative opportunities – networking events, workshops and partner meetups -- so please, keep an eye on The Alliance events calendar.
As always, the Alliance stands firm in its mission: To be the catalyst for greater partnerships and collaboration among its network of human service organizations, the faith community, other community organizations, and interested citizens to enhance the lives of the people they support.
On behalf of the The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William, Board of Directors
Thanks for the work you do and have a great day!