Abounding Prosperity Inc. has been selected to partner with the City of Dallas
Office of Community Care to provide rental and utility assistance to over three hundred extremely low to moderately low income residents in South Dallas and surrounding communities impacted by COVID-19.
The CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund Emergency Short-Term Rental Assistance Program provides emergency short-term rental and utility assistance to residents within Dallas city limits, who have been impacted by COVID-19. Additionally, this program seeks to address the needs of residents who are at or below 80% area median income. Eligible applicants can receive up to two months of rental or utility assistance with a maximum of $1500 per month. Applicants who are in the arrears on their rent or utility payment, are eligible to receive an additional month of assistance, for a total of three months.
“For well over 15 years, APInc has worked to address social and economic factors that fuel health disparities in Dallas, with a significant percentage of those impacted being marginalized, Black and Brown folks,” CEO Kirk Myers said. “This partnership with the City of Dallas is another opportunity for APInc to provide a much needed service during this difficult time as many other resources are running thin.
“APInc has continues to develop comprehensive programming and critical resources that seek to further expand the capacity of our community. As a continuation of our commitment, we are excited to help improve housing stability and decrease homelessness by increasing access to financial assistance programs and supportive services.”
To date, the group has received over $810,000 in grant funding to combat the disparate economic impact that has been caused by the novel coronavirus. Their COVID-19 relief efforts have provided COVID-19 prevention and care kits, $125 Visa gift cards for gas and other household needs, while nutritional needs have been addressed through the weekly fresh food pantry in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Now, mental health counseling, short-term rental assistance through December 2020 and unstable housing will be added to their service provision.
The agency was founded in November 2005 to provide services that address health, social and economic disparities among Black Americans, with a particular emphasis on gay and bisexual men, cisgender women, transgender women and their families.
As the only indigenous Black community based non-profit organization in Texas, they provide services that address health, social, and economic disparities among its target populations. Their services empower clients to achieve self-sufficiency through skills development, increased knowledge and access to community resources, according to the group.