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  • Modest Needs Foundation

    Agency: Modest Needs Foundation

    OVERVIEW: Offers grants to those in need of help by matching willing donors with needy individuals.

    1) SELF-SUFFICIENCY GRANTS: Remits payment to a creditor for an expense on behalf of an otherwise self-sufficient individual or family for a relatively small, emergency expense which the individual or family could not have anticipated or prepared for. An example may be to cover the cost of an emergency auto repair that must be made if an individual is to continue working, work tools or uniforms, burial expenses, one month's rent or mortgage payment, etc. Program is for persons who are working and live just above the poverty level, but are ineligible for most types of public assistance. At least one adult member of the applicant's household must be documentably employed at the time of the application, and the main source of income for the household must be either income earned from employment, child support payments, Veteran's Benefits, retirement income (including Social Security retirement benefits). Modest Needs regularly makes grants to households receiving types of income other than those listed above (Social Security Disability Income, for example), but applicants whose households do NOT meet the income and employment guidelines listed above will NOT qualify to apply for a grant. Cannot assist with federal, state, or local tax payments, including property tax payments, past-due child support payments, or fines / legal fees associated with a civil or criminal offense with which an applicant has been charged. Cannot not send funds directly to an applicant, thus cannot help applicants with groceries, gas, repaying a payday loan, etc. Cannot assist with rental security deposits or if the applicant is renting from a family member. Cannot assist with expenses related to credit card debt, bankruptcy, or luxury items or services (ex. Broken tv, paying for a vacation, etc.).

    2) HOMECOMING HEROES GRANT: Provides assistance with an emergency expense such as a medical bill, an auto repair, a large utility bill, etc. Can also assist with a regular monthly bill such as a rental or mortgage payment, which the applicant cannot pay due to issues such as a delay in processing or receipt of active duty paycheck, VA, GI Bill or other benefits to which the applicant is entitled and other situations. Applicant must be able to document that he or she has been honorably released from active military duty within the past five years, and must have applied for (or be waiting to receive) a source of income that, once established, will allow the applicant to maintain a level of self-sufficiency.

    3) HOLIDAY GIFT GRANT: May offer grants for holiday gifts, not confirmed for 2017.

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    • Main:
    • Main Contact:
      • name: Dr. Keith Taylor
    • Senior Worker:
      • name: Dr. Keith Taylor
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    • 120 East 23rd Street
      120 East 23rd Street
      New York, NY 10010

    Agency: Modest Needs Foundation

    Languages Available:

    Payment Description: None.

    Intake and Eligibility: Must be 18 and older, a US or Canadian citizen, at least one person in the household must be employed, and income must meet the income and self-sufficiency standard which varies upon household size and grant type. Permits one active application per household at a time. Household must have at least one active bank account OR have filed a Federal Tax Return within in the past two years. Applicants must have regular access to a computer and the Internet and can check their email and the Modest Needs website daily for the entire time their application is active. Applicants will need to scan or fax documents.

    Areas Served:
    • County

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