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Providing Emergency Cash Relief to Kent County, Michigan Families Affected by COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis is devastating for thousands of Kent County, Michigan workers who have lost their jobs and rely on a regular paycheck to afford necessities like shelter, food, transportation, baby products, and medicine.

To help, local donors and community-based nonprofits partnered with the Family Independence Initiative and the Stand Together Foundation to create a short-term fund to provide $500 in emergency cash relief to neighbors and families who are struggling in Kent County, Michigan.

To date, more than 8,000 individuals and families have received cash relief from the Kent County Relief Fund. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Funds are limited and intended to provide short-term relief. If the fund is depleted, applicants will be added to a waiting list and notified if additional funds become available.

Community Impact

8,911

households have received emergency cash relief

$4,455,500

total given to local residents

Who is eligible for support?

The Kent County Relief Fund is a short-term effort that provides $500 emergency cash relief to eligible individuals who live or work in Kent County and have lost their jobs or are experiencing significantly reduced hours of work due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Households who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for $500 in cash transfer:

  • Live or work in Kent County, Michigan, and 18 years of age or older
  • Laid off or have experienced at least a 50 percent reduction in work hours since March 1, 2020
  • Household income was less than or equal to $50,000 per year

How do I apply?

The online application is a simple process. To complete the application, you will need the following:

  • A picture of your government issued ID or two secondary forms of identification that match your current address
  • Verification that you have experienced a decrease in work hours or job loss
  • Your most recent tax return or pay stub
  • Your bank account information to transfer cash relief funds

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Funds are limited and intended to provide short-term relief. If the fund is depleted, applicants will be added to a waiting list and notified if additional funds become available.

Note: Completing the application does not guarantee you will receive cash from this relief fund.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to our most frequently asked questions about the application process, click here.

We believe in people and families. We believe in you.

Testimonials

Resident, Kent County
“I want to give a big thank you for this action. The money came on time. I needed help for my rent and food for my two children. Thank you again. I really appreciate it.” – Kent County Resident
Resident, Kent County
“The money paid for WiFi so my kids and I can use our tablets and smartphone. It also helped us get soap, toothpaste, and food.”
Kent County mother of five
“The relief fund was such a blessing. I had just celebrated a year living at a rental home. Before that, my kids and I were homeless. I spent five months to get where I am now. With my job closing, I was afraid I would not make my rent payment, but thanks to this blessing, I can… My kids and I want to just say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” 

We are in this together.