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2016 Priority Grants announced

United Way announced on Friday that they are funding 16 programs in the Fraser Valley this year. Of those, five are for Chilliwack-based projects, two for the Fraser Cascade region, six for Abbotsford and two for Mission. These programs address poverty, homelessness or helping children 0-6 be successful in school.

The largest grants are for homelessness reduction projects focusing on youth. One is in partnership with Cyrus Centre for their Streets 2 Home project, and a second is with the Mennonite Central Committee to offer one-time loans and financial counselling for individuals at risk of losing their housing.

A long-term poverty reduction program that is new on United Way’s list of funded projects is the Human Service Career Program, managed by Big Brothers Big Sisters along with UFV and School District # 33. The program will match UFV students with secondary school students. United Way is also supporting the Seniors Housing Support Program with Chilliwack & District Seniors’ Resources Society, helping seniors secure safe, affordable housing and to access government support when eligible.

“We are very pleased to be investing in skills based programs that will reduce community costs now and in the future”, said Wayne Green, executive director of United Way. “These grants are only available because of the incredibly generous donors we have here in the Fraser Valley.”

For a list of all the funded projects and their descriptions, click here.