Delaware Valley Fairness Project provides immediate, short-term help to families in times of emergencies. We connect to families through referrals from Counselors, STEP Coordinators, or other staff at our partner schools. 

What We Support

Nearly 40% of Americans cannot afford an unexpected expense of $400 or more. The Family Assistance Program supports partner school families who are in financial distress due to an unexpected circumstance and who can achieve some stability through short-term support. Emergencies can easily disrupt a student’s education, and our goal is to help families re-stabilize, minimize extended hardship, and keep students engaged in school. 

DVFP can provide financial support for:
• Costly appliances that need repair or replacement, including water heaters and refrigerators.
• Unforeseen medical expenses. 
• Unexpected car repairs, including flat tires.  
• Support with basic needs, including food, clothing, and hygiene and household items.
• Expenses incurred during an unexpected job loss or decrease in income.
• Housing-relating expenses, including moving costs, furniture, and emergency housing.

How the Program Works

Families must be referred to DVFP through a partner school.

When a Counselor, STEP Coordinator, or other school staff member is notified of a family emergency, they reach out to DVFP to let us know about the situation and the needs of the family. With the family’s consent, they provide us with contact information to reach out for more information. 

At that time, we talk with the family to better understand how we might be able to support their circumstance. We do not require extensive paperwork. 

Our goal is to provide immediate support for a specific need to help families re-stabilize after an emergency or unexpected expense. We try to identify if the family will be able to sustain any additional long-term expenses (such as rent after helping with moving costs) through their own income or another long-term program. We identify the ways in which we can support on a case-by-case basis and purchase needed items, pay service providers, or provide financial support in another way that meets the specified need of the family.  

If you know someone who needs assistance and has a child at a partner schools, please connect directly with the school.