Delaware Valley Fairness Project provides immediate, short-term help to families of children in K-12 schools 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.
To the extent of our ability to do so, DVFP provides financial assistance to help with:
• Repair or replacement of appliances.
• Unforeseen medical expenses.
• Unexpected car repairs.
• 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, emergency housing, and utility bills for families threatened with shut-off.
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 contact 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 determine 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 help on a case-by-case basis.