Anyone from Barrington who faces a “family crisis” got some help from the Town Council Monday night, Feb. 6.
The councilors unanimously approved a request for $10,000 earmarked only for Barrington residents from Dennis Roy, the CEO of the East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP). EBCAP is a nonprofit that offers health and human services to East Bay residents from its Riverside offices.
The money is being allocated from the Spencer Trust, managed by the Housing Board of Trustees with approval of the Town Council. The Housing Board approved Roy’s request several weeks ago.
Roy said EBCAP will receive referrals for cash from the Barrington Coalition of Community Services. Coalition members include , Heartworks, ., the , the Barrington Clergy Association, the Barrington Public Schools, and The BAY Team.
“One hundred percent of the money will go directly to Barrington residents,” Roy said, with the highest priority being families suffering from a loss of income.
Other families who could qualify are those already on government-supported programs, such as food stamps or heating assistance, but who suddenly face an emergency expense. No family will receive more than $500 a year, Roy said.
EBCAP’s Barrington Fund could be used for any of the following:
- Loans for emergency rental or mortgage assistance.
- Utility payments, such as heat, light, telephone and water.
- Food purchases when a family is awaiting unemployment insurance, TDI or workers’ compensation payments.
- Child care expenses for someone just returning to work.
- Cost of basic living needs not covered by other programs, including eyeglasses, diapers, baby formula, prescription drugs, shoes, cribs and beds.
- Cash for overdue property taxes.
Eligibility for payments will be determined by:
- Loss of income caused by a lay-off.
- Awaiting TDI or workers’ compensation.
- Proof of emergency expenses.
- Lack of health insurance or limited coverage.
- Eligibility for EBCAP’s heating assistance program.
EBCAP will give Barrington an annual report on the fund, including the number of grants, type of assistance and amount of each grant.