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Direct Grant Qualifying Circumstances

Roll over the categories above to view the basic criteria for a Direct Grant. This is a very reliable way of determining if your hardship qualifies for a Direct Grant. It is important to remember that the circumstances below cover the associate, their spouse or legal dependents ONLY. Parents, grandparents and siblings generally do not fall in this category. For more information on the Direct Grant, view the Direct Grant FAQs. If your situation is not shown, you may not be able to receive assistance through the Direct Grant. However, you may review the guidelines for a Matching Grant, or call a Homer Fund staff member at (770) 384-2611 to discuss other options.

Illness or Injury

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*Recent illness or injury of the associate, spouse or legal dependent, generally within last 3-4 months*

The Homer Fund may be able to help with expenses such as:

  • Past due rent or mortgage
  • Past due property taxes
  • Past due basic utilities
  • Necessary home modifications

REQUIRED: Direct Grant Prep Pack

Natural Disaster

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*Hurricane, tornado, flood, ice/wind storm affecting the associate's primary residence*

The Homer Fund may be able to help with expenses such as:

  • Security deposit to move into a new residence
  • Utility deposit to connect basic utilities at a new residence
  • Uninsured/under insured necessary home repairs
  • Homeowners' insurance deductibles
  • Past due rent or mortgage
  • Past due basic utilities
  • Past due property taxes
  • Food
  • Clothing

REQUIRED: Direct Grant Prep Pack

Death in Family

Hf Associates 515 Deathinfamily

The Homer Fund may be able to help with expenses such as:

  • Essential funeral expenses for deceased associate, spouse, minor children, young adult child (up to age 26), deceased parent or legal dependents ONLY
  • Past due rent or mortgage
  • Past due property taxes
  • Past due basic utilities
  • Travel expenses to funeral for parent, sibling, child ONLY

REQUIRED: Direct Grant Prep Pack

Sudden Loss of Rented Home

Hf Associates 515 Suddenhomeloss

*For associates who RENT from a private landlord ONLY; foreclosure of a personal home DOES NOT fit under this circumstance.*

The Homer Fund may be able to help with expenses such as:

  • Security deposit to move into a new residence
  • Utility deposit to connect basic utilities at a new residence

REQUIRED: Direct Grant Prep Pack

Unemployment

Hf Associates 515 Unemployment

*Loss of spouse's job or the associate's 2nd job due to lay-off or company closure ONLY within past 12 months; Home Depot jobs excluded; REDUCED HOURS ARE NOT COVERED*

The Homer Fund may be able to help with expenses such as:

  • Past due rent or mortgage
  • Past due property taxes
  • Past due basic utilities

REQUIRED: Direct Grant Prep Pack

Uninhabitable Housing

Uninhabitable-home

*Rental residence is condemned or deemed uninhabitable due to unsafe living conditions, rodent/insect infestation*

The Homer Fund may be able to help with expenses such as:

  • Security deposit to move into a new residence
  • Utility deposit to connect basic utilities at a new residence

REQUIRED: Direct Grant Prep Pack

Unanticipated Increase in Family

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*Unanticipated addition of family members due to a recent death, incarceration, drug abuse, physical abuse/neglect or long-term hospitalization of the associate’s child/sibling/parent or custodial parent.*

The Homer Fund may be able to help with expenses such as:

  • Security deposit
  • Essential utility bills/deposits
  • Furniture/Appliances
  • Moving expenses
  • Food and clothes

REQUIRED: Direct Grant Prep Pack

Fire

Fire-building

*Fire affecting associates primary address*

The Homer Fund may be able to help with expenses such as:

  • Security deposit to move into a new residence
  • Utility deposit to connect basic utilities at a new residence
  • Uninsured/under insured necessary home repairs
  • Homeowners' insurance deductibles
  • Past due rent or mortgage
  • Past due basic utilities
  • Past due property taxes
  • Food
  • Clothing

REQUIRED: Direct Grant Prep Pack

Loss of subsidy or child support

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* Loss of court-ordered child support
* Loss of gov’t subsidy (Section 8, SSI, SNAP, etc)

(Homer Fund does not replace the loss of subsidy, but will focus on past due bills)

The Homer Fund may be able to help with expenses such as:

  • Past due rent or mortgage
  • Past due property taxes
  • Past due basic utilities

REQUIRED: Direct Grant Prep Pack

Crime

Hf crime 515

* Robbery, persistent burglary, identity theft.

(Criminal offenses excluded; legal fees excluded)

Must provide a police report to support offense & relevant past due bills related to the crime

The Homer Fund may be able to help with expenses such as:

  • Security deposit to move into a new residence
  • Utility deposit to connect basic utilities at a new residence
  • Past due rent or mortgage
  • Past due utilities

REQUIRED: Direct Grant Prep Pack

Major Car Repairs

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*Address major car repairs, up to $1,500

(Not a replacement for insurance; other car repairs will continue to be addressed under the Matching Grant)

The Homer Fund may be able to help with expenses such as:

  • Transmission
  • Engine repair or replacement
  • Other repairs that make car inoperable
  • Minimum of $500 to repair

REQUIRED: Direct Grant Prep Pack

Eligibility Quick Test

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