United Way of Washtenaw County provides $3,000 in Grant Funding to Eastern Michigan University’s Family Empowerment Program

ANN ARBOR, MI (January 8, 2019)- In response to home fires that left families homeless at Hamilton Crossing, United Way of Washtenaw County awarded Eastern Michigan University a $3,000 grant to subsidize the cost of renter’s insurance for Hamilton Crossing residents. This grant will provide renter’s insurance to families to protect their personal property in the event of a fire, theft or natural disaster.

“United Way providing the grant will allow several families to have options in the event that something happens causing them to be displaced,” says Marquan Jackson, Director of the Ypsilanti Housing Commission and United Way Board Member.

The Family Empowerment Program (FEP) is the largest service providing organization for Ypsilanti Housing Commission (YHC) families. The FEP fosters self-sufficiency for YHC residents by both serving as an access point for key community resources and providing a fixed rent cost not to exceed 30% of their income. A fixed rent in a safe community with on-site social services allows residents to experience upward mobility.

“In Washtenaw County, the Red Cross responds to more home fires than any other type of disaster. This data is constant year to year,” stated Bridget Healy, Director of Community Impact. “This responsive grant to the FEP ensures families are not homeless after house fires and are protected in the event of an emergency.”

Reducing the rate of homeless individuals and families is one of our goals and it is being achieved with our strategies of supporting the prevention of housing and homelessness. The best way to fight homelessness in our community is to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.



As part of our 96-year history, United Way of Washtenaw County brings people, organizations, and resources together to create a thriving community for everyone. We focus on Health, Education and Financial Stability, the building blocks for a good quality of life, to strengthen the community and create opportunities for individuals and families. Our Volunteer Center provides an easy online way for people to connect with nonprofits and our 2-1-1 helpline refers more than 8,000 people annually to critically needed services. To learn more, donate, or volunteer, visit uwgive.org.