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Economic Prosperity

River Counties Community Foundation supports programs designed to increase economic prosperity in our area, including safe and affordable housing, effective workforce development and financial literacy programs. Underscoring the importance of these services is the cycle of poverty that impacts pockets of our region.

Our priority is to support systems and initiatives that empower individuals and families to secure stable housing, build skills and seek resources that help them achieve good health, successful educational outcomes and economic potential.

Our goals:

  • Residents have opportunities to access and maintain safe and affordable housing in thriving, sustainable communities.
  • Residents are able to build the knowledge, skills and resources they need to attain financial independence and pursue career opportunities.

Habitat for Humanity Middlesex

Recent Grants

Spring 2017

Middlesex Water Authority – Water connection fee assistance program for low and moderate income families, providing clean sustainable drinking water through the new public/private project Multi-year Award

The Middlesex Foundation - Planning and construction of an affordable apartment community for county teachers, sheriff deputies and other county and agency personnel, modeled after Mercer Place in Lancaster Multi-year Award

Bay Aging (Bay Transit) – Final year of a multi-year grant for the local match requirement to operate a second bus in Middlesex County

Middlesex Department of Social Services - Rapid Re-housing programming, with focus on residents currently experiencing homelessness or who are in danger of becoming homeless with case management and financial assistance in order to find and maintain safe, stable housing and a planning grant for a two-generational approach to services for low income families in the community aimed at reducing generational poverty

Habitat for Humanity of Middlesex VA – Land acquisition and construction of two single-family homes

Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation – Expansion of the Watermen Heritage Tours connecting local, commercial boat captains to area schools, including training on marketing and delivering presentations on the water and in the classroom

Hands Across Middlesex Interfaith Outreach - Emergency Home Repair Program providing maintenance and emergency home repairs to physical and financially disadvantaged residents

Northumberland Public Library – Startup funding for the Mobile Library Project to bring library resources and the Summer Reading Program to residents and students in areas with transportation, internet and/or cell connectivity issues

VersAbility Resources - Job training, skill-building and educational activities for individuals with disabilities from the region, served by the Puller Center.

Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity - Materials and land grading to complete House #18 and begin lot preparation for House #19

Linking Hope and Help (The Link) - Expansion of the client coaching program, increasing the number of trained coaches as well as the number of clients participating.

Legal Aid Works - Outreach to Lancaster and Northumberland clients who have been denied Social Security Disability benefits to which they are entitled

Lancaster/Northumberland Interfaith Service Council – Ramp and home repair materials for low-income and senior residents