Human Services Assistance Program

Human Services Assistance Program

The University Place City Council voted on July 6 to allot $100,000 to support local families in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are part of $992,700 the City received from the State of Washington as part of the federal CARES Act. The balance of the funds will be used to support local businesses ($500,000) and to reimburse the City for its COVID-related expenses ($392,700).

About the City’s Human Services Grants

The funds will be available to qualified residents of U.P. who can demonstrate a substantial loss of income due to COVID-19.

Qualified households: must be a resident of University Place and must be current with rent, utilities and childcare through March 16, 2020. Where allowed, payments will be made directly to landlords, utilities and childcare providers.

Grants up to $3,000 per household can be used to assist with:

  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Childcare

How to Apply 

To ensure these funds are distributed quickly and appropriately, the City has contracted with Families Unlimited Network (FUN) to properly vet and distribute these funds. 

Families Unlimited Network is a registered 501(c)3 organization that has been serving residents of  University Place since 2003 through programs such as its food bank, summer meal program and Community Christmas, to name a few. “They have direct connections to those in our community who have needs, so it made sense to collaborate with them on how to ensure these funds get to the people who have been most impacted by COVID-19,” said Jennifer Hales, Emergency Operations Coordinator for the City of University Place. “They already have the key pieces in place, including client lists, application processes and verification tools. This means they can distribute these funds much more efficiently than the City could.”

Applications for Human Services grants will be accepted beginning August 24, 2020.

To find out if you are a candidate for CARES funding, please call Families Unlimited Network at 253.460.3134, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Qualifying applicants will be determined by appointment only.

Privacy Information

This application and any supporting documentation is considered a public record and may be subject to public disclosure under Washington’s Public Records Act, chapter 42.56 RCW.

This project was supported by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Grant funds are administered by the local Government Coronavirus Relief Fund thru the Washington State Department of Commerce.