Livingston County is a strong community with thousands of working families, including 20%* who are living on a paycheck-to-paycheck treadmill. In addition seven percent of residents meet the federal poverty definition. Livingston County United Way works collaboratively with local initiatives to break down barriers and give people a better shot at a good life.
Our work focuses on financial stability initiatives that move families from:
- Crisis-management to solid ground
- Housing and food insecurity to safety and health
- Uncertainty to a better quality of life through education, assistance and empowerment.
*based on 2014 Census data.
Empowering Families (2015 Highlights)
We brought legal support and one-time rent assistance to the 53rd District Court – helping more than 90 families to stay in their homes. The interventions further helped families by reducing court costs, protecting credit histories, and improving relationships with local landlords. Learn more. – Homeless Continuum of Care Committee
Free Home Repair Workshops
We partnered with Home Depot to teach simple home repairs to reduce home energy costs. Participants received gift certificates to purchase the supplies to make the improvements. – Utility Assistance Task Force
We helped homeless students enjoy the full student experience by covering costs for field trips, athletic programs, tutors, commencement, and other opportunities for a successful school learning experience and high school graduation. There are typically 400 homeless students in a school year. – Homeless Continuum of Care Committee
Summer Lunch Bunch
This Salvation Army-led program brought 24,845 meals to families over the summer — an impressive 84% increase over last year. The programs’s goal for 2018 is to serve over 100,000 meals. – Livingston County Hunger Council
Financial Stability Community Investments
Livingston County Fact Sheets