Michigan United Ways leaders discuss federal programs and other funding with Biden administration | WKZO | All Kalamazoo

WASHINGTON, DC (WKZO AM/FM) — Michigan United Ways leaders met with the Biden administration in the nation’s capital at the White House last week.

This meeting focused on how federal programs related to the pandemic are helping United Ways and their community partners across the state. Attending the meeting were United Way of South Central Michigan President and CEO Chris Sargent, United Way of Genesee County President and CEO Jamie Gaskin, and Community Impact United Way Vice President of Southeastern Michigan, Eric Davis.

They also shared how they help meet the local needs of people considered low to middle income or the ALICE population, otherwise known as the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

“We are grateful to the president, our federal legislators, and our state and local leaders for helping us meet the needs of vulnerable families in Michigan,” said United Ways Michigan Association Board Chair. , Teresa Kmetz. “There is still a lot of work to be done to support the people of ALICE, and we appreciate the continued commitment our decision makers have shown.”

According to a United Way spokesperson, Michigan United Ways has received more than $81 million from the American Rescue Plan Act and more than $6 million from Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security. The funds also help maintain Michigan 2-1-1, a free service connecting residents to programs and resources in their communities.

The funds were administered by the local Michigan United Ways, to support youth-focused, housing, rent, food security and other programs.

In addition, several local United Ways have also received funding through the Paycheck Protection Program, Employee Retention Tax Credit, and Emergency Food and Shelter Program to ensure that the population ALICE has food, shelter and other essentials.

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