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Matching Funds Provide $525,000 to Support Emergency Intake Center to Support Gwinnett Families.
The City of Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County partner with Impact46 to provide $525,000 in funding for the Lawrenceville Response Center (LRC). The Lawrenceville City Council unanimously finalized support at a special called meeting on Wednesday, February 10. Gwinnett County will secure their support for the project through the C.A.R.E.S. Act.
“The Lawrenceville Response Center has managed to raise an impressive $175,000 from small and large donors, with additional funding matched by Gwinnett County and the City of Lawrenceville,” said District 4 Commissioner Marlene Fosque. “These actions reflect a strong partnership and collaboration to aid vulnerable families and residents as they struggle through the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ripple effect of the pandemic is hurting so many people from the threat of homelessness to food insecurity to access to transportation and/or loss of income. Gwinnett County is grateful to have opportunities to help support our neighbors, friends and communities during these difficult times."
In response to the community impact of COVID-19, the LRC was established in April 2020 by Impact46, strategic partners and other nonprofits. It began with a vision to provide emergency assistance with a long-term approach and collaborative strategy. The LRC served 786 people (381 children) in 2020 with rental/shelter, childcare, utilities, employment, and food assistance. Advocating and interceding to prevent evictions through negotiations and rental arrears forgiveness, the LRC relocated 28 families from homeless/temporary living conditions to permanent housing and livable wage employment.
“The Lawrenceville Response Center is the result of partnerships, large and small,” said Jen Young, Impact46 Director. Foundations, churches, and local nonprofits have helped support the residents of Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County through coordinated services, financial donations, and in-kind contributions to the LRC. Their willingness to partner and collaborate with us made the matching funds from the City of Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County possible. We truly are a collaborative built around the love of the city, and the generosity of people.”
The LRC utilizes collaborative strategy with comprehensive and coordinated services with multiple partners, including Lawrenceville Co-Operative Ministry, Georgia Center for Opportunity, Lawrenceville Employment Assistance Program (LEAP), Families First, and the Gwinnett Housing Corporation. 2021 Funding partners include: Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia, The Scott Hudgens Family Foundation, Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, The United Way, and private donors.
“The original vision for the Lawrenceville Response Center was to utilize partnerships – local government, churches, local businesses, schools, nonprofits, and neighborhoods - to provide solutions for immediate and long-term needs in our community,” said Mayor David Still. “The City of Lawrenceville is delighted to provide matching funds, along with Gwinnett County, to support our community and bring about life-changing assistance to our neighbors in need.”
The LRC currently has five paid staff members. Its new and improved website launched on February 7 for a more efficient client experience. Lawrenceville residents who have lost their job and/or are housing insecure as a result of COVID-19 are eligible for referral assistance and should visit lawrencevilleresponsecenter.com to complete intake forms.
For additional information on the Lawrenceville Response Center or Impact 46, or Gwinnett County, please visit their respective websites or follow them on social media.