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On March 27, a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, the largest aid package in history, was signed into law. In the coming weeks eligible low- to moderate-income Americans will begin to receive stimulus checks, but many who were already struggling before the COVID-19 outbreak are at risk of not receiving a payment.

Those likely to be overlooked include individuals earning less than $12,000 and those who did not file taxes or receive social security benefits, as well as those experiencing homelessness.The Treasury Department plans to develop a system that allows these individuals to identify themselves, but checks could arrive as many as five months later, and individuals in this category will likely need to be proactive and prove they qualify.

Even if individuals who don’t file taxes or receive federal benefits are identified to receive a stimulus check, there are still hurdles. Many don’t have bank accounts to easily cash checks, and for those without a home, mailing addresses could be a hindrance.

If you’re considering how you can help those who need it most, please remember children and families struggling with homelessness that will not be receiving this essential lifeline from the government. Your support can make a difference for the families Family Promise of SCV is working directly with who fall into this category. Every dollar donated during this pandemic will be spent directly on emergency family support and not salaries or operating costs.

Our traditional volunteer shelter model has ceased to operate due to shelter-in-place and social distancing mandates, and families are sheltering in motel rooms or other vacant spaces, an added expense during a time when they’re also facing job loss and other unexpected costs.

If circumstances permit, please consider this additional way to help families who need our support the most. Note: The CARES Act expands tax deductions for charitable giving. Specifically, non-itemizers can take up to a $300 above-the-line charitable income tax deduction for cash donations made in 2020. If you give $300 to charity, you’d get the $300 tax break in addition to the standard deduction ($12,400 for individuals and $24,800 for married couples filing jointly). 

You can donate through our website or by sending gift cards electronically to contact@familypromisescv.org or via mail to our mailing address: 

Though none of us know what to expect in the months ahead, we will continue working to ensure that our local community can count on support from Family Promise of SCV. Thank you!

To donate funds to Family Promise, choose one of the methods below:

Donate online

We accept donations via major credit card. Please click on this link to donate electronically.

Donate by mail

Please make checks payable to Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley and mail them to:

Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley

24820 Orchard Village Rd, Ste A, #391
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Please note this is a mailing address only.

Donate in-kind

In-kind donations are a kind of charitable giving in which, instead of giving money to buy needed goods and services, the goods and services themselves are given. Family Promise of SCV receives thousands of dollars’ worth of in-kind donations which help us provide much-needed items to the families we serve.

During the current pandemic situation we are unable to accept in-kind donations of clothing, furniture, household items or supplies. We do, however, desperately need gift cards for gas, restaurants, groceries or travel (Uber/Lyft.) Families in need are currently sheltering in motels or with relatives during this crisis and we are doing our best to provide them with the critical support they need to survive.

If you are able to make a donation of a gift card you can do it electronically by having it sent to Contact@FamilyPromiseSCV.org or sending it by mail to our mailing address:

24820 Orchard Village Rd., Suite A-391, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

No matter what type of donation you make, we thank you for your generosity. Please be comforted in knowing that whatever amount you are able to give will go towards helping a homeless family back on their feet, and off the street.

NOTE: All donations are non-refundable.

Updated 4/20/20

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