Shore Up Inc. gets second grant to expand their housing-related counseling services, much needed during the pandemic

SALISBURY, Md.- COVID-19 is challenging many when it comes to finances and purchasing homes, but a new grant, recently given to Shore Up in Salisbury, will allow them to help people with these hurdles, while expanding their housing-related counseling services.

“We help with budget and credit counseling, pre-purchase, or first time home buyer education, we also assist with post purchase education,” Tamkea Norman, Chief Development and Communications Officer, said.

Norman said that this funding of over $4,000, given to them by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development FY2020 Supplemental Housing and Counseling Grant Program, is timely and will hopefully help more people purchase homes.

We’re told in the past 10 years home ownership has decreased significantly and the pandemic is causing more people to rely on housing-related services.

“We have definitely seen a growth in people needing our services and that’s because of the pandemic, you know people are out, unemployment, loss of hours worked,” Norman said.

They also added that the funding will allow them to expand the number of people that they reach in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, and Queen Anne’s Counties.

The Christian Shelter, in Salisbury, who just partnered with Shore Up to give the homeless population they serve financial literacy classes, said this funding can prevent individuals from ending up in a homeless situation.

“Financial literacy is a major barrier for an individual that is in transition and we wanted to make sure that the guests have those things that they need to be successful once they transition from the shelter and then into housing,” Dickerson said.

The Christian Shelter added that while Shore Up is expanding their services, they hope to grow their partnership with them by giving their guests case management services after they’ve have moved out of the shelter.

This grant to Shore Up is stage 2 of a two-part grant they got earlier this year, in the first round they received over $12,000 dollars.

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