Vernon Township boosts assistance for residents in need

Daily Herald report
Updated 6/16/2020 1:19 PM

The Vernon Township board has voted to increase funding for General Assistance and lower eligibility requirements for Emergency Assistance to township residents due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

"We recognize the difficult times many of our residents are living through, given the COVID-19 and the subsequent recession," Vernon Township Supervisor Jonathan Altenberg said in an announcement of the decision. "We hope that these changes can help."


The availability of one-time Emergency Assistance will change from once every 18 months to once every 12 months, and income limits will increase to allow more to qualify. Previously, a family of four applying for a $1,000 Emergency Assistance grant would require monthly income under $3,342. That threshold has now been raised to $5,941.

General Assistance monthly disbursements for qualified residents will increase from $315 to $500 per month.

The board also voted to freeze township employee salaries. Trustees and Altenberg agreed to donate their 2020 pay increase to the Vernon Township Food Pantry.

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