The Massachusetts Statewide Disaster Relief Fund was created by Mass211 in cooperation with the executive board of the Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). All funds collected will be used to assist and coordinate for the unmet needs of the disaster survivors in the Commonwealth. 100% of all donations will be used for program services. For information, call Mass211.
A steering committee will be created to identify recovery projects, raise additional funds, engage the media and support the activities of the local long term recovery groups, while assuring donor intent and adherence to funds delivery principals. The steering committee shall consist of five or more of the following:
- State VOAD member
- Pioneer Valley United Way (2 members)
- Governors’ appointee
- Community member, not affected by the disaster
- Member of State Interfaith Action
- State Department of Health and Human services
- MA Emergency Management (Local or State)
- Others possible
Funds Administrator: The executive board of Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, in partnership with the United Way of the Tri-County, Framingham, MA , the operating institution for Mass211, will be responsible for honoring donor intent and fulfilling the mission for recovery after disaster.
Responsible for accepting donations under the United Way 501c3 tax status for donations, the United Way of the Tri-County will act as the fiduciary for donated funds. Funds collected will be unencumbered by the United Way organization but will support the controls set by the MA VOAD and the designated long term recovery groups.
How Will Funds Be Allocated?
Funds distribution: Grants will be provided to survivors through local long term recovery groups. Long term recovery groups are locally formed near the affected community and are recognized by the MA VOAD.
The long term recovery groups will provide a structure for professional case management and assist by advocating for clients exhausting Federal and State grants, insurance, loans and personal finances before using the fund. Through professional case management, unmet needs will be verified and resources will be allocated using coordination techniques to avoiding duplication of benefit. In most cases the funds will be allocated to approved services or vendors on behalf of the survivors.
Long term recovery groups will be inclusive of voluntary and faith based organizations for recovery activities.
Long term recovery case managers will prioritize unmet needs as described in the categories below.
Categories to prioritize unmet need:
Category 1 Displaced out of home-
- Due to total loss
- Due to town displacement (Town deems property unsafe for habitation)
- Home is primary residence and only home owned by the survivor
- Medical displacement health related issues. Respiratory #1
- Home heating system non functional
- Well and septic destroyed
Category 2 Displaced out of home
- By choice of Homeowner (Primary residence and solely owned home)
- Due to mold or other issues (ex. Damage to structural building integrity, heat, water, etc)
- Primary Vehicle (used for transport of main wage earner to work, school or medical necessity)
Category 3 All other issues
- Basic furnishings
- Bedding, Kitchen table, chairs
- Clothing, winter coats for kids
- Home based business loss
Category 3 can possibly take advantage of other agency resources within VOAD