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Afia, Inc. Donates $10K To Assist Low-Income Households With Emergency Needs

Charitable donation directed to Barrier Busters Program providing eviction prevention, utility shut-off and other emergency assistance to Washtenaw County residents in need.

The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) received a $10,000 donation from Afia, Inc. to support low-income households through the Barrier Busters program.

The donation will be directed to OCED’s Barrier Busters “Emergency Unmet Needs” fund – a fund providing social workers, case managers, and other direct service providers access to emergency assistance funds to help clients prevent evictions and utility shut-offs, and other emergency costs that threaten Washtenaw County residents’ housing and financial stability.

Through a network of 80+ social service provider agencies, Barrier Busters assists hundreds of households annually with emergency financial assistance in addition to developing strategies and referrals to help clients maintain household stability.

"We are proud to support the great work Barrier Busters is doing to help community members that need it most,” said Jeremy Nelson, Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Afia, Inc. “Our contribution helps ensure they continue their great work into the future.” 

“The additional funding from Afia helps with everything from rent, move-in costs, utility bills, and other emergent situations where a single bill puts a family at risk of eviction or other hardship,” said Andrea Plevek, Director, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development. “These funds keep families in their homes, and helps them get over a hurdle that might otherwise lead to a serious financial crisis.”

As part of Afia’s social mission, charitable donations totaling $40,000 were also made to area organizations positively impacting the health and well-being of Washtenaw County residents:

  • Corner Health Center
  • The Education Project
  • The Rainbow Connection

Afia, Inc. is a healthcare consulting firm based in Ann Arbor that works with organizations across the country to optimize healthcare delivery by deeply understanding their needs, implementing the best solutions to their problems, and checking whether they made a difference. 

To learn more about Barrier Busters or to join the Barrier Busters Network, click here.

The Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development thanks Afia, Inc. for its generous donation in support of our efforts to ensure all Washtenaw County residents maintain housing and financial stability.

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PHOTO (left to right):
Jeremy Nelson (Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Afia); Kim Graor (Healthcare Information Technology Consultant, Afia); Armando B. Falcon (Barrier Buster Chairperson); Moonson Eninsche (Human Services Supervisor, OCED); Andrea Plevek (Director, OCED)

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