May 2nd, 2012
Are you a convicted felon struggling to find grants for school, housing, and general grants to pay bills? Are you finding that opportunities for work, housing and education are limited? If so, it may be your nature to feel like your local church or religious based organization can help.
But, according to a new study by the University of California, Berkeley, your local faith based organization may be the last place of resort. In the study, performed over three experiments, it was found that individuals connected with a strong religious foundation, or strong faith based community, are often less likely to provide assistance to those in need – when compared against atheists, agnostics, and “less religious people”.
So, what can felons do in this situation?
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Using Grassroots Support Networks
Like most people with a felony conviction, you may feel like you can only turn to religious based organizations or organizations associated with government. But, in reality, there are many other grassroots organizations who are not connected to either – and they will help people with felonies find jobs, education, and even housing. So, search for these networks by using sites like PrisonTalk.com and other forum based networking services for people with felonies.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn – They all have a common connection – people in business. So, if you are in need of assistance, use these social networks to reach out to other people who have felonies and tap into their resources. You’ll be quite surprised what other people know and they may be surprised by what you know. Networking is one of the greatest tools a convicted felon can use.
Organize a Meet Up Group
This may seem like an odd suggestions but you can be successful at finding a job and finding resources by simply creating your own MeetUp group.
You can create a group that is associated with people that have felonies – where you exchange ideas – but you can also create MeetUp Groups around your passions and interests.
In doing so, you’ll find that you can connect with like minded people who may offer assistance and recommendations and these people, usually, will have no church or government affiliation with whatever it is that they suggest.
As we’ve explained in prior posts about housing and the HUD programs, people with felony convictions have to be creative in their quest to find assistance. Never give up your search and, based upon this study by the Berkeley research team, you may want to consider faith based organizations as your last stopping point in pursing grants for any of your needs.
Categories: Grants Faith Based
May 2nd, 2012
If you are a convicted felon facing challenges in housing and in employment searches, you’ll want to consider how a Small Business Week, held May 20th in the U.S., may have an impact on your ability to find a path to success.
In the Business Insider’s article about Small Business Week, there is much discussion over the opportunities for entrepeneurs to network with other small business associates. Because many convicted felons are faced with jobless situations, the start of your own small business becomes vital to your ability to support your family. By using Small Business Week, you can not only network with other companies that are starting new ventures, but this is a great way to tap into resources for grants as well.
Apartments for Felons
How can this important event, in May, help you with your business – and even help with your living situation? Because many small business are started out of our homes, there are opportunities for felons to secure grants and loans at these events and then use those funds to secure housing, office space, and even make down payments on a residence. You’ll, of course, want to speak with a financial advisor to learn how you can apply these funds but the fact is, they are funds for your business and if your business is working out of home then you can use the funds for this purpose. Some apartment complexes, for example, will allow you to rent a corporate space under your business name, but they will not allow you to rent under your personal name. Seems odd, right? But it’s true.
Small Business Start Up Grants
If you are just starting out, you’ll want to tap into the resources for “start up” grants at this event. To do that, connect with the event organizers and ask about the booth attendees and keynote speakers. In doing so, you can begin to research now who the participants will be, and then know exactly who you need to network with once you arrive at the event.
If you can’t make it to the national event, then be sure to look for your local community organizational plans by contacting your local City Clerk office or County Clerk office. Oftentimes, these events are held in collaboration with the Small Business Association in the area. Additionally, tap into your resources at a local level as they pertain to your gender, health, and military status. For example, many local organization are offering assistance, during this week in May, for women who need minority grants as well.
No matter what your felony conviction, if you are having trouble starting a business and finding a place to live, you have to learn to think creatively to find options. Using National Small Business Week as a way to boost your business power is ideal and you can often secure grants with relative ease after networking with investors and other business owners locally and at a national level.
Categories: Small Business Startup Grants