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CAAs Taking ACTION in Response to COVID-19 (5/12 edition)

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Community Action Agencies Taking ACTION in Response to COVID-19, April 10

Brighten Your Days! Helpful Medicine for a Difficult Time, March 26

Today's featured items

Web Page & Flyer: Wayne Metro CARES Relief & Recovery Services

Wayne Metro CARES Relief & Recovery Services
Wayne Metro Community Action Agency - Wyandotte, MI – Wayne Metro understands that our communities are facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to respond to the immediate needs of Michigan residents, Wayne Metro is implementing our CARES Relief & Recovery Services.

Through this new initiative, residents of Wayne County may qualify for assistance in the following areas:

Food & Income Support Water & Energy Assistance Rent & Mortgage Assistance Property Tax Assistance Emergency Plumbing Repair Funeral Assistance.

To Get Help
To learn more about which CARES Relief & Recovery Services are available in your community, please call the Wayne Metro CONNECT Center at (313) 388-9799.  You can also click the  icon in the bottom corner of your screen to chat live with a Service Specialist.  The CONNECT Center hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

$90K+ Raised through 55 Hour Fundraising Drive

55 Hours of Giving for 55 Years of Utah Community Action
Utah Community Action - Salt Lake City, UT – As the impact of COVID-19 in Utah deepens, more and more of the community is turning to us during this time of tough choices and lost incomes.  The demand for our services increases daily as families struggle to meet their basic needs.  We ask you to Make Your Mark for the more than 50,000 people we serve each year by donating and spreading awareness of our community resources.

Utah Community Action Facebook posts

24 Hours of Gratitude = 24 Quotes from CAA Staff

Sample quote
Dennis Roy, President & CEO

24 Hours of Gratitude (see photos for quotes on EBCAP's Facebook page)
East Bay Community Action Program - Newport, RI – We are grateful!  During last week’s day of giving, #GivingTuesdayNow, EBCAP staff shared their gratitude.  Each hour, a quote from an EBCAP employee was shared on EBCAP’s Facebook page.

View the quotes
24 Quotes of Gratitude, EBCAP staff

NLIHC Funding to Vermont CAAs plus Resources on COVID-19 & Housing/Homelessness

National housing coalition awards $100,000 to Vermont homeless providers
Vermont Biz- South Burlington, VT – In response to an application submitted by the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC), the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has awarded a total of $100,000 to 20 homeless shelters, homeless service providers and community action agencies across the state.  Each organization will receive a $4,900 grant to help pay for the extraordinary costs associated with their emergency COVID-19 response.  The NLIHC grant was made possible by donations from two foundations, JPB and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

NLIHC intends the funds to be a bridge for shelters, housing providers, tribal housing organizations, and others that need immediate cash to keep doors open and continue serving clients safely, while they wait for the federal money from the CARES act…The funds will go directly towards assisting with sheltering, housing, providing food, or otherwise meeting the immediate needs of extremely low-income people, especially those experiencing homelessness…

NOTE: Each of the five CAAs in Vermont received the NLIHC grant.

Related information and resources from NLIHC

COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Fund

Businesses told to expect major change in post-pandemic world
Times News - Lehighton, PA – McClure said a $250,000, one-year loan fund is being established for countywide businesses with fewer than 100 employees.  If successful, the amount could be expanded to $500,000, he said.  Loans would be interest-free for between $3,000 and $15,000 each.  Details can be gotten from Chris Hudock, director at Rising Tide Community Loan Fund through the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley

More information
Northampton County Covid-19 Relief Fund (includes Loan Application Form), Rising Tide Community Loan Fund

Previous Blogs
  • NPR Highlights Community Action’s Changing Terrain with COVID-19
  • Maine CAAs Chosen by Governor to Run $5M COVID-19 Rent Relief Program
  • KY State Association to Distribute $2M+ from Kentucky COVID-19 Fund
  • CAA Creates COVID-19 Express Business Loan Fund
  • Partnership with Delivery Service Using Volunteer Drivers
  • Masks for the Masses Using Volunteers & Donated Material
  • Service Delivery Using Drive-Through Access & Enclosed Office Suites
  • Telephone Appointments to Help Fill Out the 2020 Census
  • Financial Fitness Events using Facebook Live
  • Drop-In Center Continues Services to the Homeless
  • Three Types of Support for Food & Nutrition Assistance
  • Call Center created through community collaboration
  • Tech support to facilitate communication with staff
  • Child care for medical workers and first responders
  • Motels helping shelter the homeless
  • CAA produces "Stay at Home" video

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