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

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Today's featured items

CAA Leadership with COVID-19 Community Relief Funds

Examples of COVID-19 Community Relief Funds
Learn about three COVID-19 Relief Funds featuring Community Action as a key partner.

Cape Ann Emergency Relief Fund
Action, Inc. (MA), the City of Gloucester and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Peninsula COVID-19 Relief Fund
Olympic Community Action Programs (WA) and the Peninsula Daily News

The Governor Richardson, Olmos, Trejo COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Southern Colonias of Doña Ana County
Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (NM), the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, former Governor Bill Richardson and actors James Olmos and Danny Trejo

Support for Vets during the Pandemic: 3 SAs & 36 CAAs in 20 States

WV Community Action Partnership receives $1.1 million for veteran housing services
WVNS-TV - Ghent, WV – A financial resource for West Virginia veterans needing financial help during the COVID-19 pandemic is getting some federal assistance.  The West Virginia Community Action Partnership (WVCAP) received $1,118,403 from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs towards veterans’ housing services within the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. WVCAP Executive Director Mary Chipps said the money will be allocated towards housing over the next three months...

Two local CAA news items and additional information

SSVF Response to COVID-19 Guidance

State HFA Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

County has money to help prevent eviction
Payson Roundup - Payson, AZ – Gila County is getting $100,000 of State Housing Trust Fund Rental/Eviction Prevention Program Funds.  The Gila County Community Services Department will use the money to assist eligible county residents with eviction prevention rent...The community services department CAP will screen and evaluate households for financial assistance based on documentation that COVID-19 has had an economic impact resulting in an inability to pay rent, leading to possible eviction.  CAP will screen and evaluate applications for financial assistance and approve eligible households with assistance up to $2,000 per month…

Learn more

Matrix of State HFA Emergency Rental Programs

Community Investment Partnership: Grants to Help Small Businesses Reopen

Community Investment Partnership
Tazewell Chamber of Commerce – The Tazewell County Chamber of Commerce and Clinch Valley Community Action is excited to announce the "Community Investment Partnership."  SMALL BUSINESSES can now apply for grant monies to assist your reopening strategy once this COVID-19 crisis is over.  While Federal and State support is appreciated, these funds will benefit small businesses and business owners without having to incur unwanted or additional debt.  The assistance provided by the Community Investment Partnership is not a loan and will not be expected to be paid back.

This program has been designed to help protect small businesses and jobs in Tazewell County and help our local economy recover after a lengthy hiatus from operation and revenue….The Tazewell County Chamber of Commerce and Clinch Valley Community Action are here to help and assist all efforts to recover from this current economic climate. Together, we can look forward to better days ahead for Tazewell County!  See online application.

Creative Fundraising to Help with Food & Nutrition

Fundraising to Support Food & Nutrition Assistance
Learn about five fundraising efforts to help with increased community needs during the pandemic.

$250K Challenge Grant from Corporate Exec: $2 Match for Every $1 Donated
Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CA)

Two Virtual Fundraisers
Hawkeye Area Community Action Agency (IA)
Thames Valley Council for Community Action (CT)

Feeding Hope Food Drive & Text-a-Thon
Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin (WI)

Ad Companies Provide Billboards to Help Fight Hunger during the Pandemic
Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (PA)

Previous Blogs

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

  • Web Page & Flyer: Wayne Metro CARES Relief & Recovery Services
  • $90K+ Raised through 55 Hour Fundraising Drive
  • 24 Hours of Gratitude = 24 Quotes from CAA Staff
  • NLIHC Funding to Vermont CAAs  plus Resources on COVID-19 & Housing/Homelessness
  • COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Fund
  • 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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