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Today's featured items

Community Leaders’ Action Plan for Regional Recovery from the Pandemic

Southeast Ohio Community Leaders' Action Plan
Buckeye Hills Regional Council - Marietta, OH– A consortium of community leaders have worked together to develop a recovery plan for Southeast Ohio.  Concerned about the negative impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the region's health and economy, this group of local elected officials, business owners, social service providers, and medical experts began meeting in April.

The result is the 8-page Community Leaders’ Action Plan for Regional Recovery, which identifies specific, action-oriented recommendations to provide emergency and longer-term assistance in six key areas – local governments, low-income families, broadband access, economic development, education, and health…

The Community Leaders’ Action Plan for Regional Recovery was recently endorsed by the Mayors' Partnership for Progress (MPP), which includes mayors and city managers from 40 communities across 18 counties in Southeast Ohio...The document represents the identified immediate needs for Southeast Ohio region, but many of these apply to all of Ohio’s low-income neighborhoods, from rural Appalachia to our urban centers…Participating Southeast Ohio Community Leaders [include] …Kelly Hatas, Executive Director, Hocking, Athens, and Perry Community Action (HAPCAP)

$675K to WISCAP for COVID-19 Crisis Counseling through Five CAAs

Wisconsin awarded Crisis Counseling Response Grant
WJFW-TV - Rhinelander, WI – Through a $675,526 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded to Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is partnering with the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association to provide crisis counseling services to people experiencing anxiety and stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic…

The Wisconsin Community Action Program Association will contract with Community Action, Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, NEWCAP, Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency, and the Social Development Commission to provide the crisis counseling services in areas with the greatest need for the program…

Managing COVID-19 Stress
Resilient Wisconsin

Reaching Out to the Latino Community Hit Hard by COVID-19

Equity Issues Complicate Santa Cruz County's Pandemic Response
GoodTimes - Santa Cruz, CA – MariaElena de la Garza, executive director of the Community Action Board (CAB), says one factor that has made the Covid-19 pandemic especially dangerous has stemmed from messaging missteps that prevented health-related information from getting through cultural and language barriers...

A month ago, there was a shift in Covid-19 test results. Suddenly, most of the positive cases were popping up in Latino populations, and in South County, which has a larger Latino community.  As a result, community and health leaders have been working on the important challenge of how to better communicate to all residents about the dangers posed by the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19, says de la Garza, who serves on the pandemic-related Economic Recovery Council…

Effort made to inform Hispanic community about COVID-19
GoSkagit.com - Mt. Vernon, WA – Skagit County’s Hispanic population is suffering disproportionately from COVID-19.  About 60% of the county’s positive COVID-19 cases have been in the Hispanic community, despite making up about 18% of the population, according to county data.  In response, the county contracted with Community Action of Skagit County to coordinate an outreach plan to fix this disparity…Schott-Bresler said the disparity in positive cases doesn’t mean Hispanics are intentionally failing to follow public health guidelines, which are available in English and Spanish on the county website.  Rather, she said it has more to do with conditions that amplify health concerns…

Elizabeth Jennings, community engagement manager with Community Action, is coordinating the nonprofit’s messaging to the Hispanic community...In conversations with members of the nonprofit’s Latinx Advisory Committee, Jennings said her team learned the educational material provided by Public Health wasn’t the problem.  “It wasn’t the message, it was the messenger,” she said. “It needs to come from a trusted source.”

Related information

Latino community leaders and Skagit health officials
are working to address the disparity

KING5 news story

COVID-19 Housing Assistance Programs: NH, UT, VA


Sununu sets up rent assistance program but lifts cap on evictions
Concord Monitor - Concord, NH – Gov. Chris Sununu unveiled a new Housing Relief Program to give short-term assistance to those struggling with rent, touting it as a means to provide an “off ramp” for those who have fallen behind on rent.  The $35 million, federally funded program kicked off a day before the state’s evictions moratorium expired…

But one housing expert says the new relief funds, which are capped at $2,500 a family, may not be enough to stave off an expected wave of evictions this summer, as struggling landlords and tenants grapple with a reduction in state and federal assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic…That money will be distributed through the state's five Community Action Program agencies. But all assistance must cease by the end of 2020…

Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership awarded 1.26 million from state for rental assistance
ABC 4 - Salt Lake City, UT – The Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership (OWCAP) has been awarded with $1.26 million from the state of Utah to provide rental assistance to those who are being directly impacted by COVID-19 in Weber County... Community Action Agencies throughout the state have been selected as agents to disperse the funds because they already have many of the processes to find potential applications for rental assistance in place to receive funding…

Additional information

RMRP flyer

NRCA to administer Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program in NRV
The Roanoke Times - Roanoke, VA – The Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) is designed to support and ensure housing stability across the Commonwealth during the coronavirus pandemic.  New River Community Action has been designated as the local program administrator for the New River Valley.

Depending on the availability of funds and household need, the RMRP may provide financial assistance for rent or mortgage payments for eligible households.  Financial assistance is a one-time payment for Rent/Mortgage arrears beginning April 1, 2020.  Opportunity for renewal is based on the availability of funding, household need, and continued eligibility...

Additional information

Financial Support for Home-Based Child Care Providers

Niagara Frontier Publications - Grand Island, NY – The Community Foundation will work with the Childcare Resource Network serving Erie County, the Niagara Community Action Program Inc. and ACCORD to distribute grants of $2,000 to more than 250 home-based child care providers across Erie, Niagara, Wyoming and Allegany counties. Child care providers will have flexibility to use the funds as they best see fit to help them reopen or remain open to continue to provide high-quality care for children...

The grant to the Community Foundation is part of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s $1 million total investment to support small home-based child care providers across Western New York. Grants have also been distributed to the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Chautauqua Community Foundation and Cattaraugus Community Foundation…

Grants made in the three other regions

  • Chautauqua Opportunities involved with grant to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, The Post-Journal new story
  • Community Action of Orleans & Genesee involved with grant to the Rochester Area Community Foundation, CAOG posting
  • ACCORD is also involved with the grant to the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, CRCF posting

Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara
Niagara Community Action Program

Previous Blogs

CAAs Taking ACTION in Response to COVID-19 (6/9 edition)

  • CAAs: “Boot on the Ground” for $25M Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program
  • COVID-19 Response to Ending Homelessness: “Time to Make this New Reality Permanent”
  • Mobile Internet Access to Help with Job Search
  • Life during the Pandemic: Newspaper Photo Essay on CAA Executive Director
  • CAO Supports PBS Learn at Home for Pre-K to 12th Grade

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

  • CAA Leadership with COVID-19 Community Relief Funds
  • Support for Vets during the Pandemic: 3 SAs & 36 CAAs in 20 States
  • State HFA Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
  • Community Investment Partnership: Grants to Help Small Businesses Reopen
  • Creative Fundraising to Help with Food & Nutrition

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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