Round 4 Grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia

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Provided by Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

So many individuals and families in our region continue to suffer terribly under the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus and its fallout. Applications for unemployment benefits are at an all-time high. Local human service nonprofits now report a three- to five-fold increase in demand for their services. Direct financial assistance to individuals and families hardest hit by the crisis remains a top priority for our COVID-19 Response Fund.
Each of the Round 4 grantees have the experience, community reach, and infrastructure to deploy financial assistance to our most vulnerable families and individuals. The grants, which total $280,000, will provide direct cash payments, emergency loans, and direct payments of rent, utilities, and groceries to those who most need it, as more fully described below.
In addition, through the grant to CASA de Virginia, special attention is paid to the disproportionate impact of the virus on the Latinx and Hispanic communities in Northern Virginia. Most local health districts now report COVID-19 cases disaggregated by race and ethnicity.

Round 4 Grantees

Four local organizations received grants in Round 4. These organizations serve the Greater Prince William area and all of Northern Virginia:
Casa de Virginia– $ 40,000
Support for the Solidarity Fund that distributes direct cash assistance to Latinx and Hispanic immigrant communities across Northern Virginia disproportionately impacted by the health and economic fallout of the virus. Families receive up to $500 and individuals up to $250 in direct cash assistance. Priority is given to people who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, uninsured and underinsured residents who are sick with the virus, parents of children identified through CASA’s after school program who are in dire financial straits, and other families displaying extraordinary need who have been identified by CASA employees, volunteers, and community partners. The grant will serve approximately 60-64 families and individuals.
Support for residents in Fairfax County, Prince William County, Fairfax City, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park who seek help through NVFS’s COVID-19 emergency assistance program for payment of medical bills, housing expenses, childcare, and other urgent needs. Help is deployed via an intake and case management system manned by NVFS employees. Case managers assist clients in accessing all available resources, which amplifies the reach of emergency assistance funds. Payments are made directly to service providers on the client’s behalf.

The Human Cost

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said nearly 40% of all households in America earning less than $40,000 a year had someone lose a job in March. This heartbreaking statistic hints at the depth of hardship the pandemic has created and its disproportionate impact on those who can least withstand the blow. COVID-19 has revealed fractures in our economy that some did not even realize existed. These fractures are clearly affecting health and economic outcomes across America.
In every structural break there lies an opportunity to “build back better.” So let’s aim high. Let’s get “back to better” and see just how high we can take this beloved community of ours here in Northern Virginia. Let’s emerge from COVID-19 with a community that truly works for everyone.
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