As the country locks down to mitigate the effects of COVID19, there is widespread understanding that our most vulnerable communities need cash assistance to survive. The federal response included expanded unemployment benefits and direct payments to families.
Locally, the community quickly established the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund to provide cash assistance for food, rent, transportation as well as help for front-line organizations to continue providing support to those bearing the brunt of the economic shutdown, often putting themselves and their families at risk in order to earn money for food and housing. Still, people are falling through the cracks, with no relief for their needs and anguish.
A number of our local organizations serving the immigrant and refugee communities have identified families and individuals who are not eligible for government support such as stimulus checks and unemployment benefits, and who cannot find relief through other established efforts.