As COVID-19 continues to affect our community, neighbors are stepping up and helping one another. There are several community resources to provide emergency support to those in need.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has opened a COVID-19 funeral assistance program that provides financial support for funeral expenses incurred due to COVID-19 related deaths.
Applications can be submitted for financial assistance from FEMA. At this time, there is no deadline to apply for the assistance, but Governor Beshear has encouraged Kentuckians not to delay in submitting an application.
To apply, Kentuckians can call the toll-free FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 844-684-6333, or 800-462-7585 for deaf and hard of hearing Americans. The help line is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, visit www.fema.gov and search "COVID-19 Funeral Assistance."
Utility Relief Fund
The Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund, a partnership between the state and Kentucky's Community Action Network, provides assistance to those financially affected by COVID-19. This fund subsidy and crisis assistance for the cost of water, wastewater, electric, or natural gas service. You can learn more here.
Coronavirus Response Fund
Charitable grants will fund organizations and programs that work to provide residents with access to food, prescriptions, healthcare and other childcare and basic needs. The fund is designed to complement the work of local public health, nonprofit, and government entities, and to expand local capacity to support individuals and families experiencing hardship because of the outbreak and related closures and disruptions.
If you would like to support the fund, you can text donations to (859) 208-2850, make a donation online, or donate by check payable to Blue Grass Community Foundation, with indication donation for Coronavirus Response Fund. Mail checks to Blue Grass Community Foundation, Attn: Coronavirus Response Fund, 499 E. High Street, #112, Lexington, KY 40507.
The City is working with God’s Pantry Food Bank and the United Way of the Bluegrass to pre-package food boxes that can be distributed to families in need. Boxes are stocked with provisions designed to meet a family’s needs for about a week. God’s Pantry estimates 10,000 food boxes will be needed per month. Families in Fayette County should call (859) 259-2308 or visit godspantry.org/help to find the closest site. Eligibility is based on current income and household size.
Federal Coronavirus Relief Package
President Donald Trump signed into law a coronavirus relief package passed by the U.S. Congress. This relief bill includes guaranteed sick leave for workers and their families affected by COVID-19, increases food aid for needy families and seniors, provides funding for state unemployment claims and guarantees free testing for people suspected of having the virus. A summary of the bill is available.
Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
As part of the recently passed and signed CARES Act, stimulus checks will be sent to eligible adults. Find more about the economic impact payments from the IRS.
The CARES Act also supports our small business owners. You can get an outline of how your small business can gain assistance through the CARES Act.