Four Areas of Critical Needs
Recovery from the COVID-19 Shut Down is unpredictable and uneven. Many in our community have lost their jobs or businesses due to no fault of their own, triggering a record number of layoffs in Ohio. Many jobs lost will not come back. Many small businesses will never reopen. We can avoid long-term financial harm if those able to help during this crisis step up and contribute to an Emergency Fund.
The COVID-19 Shutdown has created four areas of need:
- Food and Essential support—Groceries, home-delivered meals, broadband access e.g. no or limited access to the internet, increased transportation needs e.g. for older adults’ medical appointments.
- Job and Income loss—More people laid off or work hours reduced. Help people find work. Financial support with rent and mortgage.
- Mental Health—Address effects of COVID-19-related to social isolation and financial stress, especially on older adults and vulnerable people.
- Safe Delivery of Programs and Services —COVID-19 regulations have made providing some services much more expensive.
Who is at Immediate Risk?
- 5,300 households in our community live paycheck to paycheck
- 2,300 households reported “just getting along” “nearly poor” or “poor”
- Over 1,900 unemployed adults in Jewish households