We have joined a coalition, convened by Lift to Rise, of local government and community partners behind an Economic Protection Plan, to announce a new emergency cash assistance fund for Coachella Valley residents financially impacted by COVID-19. The Support Fund, set to launch on Friday, March 27, will be seeded with an initial $250,000 investment with additional funds being actively raised.
As COVID-19 brings the nation to a near shutdown, few places are expected to be hit harder than the Coachella Valley with a large retiree population, vulnerable workforce, and an economy heavily dependent on hospitality and tourism. The impact will be felt most by families who already struggle with low wages and have neither the financial resources nor a safety net to weather an extended economic downturn. The immediate goal of the Support Fund is to provide $200 to households in the Coachella Valley financially impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 and the ensuing economic shutdown. Together with partners, we will coordinate to support and guide local families through the process of signing up for assistance and additional resources. Financial support from the Fund and many of the additional resources are available to Coachella Valley qualifying residents regardless of citizenship status.
The Fund is part of the Coachella Valley Economic Protection Plan, a public-private coordinated strategy to support families through COVID-19. The Economic Protection Plan relies on regional coordination between local and state public agencies, nonprofits and philanthropies to address economic impacts of COVID-19. You can find the full plan with resources to help with housing, food insecurity, medical care, bill paying, transportation, education and legal services is available at www.lifttorise.org/protection.
A wide range of stakeholders have come together in an unprecedented and coordinated public-private effort, including: Lift to Rise, Regional Access Project Foundation, Desert Healthcare District, Inland Empire Community Foundation, Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability, Desert Community Energy, and the County of Riverside Office of Supervisor Perez, Executive Office, Housing Authority, Workforce Development Centers, and Departments of Public Social Services and Public Health.
The United Way of the Desert is accepting donations for the Lift to Rise Economic Protection Plan and Support Fund. 100% of the funds will be dedicated to emergency cash assistance for residents.