(CARES Act funding is limited to COVID-19 relief and cannot be used for fire relief.)
On July 31, 2020, the County Commissioners announced that Jackson County would be partnering with United Way to distribute $500,000 from the County’s General Fund. On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the County Commissioners doubled that amount to allow United Way to distribute a total of $1,000,000. On September 11, 2020, Jackson County will add up to another $1,500,000 in relief funding for individuals and small businesses.
“The longer the restrictions on our economy from COVID-19 continue, the tougher time people have paying their bills paid and keeping their businesses afloat,” shares Jackson County Commissioner Board Chair Colleen Roberts. “
This funding allows United Way to help eligible individuals and families to apply for up to $1,500 and small businesses up to $3,000. Individuals and companies that have previously received funding from this program (but not the full amount) may apply again up to these limits.
“The first $1,000,000 is almost exhausted, and it happened very quickly,” shares Jackson County Commissioner Rick Dyer. “United Way has been working tirelessly to meet the needs of our Jackson County families and businesses.”
The County expects to be reimbursed by CARES Act funding. This funding is for Jackson County individuals, families, and small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. United Way will continue to focus on rent relief and utilities and other emergency bills. Individuals and families can also apply to use these funds for car repairs and medical costs (including mental health, dental and physical health).
“This funding has helped a lot of people and businesses, but people are still struggling. We were amazed at how fast the first wave went. It is humbling to be chosen to be a partner with Jackson County in this effort,” shares United Way of Jackson County Director Dee Anne Everson
Individuals, families, and small businesses in Jackson County can apply for assistance online at http://www.unitedwayofjacksoncounty.org/covid-19-fund. Documentation is required to obtain funds, and payments will be made directly to landlords, utility companies, medical providers, mechanics, etc.
“We are glad we can add up to another $1,500,000 to this effort. When you add this to our two Oregon Business grants with SOREDI and CDBG programs, we have made approximately $3,000,000 total available to help,” shares Jackson County Commissioner Bob Strosser. “The need continues to be great in our community, and it is unclear how long this will continue.”