Recovery Needs A United Response
We moved quickly & collaboratively to establish the United Way of Denton County COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund to support Denton County individuals and families struggling financially in the wake of the local COVID-19 crisis.
We leveraged public and private sector relationships to procure over $11.5 million* in funding support. Continuing to work collaboratively with local community leaders to ensure funding is coordinated to cover all COVID-related needs of our community, including rental assistance, food insecurity for children and adults, childcare, etc. To date, $10.9 million* invested strategically across the County to address emergency needs and long-term recovery from this crisis. (*as of December 11, 2020)
Nonprofits in Denton County are on the front lines of this pandemic. Since March 2020 we have been working closely with Denton County to support these agencies assisting residents with food, rent and mortgage assistance, health and mental health care and more. Through the Denton County CARES - Coalition of Agencies to Restore Essential Services - and the North Texas Cares application processes, 121 grants have been provided to 54 Denton County nonprofits totaling over $4.2 million in funding for COVID Relief efforts.
Grant funds have been deployed to expand nonprofit capacity across the County to respond to the drastically increased needs as a result of the pandemic. Grants have funded needs in the areas of: technology and distance-learning for low-income households and agency clients, personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies for front-line service providers and clients receiving services, additional temporary staffing for organizations to serve more clients in need, and hundreds of thousands of pounds of additional food and capacity for local food pantries.
We rallied our network of nonprofit partners to accept referrals on behalf of residents across Denton County for eviction prevention. In eight months, over $6.6 million has been disbursed from the Fund to assist 4,256 households in 32 different municipalities across Denton County with rental, mortgage, and utility assistance. Our CRRF Eviction Prevention program has provided over 7,206 months of rent/mortgage and utility assistance to keep neighbors impacted by COVID-19 in their homes. (as of December 11, 2020)
We convened Denton County, local ISDs, and city representatives, as well as nonprofits from across Denton County on a taskforce to address food insecurity of children and adults through the summer and fall months.
In addition to the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund, we continue to compile a fluid list of available resources for the community during this crisis (i.e. unemployment, meals for students, community food pantries, SBA Loan information, childcare, volunteer opportunities, and more), as well as critical needs of nonprofits in Denton County.
We created Enhanced Information & Referral in partnership with City of Denton to provide better access to resources for individuals and businesses in Denton County that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.