Hardship Assistance for the Hardest Impacted

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When the pandemic hit and businesses shutdown, many families who were living paycheck-to-paycheck were left in financial peril.  This was especially true for low-wage earners and households with undocumented family members who were not eligible for basic unemployment or enhanced COVID financial benefits.

During this time, CCF was able to expand the Pass It Along Fund to provide hardship assistance to those with an urgent need. These grants are disbursed quickly, ideally within 72 hours of the application, directly to families or individuals by staff providing case management and direct services at nonprofits throughout the county.

Ileana Narvaez, a Resource Specialist at the Child and Family Guidance Center in Northridge, has been able to provide Pass It Along grants to several clients in the San Fernando Valley. Illeana shared a recent thankful recipient; a grandmother (or abuela) who supports her husband and their three young grandchildren by cooking food and street vending.  She is known in her community for baking delicious empanadas. During the stay-at-home orders, the grandmother was unable to sell food and fell behind in her rent.  Ileana quickly provided her with rental relief until it was safer for her to return to street vending.

Ileana says that the grandmother reacted emotionally upon receiving grant assistance, which “meant the world to her.” She told Ileana tearfully, “Dios te bendiga,” which means, “God bless you.”

Learn more about the Pass It Along Fund at CalFund.org/passitalong.

CCF is grateful for the support of donors to be able to expand its hardship relief efforts to provide over $6 million in assistance to address essential needs such as food, shelter and health-related impacts because of temporary loss of income or decline in health from COVID-19.

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