“COVID-19 has affected me by the loss of both my jobs. I worked at a hotel and a restaurant. I have not been able to pay my rent for 2 months now and have been getting food from KIWA’s food bank. I live with my son and it’s been an emotional time for me because I don’t know how long this will go on for and I’m behind on my bills. Thank you!”
“I’d like to thank you on behalf of my family for assisting us with an $800 card to offset the financial hardship due to Covid-19. I work part-time and my husband is out of work and not receiving unemployment benefits.”
“I am using it for expenses for my three kids as we prepare for the school year. My car was almost taken away, but thankfully I was able to use a little of the money toward my car payment. I am a little less worried knowing there are some forms of help for me. Thank you to the County and to the Immigration Resource Center for caring about us.”
“I and my family are very thankful that we received the $800 cash aid. I received it and that help pays my rent. Thank you very much”
“It has helped to relieve some of the stress of paying bills, purchasing household items, etc. so that I can focus my energy on caring for my kids in this uncertain time. I’m so grateful your program chose to work with the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians and support local tribal members.”
“Receiving your supportive services has alleviated those pressures, I utilized our debit card to catch up on bill payments which prevented our light and gas from being turned off, bought a weeks worth of groceries, made a car payment which saved me from losing my vehicle, made a partial payment to ensure internet services and was thankfully able to purchase a tablet which my children are sharing to meet their educational needs.”
Worker Resiliency Fund: COVID Cash Aid for In-Need Families
The Worker Resiliency Fund provided supportive services to workers in LA County that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 1,000 in-need families received supportive services and/or prepaid debit cards to meet their basic needs in a time of crisis. This supportive services funding helped workers who had lost most or all of their income due to the pandemic pay for essentials like housing or transportation. Support was also available if workers were looking for additional training or education to get a new job. This program leveraged our America’s Job Centers of California (AJCCs) as well as a network of trusted community-based organizations to reach people that weren’t receiving help elsewhere. The aid was targeted at low-income immigrant and Native American communities that have been historically marginalized. The Worker Resiliency Fund provided essential assistance during an unprecedented pandemic.