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United Way receives total of $1 million to provide COVID-19 relief for individuals and businesses

Jackson County has now passed a total of $1 million to the United Way in order to supply individuals, families, and small businesses with rent relief and other costs.

Posted: Aug 12, 2020 3:37 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County has doubled down on coronavirus relief funding provided through the local chapter of United Way, with contributions up to $1 million as of Wednesday.

The Jackson County commissioners announced on July 31 that they would partner with the United Way to distribute $500,000 from the County's general fund. On Wednesday, the County doubled that amount.

“The success we have had in getting support to citizens in such a quick and meaningful way with this partnership with United Way of Jackson County has been amazing,” shares Jackson County commissioner board chair Colleen Roberts. “This gave us the confidence to increase the funding and add help for businesses as well.”

Beyond just providing more grants, the expansion also means that grants can be distributed to individuals, families, and small businesses. The former two can apply for up to $1,500, while businesses can receive up to $3,000.

Grants are available for people who have been economically impacted by COVID-19, with a focus on rent relief, paying utilities, and other emergency bills. Individuals and families can also apply to fund car repairs and medical costs — including mental, dental, and physical health.

Those interested in applying can visit the United Way website here. Documentation is required to obtain funds and payments will be made directly to landlords, utility companies, medical providers, mechanics, etc.

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