Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) completed 2020 by helping 987 northwest Ohio households with COVID-19-related financial assistance.
In late October, GLCAP received $1.3 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act stimulus funding to provide mortgage, rent, water and utility, and food assistance to Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wood County residents who were financially impacted by COVID-19. Funding was provided to GLCAP in late October. Staff moved rapidly, reaching out to households in need and helping people through the application process before the end-of-the-year application deadline.
“We credit our frontline staff with providing so much assistance in such a short amount of time,” GLCAP President/CEO Ruthann House said.
GLCAP has since received a second round of CARES Act funding in the amount of $1 million to continue helping households in the four-county region throughout 2021.
“We anticipate the financial effects of the pandemic to be ongoing and encourage anyone who needs assistance to reach out,” House said.
COVID Relief assistance is available for households that are at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines (e.g. $52,400 annual income/household of four) and need assistance. Residents may be eligible for assistance if they have missed or fallen behind on rent, mortgage or water/sewer payments for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reasons may include lost wages due to business closures, reduced work hours, household quarantines, and other hardships.
Those who need help may visit www.glcap.org/covidrelief or call GLCAP at 1-800-775-9767.
More information on other GLCAP programs is available at www.glcap.org.