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Regional San Diego leaders launch community response fund to support impacted communities

The funds will be focused on three critical areas: Food Insecurity, Rental and Utility Assistance, and Income Replacement or Gap Funding.
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SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — The County of San Diego, the San Diego Foundation and other major regional partners announced Monday the creation of the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, with $1.3 million already available for rapid response to help San Diegans as they deal with coronavirus concerns. 

San Diego Gas & Electric donated $1 million to the fund, with The San Diego Foundation providing the other $300,000. The funds will be focused on three critical areas: Food Insecurity, Rental and Utility Assistance, and Income Replacement or Gap Funding.

 

“In San Diego, we care about one another,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Co-Chair of the County of San Diego’s COVID-19 Subcommittee and the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. “We stand together and step up to help in times of great need. The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will lend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors impacted by this ongoing health crisis.”

“The outbreak of COVID-19 is straining our local communities and concerning for San Diegans with serious health concerns, lack of access to basic resources, and long-term economic challenges,” shared Mark A. Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “The San Diego COVID-19 Response Fund will quickly distribute funds to critical needs in the region, especially for our most vulnerable residents.”

“As members of the community, all of us at SDG&E are privileged and proud to serve the residents of the San Diego region and help in any way we can during these challenging times,” said SDG&E President Scott Drury. “That’s why it’s so important to us that we contribute to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support impacted workers and families who may face hardships because of this pandemic.”

According to the release, one hundred percent of the grants from the fund will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that have deep roots and strong experience supporting impacted communities, particularly those that are disproportionately affected by this global pandemic and its economic consequences. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to donate.

Visit www.sdfoundation.org/covid19 to make donations.

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