New website and community-based campaign to focus on supporting diverse and hard-to-reach populations
Sacramento, Calif. (Sept. 14) (Punjab Mail) – The City of Sacramento has launched a new website and community outreach-campaign to assist local residents and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
SacramentoCOVIDrelief.org hosts easy-to-access information about all City programs and resources created from CARES Act coronavirus relief funds, as well as other local services and health information.
“This new website provides a one-stop shop for community members, workers, businesses and nonprofits who need help during this pandemic,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “I’m proud of our City for putting our $89 million in CARES Act funding out to work in our community in such a meaningful way, and for using a small part of it to create this central source of information and enlist the help of our community-based organizations to educate residents about all of the programs available to them.”
“It is vital that we connect our residents to these resources to help uplift our communities that have been so deeply impacted by COVID-19,” said Councilmember Larry Carr, whose recommendation to use CARES Act funding for community outreach was unanimously affirmed by the City Council. “In today’s COVID-19 landscape, we need to do even more outreach than before and make sure residents have access to City programs and services. This new website and outreach campaign will help us get in touch with and support our diverse and hard-to-reach communities.”
To ensure city residents are aware of the resources available to them, the City, in addition to launching a multilingual marketing/advertising campaign, is looking to enlist the assistance of community groups, which are eligible to receive small stipends in exchange for sharing information about the campaign. Local community-based organizations with broad connections to the City’s diverse communities are invited to apply to be part of the Sacramento COVID Relief Outreach Stipend Program.
The City is funding and operating several projects to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Small Business Recovery program to provide forgivable loans and technical assistance to local businesses; the Workforce Recovery program to provide workforce training to 11,000 Sacramentans; Creative Economy Recovery grants to help arts and culture organizations; #SacYouthWorks, a new jobs program that puts teens to work; and Great Plates Delivered, which provides three meals a day to seniors.
“With the wide variety of COVID relief programs available right now, we want to make it easy for all Sacramentans to find and receive the help they need to get through this pandemic,” said City Manager Howard Chan. “And with our community outreach partners, we will be able to connect even more City residents and businesses with these critical resources.”
This past week, the City Council allocated the remaining portion of the $89 million in CARES Act funding the City had received. For a complete list of the City’s COVID-19 relief programs, visit SacramentoCOVIDrelief.org.