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San Diego County leaders set up community response fund amid coronavirus

Posted: 12:33 PM, Mar 16, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-17 11:59:30-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Regional leaders say financial help is on the way during the coronavirus pandemic.

San Diego County leaders and the head of organizations like San Diego Gas and Electric, the Labor Council, and the United Way of San Diego announced Monday that $1.3 million has been set aside in a community response fund to help those financially affected by the coronavirus.

HOW TO HELP: https://www.sdfoundation.org/programs/programs-and-funds/san-diego-covid-19-community-response-fund/

The group managing the fund, "will work with local government, health agencies, nonprofits, businesses and other community partners to identify regional needs and assess potential grant recipients," according to the fund's website.

This will help them pay for food, rent, paying for utilities, and income replacement. This comes as school districts in the area closed schools, forcing parents to stay home from work, as they figure out what to do with childcare.

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This weekend Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he wanted bars, nightclubs, wineries, breweries, and pubs to close. He’s also asked restaurants to cut their capacity by half and practice social distancing, which has many employees worried about businesses closing and leaving them without a pay check.

That’s why county leaders say aside from trying to contain this virus, this is also a huge part in taking care of those in the county.

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher says, “fear will not help anyone who can’t get food on the table. Fear will not help anyone who can’t pay rent. Fear will not keep people in their homes."