Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
UWCCR COVID-19 Local Relief Fund

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Who did the funds from the UWCCR COVID-19 Local Relief Fund support?

UWCCR partnered with local nonprofits in our five-county service area who worked with low-income households in their geographic areas to help alleviate issues brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis. Funds were provided to those whose level of need has been amplified by the COVID-19 health crisis. Nonprofit partners identified and qualified affected low-income households to receive funds. Once a family was approved, they were given access to Family Independence Initiative (FII) UpTogether online platform.

What  type of hardships qualified for assistance?

  • Unpaid leave due to the shelter-in-place directive
  • ​Care of a vulnerable or infected relative
  • Loss of wages due to involuntary cancellation of work (i.e. gig workers, restaurant workers, etc.)
  • ​Unpaid leave due to school and/or daycare closure

How did affected people apply for help?

UWCCR worked with nonprofit community partners in our five-county service area who identified and qualified affected low-income households experiencing the hardships listed above to receive the one-time $500 allocation. 11 nonprofit partners for Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties were selected. 

  • 3 Strands Global Foundation (El Dorado)
  • Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (Amador)
  • Black Child Legacy Campaign Neighborhood Centers (Sacramento)
  • Birth and Beyond (Sacramento)
  • Empower Yolo (Yolo)
  • International Rescue Committee (Sacramento) 
  • Kids First (Placer)
  • Lighthouse Community Counseling (Placer)
  • Opening Doors (Sacramento)
  • RISE Inc. (Yolo)
  • Yolo County Children’s Alliance (Yolo)

2-1-1 Can Help: We know households who are not connected to these nonprofit partners still need assistance. Sacramento County’s help line, 2-1-1, is ready to work with you and connect you to resources during this difficult time. Please call 2-1-1, press 2 for “COVID-19 Assistance” and an associate will walk you through solutions that fit your unique circumstance. 

What were the requirements to receive funds? 

After being qualified by a partner nonprofit, the UpTogether platform distributed a one-time $500 allocation to low-income households who were experiencing an increased financial hardship due to one of the following reasons:

  • Unpaid leave due to the shelter-in-place directive 
  • Care of a vulnerable or infected relative
  • Loss of wages due to involuntary cancellation of work (i.e. gig workers, restaurant workers, etc.)
  • Unpaid leave due to school and/or daycare closure

Affected low-income households had to meet the following conditions: 

  • Experiencing financial hardship of the nature listed above 
  • Proof of residency 
  • Have a bank account that can accept an ACH transfer
  • Commit to filling out two (2) surveys over the next year on the impact of the funds received

How quickly were funds disbursed?

The UpTogether platform allowed qualified low-income households to receive a one-time $500 allocation within 48 hours of applying. The platform also provided access to its long-term social networking component that has routinely demonstrated success in helping families achieve financial stability. 

How much of my donation directly supported victims of this crisis?

100% of donations were distributed to low-income households in need. 

How many families has the fund helped?

As of June 30, 2020 the fund has distributed 1,050 one-time $500 distributions. See below for a breakdown by county. 

County                Funds Dispersed           Families Served

Amador               $52,000.00                        104

El Dorado            $29,500                               59

Placer                  $47,500.00                         95

Sacramento       $303,500.00                      607

Yolo                      $92,500.00                       185

Grand Total         $525,000.00                    1050

Is the fund still open?

The UWCCR Relief Fund has closed as of June 30,2020. UWCCR will make final distributions with any remaining dollars received.