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By Miriam Raftery

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May 22, 2020 (El Cajon) – El Cajon City Council has approved allocating over $800,000 of its Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus funds for several COVID response programs.  These funds were granted to the City as part of the federal CARES Act.

Per City Council direction, a large portion of the funds will be used for rental and utility assistance to help those most vulnerable to loss of employment.

Due to limited funding, there is a limit to the first 150 eligible applicants. Online and over the phone applications will be accepted through the following service providers beginning Tuesday,May 26, 2020:

CSA San Diego County

www.c4sa.org/ or call (619) 444-5700.

Home Start, Inc.

www.home-start.org/. Email housing@home-start.org or call (619) 430-0032.

Interfaith Shelter Network

www.interfaithshelter.org/rapid-rehousing-housing-assistance or call 619-702-5399.

Due to social distancing practices, walk-in clients are not recommended at this time.

These services will be provided by area nonprofits through a contract with the City. The purpose of this program is to assist low-income El Cajon residents experiencing financial hardships during this time. The program is to support El Cajon residents who have existing leases and are unable to pay rent or utilities due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Miriam Raftery, editor and founder of East County Magazine, has over 35 years of journalism experience. She has won more than 350 journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego Press Club, and the American Society of Journalists & Authors. Her honors include the Sol Price Award for responsible journalism and three James Julian awards for public interest reporting from SPJ’s San Diego chapter. She has received top honors for investigative journalism, multicultural reporting, coverage of immigrant and refugee issues, politics, breaking news and more. Thousands of her articles have appeared in national and regional publications.

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Something is better than nothing...

I'm sure the 150 residents will benefit. But people are going to need a lot more support to prevent a depression. Why waste the Band-Aids on this ailing economy if ultimately, we are not willing to save the patient? But good news to a degree is, well, just some much needed some good news. Nevertheless, Washington needs to send a lot more support. States, counties and cities can't increase the money supply, so there is really only one way to avoid a collapse. Only D.C. can do this.