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Press Release 6/3/2020

County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced this morning a new facet to the County Cares funding stimulus to cover childcare and humanitarian services in St. Louis County. The Humanitarian Response Program is a joint effort guided by the County Executive’s office in collaboration with the Department of Human Services and the Children’s Services Fund.

  • Jun 3, 2020
  • Press Release

St. Louis County Announces COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Program

 

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (June 3, 2020) – County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced this morning a new facet to the County Cares funding stimulus to cover childcare and humanitarian services in St. Louis County. The Humanitarian Response Program is a joint effort guided by the County Executive’s office in collaboration with the Department of Human Services and the Children’s Services Fund.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is three crises in one – public health, economic, and humanitarian. Previous initiatives seek to address the public health issues – like nursing home response teams and PPE distribution – as well as the economic struggles of the County through the Small Business Relief Fund,” said County Executive Page. “Today’s announcement of the Humanitarian Response Program is another effort to address what has been identified as some of the highest priority humanitarian needs within the County.”

The $9.5 million COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Program will focus on three areas:

  • Housing services including senior and homebound programs, utility assistance and homeless prevention.
  • Technology for assessing health and social services, and educational and support networks. That includes prepaid cellphones, tablets, computers and WiFi hotspots.
  • Social and Emotional Wellness of Children, which includes providing technical assistance and training to childcare centers and in-home childcare providers.

“A strong and sustainable non-profit community is vital to economic recovery.” said Emily Koenig, Acting Director of the County’s Children’s Service Fund. “We worked diligently to understand where gaps exist and how best to invest County resources to meet the growing needs of our community and respond with a safety net.”

Similar to previous targeted relief fund programs distributed through the $173.5 million federal CARES Act grant, the Humanitarian Response Program will involve an application process.

Childcare is essential to St. Louis County’s COVID-19 recovery. As the economy begins to reopen and parents return to work, I am grateful to the network of childcare providers who give our children a safe place to grow and learn,” said Cora Faith Walker, Director of Policy for the County Executive. “We are pleased to provide $5.9 million in funding to support these providers, and we remain committed to investing in the health, development and well-being of children in St. Louis County.”

Funds distributed through the Humanitarian Response Program will be tracked and reported on the County’s transparency portal. An itemized budget for each of these areas as well as information on the application process is available on STLCorona.com and at STLouisCaresHumanitarian.com.

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