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Missoula United Way pauses applications for COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Posted: 4:06 PM, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-25 20:12:29-04
Missoula County United Way

MISSOULA — Updated 6:02 p.m. MDT, March 25, 2020

On Wednesday, The United Way announced that they have stopped taking applications for the Missoula County's COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, after receiving over 250 applications in 24 hours.

Original story published on March 24, 2020

United Way Missoula County’s COVID-19 emergency fund began accepting applications Tuesday for assistance from displaced service and gig economy workers temporarily out of work or working greatly reduced hours.

The fund will primarily assist tip-dependent workers, those with limited English-language proficiency, and people without health care or access to health care, according to United Way chief executive officer Susan Hay Patrick.

Assistance to individuals is limited to a one-time-only check for $400 or less.

Due to limited funds, the United Way says they are unable to approve all requests, and unlikely to provide applicants with the full amount they request.

The United Way will not be able to provide grants to businesses.

The COVID-19 Emergency Fund is administered by United Way, in collaboration with 2-1-1, the information and referral line operated by the Human Resource Council.

United Way also made two $5,000 emergency grants Tuesday, one to Missoula Aging Services and one to YWCA of Missoula for general support of their work during the pandemic.

Donations may be made online at https://www.missoulaunitedway.org/emergency-assistance