GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Atlantic County residents who live with a disability and have experienced economic hardship related to COVID-19 can apply for assistance to cover a wide variety of needs through a $93K grant.
The funding is provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act. A local nonprofit agency, the Atlantic Center for Independent Living, oversees the program including applications, approvals, and allocation of funds.
Requests for assistance must be directly related to the pandemic and the purchase must be related to the ability of that individual to continue living independently, explained Donald Campbell, Director of the Atlantic Center for Independent Living.
“We know that people in the disability community were more vulnerable to getting coronavirus and dying of coronavirus because of pre-existing conditions,” said Campbell. “It’s very exciting and rewarding to be a part of this financial assistance program that can provide relief, basic needs and improve quality of life.”
Funds are permitted for the following types of purchases: technology, food, essential household supplies, personal care items, transportation assistance, prescription, durable medical equipment, personal care attendants, personal protective equipment (PPE) and educational assistance, such as a tutor.
An application can be emailed or mailed to individuals or a caregiver who is providing support or assistance, Campbell said. If an individual needs assistance with the application, staff at the center are available to help, he added.
The application is two pages long and may require some documentation, such as proof of income or a doctor’s note. Once the application is received, a committee will review the paperwork and respond to applicants within about one month, he said.
The center, which is located in Galloway, will arrange for the order, payment and delivery of the approved purchases. Atlantic County funds will be available now through June, or sooner if funds are expended before that time.
For more information and to obtain an application, contact Jennifer Burke, Outreach and Activities Specialist at 609 748-2253 ext. 4, or jburke@atlanticCIL.org.