REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta County Board of Supervisors will tackle funding for Covid-19 from the federal government at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors.
Northern Valley Catholic Social Services could receive $230,000 in grant funding if approved by the Board. The money will go toward providing counseling and even financial help for people who continue to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“People are created to need community we were not meant to be alone,” said Daniel Salameneh of Redding. “We were meant to be with each other.”
“A lot of the stay at home orders and the other stresses associated with the pandemic, including having to educate children at home or not being able to stay with sick loved ones in the hospitals, have created a lot of mental anguish for people,” said Donnell Ewert, the director of the Shasta Health & Human Services Agency.
“People may be struggling with anxiety and depression.”
Northern Valley Catholic Social Services would use the $230,000 grant to create the Shasta Cares program.
“They have a few assistance programs as well that will offer gas cards and other financial relief for people who are struggling with employment related to Covid-19,” said Ewert.
Shasta Cares will provide counseling and financial help for people continuing to struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic. The program would also offer additional assistance such as housing help, a 12-step recovery program, and even some form of childcare support to help people who are searching for jobs.
People tell Action News Now any kind of help to get the community back on its feet is necessary.
“Any kind of help that we can have for people who need it is fantastic,” said Andrew Crow of Redding. “We don't need people being homeless, we don’t need people struggling any more than they have.”
If approved by the Board of Supervisors, funding for Shasta Cares is expected to last until December.
Meanwhile, Shasta County is considering working with both Modoc and Del Norte counties to prevent the spread of coronavirus within the homeless communities.
The agreement would let both Modoc and Del Norte enhance their temporary shelters and provide more medical services and supplies. NorCal Continuum of Care, which serves counties like Shasta, Modoc, and Del Norte, was awarded close to $263,000 in grant money.
Modoc County would receive about $1300, while Del Norte County would get about $36,000.
“Ignoring their presence and not providing and helping is not doing them a service by the grace of God,” said Ryan Michaels of Redding.
“It could've been any one of us and I believe it's important that we take care of the men and women that are here.”
If approved by the Board of Supervisors, the agreement between Shasta County and Modoc and Del Norte counties could last until June 2022.