Community Action Opportunities is offering Project UPLIFT to provide emergency assistance to residents who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Polk and Transylvania counties. Families/individuals must have a referral from a partner agency. Project UPLIFT prioritizes families who are facing eviction, previously homeless, disqualified for other federal/state assistance, in domestic violence situations, or have certain health conditions and/or disabilities.
Agency partners can fill out this referral form: https://forms.gle/WuzW51Dg52xarVzo6
•What services are provided?
Emergency financial assistance payments can be used for past-due rent, utilities, childcare, medications, transportation or other vital needs.
•Who is eligible for services?
Families who have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines and have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for services.
•Do I have to submit other information in order to receive services?
Once a staff person follows up, an applicant will have to submit documentation to support their income received for the last 30 days (a staff person will provide guidance for the exact dates in the review period). If determined qualified for services, the customer must provide documentation to support the financial assistance requested/approved (i.e. lease agreement, court order, utility bill, etc.)
•How much financial assistance can I receive?
The assistance amount is contingent on available funding, level of need and volume of applicants.
•Which health conditions are prioritized?
Pulmonary conditions, diabetes and heart disease are the priority health conditions.