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April 14, 2020

Community Support Provides Relief for Homeless Families in Clermont County

For organizations like Clermont County Community Services, your support of the COVID-19 Regional Relief Fund did more than just fund a shift in operations, it represented an opportunity to keep families safe and healthy for the duration of this crisis.

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When Clermont County Community Services got the call about receiving a grant, they had already decided to move families from the communal shelter they operate to local hotels. Within 48 hours of that decision, they received money from the grant to fund the initial move and were able to keep their staff and clients safe in the short term.

But the long-term safety of their clients was another issue. After the move, Clermont County was able to leverage the Regional Relief Fund grant to earn other matching grants and ensure their families could stay safely at the hotels until the “stay at home” order is lifted.

“If our families moved back into the shelter too quickly, the virus might follow us there,” said Billie Kuntz, Executive Director of Clermont County Community Services. “Without these funds, we wouldn’t have been able to get other funding support and we would be scrambling to try to protect our workers and our families.”

With the communities’ generous support of the Regional Response Fund, the team at Clermont County Community Services could leverage their allocation to get matching grants from other organizations – yet another example of our community coming together to help each other during this crisis. Thank you for your support during this challenging time.