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Individuals and families who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic may now apply for direct relief through the United Way of the Ouachitas' COVID-19 online application, the agency announced Tuesday.

Applicants can apply for relief in a variety of areas, including food, medical, mortgage and rental assistance, and utilities, the United Way said in a news release.

"Many people in our communities have had their lives completely turned upside down due to COVID-19," Sarah Fowler, executive director of United Way of the Ouachitas, said in the release.

"Unemployment has skyrocketed and that lack of income can lead to a scary and uncertain future, for some, even homelessness. This assistance will help so many of our neighbors find relief, and we are grateful to the Ouachita region for their generous support."

To apply, visit https://www.unitedwayouachitas.org/covid-19-application or call 623-2505. Applicants are required to provide proof of identification such as a driver's license, and proof of application for unemployment benefits or furlough letter from their employer.

United Way of the Ouachitas helped roll out Arkansas 211, a free telephone service that connects individuals in need to community services in the state of Arkansas, ahead of schedule in March to serve those most affected by COVID-19. Arkansas 211 "serves as the direct link between people who need help and people who can give help."

Individuals and families not affected by COVID-19 who are in need of assistance can visit http://www.hsresourceguide.org for an additional listing of resources specific to the Ouachita region. A variety of resources are available including programs and assistance related to abuse, employment, food, mental health and parenting, the release said.

"Charity Tracker, United Way of the Ouachitas' cloud-based shared database of client assistance, is a way to communicate with other assistance agencies in real-time, it is a way to set client goals, and work on them together to track and achieve shared outcomes, and it aids in preventing duplicate relief efforts," the release said.

"Membership to this system is available free of charge to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, NGOs, school districts, human resource managers, churches, and many more located in one of the following counties: Clark, Garland, Hot Spring, Montgomery, Pike, Polk and Saline," it said.

Local on 05/20/2020

Print Headline: COVID-19 assistance offered by United Way

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