COVID-19 Response

August 19 Update

Find Help for Neighbors in Need! Download Updated COVID Response Guide

Billions of dollars in rent assistance, income support, food benefits, and more is available to people, families, and communities fighting the effect of the pandemic. Recent research suggests the federal government’s coronavirus assistance has cut overall poverty almost in half, and child poverty by over 60 percent!

You can help neighbors in need access these programs using our updated guide to COVID-19 Response Assistance and Programs. You’ll find links to the rent and utility assistance programs in your area, information on the Child Tax Credit, and even help for funeral expenses.

In June, the Voice of the Poor Committee and National Housing Task Force also hosted a webinar to highlight these programs. View the webinar recording here, and download the slides as well as an additional resource links handout.

Download the Guide Here

The Vincentian Response to Increased Need During the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are looking for assistance related to the pandemic, please visit our Assistance & Services page.

A founding activity for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Home Visit is a time for Vincentian volunteers to visit the homes of neighbors in need, identify their needs, and explore ways to help.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vincentians across the United States have pivoted their Home Visits to continue their service to neighbors in need while maintaining the safety and well-being of Vincentians and those we serve. Whether via telephone calls, Zoom meetings, or socially distanced gatherings, Vincentians have found ways to continue their good work.

The economic hardship caused by the pandemic has made the Society’s work more important than ever. Requests for help with emergency financial assistance such as utilities, rent, food, medications, and clothing have grown significantly, and we expect the need to continue growing for years.

Now, more than ever, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul serves our neighbors in need, inspired by the gospel and Jesus Christ our savior.

Our founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam was known to say, “No form of charity is foreign to the Society.” We do whatever it takes to lift individuals and families out of poverty, even in a pandemic.

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