Since the beginning of the shutdown and pandemic response, and throughout the rebuilding after the Easter tornado, Tennessee United has been coordinating dozens of volunteers and public financial support for home repair, rental assistance and essential supplies. Yet in spite of good work being done, the Latinx community remains the hardest hit population for COVID-19. With an extreme rise in confirmed cases we are seeing a corresponding rise in death rates.
The El Pueblo Fund looks to provide a moderate level of direct support to COVID-affected families so they can have the freedom and security to shelter-in-place without fear of economic devastation. Fund donations may also be used to aid families burdened by unexpected funeral expenses.
Disbursement of funds is happening immediately. The fund will allow families to shelter in place at home or a hotel (depending how many people are covid19 positive per household). Knowing their bills and basic needs will be covered, will allow them to quarantine safely. The fund will allow TNU to cover, in addition to rent and bills, basic needs such as diapers, formula, medicine and personal hygiene products. Having that peace of mind during quarantine is also needed for their mental health.
While providing these needs TNU also hopes to provide accurate written information in their language, to erase myths that are spreading about covid19, and to eliminate the fear in our community.
CALEB is an institutional coalition of faith-based, labor, and community groups working to build power to affect change in Chattanooga, TN.