Applications open for COVID-19 Relief Funding

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Umpqua Health Alliance offered a financial helping hand to community partners in April through the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help feed, house, and protect vulnerable residents.

And there’s more money available for these groups. Applications are currently open for the second round of funding, which is intended to help essential organizations maintain or increase services to meet growing needs in the coming months as partners in the greater health care system.

To apply for a grant, contact Heidi Larson at

The toll of the COVID-19 health crisis has gone beyond those who have contracted the illness. Life has changed dramatically for everyone, and particularly already vulnerable populations.

That’s why Umpqua Health Alliance created the Relief Fund to make sure these valuable community agencies can continue their good work.

The largest single funding recipient in the first round was Peace at Home, a domestic violence recovery program based in Roseburg. Peace at Home reported a growing number of abuse and assault cases during the first weeks of the statewide stay-at-home order. Because of financial and psychological stress paired with the mandate to shelter in place, individuals and families were experiencing more instances and threats of violence.

“The coronavirus pandemic has put incredible strain on everyone, and some of our most vulnerable citizens are at a breaking point,” said Umpqua Health Alliance CEO Brent Eichman. “UHA’s mission is to improve the health of Douglas County residents and serve those most in need, and through our partnerships in the community we are seeing a tangible impact in this difficult time. We look forward to continuing to work alongside and support these organizations providing critical care when our community needs it the most.”

Peace at Home requested and received funding for hotel stays, food delivery, cleaning, maintenance, and rental assistance. These services, along with a 24-hour crisis line, peer counseling, and an emergency shelter, have created a safe place for residents.

The COVID-19 Relief Fund also delivered funding to food banks and nutrition programs and to housing shelters and resources for homelessness.

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