County Allocates $300K To Arlington Thrive Emergency Relief Fund

A sum of $300,000 has been allocated by the County to meet the increased demand for emergency financial assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the beneficiaries of Arlington Thrive Financial Assistance


In a press release, the County said the money will be provided from the FY 2020 budget contingency fund to Arlington Thrive–a nonprofit that offers financial assistance to County residents who experience a sudden financial crisis such as temporary unemployment or illness.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a rapid and significant increase in demand for financial help, specifically for residents who need help paying their rent,” County Manager Mark Schwartz said. “It is important that we take steps to help Arlingtonians through this difficult time, so I am making this money available immediately.”

The County usually partners with Arlington Thrive to provide emergency financial assistance since it can offer same-day money to residents including low-income people, elderly and disabled residents on a fixed income, and people experiencing homelessness. The organization usually prioritizes families with children.

“Arlington Thrive has been a key partner as we work to help all Arlington residents during this unprecedented time,” said Anita Friedman, director of Arlington’s Department of Human Services. “They provide a critical safety net for some of our most vulnerable residents, and this funding will help them fill an immediate need in our community.”

Though the allocation is set to meet the increased demand over the next few months, Schwartz also expects more funding will be needed after FY 2021 begins in July.

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