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JFCS of the Suncoast, Inc. has announced the launch of a JFCS COVID-19 Emergency Needs Fund. With a lead gift of $250,000 from the Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust, the fund will provide assistance for COVID-19 hardship. It is available to individuals and families who can document a COVID-19 need and meet qualification criteria. The fund will provide emergency financial support for essential human needs including shelter, food, utilities, prescription medicine and car payments. Qualified fund recipients will not receive cash; JFCS will pay the vendor or landlord directly and offer gift cards for food. The program is being funded by philanthropy; JFSC will prioritize its clients and those who qualify as clients in Sarasota and Manatee counties for assistance. 

 To apply for hardship funds, individuals should call (941) 366-2224 and ask to speak with an intake specialist. For more information, click here.

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