Emergency financial help available

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Emergency help is available for those who may be struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The County of Renfrew announced Thursday afternoon that financial assistance can be provided to individuals through local Ontario Works offices.

Emergency funds are available for those in financial crisis who have no access to other supports, including those who are waiting for support from the federal government to become available.

Discretionary funds have also been made available for those currently in receipt of social assistance.

The funding was announced by the province’s Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services on Monday as part of additional measures to support those in need in response to the continuing COVID-19 situation.

This funding can be used to meet a broad range of emergency needs, including cleaning supplies, transportation, food or clothing.

“We feel strongly that nobody should have to worry about providing for themselves or their families at this difficult time.

“Our social services manager and staff are working with the province to implement processes to make funds available to the residents of Renfrew County as soon as possible,” said James Brose, chair of the county’s social services committee.

Individuals can apply online at Ontario.ca/community

County residents may also contact their local Ontario Works office for more information.

Pembroke: 613-732-2601 (toll free: 1-866-897-4849)