The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation has announced a commitment of $50 million in support of efforts to address the health-related needs of New York State residents arising as a direct result of COVID-19.
The foundation will award Coronavirus Emergency Support Grants to community-based emergency response funds, healthcare providers, Catholic Charities affiliates serving all faiths, and other organizations working to assist those most impacted by the spread of the virus, including the elderly and individuals with preexisting medical conditions.
To expedite the process, emergency grants will be made available by invitation only in support of efforts focused on addressing New Yorkers' health needs and the social determinants of health. Priorities include supporting food banks, bolstering shelter providers' capacity to serve some of New York's most vulnerable populations, and assisting clinics as they care for individuals with COVID-19.
"New York's poorest and most vulnerable communities are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19," said Mother Cabrini Health Foundation CEO Msgr. Gregory Mustaciuolo. "Honoring the legacy of Mother Cabrini, we intend these grants to have a significant impact in ameliorating food insecurity, helping providers as they deliver care and services in this challenging environment, offering mental health services, and sustaining other essential resources. We plan to continue to monitor the crisis, and we will continue to adjust our response as needs arise."
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