Neediest Cases helps Chattanooga residents affected by COVID-19 when pandemic-related resources are unavailable

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Jessica Bastianelli is pictured at the United Way of Greater Chattanooga on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021.

While COVID-19 continues to affect the financial stability of many Chattanooga residents, resources for financial assistance specifically for people affected by the pandemic have dried up, said Kathleen Wright, a case manager for Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga, an organization that helps low-income families and those experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence.

"The funding that we were using for COVID is no longer available," Wright said. "We do have other funding that we can possibly use for COVID victims, but it's not primarily for them."

But the majority of calls she receives now still come from people requesting assistance due to issues related to COVID-19, Wright said.

And with new variants such as omicron circulating, those issues will likely continue to occur for the foreseeable future.

For people faced with unforeseen circumstances that leave them unable to meet their basic needs through no fault of their own, the Neediest Cases Fund provides one-time assistance to help them get back on their feet when no other resources are available.