COVID-19 Response

HR 311: Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act

Before Christmas, Congress provided approximately $900 billion in additional help to people, communities, and organizations affected by the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump signed the bill into law shortly thereafter. Among other things, the new bill includes:

  • A second round of Economic Impact Payments (cash assistance)
  • An extension of unemployment benefits
  • Rent and utility assistance
  • An extension of the eviction moratorium
  • Additional nutrition assistance

The new law also extends the Paycheck Protection Program, a charitable giving incentive, unemployment reimbursement, and other assistance to nonprofit organizations. Download a complete summary of the bill with links to additional information here.

The Vincentian Response to Increased Need during the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are looking for assistance related to the pandemic, please visit our Assistance & Services page.

A founding activity for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Home Visit is a time for Vincentian volunteers to visit the homes of neighbors in need, identify their needs, and explore ways to help.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vincentians across the United States have pivoted their Home Visits to continue their service to neighbors in need while maintaining the safety and wellbeing of Vincentians and those we serve. Whether via telephone calls, Zoom meetings, or socially distanced gatherings, Vincentians have found ways to continue their good work.

The economic hardship caused by the pandemic has made the Society’s work more important than ever. Requests for help with emergency financial assistance such as utilities, rent, food, medications, and clothing have grown significantly, and we expect the need to continue growing for years.

Now, more than ever, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul serves our neighbors in need, inspired by the gospel and Jesus Christ our savior.

Our founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam was known to say, “No form of charity is foreign to the Society.” We do whatever it takes to lift individuals and families out of poverty, even in a pandemic.

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