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United Way of Greater Nashville has distributed over $5 million in Metro CARES funds

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Posted at 1:10 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 14:10:58-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville's Metro CARES program has so far helped hundreds of families struggling to make payments on rent, mortgage and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to United Way of Greater Nashville. The total distributed amounts to over $5 million.

Funding to assist with payments was awarded last week to local nonprofits.

"The need is great, and we know it will continue to grow well into the future," said Brian Hassett, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Nashville. "We are working closely with an allocations committee, The Equity Alliance and community partners to ensure that funding is going to our neighbors who need it most. It's critical that we are vigilant in our outreach so that minority and underserved communities know that help is available - and that they are not alone."

The United Way of Greater Nashville does not give money directly to individuals or families in need. They work with a committee to review applications to make sure the grants awarded to participating nonprofit agencies meet the greatest needs.

Anybody behind on rent, mortgage or utilities because of COVID-19 can apply for funding from an agency that received funding at the Nashville Response Fund website. A full list of agencies that received funding can be found here.

The United Way of Greater Nashville has been named the administrator of state and federal COVID-19 relief funding received by Nashville.