First Wave of Funds Distributed from Champaign County COVID-19 Relief Fund

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The Champaign County COVID-19 Relief Fund has granted $20,000 to local groups to provide housing assistance. This first wave of funds will help people who have lost wages or employment due to the Coronavirus pandemic stay in their homes.

“Keeping families housed is critically important. Shelter is a basic need, so we wanted to move as fast as possible to help people keep their housing,” remarked Sue Grey, United Way President & CEO.

Those in need should call the RPC at 877-548-4205, 10am-6pm Monday through Friday, starting Friday, March 27, 2020. They will screen for eligibility, collect required documentation to support eligibility, and connect individuals with City of Champaign Township or Cunningham Township for a one-time assistance payment.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Lives in Champaign County
  • Renters without housing subsidies (i.e. renters receiving subsidized housing are not eligible)
  • Renters with earned income prior to Stay at Home order
  • Renters who have applied for unemployment insurance as a result of COVID-19 wage losses and do not qualify for unemployment insurance
  • Income up to 250% federal poverty level

Joan Dixon, Community Foundation President & CEO said, “On behalf of our generous donors, we join the United Way in helping those who are most impacted by lay-offs and reduced work hours. We hope this first distribution from our joint relief fund provides a small sense of security during this time.”

United Way and the Community Foundation continue to work within a network of partners to identify pressing needs. Future waves of funding will focus on these needs.

Click here or here to donate to the fund.

Checks can be mailed to:

United Way of Champaign County (5 Dunlap Court, Savoy, IL 61874)

Community Foundation of East Central Illinois (307 W. University Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820)


  1. Rashida Martin says:

    Hi! How are you!! As of me not good I had to stop working due to this virus that’s going around cause i also have a weak immune system due to my lungs attached to my ribs!! I work in the health care field and afraid for my clients and I transferring it to each other!! And my job is not capable of the help of protection cause they only wanna give us one mask only for all day every day i need help cause i haven’t been to work since March 13 due to this i am crying out for help!!

  2. Rashida Martin says:

    Phone if u need to contact me is 217-390-8545

  3. Maurey Williamson says:

    Please call us at 877-548-4205 between 10am-6pm Monday through Friday for more information.

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