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Public Asked To Fill Out BVCA COVID-19 Survey

Blue Valley Community Action Partnership is asking the public to take a survey on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them and their families. The survey covers a number of topics, from access to healthcare and technology to the ability to pay for basic needs. It’s located at bvca.net, as well as on BVCA’s Facebook page.
In March, Congress passed the CARES Act which included $1 billion in supplemental Community Services Block Grant funding. CSBG funds are distributed to states, which in turn distribute the money to organizations like BVCA to provide programming to low-to-moderate income individuals and families.
BVCA serves Butler, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Polk, Saline, Seward, Thayer and York Counties and will receive the supplemental funds for this area. The money is designated specifically for pandemic relief. The income limit for individuals to be assisted by these funds has been raised substantially to 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($25,520 for one person, $52,400 for a family of four).
“It’s important that we hit the mark with these funds,” BVCA CEO Shari Miller said. “The more we know about how people have been impacted, the better we are able to direct the money to where it is needed most.”
The survey contains approximately 40 questions and responses are anonymous.
Sample questions:
• Since April 1, 2020, has anyone in your household been laid off or furloughed, lost a job or worked fewer hours because of the pandemic?
• How confident are you that you will be able to get the food you will need during the next four weeks?
• Do you need help purchasing a computer or tablet for a child in your home to use to attend school and for schoolwork, as needed?