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Posted on: January 15, 2021

City Provides Stop Gap Funding for Community

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Leah Stockton, executive director or United Way of Collier and the Keys, along with members of other social services organizations in Key West gathered yesterday at City Hall to receive close to $210,000 to help the community counter the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mayor Teri Johnston, Commissioners Sam Kaufman and Clayton Lopez, and Assistant City Manager Patti McLauchlin presented the check, which will provide essential food and funding for those hardest hit in the current economic and health crisis. United Way with work with local mental health, housing, and food providers to see that the those in need have the help they require.

The money is a part of the $1.3 million reimbursement from Monroe County for a portion of the losses experienced due to the pandemic. During last week’s City Commission meeting, the Commission voted unanimously to reach out to social services to try and put the money where it is needed most. Funding was also presented to the Sister Season Foundation to help hard-hit service industry workers as well as Keys AHEC for rapid Covid-19 testing.

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In the photo: Social service providers from a number of organizations in Key West joined Mayor Teri Johnston, City Commissioners Sam Kaufman and Clayton Lopez, and Assistant City Manager Patti McLaughlin at City Hall to receive the funding that will aid those in need with food, utilities, mental health, and other needs for the community.

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