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Karidat provides rental assistance to 88 families, food assistance to almost 2,000 individuals

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SINCE January, Karidat Social Services has helped 88 families pay their rent, and distributed food packages or coupons to almost 2,000 individuals and families.


Karidat executive director Lauri Ogumoro said the church-based charitable organization was able to help these community members through a $185,000 grant from Catholic Charity USA.
In October 2019, she added, Karidat received a separate $233,948 grant from Catholic Charity USA to help families still recovering from Super Typhoon Yutu. The families received short-term rental assistance.
In March, Ogumoro said Karidat was allowed by Catholic Charity USA to extend assistance to people who have lost their jobs or were furloughed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said they received an additional $185,000 from the same grantor. “$100,000 of that will also go to people [who lost their livelihood as a result of Covid-19],” she added.
Karidat likewise provided Tinian and Rota with $5,000 each for their community members who need help.
As of April, Karidat counselor Elaine Dela Cruz said they have assisted 88 families pay rent, amounting to $46,000. She said there are 289 applicants on the waiting list.
Ogumoro noted the steady increase of people seeking assistance since January this year.
Dela Cruz said Karidat provided food assistance to 275 individuals/families in January; 504 in February; 941 in March; and 246 in the first week of April.
For those who need help, Ogumoro said they can call Karidat at 234-6981 or 234-5248.
“We stopped having people come to the office — it is not safe.” Ogumoro said, adding that Karidat has four staff members receiving calls from people who are applying for food or rent assistance.
Karidat has been processing and approving 25 applications every day, Ogumoro said. “We mail out food coupons so people do not have to line up here,” she said, adding that these food coupons can be used at Joeten stores.
She said Karidat does not ask about an applicant’s immigration status. But people who are eligible for the Nutrition Assistance Program should not avail themselves of Karidat’s food assistance,” Ogumoro said. “If you already have food stamps and you still apply for [Karidat] food certificates, then you are taking food away from somebody who does not have the ability to get help from NAP.”

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