United Ways survey says majority of Louisianans fear contracting COVID-19, struggling to support households

Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 8:42 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) -A recent survey showed the majority of working-class Louisianans have concerns about contracting COVID-19 and financially supporting their households.

The Louisiana Association of United Ways conducted a survey to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected working-class families. 69 percent of respondents reported their main concern was contracting COVID-19. 76 percent of respondents received the stimulus check and for many, it covered less than two weeks worth of bills.

The survey also found 28 percent relied on unemployment benefits to meet their needs. United Way NELA president Janet Durden said they are connecting people to housing and food assistance.

“You know, I think it’s lasting a long time. And so, I don’t know that we’re gonna see an ‘end’. And so I would remind people that it’s important to make sure that they’re using every available resource and certainly 211 would be the best call to make to find that out,” said Durden.

Durden also said many people were affected by job cuts. The survey showed a 42 percent reduction in employment that mainly affected low-income workers. Black and Latino respondents reported a 51 percent reduction. The reduction includes job loss, reduction of hours, and furloughs.

Durden said 47 percent of people had to change their childcare arrangements to make ends meet. She urges people to stay connected with Louisiana 211 and United Way as more resources become available.

“There is gradually more resources that will continue to be rolled out. Just watch the news, and call. If you called a month ago, and there wasn’t assistance, call again today and say, ‘Has anything opened up that could help me?’”

Durden said they are launching a survey in Monroe to better serve the needs of families affected.

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