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North Pole and nonprofit LOVE INC distribute CARES Act funds to individuals and families

Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 5:04 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The City of North Pole is partnering with non-profit Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) to provide CARES Act funding to families and individuals.

Love, INC Executive Director Jason Kempthorne explained that funds are available for help with utilities, rent, and in some cases, childcare. “Folks who lost time due to COVID, any way, shape or form... lost their income, were laid off, furloughed at any time since March, we’re able to help out as long as they live within city limits to be able to help with rent, mortgage, utility payments, all those kind of things.”

While those who are interested can fill out a form online at loveincfairbanks.org, the non-profit is also staffing a booth at North Pole Plaza on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in order to accept applications and provide information.

Kempthorne explained that after working with the City of Fairbanks to distribute CARES Act funds in July, August and September, working with North Pole “kind of fit right in with what we were doing. So being able to help the city and help those in need really just was a natural fit.”

Applicants must provide required documentation to establish living within the city limits and loss of income.

According to North Pole Mayor Michael Welch, the city was provided with $4.98 million in CARES Act funding.

A committee of nine people from businesses and nonprofits recommended that 500 thousand dollars be put into a Health Impact Grant that went to Fairbanks Health Partners. The city of North Pole received funds as well.

$2.25 million was allocated to businesses, and the remainder of $750,000 will be dispersed to individuals and families, with a maximum of $10,000 per applicant.

Welch said that if someone is in doubt as to whether they qualify, they should go ahead and apply. More information can be found at loveincfairbanks.org or by contacting North Pole CARES Act Administrator Aaron Rhoades at (907) 488-8583.

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