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United Way Distributes $1 Million To Aid Those Affected by Fires

Information for organizations interested in submitting an application for Phase Three distribution is available at unitedwayla.org for further information.

United Way of Greater Los Angeles announced Thursday it will grant $1 million to nonprofit organizations assisting low-income families and workers experiencing hardship due to the Hill and Woolsey fires.

The 11 organizations receiving funding are:

-- 211 LA County, the first point of contact for individuals and families in need as a result of the fires and provides referrals as appropriate;

-- the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation which provides financial, rental and food assistance for low-income families experiencing financial hardship as a result of the fires;

-- Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, which provides financial assistance for farmworkers who lost wages due to the fires;

-- Community Career Development, which provides workforce development assistance for low-income individuals who are unemployed and underemployed as a result of the fires and small business owners in need of assistance due to the fires;

-- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles which provides vouchers for furnishings and other basic home necessities for low-income households that were damaged or displaced as a result of the fires along with urgent debris clean up and repairs for low-income households

-- Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County which provides vouchers for furnishings and other basic home necessities for low-income households that were damaged or displaced as a result of the fires;

-- Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California, which provides financial assistance and health education for low-income domestic workers and day laborers that work in fire-impacted areas and lost wages due to fires

-- Salvation Army which provides long-term financial assistance for low-income families experiencing financial hardship as a result of the fires;

-- Southeast Ventura County YMCA in association with California Strong for financial and rental assistance for low-income families experiencing financial hardship as a result of the fires;

-- The People Concern for housing assistance for individuals who were experiencing homelessness in Malibu; and

-- the West Valley Counseling Center for mental health services to low-income individuals and families experiencing emotional distress as a result of the fires.

United Way of Greater Los Angeles raised more than $2.5 million to help those in need because of the fires, according to Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

The $1 million in grants is Phase Two of the distribution of the money raised to assist those in need because of the fires. Phase One funds were provided to the American Red Cross before Thanksgiving.

Phase Three funds will focus on longer-term recovery and be distributed in the coming months to assist with continued economic, emotional and housing support, home improvements, neighborhood improvements and future disaster preparations, Buik said.

Information for organizations interested in submitting an application for Phase Three distribution is available at unitedwayla.org for further information.

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