The Camden County board of commissioners on Tuesday said that more than $1 million in funds has been made available for those employed in the direct personal care of the elderly, children and/or adults with disabilities whose wages have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible caregivers will receive $1,000 in relief funds for their hardships during this unprecedented time.
“This pandemic has rocked every industry to its core, including the field of caregiving, which is among the most thankless of jobs,” Commissioner Deputy Director Ed McDonnell said in a statement. “Our hope is that these funds will provide some relief and support for those working these incredibly important and difficult jobs.”
To be eligible for this program a caregiver must:
- Provide hands-on, direct assistance including functional living skills and basic care needs, like feeding and toileting;
- Perform a low- or moderate-income position including care attendant, caregiver, home health aide, hospice aide, institutional attendant and nurse aide;
- Work in institutional settings (nursing homes & hospitals), assisted living facilities, independent living arrangements, group residential homes, schools for individuals with special needs, adult and youth day programs and/or private homes.
“Caregivers provide a critical service to our loved ones, and they have gone above and beyond to keep them safe during the pandemic,” U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-1st Dist.) said. “I applaud the Camden County board of commissioners for this innovative and necessary program and I’m proud to play a part in making it possible by helping to pass the American Rescue Plan. Camden County families can count on me to continue looking out for our hardworking caregivers and those they care for.”
Caregivers must also:
- Live in Camden County or provide caregiver services to a resident of Camden County;
- Provide evidence of at least 500 hours of hands-on health care and/or essential day-to-day support to one or more elderly persons or children and/or adults with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities and brain injuries from March 1, 2020, through March 7, 2022;
- Provide a verifiable Social Security number or Taxpayer Identification Number, and complete IRS Form W-9 “Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification” as part of the application process.
Applications for the program will be available starting Tuesday in an easy-to-use digital format. For more information, visit: CamdenCountyCaregrant.com or call 856-389-6704 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
This allocation has been part of $55 million in federal funds the board of commissioners has made available to different hard-hit sectors of the community, including more than $25 million alone in rental assistance, grants for nonprofit organizations and small businesses.
Cherry Hill Township has the largest concentration of long-term care facilities in Camden County and will have a critical mass of employees eligible for the new program. Cherry Hill Township Mayor Susan Shin-Angulo talked about the importance of these new available funds for residents and employees.
“Cherry Hill and our long-term care facilities were filled with courageous employees who were tireless advocates for their patients over the last two years, and this initiative is the least we can do to show our appreciation,” Shin-Angulo said. “I want to thank the Camden County board of commissioners for their compassion and principles to this brave subset of employees who got many of our loved ones through the pandemic.”