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NECAC conducting COVID-19 funding survey

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With the coronavirus on everyone's mind, North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) is asking people to fill out a survey that could decide future funding for programs impacted by the pandemic.

The goal is to figure out where potential federal funding could go.

The online survey is eight questions and is for residents across the 12 counties they serve, including Lewis, Marion and Ralls.

Some of the topics include housing, employment, health and childcare.

NECAC Community Services Program Director Linda Fritz said the agency is eligible for $1 billion of additional funding.

The money comes from the recently-signed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act or the CARE Act.

"We are trying to come up with what exactly, we need to do in the communities we do serve, to get programs to address these issues in each community," Fritz said.

Hannibal resident Kristy Trevathan said she is concerned about local businesses downtown trying to survive after the coronavirus pandemic.

"Well of course we all hope we make it through this pandemic without any real losses in our communities, lives, but we hope to not lose any of our businesses," Trevathan said. "Our small businesses are so vital and Hannibal is a tourist community and we hope to bring back the visitors soon once we know that it's safe."

Fritz added it is unclear how much money will be available locally at this time.

The deadline to complete the survey is April 17.

To fill out the survey click here.

For questions call NECAC at 573-324-6633.

Drew Brown

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