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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Jul. 2, 2020 1 month ago

COVID-19 creates demand for assistance

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The Salvation Army of Orlando Social Services Department reported an influx of applications for assistance with rent, mortgage and utility payments.

The Salvation Army of Orlando Social Services Department reported an influx of applications for assistance with rent, mortgage and utility payments. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 70% of applicants are applying for the first time.

“What our numbers are showing is that this pandemic has had a widespread impact on all residents,” said Capt. Ken Chapman, area commander of The Salvation Army in Orange and Osceola counties. “With the limitations brought by COVID, we are doing all that we can with all that we have to serve this community.”

The Salvation Army of Orlando has three campuses actively providing relief for COVID-19: the Orlando campus, the Osceola campus and the Adult Rehabilitation Center. Shelter, meals, clothing, showers, emergency financial assistance, and spiritual and emotional care are the services currently available to residents in Orange and Osceola counties.

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