Henderson Emergency Relief Fund application deadline extended

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) — the deadline for workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for financial aid with the Henderson Employee Relief Fund (HERF) has been extended to April 16.

“We know the need is still there among Henderson County residents who have been thrust out of work by the coronavirus and haven’t received unemployment benefits or federal stimulus checks yet,” the HERF Steering Committee said in a statement Friday.

“In addition to the original seed money from the Men’s Bourbon Society of Henderson and the Community Foundation of Henderson as well a $150,000 challenge grant announced Wednesday by Field & Main Bank and the Preston Family Foundation, another $50,000 has been pledged from local corporations, foundations and individuals,” it said. “Through continued conference calls with benefactors, we believe another $50,000 can be raised, and we are hoping for some additional major infusions of funds.”

The HERF steering committee has a goal of raising $500,000. Individuals and organizations are invited to join as partners by making donations to HERF’s fiscal agent:

Community Foundation of Henderson

1300 Commonwealth Drive

Henderson, KY 42420

(Please designate “HERF” on the memo line of checks.)

Information concerning the Community Foundation is available at CFHenderson.org

HERF originally set a deadline of Friday, April 10, for workers displaced by the coronavirus emergency to submit their applications to Henderson Christian Community Outreach.

In addition to the new deadline, the application has been updated. New applications will be available at:

· The drive-thru windows at the Henderson Municipal Center at 222 First St.

· The drive-thru windows at the Field & Main Bank location at 1720 E. Second St.

· The website of the City of Henderson (www.CityOfHendersonKy.org)

· The website of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce (HendersonKyChamber.com).

Completed applications must be emailed to kelsi.dunham@hendersoncco.org or mailed to Henderson Christian Community Outreach, 700 N. Green St., Henderson, KY 42420 or placed in a temporary mail box located outside the entrance of Christian Community Outreach at 700 N. Green St. Applications must be received by Thursday, April 16.

Applicants must identify the employer from which they are laid off because of the coronavirus and provide a supervisor’s name and phone number for verifying employment and layoff status.

Applicants may select assistance from one of three categories: rent or mortgage payment; utility payment; or other need.

As of mid-morning Friday, nearly 400 applications had been received

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