BEDS December 2020 eNewsletter
BEDS Plus on WLS Radio Dec. 10!

Tune in to WLS Radio at 7:30 a.m. this Thursday to hear BEDS Community Engagement Coordinator Erin Molek speak with host Wendy Snyder about our upcoming Soup & Bread event.

Soup & Bread will be streaming live on Sunday, January 31, 2021, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, our ninth annual Soup & Bread fundraiser will be going virtual this year. BEDS Plus and our clients need your support now more than ever. Join us virtually to break bread and enjoy soup from a local restaurant or from the recipes that we will be sharing on our website and social media.

Soup & Bread 2021 will have a "pay-it forward" vibe featuring perks and auctions from local restaurants that have supported BEDS over the years and provided meals for clients during the COVID-19 crisis. Plus much more!
Resident Cash Assistance Program Funding Available

Applications for the Resident Cash Assistance Program are being accepted through 11:59 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11.

An additional $7 million in funding has been announced to expand and re-open the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Resident Cash Assistance program to help suburban Cook County residents experiencing financial insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Resident Cash Assistance Program offers a one-time cash payment of $600 to income eligible suburban Cook County residents who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Households that previously applied cannot apply again.


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In Case You Missed It on Facebook
"At my lowest moment, I got help from an organization and people that didn't even know me." - Ken

Please watch Ken tell the story of how he became homeless and found help from BEDS Plus. Click here: https://youtu.be/nU_A97eJ0tM
 


Giving Tuesday! Our #GivingTuesday fundraiser on Facebook raised $1,515 from 23 donors. Thank you to our supporters!


BEDS Bulletin! Many Americans are being forced to use credit cards to pay expenses they cannot afford - including their rent. Without more relief from Congress, housing experts and economists say the economy is headed for even more serious trouble. An analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia found that there has been as much as a 70% increase from last year in people paying rent on a credit card. "If you're putting your rent payments on to a credit card, that shows you're really at risk of eviction," said Shamus Roller, executive director of the nonprofit National Housing Law Project. "That means you've run out of savings; you've probably run out of calls to family members to get them to loan you money."


The holiday season is upon us but holiday parties are not what they used to be. Consider a virtual party during the season of giving and raise funds for BEDS Plus Care. Our friends at Events 9 hosted a virtual Cinco de Mayo party last spring and raised $1,375 for us.
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