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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, OCED worked to increase and expand the capacity of Barrier Busters, welcoming new partners with strong community connections to the network. Additional funding was also secured from partners including Washtenaw County, the Washtenaw County Community Action Board, United Way of Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Pittsfield Township, the City of Ann Arbor, and the City of Ypsilanti. We also received 23 contributions from individual donors through our partnership with Michigan Community Action
Given the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, need in the community increased greatly in 2020 as compared to 2019 (See Below). This report details how the "Barrier Busters Emergency Unmet Needs" was used to respond to individual crisis during the greater health crisis of COVID-19.
To read the full report, click here.