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Group seeks to help those left out of stimulus, unemployment benefits

“A lot of folks don’t have pay stubs. They don’t have tax returns, maybe they don’t earn enough. Maybe they don’t report to a boss because they’re unemployed...

NEW ORLEANS — This pandemic has put thousands of Louisianians out of work and many are struggling to pay their rent. A group of neighbors saw the need and formed “GNO Caring Collective.” 

For weeks, the group focused on delivering food to people in need without compromising their health. The group of volunteers are now looking to extend their efforts to provide rental assistance to people who don’t qualify for unemployment benefits.

“A lot of folks don’t have pay stubs. They don’t have tax returns, maybe they don’t earn enough. Maybe they don’t report to a boss because they’re unemployed and our initial goal was to serve those people because they’re not qualifying for unemployment,” said GNO Caring Collective member, Alyssa Silverman.

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The group created a gofundme page to raise the money. They have a goal of $40,000 they want to reach before they start distributing funds to people.

“The sooner we get donations, the sooner we’ll be able to open. We don’t want to open up before we’re fully funded,” she said. “The reason for that we don’t want to frustrate our community by opening up and then closing. Because these are large sums of money that are being handed out.”

For more information or to donate, click on this link: https://www.gnocaringcollective.org/