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A National Community-Focused, Interfaith Conversation On The Coronavirus Emergency

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Call to Action to create a Coordinated Community Coronavirus Emergency Recovery Response (CERR) Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 10:00

TIS Foundation is hosting a national community-focused, interfaith-oriented conversation this week to ensure that the health and economic concerns of vulnerable, underserved and high poverty communities are addressed in the US response to coronavirus (COVID-19). The event will on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 10:00 am at the National Press Club to announce the national Call to Action: Coordinated Community Coronavirus Emergency Recovery Response (CERR). TIS Foundation is leading a coalition of faith-based and community organizations in addressing the existing Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis and its pending devastating economic impact.

Low-income U.S. citizens and immigrants are particularly vulnerable to the effects of community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The combined effect of the conditions resulting from Coronavirus health and safety issues and related economic challenges such as layoffs, temporary business closures are unknowns with potentially grave concerns. As these alarming set of consequences transition to long-term unemployment, indefinite business closings, and increased social strife, we could see civil unrest, crime and possible incarceration that will likely add a significantly higher financial burden to the country. The social and economic impact of Coronavirus on this population will be felt much harder and longer than in wealthier communities.

TIS Foundation is launching CERR in collaboration with the interfaith community and other community-based organizations to support the most vulnerable U.S. residents, particularly senior citizens and low-income families, during this crisis. CERR will implement a comprehensive set of facilities, environmental and medical services to mitigate the risks of further community spread of the Coronavirus while also addressing the potentially devastating social and economic concerns of those already struggling to maintain financial stability. We are calling on federal, state and local government and the private sector to help us fill the gap for high- poverty communities impacted by this public health crisis.

We welcome requests for interviews before and after the event. Additionally, if there are any key persons that we should notify or connect with in the coming days as we build this coalition, please do not hesitate to contact me at 202-371-9393 or via email at eirono@motirservices.com

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