Life

Financial hardships, housing instability and unexpected illness or injury can have a devastating impact on one’s health. In our communities, many families are in worse financial positions than they were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic due to decreased or loss of employment.

THE CURRENT CRISIS

live at 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and below

are behind on rent

make less income than before the pandemic

live in overcrowded housing

do not have enough food

Just $400 could save a family from unemployment, homelessness or starvation.

In fact, many of the families in our community don’t have the financial stability to take care of a $400 crisis, and would be forced to make life-altering sacrifices. That means just $400 could be the difference between security and unemployment, homelessness or starvation. When families are in a once-in-lifetime crisis, we need to be there to help get them back on track.

WHAT WE'RE DOING

AltaMed’s Direct Relief Fund provides immediate financial assistance for patients in these life-altering crises.

Last year, we fulfilled 75% of emergency requests for direct relief, but patient needs are rapidly growing.

In 2021, we provided more than $122,000 in funds to our patients. However, due to limited funds we were unable to award 25% of the money requested by our patients in greatest need.

AltaMed’s ability to address upstream risk factors of health will exponentially benefit our patients’ quality of life and their ability to maintain good health. Families will have an invaluable safety net when it’s most needed.

WITH YOUR SUPPORT, ALTAMED CAN SCALE AND INNOVATE THIS INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE MICRO-GRANTS COVERING FINANCIAL EMERGENCIES, WHICH WILL:

HELP SAVE JOBS

When patients keep their jobs, they are able to support themselves and their children.

REDUCE EVICTIONS

Families that stay in their homes are better able to maintain healthy routines.

BOOST EDUCATION

Keeping children active in education & consistently attending school promotes healthy lifestyles.

We are working hard to provide more direct relief to families in financial crisis, but we need your help to increase our impact.

Here’s where you can donate to AltaMed and help us continue supporting mothers in need

AltaMed’s human services work, funded with philanthropic support from employees and community members, is nowhere near the volume needed to meaningfully address these systemic issues that are more widespread than ever as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to limited funds, 30% of patient requests can’t be awarded. We want to be able to fund 100% of requests so our patients and their families can continue to grow healthy. To date, the AltaMed team has donated almost $1M to the fund – but the need is much greater.

Let’s reimagine what neighborhoods could be beyond just returning to “normal.” Help us impact the lives of our patients in a more just, compassionate and permanent manner. One-time gifts are welcome, but ongoing gifts will help even more.

Make a difference today – select a gift option opposite or use the button below.