What is the C.A.R.E.S. Act?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020.  The CARES Act authorizes more than $2 trillion to battle COVID-19 and its economic effects, including immediate cash relief for individual citizens, loan programs for small business, support for hospitals and other medical providers, and various types of economic relief for impacted businesses and industries. For more information, visit home.treasury.gov.

Why is the COVID-19 Our Fair Share Survey needed?

This community needs assessment is in response to the novel coronavirus global health pandemic that has not only affected every community in the United States but has also led to the most significant economic disruption since the Great Depression. Initiated by the Office of Nashville Mayor John Cooper and powered by The Equity Alliance, this assessment is an initial effort to capture some of the emerging needs in the Nashville community as well as to forecast how those needs may evolve over the coming weeks and months. The Equity Alliance, in partnership with trusted local community partners, will use a grassroots approach to conduct a community needs assessment that reports on how vulnerable communities are most impacted by COVID-19 based on needs in Davidson County.

What is the purpose of the COVID-19 Our Fair Share Survey?

We realize this is an unprecedented time, but hope you can give us a few minutes to complete our survey. The community needs assessment will be to provide confidential, real-time data to inform the Metro Nashville COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee on how to allocate millions of federal CARES Act funding to the greatest needs in our most vulnerable communities. The survey will be conducted in partnership with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, local civic groups, nonprofit organizations, faith-based institutions, and subject matter experts and researchers.

How will my personal information be used?

Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may choose not to participate. The procedure involves filling out an online survey that will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will be confidential and we do not collect identifying information such as your name and email address unless you choose to provide it. Such identifying information is optional to provide for the purposes of receiving follow-up resources on how to get relief from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will my personal information be kept confidential?

Yes. We will not share your personal information with any outside party. All data is stored in a password protected electronic format. To help protect your confidentiality, the surveys will not contain sensitive information that will personally identify you, unless you opt in to provide such information. The results of the survey will be used for informational purposes only and may be shared with the Metro Nashville COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee, Office of the Mayor John Cooper and other government officials.

Will you share my information with law enforcement?

Absolutely not. We will not share your information with law enforcement, regardless of immigration status.

Who is The Equity Alliance?

Founded in November 2016 by six black women, the mission of The Equity Alliance is to proactively advocate for African Americans and other communities of color to have a fair and just opportunity at realizing the American dream. We are a Nashville-based 501(c)3 nonpartisan non-profit organization that seeks to equip citizens with tools and strategies to engage in the civic process and empower them to take action on issues affecting their daily lives. Learn more at www.theequityalliance.org.

Who can I contact if I need assistance completing this survey?

Contact The Equity Alliance at ourfairsharenash@theequityalliance.org or call 615-492-0061 Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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