EPCF, Project Bravo partner to help vulnerable residents during pandemic

The El Paso Community Foundation and Project BRAVO are partnering to help some of the most vulnerable in El Paso County,by creating the El Paso Community Debit Card.

The prepaid cards will be loaded with up to $1,000 for those most in need in the county and are funded with $2.5 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act money from the City of El Paso and El Paso County.

“The debit card will help struggling individuals and families with money for groceries, prescriptions and other basic needs,” program officials share. “It does not provide rent, utility or other assistance.”

Qualified applicants must reside in the city or county of El Paso and have an income less than 80 percent of the El Paso area median income.

Interested residents will have to complete an application at projectbravo.org, and provide backup documentation, including proof of their novel coronavirus-related hardship, a valid ID, and a utility or cell phone bill with the applicant’s name and current address to prove residency.

It takes up to a month to process most applications. Funding is available through November 30, 2020.

Those who think they might qualify for assistance may reach out with questions in various ways. They may contact Luis Suira of the El Paso Community Foundation at 533-4020 or lsuira@epcf.org, email Project BRAVO at contact@projectbravo.org, or call any of Project BRAVO’s six offices listed below:

  • Central, 2000 Texas Avenue, 307-4951
  • Eastside, 14901 Whitetail Deer Drive, 565-1377
  • Lower Valley, 13680 Socorro Road, San Elizario, 872-3915
  • Northeast, 8815 Dyer Street, Suite 300, 757-0199
  • Westside, 7000 5thStreet, Canutillo, 801-0146
  • Ysleta, 8908 Old County Road, 629-7664