During a time that is quite challenging for many across the country, Washington Wizards All-Star guard John Wall launched the “202 Assist” program in collaboration with the John Wall Family Foundation The initiative is aimed at providing rent assistance to Ward 8 residents impacted most by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The foundation will work with Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, Lydia’s House, and Housing Counseling Services to identify qualifying applicants and disperse rent relief. Applications will open on June 1st at https://www.lh4us.org/forms.
“DC has been my second home for 10 years now, and I have always had a strong connection to the community,” Wall said. “After learning how COVID-19 has affected the residents of Ward 8, I felt that I needed to act which is why I have partnered with the city. I hope that others will join me to help those in need during these uncertain times.
We’re proud to launch the #202Assist, a 4-week rent relief fundraiser for Ward 8 families. We are partnering w/ @HCSINC and @LydiasHouseDC. Join @JohnWall in raising funds for families impacted by the D.C. Rent Crisis and COVID-19. Donate today @ https://t.co/LSYcqFmj62. pic.twitter.com/rPlrImLdED— JW-Family Foundation (@JWFamFoundation) May 22, 2020
The effects of COVID-19 have been felt across Washington, D.C. and particularly in communities East of the River where health and economic factors create additional challenges to recovery.
In response, the JWFF has set a goal to raise $300,000 to assist in relief efforts. From May 22 – June 22, participants are encouraged to donate by visiting http://housingetc.org/202assist/. All proceeds will benefit the 202 Assist initiative and provide rent relief to hundreds of Ward 8 residents in need.