Sacramento COVID relief: The stories behind the numbers (VIDEO)

More than 1.5 million masks handed out to local businesses and residents. Nearly 500,000 meals delivered to seniors. Approximately 1,200 laptops and hotspots distributed to young people to help them stay connected with their schools.

These are just a few numbers that illustrate what the City of Sacramento has done over the past few months to support its residents during these difficult times.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the City, using the $89.6 million it received in federal CARES Act funding, has launched and expanded approximately 70 programs to help residents in need.

The City has distributed millions of dollars in forgivable loans and grants to small businesses, non-profits and cultural organizations. It also has dedicated millions to rental assistance and landlord mediation as well as job training and placement.

Behind each one of these numbers are individual Sacramentans who have benefitted from the City’s COVID-relief programs.

Here are two of their stories.

Sammy Solis is a sophomore at West Campus and a participant in #SacYouthWorks, a program that provides work-based learning for youth ages 14-18. The program also provides a stipend.

Sharon Wright is the owner of Carol’s Books, the oldest bookstore in Sacramento specializing in African American history and culture, which received a forgivable business loan from the City.

For more information about the City’s programs, please visit

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